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    Saddle Recomendations.

    My current WTB Rocket V Saddle is starting to show it's age. I've been happy with it so most likely will replace with same but figured I'll look for opinions here before doing so.


    Any recommendations on a better one or should I stick with what I know I like?
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    I like the Azonic Big Drop saddle. I have one on my DH bike and on my Singlespeed. It is pretty comfy on the long rides. But, like most things of this nature, it's all personal preference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo
    My current WTB Rocket V Saddle is starting to show it's age. I've been happy with it so most likely will replace with same but figured I'll look for opinions here before doing so.


    Any recommendations on a better one or should I stick with what I know I like?
    Please describe the size and shape of your ass. Also, probably can't give a good recommendation without a picture of said ass.
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    Sweetest Taboo is good for love making but Smooth Operator is a classic. Hard to go wrong. Lots of good ones out there. She's a crooner!

    In all seriousness, I've been on the Laser and I like it. I find the Rocket to be a bit....rough.
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    Finding the right saddle can be an expensive and painful process. If you have a model that works for your a$$ and your wallet, stick with it!
    I learned the hard way that the 130mm wide saddles were just too narrow. When I finally "connected the dots", I realized the only saddles that worked for me were 140mm wide. That narrowed the search considerably and got me to a few candidates that I'm trying (and liking) now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skinny-tire
    Please describe the size and shape of your ass. Also, probably can't give a good recommendation without a picture of said ass.
    This is a family forum. No ass pics please. Please kindly request that Phillbo send you a plaster cast of his ass so you can make your recomendation.

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    I was thinking about trying the Speed V as it is a bit wider... Will shops let you ride it before you buy it ??


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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo
    I was thinking about trying the Speed V as it is a bit wider... Will shops let you ride it before you buy it ??


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    WTB Pure V Pro.



    No top stitching to rub your @ss on all day. And it feels like you're sitting in it vs. on top of it. Not the lightest, but one of the most comfortable that I've found. The only drawback is the Pro doesn't come with real leather, it's synthetic. I persoanlly like real leather saddles. I sacrificed this in favor of no top stitching.

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    I'm in the same boat Phillbo. I've been riding and liking the Rocket V for several years and it needs replaced.

    I've also had the Pure V and found it to be pretty good... but was a little too wide for me and the leading edges of the wings/wide part cut into the backs of my thigh after a while. I like the drop nose, foam density, and shape otherwise.... It would be perfect if it were just a little narrower. FWIW I didn't like the Laser V.... too wide.

    The one I tried that I really like is the Fizik Gobi XM.... but I'm too cheap to like the price. I've been watching for a good deal or a used one to pop up.

    The Chromag Lynx is another that I would like to try for my AM/FR bike but is also kinda pricey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo
    I was thinking about trying the Speed V as it is a bit wider... Will shops let you ride it before you buy it ??


    Skinny, you scare me !!
    I know some (most?) shops carry Test saddles. I know for a fact that Javelina Cycles has test WTB saddles to loan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo

    Skinny, you scare me !!
    You're just now are figuring this out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo
    My current WTB Rocket V Saddle is starting to show it's age. I've been happy with it so most likely will replace with same but figured I'll look for opinions here before doing so.


    Any recommendations on a better one or should I stick with what I know I like?
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    Quote Originally Posted by trb2929
    You're just now are figuring this out!
    Y'all need to grow thicker skin!!!! What's a litte ass among v-friends?
    Nobody gives a s#$t you singlespeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yetisurly
    Brooks B17
    B17 Narrow or Narrow Imperial? Besides the obvious what the difference.
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    I am a big fan of the Specialized saddles. You can get 143mm width on any of them. My faves are the Phenom Expert or Phenom gel. I just ordered the Henge Expert (more of an all-mountain saddle, where the phenom is more XC). I am excited to try it. Most dealers that carry them have demo seats. Give them a try. The WTB saddles are nice too, like the Pure V, but it is bulkier than the henge and phenom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trb2929
    B17 Narrow or Narrow Imperial? Besides the obvious what the difference.
    B-17
    Why fcuk around with plastics and non-adjustable saddles?
    geezuz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yetisurly
    B-17
    Why fcuk around with plastics and non-adjustable saddles?
    geezuz.
    Because I was looking under their Road & MTB tab.

    B17 Standard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trb2929
    Because I was looking under their Road & MTB tab.

    B17 Standard.
    You two know WAY TOO MUCH about bikes and stuff...
    Nobody gives a s#$t you singlespeed.

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    Saddles are super-personal relative to the shape of one's arse. Find one you love and stick with it.

