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steel515 said:
Is flatness important?
I notice some are flat (Selle Italia SLK, Arione) from front to back compared to Turbo.
I am not used to it. What are the benefits?

It looks better visually to me.
Flat is important...except when it's not.
 

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Flat saddles work for cyclists who like to move around and change positions. It helps to prevent soreness. Dipped or curved saddles work for cyclists who like to remain in the same spot. Depends on what your rear likes..
 

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Same as all other saddle questions - no universal answer. Not "is flat good or bad", but is it good or bad for you? Look up some of the threads here on the Arione - some folks love them, some hate them. "Textbook answer" on flat saddles seems to be that they allow you to move back and forth on the saddle more easily, while curved saddle puts you more in one spot. Depends on which you prefer. While I think it's a big mistake for most of us to focus a lot on what the pros ride, in this case it's instructive. Look at photos of the pros' bikes - broad range of saddles, many flat, many curved. If one style was really "best", they'd all be on it.

And I agree, flat looks good, but then again no one, particularly you, sees much of the saddle when you're riding :) .
 

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Saddles seem to be the ultimate 'YMMV' bike component. I don't think any saddle or style of saddle is universally loved...

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steel515 said:
Is flatness important?
I notice some are flat (Selle Italia SLK, Arione) from front to back compared to Turbo.
I am not used to it. What are the benefits?

It looks better visually to me.
Get a Segway.
 

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steel515 said:
Is flatness important?

It looks better visually to me.
Doesn't sound like your sense of what's important is properly aligned. You should get that checked out.

Does it feel better? Does it allow your junk to feel better? Or allow you to continue to feel your junk? Is it comfortable?

There are many functions that a saddle is designed to perform. And while I guess there's a large number of people out there who are very concerned with what looks cool, I don't think that the aesthetics of a bicycle, or of any given bicycle component, contribute in a meaningful way to proper or efficient function of the machine or the component.

Well, scratch that. If you take a commuter, and really make it look ugly, it helps to make it less desirable to thieves, and thus contributes to its ability to get you home at the end of the day.

But I think that there are plenty of other considerations that really should come before how it looks... particularly when you're dealing with the primary contact point between body and bike.
 

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I'd try flat & not-flat and then let your @ss answer the question. ;-)

Personally, I have unfortunately inherited my family's genes of Fluffy @ss Syndrome. I'm all of 138 pounds, and I swear that 38 of those are in my @ss. I ride a Bontrager InformR saddle and love it. I've got about 1100 miles & 3 centuries on it since I put it on 5 weekends ago, and have had no problems with it so far. As someone mentioned above, flat saddles work well for those who shift in the saddle a lot. I hadn't heard that, but can believe it because I do like to slightly shift around quite often during a ride.
 
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