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    Help with saddle selection for rigid 29er

    Hi,
    Just looking for some advice on saddle selection. I currently have a specialized avatar saddle on my Niner One 9 rigid SS. However, I would like to find something a bit more on the comfort side since I do longer rides. WTB seems to have some nice saddles, any suggestions? Not looking for a crazy big saddle though.

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    I like the Fizik Aliante XM...

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    I ride a rigid Monocog SS. I went to a local Trek store and got fitted for a Bontrager Evoke R saddle. I can go a long time on that saddle before the soreness sets in, compared to any other saddle I've had, even on full suspension bikes.

    I believe there are 2 lighter versions of the Evoke.
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    Charge Spoon. Cheap, fairly light, looks great.

    I had a WTB Rocket before and I liked the whale tail design but it was actually hitting my tail bone and causing pain. I finally broke after three years. I have had my Charge Spoon for 5 years and wouldn't hesitate to purchase another one.

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    Saddles are highly personal, but my favorite is the WTB Rocket V. I like it so much that I use it on my road bikes too.

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    Help with saddle selection for rigid 29er

    Quote Originally Posted by Lumbee1 View Post
    Charge Spoon. Cheap, fairly light, looks great.

    I had a WTB Rocket before and I liked the whale tail design but it was actually hitting my tail bone and causing pain. I finally broke after three years. I have had my Charge Spoon for 5 years and wouldn't hesitate to purchase another one.
    Me too! The Spoon fits me great - the Rocket did not. To the OP: try some out, everyone is different. This is like buying shoes.

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    Might want to size yourself too. More and more saddles are coming with the size posted, which refers to the distance between your sitbones. I went to my LBS who is a Trek/Bontrager dealer and they have a tool which shows your sitbone measurement. It showed the saddle I currently had fit but that seat was still making my twig and berries fall asleep when seated for too long. The tool also showed that since I have absolutely no butt, my perenium area was making contact too. I tried a couple different seats after that and went back to an old stand by-the Bel-Air by SDG. It is my favorite of all time with all day comfort. Not the lightest or most stylish ever, but I figure if anyone is looking at my seat, they are behind me anyway!
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    Buy yourself an Ericksen layback seatpost. It's the best thing I ever put on my rigid for comfort purposes.
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    i was going to suggest something but it is only for rigid 26er.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzydog View Post
    I like the Fizik Aliante XM...
    Also a huge fan of Fizik Aliante and its variants. Currently running the Kurve Bull on my Karate Monkey.

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    The Spec'd Phenom has been good to me. It's probably got a different shape than your Avatar. Specialized has a fit system as well.
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    another spoon user here,

    Just ordered a ti one, after trying the cromo one for years. For how cheap they are, they are worth a try. Easy to sell 2nd hand also.

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    Your saddle selection should be irrelevant of your bike being a rigid or a 29er. It may be worthwhile to get your sit bones measured at a Specialized store. I personally use a 143mm Phenom, Rocket V and a Brooks on my roadie.

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    Selle SMP glider. Love that thing! I have one on all my bikes. Great for endurance racing, and Doctor recommended!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joshua_B View Post
    Selle SMP glider. Love that thing! I have one on all my bikes. Great for endurance racing, and Doctor recommended!!!!!!
    I have looked at those as an upgrade/replacement for the SDG's I run now. Glad to hear someone likes them!
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    I run the Terry Fly on all of my bikes. It is a quality saddle that is not too heavy. I find it comfortable for long rides on hardtails but, as others have said, that doesn't mean it will be comfortable for you.
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    Once you go leather you never go back...

    There's a weight penalty but now have leather saddles on my all my bikes except for my Dirt Jumper since it get thrown around

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    I've been using a selle italia kit carbonio flow and absolutely love it! Super comfortable to me for even some 50 mile excursions. It started off on my full suspension but now I've moved to a full rigid 29er and it's still fantastic.

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    currently using wtb devo, light and comfy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishcreek View Post
    i was going to suggest something but it is only for rigid 26er.
    Do share. I ride rigid 26" and need a new saddle; either that, or a roll of duct tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cstem View Post
    Might want to size yourself too. More and more saddles are coming with the size posted, which refers to the distance between your sitbones. I went to my LBS who is a Trek/Bontrager dealer and they have a tool which shows your sitbone measurement.,,,
    This, and Specialized has similar tool and nice saddles everybody's butt is different so hard to go off what others like.
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    Help with saddle selection for rigid 29er

    I have Brooks Flyer (B17 with springs) in my rigid Haro 29er. I quess it isn't so rigid after all!
    Yes, it is very heavy but also very nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMiklu View Post
    I have Brooks Flyer (B17 with springs) in my rigid Haro 29er. I quess it isn't so rigid after all!
    Yes, it is very heavy but also very nice.
    I ride a B17, no springs. Loveit@!

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    Me too, leather saddles and Merino wool underwear. I'm so over wearing a chamois/diaper and plastic saddles.

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