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    Time for a new saddle.

    I just have the stock saddle on my '13 Fuel EX8 and it is giving me too much pain even with padded shorts. What is the proper way to measure my seat bones to match a good saddle? Also what brands are the go-to brands for quality and comfort?

    Thanks.

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    Specialized dealers have a sit bone measuring tool or YouTube has some good videos for measuring at home. WTB, specialized, Brooks all seem like good brands.

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    I like a little wider saddle, WTB Laser works well for me.

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    Are you complaining about the stock Bontrager Evoke saddle?
    "The mind will quit....well before the body does"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachariah View Post
    Are you complaining about the stock Bontrager Evoke saddle?
    Yes that is the one.

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    ^Any Specialized or Trek dealer will have a gel-based measuring device, to determine how far spaced-apart your sit bones are. I was surprised my narrow, 32-inch hips required a saddle 145mm and larger! Most likely - a too narrow saddle will cause pain, as your sit bones are draped over the side wings of the saddle. Once I discovered my width - a new Bontrager Inform RXL Evoke saddle cured nearly everything.
    "The mind will quit....well before the body does"

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    I got rid of the evoke and went to a wtb pure v.....couldn't believe how much more comfortable I was. I didn't get measured though. Just read positive reviews and took a shot

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    You can easily get a sit bone measurement with a piece of corrugated cardboard cut from a regular shipping box.

    1. Place a butt sized piece of the cardboard on a hard chair.
    2. Drop trou.
    3. Sit and lean slightly forward to approximate your riding position.
    4. Mark the centers of the impressions in the cardboard.
    5 Measure the distance between them.
    Use it, use it, use it while you still have it.

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    A WTB Dealer will have test saddles that you can use for a few rides.

    They should at least...

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    Quote Originally Posted by elcaro1101 View Post
    A WTB Dealer will have test saddles that you can use for a few rides.

    They should at least...
    I live in a pretty small town with only two bike shops, both with limited stock on hand. I will try and see if they do this but I dont think either carrys WTB saddles.
    2013 Trek EX8 blue/white

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gasp4Air View Post
    You can easily get a sit bone measurement with a piece of corrugated cardboard cut from a regular shipping box.

    1. Place a butt sized piece of the cardboard on a hard chair.
    2. Drop trou.
    3. Sit and lean slightly forward to approximate your riding position.
    4. Mark the centers of the impressions in the cardboard.
    5 Measure the distance between them.
    Saw a video of this online last night, I plan to measure today after work! Thanks.
    2013 Trek EX8 blue/white

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