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Lately, I have been trying to find a saddle that I like, with minimal success and lots of frustration. I was wondering what everyone else's experiences have been with shopping for a new saddle.

How many saddles did you try before you found one that you liked? How much money did you end up having to spend on all those saddles? And of course, what ones did you try and which did you eventually get?

Also, does your LBS tend to only stock just a few certain brands or do you have a pretty wide selection at your store? It seems like all the stores I've been to only stock two or three brands, which is kind of annoying. Did you end up buying your saddle from a store or did you have to buy it online?
 

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I had to try at least five saddles before I finally found the right one for me (Selle San Marco Rolls). This was back in the late '80s/early '90s, must've spent at least $200-300... would likely be a lot more nowadays. :eek:

Online wasn't an option back then, so I just visited multiple good/high-end bike shops in my area. Between them all, selection was good. But salesperson advice was of very limited use in this search, they'd say stuff like, "Oh yeah, the Avocet Racing Gel is GREAT!" or "the Selle San Marco Concor is awesome" and I'd try it and they'd totally SUCK for me. :(

Best thing I found was to LEARN from previous saddle mistakes, i.e. try to isolate why the previous saddle did not work. Was it too mushy? Next saddle must be firmer. Did I chafe? Next saddle must be narrower. Did my 'nads get a bit numb? Next saddle must be flatter and/or have a channel. Did I slide around too much? Next saddle must not have a lycra cover, lol.

You get the idea. Painful process (both mentally and physically) but totally worth it once you find that perfect-for-you saddle. :thumbsup:
 

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My LBS let me try about 4 or 5 when I was on the trainer for a fit. I only bought the one I kept, except the specialized toupe made my legs go numb and they knew what I needed to fix it some they gave me a Selle Italia SLR without a cutout and it feels great. They were really good about it. I tried a Fizik, Flite, Toupe, SLR, and a few others and they knew what they were talking about.
 

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You never know what will work..

I have a cardboard box in my garage stuffed full of saddles (maybe 12 or 13). Some I have given away. Sometimes it's just pot luck. I like long saddles that are firm and not too narrow. I buy all my saddles online as my LBS jacks up the price so much that it is ridiculous.

I agree with what was said above, try to decide what you did not like about your current saddle and go from there. One problem is they usually stop making models so once you find something you really like they will stop making it.

The old classic saddles such as the San Marco Regal and Rolls have been around forever and guys still use them. They have a shape that works for most of us.
 

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One problem is they usually stop making models so once you find something you really like they will stop making it.
100% true, and I hate that... it's so very stupid of them. It's also one of the reasons I stay with the Rolls, Selle keeps on making it, and it is good. :thumbsup:

Another thing I'd add is that setup is CRITICAL to saddle comfort. Having the saddle nose a little too high or too low can turn a hero saddle into a zero. You must play around with saddle angle a bit before pronouncing a saddle as awesome or "teh suck"... not all saddles are best perfectly level.
 

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Three was the lucky number. Third was the Selle San Marco Aspide Glamour.

I tried it based on the specific problems I was having with my saddle, and it turned out to be just the ticket.
 

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Cross Chained said:
Lately, I have been trying to find a saddle that I like, with minimal success and lots of frustration. I was wondering what everyone else's experiences have been with shopping for a new saddle.

How many saddles did you try before you found one that you liked? How much money did you end up having to spend on all those saddles? And of course, what ones did you try and which did you eventually get?

Also, does your LBS tend to only stock just a few certain brands or do you have a pretty wide selection at your store? It seems like all the stores I've been to only stock two or three brands, which is kind of annoying. Did you end up buying your saddle from a store or did you have to buy it online?
I don't understand why people end up with a collection of saddles they don't like. Why don't you buy from a source that has a money back comfort guarantee? Performance bike and other online sources have that. Bontrager will refund your money if you don't like the saddle you buy from them. Competative Cyclist has a quite extensive trial system.
 

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I was lucky in that the saddle I chose for my road bike fit nicely (albeit after getting a little used to it) so I never bothered about saddles.

And, my TT bike has a wonderful saddle that just works well for me too so once again, sweet.

Bontrager saddles are worth it based on these 2 bikes for me. Try it perhaps.
 

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I'm on #3, it's a Terry Falcon X. My old one (Forte pro SLX) was too narrow, so I went to the lbs and said I needed something wider and I was sick of going numb after half an hour. I tried the Terry first and it was absolutely amazing.

Now I never go numb and riding is much more enjoyable. :thumbsup: Probably the most sensible upgrade I have bought for my roadbike, besides decent tires.
 

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Six, including (I'm ashamed to admit) one carbon shell only (how Fred'ish)
Currently I am using a Selle Italia SLR on my CF, and an Aliante on my steel.
I am still nagged by the thought that there may be better saddles out there for
me, but for now the buying madness has to stop.
 

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Not many. When I first started, I grabbed a Turbo, and loved it. Since then, I rode Rolls for quite a few years (the would only last for two years before the leather on the nose would wear out). In the last 8 years I've been riding Flites (not that new piece of crap)
I've got Flites on all three of my bikes, so if I bust the one on my #1 bike, I'll steal one from one of the others.
If you think before you buy, you'll never end up with a "brick".

PS. I've still got my original white Turbo on a bike that I haven't ridden for 10 years (bike #4) Half the white is worn off, but I could still use it in a bind.
 

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Camilo said:
Competative Cyclist has a quite extensive trial system.
yes, check it out.

http://www.competitivecyclist.com/road-bikes/demo-saddle

The Competitive Cyclist saddle demo program is based on a simple premise: When it comes to a new saddle, a test ride means everything. That's why we'll ship an entire kit of demo saddles right to your door via UPS Ground. We'll send you our 11 best-selling saddles, and you get a full week to ride the daylights out of them on the roads you know best. It's the best of all worlds: You'll ride on your bike, on your roads, but using our saddles. Is there any better way to get a feel for a new saddle?
 

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I am on 3-4. I tried whatever pc. of crap came with my first bike several years ago. I switched it out for a WTB that didn't suit me. Moved on to a Flite that just wasn't very comfy. I have Arione's on all 3 bikes at the moment, but they are causing me to go numb after mile 35-40 and it starts to feel like a mountaintop in my ass. I just ordered a Selle Italia Prolink Gel with the cutout to see if that is any better since it is slightly wider, flat on top and hopefully the cutout helps.......

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I am apparently a freak: two years ago when I bought my Cannondale it came with a Fizik Aliante Sport Mg ...and I'm happy as a clam with that saddle. Thinking of buying a half dozen or so to stock up on just in case it ever becomes unavailable in the future.

My wife is on saddle #9 or 10, & I don't think I even know anyone who hasn't been through at least 3 or 4 saddles in the past year or two. Guess I got lucky.
 

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You've been riding just two years.............?
That's just skeery....REAL skeery!!!!!!

How many days were you a Cat 4?
 

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You've been riding just two years.............?
That's just skeery....REAL skeery!!!!!!

How many days were you a Cat 4?
You talkin' to me?

I stayed a cat 4 all last season (my first season racing, and almost all the races 'round these parts are women's open, so I didn't really see a need to upgrade). I'm a 2 now.

I still haven't found a perfect saddle, either. I'm kinda liking the SMP pro that I've got on loan from cbike.com, but I want to try the "glider" model before I make a $200+ saddle investment.
 
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