- Charge Spoon vs SDG Bel Air
I have both. Prefer the spoon, which is on my commuter bike, gets lots of use in all weather for endless miles in normal shorts/ Jeans etc. Ace. Bel air is ok, in an OEM kinda way. inoffensive but nothing exciting, though if they still do the zebra print ones I could be tempted!Posted 4 years agoolderigetfasteriwasMember
I’m in need of a new saddle, currently using a spoon which I find comfortable enough for rides of 3-4 hours, but I’m considering a SDG Bel Air, is anyone using/ has used both? I guess what I’m asking is the Bel Air compatible with spoon shaped backsides, as a rule.Posted 4 years agoMalvern RiderMember
Used both concurrently on two bikes, Bel Air (Ti) is more comfortable for harder riding, Spoon for distance and lighter trails, in my experience. Madison Flux is like a Spoon with a little more padding so tend to go with that more than the other 2. Riding buddy has an older WTB Speed V, which always feels like the comfiest perch ever when I give it a go … grass is always greener, or should I seek one out, dunno – seat choice for me has always been a PITA, pun and no pun.
And then the old Specialized BG Indie XC, loved that seat and forgot to save it when sold a bike on…grrrPosted 4 years agomuppetWranglerMember
Both here, I have the spoon on my road bike and the Bel Air on a hardtail. I find the spoon more comfortable on more aero road bike position whereas I find the bel air is better on the slightly more upright position. I’ve tried it the other way around and it was far less comfortable on both bikes.Posted 3 years agoAlexSubscriber
Nothing wrong with those cro-mo rails 🙂
[url=https://flic.kr/p/hNAW7u]It was a spoon[/url] by Alex Leigh, on Flickr
To be fair it had just been pile-driven into the ground underneath an Orange Five. We had to dig it out!
Not much to choose really between SDG and Spoon. Have both, neither feels more comfortable. Going to try that new charge when I need a new saddle.Posted 3 years agoDaveyBoyWonderMember
I used SDG Bel Air RLs for years but for some reason have found them to be increasingly uncomfortable (I blame entering my mid 30’s). Had a Spoon before so got another off vortexracing a while back and slapped that on my main bike to give it a go and its a million times better. Going to get another for the second bike but its currently running an I-Beam setup so need a new post as well…Posted 3 years agofunkrodentSubscriber
pitcherpro – Member
Another one here for the bel air , have used a charge spoon to and it was also very comfy ( until i crashed and it bent the rails – the cro mo one seems to be made of cheese)
I’ll second this. Had two Spoons bent out of shape, in both cases as the result of relatively minor crashes. Whilst they are certainly comfortable and light, they are made of cheese and the build quality on them is poor, with the stitching liable to fray and the saddle cover attached by no more than some rudimentary stapling.
Whilst I haven’t ridden the Bel Air, I have the SDG Falcon (currently reduced from £69.95 to £29.99 with Merlin), which is an excellent saddle. Comfortable, strong and extremely well made.Posted 3 years agobutcherMember
Interesting question. I’m the same, and find the Spoon very comfortable, it’s a joy to sit on … until a few hours in …
I do find saddle adjustment important, and if I balance it perfectly it’s bearable, but it could be better.
One of the biggest issues I have is with the perineum(?). If the Charge had something of a cutout, I think it would be a whole lot better. And I see there Bel-air has something of a groove. Is this likely to be an improvement on the Spoon?Posted 3 years ago
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