    My personal favorite is the WTB Silverado. Close second is the Chromag Lynx. Currently run both on different bikes and no problem swapping back and forth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob

    The one I tried that I really like is the Fizik Gobi XM.... .
    +1, love it on my XC bike. i got one from Taiwan with slightly heavier rails at a deep discount, i've not noticed the extra ounce.

    i run a SDG Bel Air on my AM bike, durable as heck, shaped a lot like the WTB but imo better value and performance for the cromo rails model.
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    Love my Fizik Tundra. Most comfortable saddle I've ever used on my mtb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skinny-tire
    Y'all need to grow thicker skin!!!! What's a litte ass among v-friends?
    I won't need many saddle options if I have thicker skin. Where is the best value for tire irons/salad forks? I would ask Yeti but he already answered one question today. Any more and he will want a beer for his time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trb2929
    B17 Narrow or Narrow Imperial? Besides the obvious what the difference.

    Don't get the Imperial, you can pinch your junk in that hole in the bumpies - not good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trb2929
    B17 Narrow or Narrow Imperial? Besides the obvious what the difference.
    hoppier and higher alcohol content
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blatant
    Saddles are super-personal relative to the shape of one's arse. Find one you love and stick with it..
    oh hey, thanks for clearing that up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chollaball
    hoppier and higher alcohol content
    Stay on topic this is MTBR for goodness sake.

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    Checkout the Koobi Si Classic, for big boys.

    And have you seen the new "noseless" saddles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by papatini
    Checkout the Koobi Si Classic, for big boys.

    And have you seen the new "noseless" saddles?
    Noseless as in the nose part of the saddle is missing? I rode a cruiser last year with a cruiser saddle without the nose. I hated it!!!!!!!!!!! Almost impossible to ride.
    Nobody gives a s#$t you singlespeed.

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    Yup. I plan on getting one on spec. Just in case it really works.

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    I'm really liking the WTB Vigo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skinny-tire
    Please describe the size and shape of your ass. Also, probably can't give a good recommendation without a picture of said ass.

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    I know ... scary stuff huh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo
    I know ... scary stuff huh
    Just admit it, you're afraid to post a photo of your ass on a public website. That's okay, it's not for everybody.
    Nobody gives a s#$t you singlespeed.

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    I recently went on a saddle hunt.
    Tried WTB all kinds cause they have demos. I sort of liked the devo.
    I ended up hating anything "spoon" shaped like rocket and V's and stuff.
    Tried Charge saddle, it was fine.
    Tried Fizik XM gobi and it almost put me in the hospital.
    Alliante was getting close, but no cigar
    Thinking of getting a Devo at this point, but it was HARD.
    Enter specialized, tried the Butt fitting device and measured 140+.
    Tried the phenom first, too hard not enough relief.
    Henge second, very comfortable, but not enough relief began getting numb after 2+ hours.
    I then tried the Endurance model which has a more aggressive relief channel
    It wasn't comfortable to sit on like the henge, but it friggen works. I can ride 4+ hours with no discomfort or nerve problems at all. This is my new saddle.
    For reference, I am an All mountain rider with XC, DH, marathon, BMX, Road, and Trials tendencies.
    Moral of the story.. the comfy one doesn't usually mean it's good.

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    Specialized has a device to measure your ass ?


    Skinny will love that

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    Quote Originally Posted by jperson
    I recently went on a saddle hunt.
    Tried WTB all kinds cause they have demos. I sort of liked the devo.
    I ended up hating anything "spoon" shaped like rocket and V's and stuff.
    Tried Charge saddle, it was fine.
    Tried Fizik XM gobi and it almost put me in the hospital.
    Alliante was getting close, but no cigar
    Thinking of getting a Devo at this point, but it was HARD.
    Enter specialized, tried the Butt fitting device and measured 140+.
    Tried the phenom first, too hard not enough relief.
    Henge second, very comfortable, but not enough relief began getting numb after 2+ hours.
    I then tried the Endurance model which has a more aggressive relief channel
    It wasn't comfortable to sit on like the henge, but it friggen works. I can ride 4+ hours with no discomfort or nerve problems at all. This is my new saddle.
    For reference, I am an All mountain rider with XC, DH, marathon, BMX, Road, and Trials tendencies.
    Moral of the story.. the comfy one doesn't usually mean it's good.
    Devo is the way to go!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xbt30...426B24C76E08A4
    But really, I've been riding a WTB team devo for 1 1/2 years and love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo
    That's gonna take a WIDE saddle!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jperson
    I recently went on a saddle hunt.
    Tried WTB all kinds cause they have demos. I sort of liked the devo.
    I ended up hating anything "spoon" shaped like rocket and V's and stuff.
    Tried Charge saddle, it was fine.
    Tried Fizik XM gobi and it almost put me in the hospital.
    Alliante was getting close, but no cigar
    Thinking of getting a Devo at this point, but it was HARD.
    Enter specialized, tried the Butt fitting device and measured 140+.
    Tried the phenom first, too hard not enough relief.
    Henge second, very comfortable, but not enough relief began getting numb after 2+ hours.
    I then tried the Endurance model which has a more aggressive relief channel
    It wasn't comfortable to sit on like the henge, but it friggen works. I can ride 4+ hours with no discomfort or nerve problems at all. This is my new saddle.
    For reference, I am an All mountain rider with XC, DH, marathon, BMX, Road, and Trials tendencies.
    Moral of the story.. the comfy one doesn't usually mean it's good.

