I've used the Koobi PRS Tri saddle in 4 ironmans & numerous other tris. The PRS suspension really takes the bite off the usual harsh ride my aluminum frame gives out. The comfort of the saddle is uncomparable (& I've used a lot of saddles thru the years). They're handmade in Italy by Sella Italia and the quality is better than anything you'll find anywhere, especially in the various Taiwanees copies (Adamo, et.al). It has super hi quality leather topped with a gel (I believe). It's just the right amount of padding for hard riding, yet with amazing comfort. You can pay a lot for this saddle, but it's worth it. I know guys that have purchased several cheaper saddles looking for the right one and in the end if they'd just started w/ a Koobi tri they'd have spent a lot less money.
Date Reviewed: September 8, 2003
Strengths: Comfort on relatively long time trials.
30 day return policy.
While I understand that saddle fit and comfort is very individual, I do not understand the incredibly low marks a few reviewers gave this saddle. I am a 6'3", 215lb. clydesdale triathlete who has never had any serious crotch discomfort or dysfunction riding in a standard road position. However, I have had lots of trouble getting my crotch comfortable in the aero position- I went through four fittings and several top of the line saddles (Terry Fly, Selle Italia SLR, etc.) and could never eliminate the overwhelming crotch pain (and relatred malfunctions) resulting from the aero position. It was so bad that I considered giving up on that position altogether and just racing in a standard road position. Fortunately, before giving up, I tried the Koobi (the 30 day return policy helped) and my problem has been solved. The combination of the split fit and the extra padding in the nose make for for a pain free ride. I just finished a half ironman on it and the plumbing is still in working order (the last time I did that distance on my Terry, I was in agony for three weeks and needless to say my wife was a little bummed).
Bike Setup: Moots VaMoots, Record, Zipp 303's, Profile aer bars.
from London, UK
Date Reviewed: February 12, 2003
Strengths: Nice padding (perhaps a little deeper & softer than some).
Nice and light.
Weaknesses: Not as pretty as the rest of the Koobi range - pretty dull grey colour.
Quality rarely comes cheap.
This is the most comfortable saddle I've ever ridden in a low-ish position on tri bars. It seems to have just the right amount of cushioning in just the right place. I've ridden approx 1000 miles with it on my race bike, mostly in races / hard training sessions, and I rarely notice it's there. In a sitting up position it feels quite unusual, as it seems to give support quite wide on the glutes with nothing in the middle, but this seems to encourage blood flow, and I found it quite comfortable.
I read the previous reviews and was very surprised how negative they were, especially comments on durability. The logo's worn off, but apart from that it still looks new.
I'm 1.88m and 73kg in race trim (6'2" 162lb for our US friends!), pretty lean guy, but quite wide hips (85cm (34") waist).
Raced many olympic / half IM on it. Planning to ride IM France on it this year, saddle comfort is the least of my worries!
Similar Products Used: Most of the Selle Italia range.
Bike Setup: Low TT / Tri bike, 76 deg seat angle.
from Pullman, WA, USA
Date Reviewed: December 27, 2002
I replaced from Koobi Au (1st production from Koobi), and was very disappointed with Tri's fitting and padding. This saddle did not fit me any positions. I am a small rider (5'8", 137 lbs), by the way. Koobi claimed "Tri" is specific for triathlons or time trials, but it was so uncomfortable with or without aerobars. Old Koobi Au was much better products for me. Saddle preference is quite personal, but you could buy better products less than $100.
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