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    Saddle question for the long haulers :)

    Hey gang,

    I'm not a racer, but I do the long haul on the mtb on a regular basis (numerous 1/2 Centuries, frequent k100's, occasional Centuries and even a k200). After many 1000's of km's my faithful WTB Lazer V Race has given up the ghost and I'm in the market for a new saddle.

    Anyone had experience they can share with saddles like the Fizik Aliante XM Gamma or the Cobb Drt Plus? WTB doesn't make the Laser V Race anymore. I've had a chance to try the Fizik (seemed pretty good), but both Fizik and Cobb are brands I've not had much experience with so I have no ideal how they hold up or how they do on long rides (i.e. 6+ hrs).

    Other suggestions welcome....but FYI I tend to prefer middle width / 140mm class saddles (yeah, I know the Cobb is a bit narrower, but it's not a 120 mm class saddle). Already tried the Spesh offerings (i.e. Henge) and they don't work for me.

    Thanks
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    Koobi

    I had a Fizik, it was fine until I did the Lumberjack and it killed me, bought a Koobi and never looked back. I bought the PRS Alpha model and my butt has thanked me ever since!

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    the speed-v is the cheaper cousin of the laser-v i believe.

    it is the bestest cheapest most comfotable saddle i have found for my bits. and it is perfect because i destroy them pretty frequently and can always find a new OEM take off for 30 bucks or less. i believe my last two were under 20 bucks.

    not light though but if there is one place i don't care about weight it is my saddle.

    the pure-v also has a similar shape but with slightly less padding (more racer-ish?) i believe those can be found with lighter rails for more $$$ if you need light. i have one and also find it comfy but not for as long. good XC, weekend ride saddle for me but for the real long stuff i like a speed-v.

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    The Selle SMP saddles are another one to look at. I run the Glider, which is one of their wider saddles, on all my bikes and love it (except for the price)

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    This is just an observation on my part, but saddle/sitting stuff is unanswerable. It is one of those things that is more dependent on the individual than any other aspect of cycling. Road, commute, MTB... doesn't matter.
    I am not saying that it is not a discussable topic by any means, and there are often replies that help open ones eyes to certain aspects, but I don't think I have ever seen a thread about saddles where two people agree on the same thing.
    Not a hack or slam, but just an observation.
    Cripes, i am in the same situation right now. i need a new saddle and don't even know where to begin...

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    Charley, I do hear you...

    The reason for the post is to get some more ideas and to check the long term durability. My Lazer V was good...but if I'm in the price range anyway, I'll check my options before I lay down the cash. I'm fortunate to have a variety of stores available to try out saddles at...some more Tri / Road oriented (had the Cobb), some higher end mtb (had the Fizik) and the "normal shops" (have the wtb's, specialized etc.)

    I know everyone's butt is different, but if folks have ridden the same and prefer something else, I think it is worth exploring to see if it would also work for me

    Btw: I tried the Cobb and it was pretty good....but I found it a little narrow and lacking a bit of "flare" to help body english the big bike around...I tended to have my legs slide on it as it is pretty much a straight line from nose to rear. If I was looking for a saddle for my 'cross bike, it'd be the winner, but for the AM/FR bike, it gets a pass.
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    I got the Cobb Plus DRT after reading the MBA article. It's a superb saddle, and the best thing I can say is that I never notice it. No issues with my seat bones, and no issues with the neither regains. Best part is there is a 180 day return policy if you don't like the saddle. Its not cheap, but good quality never is initially cheap, but is always cheaper in the long run.

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    Selle Italia SLR for me. Did a 24hr race on it and didnīt bother me one bit, and it's only 135g!!
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    I put on a Selle An-Atomica Titanico about two months ago. Most comfortable saddle I've every owned, but not lightweight.

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    I switched last year to a fizik gobi and i have loved it. I usually rode a selle italia on both my rode and mt bike but now have switch to fizik on mt and will probably be switching over to a fizik on the road in the near future.

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    It might help OP. or anyone else in future reading this to list (along with saddle recommendations) users height,weight,
    I found my saddle by reading threads like this looking for patterns with certain "body types" .
    Make a short-list,then go out and demo from local bike shops or borrow from friends.
    Don't forget Craig's list!

    Fizik arione works great for me.
    5'11". 160lbs.

    I was always the guy asking everyone around me @50mi. "does your ass hurt?" Not anymore
    .....the end

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