    Specialized has a "butt fitting device"?
    Sounds sorta scary!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DustyBones
    Specialized has a "butt fitting device"?
    Sounds sorta scary!
    Not if you relax and "just go with it".

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajmelin
    Not if you relax and "just go with it".
    So you got your butt fitted and now you've turned into a Devophile?
    Rumors are spreading as you read this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DustyBones
    So you got your butt fitted and now you've turned into a Devophile?
    Rumors are spreading as you read this!
    Is it still considered a rumor if it's true?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skinny-tire
    Y'all need to grow thicker skin!!!! What's a litte ass among v-friends?
    Its only gay if you 1) Dont say "good game" after 2) Your hand remains on said ass for longer than 1.5 seconds (some say less some say more ) 3) You make eye contact during said physical contact

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajmelin
    Is it still considered a rumor if it's true?

    What part is true?

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    Just updating. I had been riding around on a WTB Pure V but now have a SDG Belair RL and after initial pains of readjusting I like the fit all around better than the WTB. A little less padding but its still very comfortable.


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    I got a WTB Rocket V for the new sled. It's not as cushy as my old Nashbar gel saddle but it's more comfortable than the stock Specialized thing that came with it. It should work fine. My ass will get used to it in no time...

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    Mike, I was surprised that you swapped your saddle out already because mine is real comfy and I assumed they would be similar but after looking them up there not. Specialized lists yours as the Enduro and mine as the Phenon. I thought I would be trading mine out as well but I was presently surprised.

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    Brooks B17! wow

    Super plush seat!

    Just spent my first long spell in a B17 narrow and it was painless...I guess I'm supposed to break it in? Hope it only gets better!

    I guess the fact that it has remained in production for 100years says something.

    It doesn't look like it belongs on a current mountain bike, but for the first time ever, on a long ride (>15mi), my ass was not sore, and my nut sack didn't go numb... This thing matches my arse nicely, and I could give two sh*ts what anyone says about it!
    Check my pulse...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5bravobravo
    Super plush seat!

    Just spent my first long spell in a B17 narrow and it was painless...I guess I'm supposed to break it in? Hope it only gets better!

    I guess the fact that it has remained in production for 100years says something.

    It doesn't look like it belongs on a current mountain bike, but for the first time ever, on a long ride (>15mi), my ass was not sore, and my nut sack didn't go numb... This thing matches my arse nicely, and I could give two sh*ts what anyone says about it!
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    Why mess around with a road bike saddle that looks like it pre-dates Orville and Wilbur?

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    Brooks B17 is hands down the most comfortable saddle ever , or the worse torture implement ever devised by humankind . I suggest trying one , you may be pleasantly surprised .

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    I know someone has probably mentioned this already but I figured I would chime in.

    Go to a specialized dealer, sit on their ass fitter, then get a seat that is the correct size of your ass. The 25 dollar bottom of the line specialized seat that was the correct size for my ass is 100 X better than all the bontrager saddles I have owned my entire life.

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    WTB does have test ride saddle for you to try, usually at your LBS.
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    Chainlove had a smokin' deal on the WTB Silverado so i grabbed one. I'll post up an opinion once it comes in and i can put a few miles on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajmelin
    Devo is the way to go!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xbt30...426B24C76E08A4
    But really, I've been riding a WTB team devo for 1 1/2 years and love it!
    I like the Devo as well. It is hard to believe that something short and thin could be comfortable but it works. Initially I did experience a slight numbing sensation after 10+ miles of riding but it is starting to go away the more I ride on it. Just for kicks I also purchased a WTB Deva saddle for the extra padding. I found a good deal on it. Chain Reaction Cycles has the 2010 WTB Deva SLT on clearance for $54 plus $8 for shipping. Next lowest price I can find is $99. I had a CRC coupon which made it an even better deal. It has ti rails and weighs 225g if you are a weight weenie. I am still waiting for it to come in so I can't provide any review.

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