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    Numbness in groin while riding.

    How do I combat this? Is it a bike-fit issue? Nothing about the bike seems like it isn't ergonomic other than I get numb when I don't stand up for a few minutes.

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    Possibly need to try a different seat.

    Does your seat have a pressure relieve groove?
    Is it overly padded?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forest Rider View Post
    Possibly need to try a different seat.

    Does your seat have a pressure relieve groove?
    Is it overly padded?
    No groove of any real size.

    It's not padded much at all

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    I've had this problem. I use a saddle with a pretty big cut out
    down the middle. It may take trying several different saddles
    until you find the right one for you.

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    Adjust the angle and position of the saddle on its rails a bunch before trying a new seat. A degree or two in angle makes a big difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6foot4 View Post
    How do I combat this? Is it a bike-fit issue? Nothing about the bike seems like it isn't ergonomic other than I get numb when I don't stand up for a few minutes.
    Post a pic of your current setup.

    It could be a positioning thing, but most likely you would benefit from finding a better saddle for your anatomy.

    I've had good luck with SQ Labs. I've turned a few friends on to them as well. Great saddles. Check out the 611. https://sqlab-usa.com/collections/saddles/saddles-mtb

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    Yeah, that's definitely not good, need to get this sorted ASAP. Fro previous threads, I remember you're a big/heavier guy, so you're going to definitely want to find a saddle that fits you well, as in is wide enough to properly support your sit bones and has the right shape.

    For me that saddle is the WTB Pure (used to be PureV), have been using them now on all my bikes for the last about 10 years and anyone I've loaned a bike to or let test one of my bikes has always liked them, a good place to start IMHO. If you're going to give them a try, get the lower end version without any stitching/pattern on the top, the lower end ones have a softer foam which most prefer - I have a high end version a friend swapped me because he hopped on my bike with the lower end Comp version and liked better.

    WTB actually have a demo program that stores can sign up for where you can try out various models before you buy, would check in your area and see if maybe any shops have this. I've found when setting up WTB saddles that it's very important to make sure the sit bone area of the saddle is level, which in a lot of cases leaves the nose looking like it's pointing up some, don't worry about that. Also if you're on an FS, don't forget that the rear usually sags more than the front, so may need to set the saddle slightly nose down when you're off so it goes level when you sit and weight it.
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    There are a lot of great saddles out there now with pressure relief cutouts.
    I have had good luck with WTB and SQ Lab saddles.
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    How is everyone jumping to new saddle without even knowing if he's adjusted the angle yet? Bunch of saddle salesmen in here, I figure.

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    Once you get it adjusted for proper leg positioning, and it's not tilted too far one way or the other... that only leaves a new saddle that fits better.

    I'm 220lbs, and I can wear out a saddle shell in a year of regular riding, so that it becomes too flexy and sags too much creating pressure. SQ Lab is my new favorite saddle.

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    My advice-get to your local reputable Specialized dealer and ask to be fitted for a saddle. If the dealer has gone through the Specialized fit program, they'll measure your sit bones. From there its all about finding the saddle that suits you via trial and error. The fit will at least confirm if you have the recommended saddle width.

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    Usually for me, when my junk is numb, the nose is high on my saddle. Try lowering a bit

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    Quote Originally Posted by bingemtbr View Post
    My advice-get to your local reputable Specialized dealer and ask to be fitted for a saddle. If the dealer has gone through the Specialized fit program, they'll measure your sit bones.
    That worked for me. Took 30 seconds to take the test at the Specialized dealer and now I know my size (143, I think - I have it written down at home).

    Funny/annoying story - I bought a black Specialized Riva saddle from them, brand new, for about thirty bucks. I liked it (still do!) but when I went back to get another for my other bike, they told me they were discontinued.

    The nearest comparable saddle is now priced well over $100! I refuse to pay that much for a saddle, but at least I know my size now so I can shop elsewhere when necessary.

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    Hey Numb Nuts! (sorry, I just had to)

    As others have said, if you have not had the bike fitted to you, do so now. Seat height and tilt angle could very well be the cause of your issue. Once that's done, if you don't feel an improvement, it's probably time to start looking at new seats. Opposite of what you might think a heavily padded seat is probably NOT your best option.

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    Have you contacted Holden McGroin? He specializes in this issue.

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    Just use this one and you should be just fine.

    The numbness should shift...elsewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDwayyo View Post
    How is everyone jumping to new saddle without even knowing if he's adjusted the angle yet? Bunch of saddle salesmen in here, I figure.
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    Good points about adjustment.

