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    Light, durable and comfortably saddle

    Ok guys I like light saddles so 2 months ago I bought a 2012 Selle Italia TT (143g on my scale) and I use it till it broke just in the middle in that "carbon fibre" shell in a race. this saddle was little hard but I could stand it.

    I love that tune speed needle saddle but I think is too hard.. and I have a kcnc lite pro seatpost so I can't install a carbon railed saddle there!!

    Now I want a Selle italia SLR XP vanox rails saddle for my new building, a 2013 SW stumpy ht, and the slr XP have a extra padding so I think is going to be great.

    But this weekend me and my sister went to a race and I installed my road bike's saddle a 2010 specialized toupe ti..... is a thin saddle like the slr's.

    Bad Idea!! I could only stand that toupe for 2 hours and the terrain was very very bumpy with a lot of holes roots and stones we were riding for 6 hours!! It hurt me too much and it was a 2 day race so the next day was a hell 4 1/2 ride!!!

    NOW!! I don't know if I really want that SLR XP... I think is too hard for endurance races

    I'm looking for a comfortable saddle but not too heavy I have two options in my mind the specialized Phenom EXPERT or the Romin Expert, I like much better the Romin and is the saddle that the pros like Christoph Sauser and Stander use!!!

    I want to know wich is better.. the Romin is more light but I think is little hard and the phenom is too heavy 243g!!!!!

    I want some suggestions and if anybody have some experience with this saddles going to be great thanks!!!

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    I have really been liking my San Marco Aspide Carbon FX saddle. I use it with a KCNC pro-lite seatpost. It has carbon rails but they have metal internal reinforcement. Its comfy even on 6-8 hour rides but it probably suits a narrow backside. At ~140g and $100 on special its worth considering.

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    Why can't you get a carbon railed saddle? The kcnc post isn't side load. I have the specialized phenom pro on both mtb and my road bike and love it.
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    Because I don't trust in the clamp system of the KCNC I think it could break the carbon rails!!

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    I have used the carbon phenom on two posts with very precise pressure points of contact (new ultimate) with no probs. 175lb.
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    I recommend this saddle - WTB Products – Saddles – Racing – Silverado

    It weighs 170g, I have three of them and have done 12hrs in the saddle without an issue.

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    I have the XP and it's not particularly comfortable - in fact i'm about to change it for something else. Not sure what yet - bit difficult to try out various saddles at 100 plus a pop til you find the one you like!

    I was seriously considering the Spesh Toupe Pro/Carbon.

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    Ideally you want to track down a LBS that sells road bikes and has a demo saddle selection, as the biggest problem with saddle recommendations is that no two butts are the same and one man's treasure is another man's flaming sword of pain. If the LBS does road bikes they are much more likely to have a selection of light saddles, most of the demo selection at a MTB specialist shop will tend to be heavier and durable saddles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spinning Lizard View Post
    I recommend this saddle...

    It weighs 170g, I have three of them and have done 12hrs in the saddle without an issue.
    I can't stand my silverado! 1 hour on paved surface feels like 3 hours on my specialized (143mm) seat. I guess everyone is different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sixteenornumber View Post
    I can't stand my silverado! 1 hour on paved surface feels like 3 hours on my specialized (143mm) seat. I guess everyone is different.
    That is funny, I feel like all of the Spec saddles that I had were ass hatchets.

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    I thought the Silverado would be like a lighter weight comfy Laser V, but for my backside it was just terrible. Felt like a hard flat wooden plank.

    When trying out a new type of saddle, I try to buy them on special so its possible to sell them at not too much of a loss if they don't suit.

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