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Hey all. I think it's time I retired my old SSM Rolls and Specialized Body Geometry saddles.

They're great, but they're both flawed... the Rolls doesn't have a channel (edit: I don't think it's as simple as this anymore), so my junk will eventually fall asleep towards the end of a longish ride (too bad, 'cuz Rolls has pretty much the perfect shape and firmness, otherwise).

At the other extreme, Body Geometry does have a channel, but it's far too huge of one (I can jam two fingers into it, side-by-side), causing my (significant) weight to be concentrated onto too little surface area. :(

So, to ask the Clydes... what's comfortable? And what should I absolutely beware of?

Any and all sage advice appreciated. :cool:
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As I'm sure you know, it's all about a personal preference. One of these days, I'm tempted to get a B17 because of all the great stuff I've heard.
 

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Ok... any actually helpful responses out there? :confused:
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I'm 275 lbs, and after trying perhaps a dozen saddles, many with cut-outs, I have found that the Fizik Aliante is the only saddle that doesn't give me numbness problems. It is saddle nirvana. 20 years ago, I could ride just about any saddle w/o problems. But now that I'm older, numbness is [or was] a big problem. Try an Aliante!
 

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I have a Selle An-Atomica on one bike and a Fizik Aliante on the other. Both are good. The sella is a bit more comfortable. Be sure and look for the clyde version.
 

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Interesting that you use both the Selle An-Atomica and Aliante. I too am on a quest to finally find a "comfortable for a clydesdale" saddle and have narrowed my choice down to those two saddles. I figured if the Aliante didn't do the job, I'd bite the bullet and take the weight penalty of the Selle An-Atomica.

I had concerns that the Aliante, with it's "hammock" like feel, might be easily overwhelmed by a Clydesdale rider. My logic was that if it feels good to a 145lb roadie, what are the chances that it works properly for a 240lb roadie? I'm guessing from your comments that it works fairly well and I can put that concern to rest.

How close in comfort do you find these two saddles? Are they pretty similar in feel? And how long have you had each, how many miles on each? Pondering lifespan/durability with that question.



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Brooks. B17, Team Pro, Swallow. They're different size/shapes, one of them is bound to fit. I'm well on the north side of 240, and have been happy with Brooks for many years.

and Peanya was not being facetious, it really IS all about personal preference. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as one single "best saddle" for clydes.
 

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Terry saddles were designed with input from doctors and other physiological experts. I have two of the different models - and no more pain or numbness. I'm ready to get right back on my bicycle(s) and keep going after a long ride.

Here they are:

http://www.terrybicycles.com/saddles
 

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and Peanya was not being facetious, it really IS all about personal preference.
I understand what he was trying to say, but there's also more to it than that... factors like weight, sit-bone width, type of riding etc can and do narrow down the humungous field of choice in saddles some.

Therefore, to just say "It's just personal pref" and leave it at that shouldn't be completely accurate. There are going to be some things that tend to work a lil' better for clydes, for light riders, for narrow sit-bone guys, etc, though personal pref might muddy those waters a bit.

For example, back in the day, I knew a lot of heavy riders who swore by the Selle San Marco Rolls. That's part of why I bought one, and yeah, it did work well for my heavy keister. Don't know if it was the shape, or perhaps the foam was higher density, or both, but it worked. :thumbsup:

But I'm hoping for something even better now. Something like a Rolls with a channel. Or better.
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If you generally liked the Rolls, maybe give a Regal a try. I've ridden a Regal for years and also have a bike that I had a Rolls on for a while. While the dimensions were very close, the shape of the Rolls was such that it could be uncomfortable down the middle; it seems a little flatter fore to aft with a more prominent curve down the middle. I have no such issues with the Regal and it supports my sit bones perfectly. So you may find the Regal to have the qualities that you like about the Rolls with a little more comfort. That being said, Brooks has a small but dedicated following at my local bike shop and I'm dying to try one.
 

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Ok, so what I'm hearing is

- Fizik Aliante
- Selle An-atomica
- Terry
- SSM Regal
- Fizik Arione
- Brooks

A big thank-you to everyone on your input. :thumbsup:

Hmm... I may also have to try that saddle demo program that Competitive Cyclist has going.
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Along with the new saddle, you might want to get a bike fitting. You mentioned wanting a particular design to keep "junk" from falling asleep. Saddle fore/aft position can solve that problem. Oh, and I love my Brooks B17. 200 lbs.
 

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Along with the new saddle, you might want to get a bike fitting. You mentioned wanting a particular design to keep "junk" from falling asleep. Saddle fore/aft position can solve that problem. Oh, and I love my Brooks B17. 200 lbs.
Oh wait, that reminds me... doesn't Specialized do 'saddle fittings' at certain dealers with some special device? :confused5:
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If you are that heavy you probably have wider sit bones...I would only recommend a brooks saddle. I heard stories and stories about them...got a B17 on my Sojourn and its the best saddle I have tried in years...right way it didnt hurt at all compaired to the flites I have been using...they are that good..
 

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I would recommend a few things, number one make sure you are properly fit on your bike. Number two make sure you have a good set of bibs,shorts, tri suit, with a good chamois (I prefer Pearl Izumi Ultraslice Sensor bibs). I also was 237lbs when I switched from a felt 1.3 seat to a Specialized Toupe Team Saddle. I would check out the specialized toupe saddle. They also make them in the gel model. Another thing to keep in mind, just because you are "heavier" doesn't mean your Sit bones are larger, they may in fact be more compatible with a smaller or mid-sized saddle. Good luck.
 

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I rode the Koobi AU Enduro when I weighed 250. It has chromoly rails, a channel down the middle, and it's wide enough. I was comfortable with no numbness. I would recommend it.
 

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I'm at 220 on a Specialized Toupe and don't even notice the saddle when I'm riding. I think between getting a bike fitting and having the right width saddle are the keys.
 
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