    I get discomfort, but no numbness, if the nose is tilted too high. Too low and of course we feel like we'll slide off.
    I've only had 1 seat in 4 bikes that haven't worked for me. The bad one was one with no relief channel.

    As mentioned above, small changes go a long way. Make a few small changes and see how it goes.

    Keep in mind, padded seats can make the issue worse -you can sink down and the padded material is pushed up against the body causing pressure.

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    My mountain bikes have total asshatchets but I spend so much time in shred mode, I don't even notice. So I advise going downhill more.

    On a more specific note, if your actual groin is numb, you probably have a medical issue and not a fit problem. Your groin should not be touching the saddle.

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    Chamois saddles...for sure.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankout View Post
    Chamois saddles...for sure.



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    When you say "groin area," do you mean the muscles you workout on the spreader/gyno machine at the gymn?

    Or do you mean your wiener and beans?

    It is important to be precise for diagnostic purposes.

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    I found that soft saddles are actually worse for me.

    My 2 favorite saddles are a WTB Pure V
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    And a Forte Pro SL
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    Everything else is merely tolerable, or worse...

    I was committed to riding narrow saddles for a long time, but the reality is that my sit bones need a ~143mm saddle. The Forte is the winner by nose as I can maneuver around it more easily.
    Also, too high is bad, and wrong tilt will cause problems as well.

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    Something not said....you need to get out of the saddle regularly. If you just sit and pedal all the time, the blood is going to flow. Stand up and take the pressure off the area if only for a few seconds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cjsb View Post
    When you say "groin area," do you mean the muscles you workout on the spreader/gyno machine at the gymn?

    Or do you mean your wiener and beans?

    It is important to be precise for diagnostic purposes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6foot4 View Post
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    Can't believe I just quoted that.

    Have you adjusted your saddle fore and aft as well as angle of dangle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDwayyo View Post
    Can't believe I just quoted that.

    Have you adjusted your saddle fore and aft as well as angle of dangle?
    Angle of dangle should be at how many degrees?

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    One degree less than what causes numbness.

    Seriously though, make minor adjustments until the numbing is no longer present.

    Generally, start with level. Maybe tilt the nose down a tad and give it a dry. Try to isolate where you feel pressure and move the seat accordingly. Moving the seat back may get you positioned a bit more forward on the seat where less pressure.

    The only seat that gave me a problem is the only seat without a relief cut in.


    I am far from being a bike fitter, however I have to think you'd know if you seat was in a 'wrong' position as far as overall comfort is concerned. Considering it seems to be comfortable, just causing numbness, it feels to me that the seat is the problem, not the position. Only because of the theory of mine that the seat seems like it would be uncomfortable to use regardless of position if it's the wrong seat for you.

    Again, I've only had issues with 1 seat out of four as far as numbing and I have had to adjust for comfort on other bikes which never caused numbness. So others are free to state why they think a comfortable seat would cause that much numbing if misadjusted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6foot4 View Post
    Angle of dangle should be at how many degrees?
    Don't you remember anything from high school?

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    OP, The main point(s) of pressure from a saddle should be on your "sit" bones and not centered in you perineum at all (or at least very minimally). Make sure your saddle is NOT overly padded so that it puts pressure in the center, then set it level and see where you feel pressure. If your weight is supported by your ass cheeks, you're probably on your "sit" bones. If not, you may need to change your saddle width so that the wings at the back support those bones.
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    +1 for lower your saddle... you may be surprised by the difference 3-6 mm makes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frs1661 View Post
    +1 for lower your saddle... you may be surprised by the difference 3-6 mm makes.
    +1 on the 3-6mm. We're talking small changes make a big diff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbikej View Post
    Something not said....you need to get out of the saddle regularly. If you just sit and pedal all the time, the blood is going to flow. Stand up and take the pressure off the area if only for a few seconds.
    This, hell Iím 60% standing to 40% sitting on any given ride. Plus as mentioned a slight tilt back with the saddle corrects a lot of this pressure the OP is experiencing.
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    whats your height and weight, what bike and what size is it? pic of seat setup?

    some Specialized dealers have an AssOmeter, measures the width of your sit bones. least yould know what width yould need if you had to get a different seat

    also, you riding with a good chamois? those help a TON

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    Your saddle tip is pointing up too high. You have to point it downward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    Your saddle tip is pointing up too high. You have to point it downward.

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    I started to realize this during my most recent bike ride. I'm still getting it dialed perfectly, but I had too much pressure on my taint-bone.

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