Saddles – be honest, how comfy is yours?
I’ve never found a truly comfortable saddle. After trying many, I’m currently using a Charge Spoon which is, at best, alright, and after a couple of hours it’s starting to be pretty uncomfortable.
So, on a scale of one to ten, where:
one = having your knackers battered with a rusty spike
ten = having your bottom gently supported by the soft hands of angels
where do you, well, sit?
I reckon I’m a five.Posted 6 years agoclubberMember
8 or 9 I reckon – I can feel it if I ride long enough but otherwise, saddle soreness just isn’t an issue.
That said, I think that some people are just more prone to it than others – some people could ride in hair pants on a saddle made of rusty nails and still be fine while other have tried every combination of shorts/position/saddle/creams and still struggle.Posted 6 years agoRorschachMember
You’d have thought there would be some sort of arse-ometer in bike shops
There is ,bontrager do one.They also do a 30 moneyback comfort guaranty on their saddles.Posted 6 years ago
There are many factors which decide whether a saddle is comfy or not-width,padding,flex,side to side shape,cut out,profile.simons_nicolai-ukMember
You’d have thought there would be some sort of arse-ometer in bike shops that you could sit on, and it would measure the size/shape/pressure points whatever and then they could recommend a particular saddle.
Actually didn’t Spesh do that once?
Yes, resulted in the most uncomfortable saddles katie and I have ever had the misfortune to own. she still blames it for bringing on her sciatica.
SDG BelAir seem to fit a lot of people. I liked them but they don’t wear that well.
I’m back on Selle Italia now. SLR on the road bike, SLR T1 on my Helius (Great saddle). WTB on a couple of other bikes.
MTFU basically.Posted 6 years agonjee20Subscriber
Yep as above, Spesh and Bonty do different width saddles, doesn’t really tell you a style though, just a width. I’m technically a 143mm in Spesh saddles, but did a 12 hour solo on a 130mm Phenom SL and had no issues whatsoever.
I’d say mine (Toupe and Bontrager carbon shelled thingummy) are both 9s – they’re never going to be quite arm chair comfy, but they’re good enough that I just never notice them.Posted 6 years agoPJM1974Member
Bike 1 has a Bel Air I-Beam, which scores an 8. The saddle itself is very comfortable, but there is very little “give” in the seat frame.
Bike 2 has a budget Intake saddle which I bought mainly because it’s white and is supposed to have Ti rails, all for £35. The snob in me hates it, but it’s actually very comfortable and again scores a well earned 8.
Missus’s bike has a Charge Spoon, which I found to really live up to the hype. After an hour of riding on a brand new saddle, I forgot that it was even there. I’d give it a 9, but Mrs PJM reports a sore derriere on it though.Posted 6 years agomonksieMember
Selle Italia SLR. Stripped down to the bare carbon base. It should be hideous but it’s actually heaven. 9 out of 10. It could do with just a little flex on the broadest of egdes to be 10. I might try and slim one down and see how it goes.Posted 6 years ago
I’ve sold a few to others who have tried it as well so it’s not just me with a freakishly tough bottom.lungeSubscriber
I think a lot of comfort is down to hardening your backside and it getting used to being on a saddle. I also think angle can make a big difference as well
I’ve got a Charge Spoon on the MTB which is OK, maybe a 5 at the moment but the more I ride the less I feel it, so it is maybe an 7 with some miles on it.
On the road bike I’ve got a Selle Italia Flow X1 which I hated on the first ride but having had a play with the angle and put some miles in now feels much better. A good 7 at least.
I’ve also got a very old and beaten up Flite Ti which is wonderully comfy when I am riding lots and hellish when I have not ridden for a while. I would say it a 9 when I’m saddle hardened but a 2 or 3 when I’m not. Hence it may go on the road bike soon once I have got some miles in.Posted 6 years agosteve_b77Member
Mountain Bikes have Charge Spoons on them and I’d give them a 9 out of 10 to be honest, fine for hours on end in the saddle.
Strangely they can feel a bit wide initially if I’m riding the MTB after time on the road bike, thats got a San Marco SKN on in and it’s very comfortable, 100 miles is not a worry at all.Posted 6 years agoscu98rkrMember
WTB rocket V
My saddle never becomes uncomfortable so 10 I reckon. But Im not too sure wether it is the saddle or just time.
When I first got into MTB(1998) I used to find all the saddle uncomfortable admittedly some were better than other and I did settle on the WTB designs around 2002 I think.
But I have a feeling the saddle’s might have become more comfortable as my arms got stronger allowing me to put more weight on my hands.Posted 6 years agopedalheadSubscriber
In my never-ending search for the perfect perch for long rides, I’ve come to realise that a decent pair of shorts makes more difference (IME) than the saddle. Having said that, I’ve accumulated, I think it’s 18 saddles now, and lots of different shorts. If anyone’s interested, the current winners for my arse are Sugoi RS shorts & Specialized Phenom SL (130mm) saddle. I’ll probably change my mind next week though.Posted 6 years agodoof_doofMember
Selle Italia SLR. Stripped down to the bare carbon base. It should be hideous but it’s actually heaven. 9 out of 10. It could do with just a little flex on the broadest of egdes to be 10. I might try and slim one down and see how it goes.
I’ve sold a few to others who have tried it as well so it’s not just me with a freakishly tough bottom.
Did this the other week, makes for a great winter saddle and don’t really notice the lack of padding.
Posted 6 years agobobbyg81Member
I bought my bike S/H and it came with a Crivit Sport saddle. A great,big chunky thing. I think its from either Lidl or Aldis and I can’t see it having cost more than a tenner.
Turns out to be the comfiest saddle I’ve used. It’s ideal for commuting, and if i push my backend to the very back its like sitting on a comfy armchair.
The snob in me swapped it with a San Marco. Lasted one ride and I swapped back.
Wish I could get another one for my other bike!
10/10Posted 6 years agoNobbySubscriber
I’d rate my Selle Italia Pro-link thingy as a 9.5.
Following a medical issue I did a fair bit of investigation into saddles & the start point really is to get your sit bones measured on a Spesh or Bonty arse-ometer (or cheat & use a thick piece of corrugated cardboard). Unfortunately, a lot of manufacturers don’t publish their saddle widths so you may need to go shopping with a tape measure/ruler.
After that it’s pretty much down to personal choice re padding & shape.Posted 6 years agohuwMember
Charge Spoon here, most comfortable saddle I’ve used so far. Good for 24 hour soloing. I find having a comfortable pad in your lycra shorts is a big factor in overall comfort as well.
Saddles are very personal things. Not something one can recommend to another in my opinion. Got to be down to the individual.Posted 6 years agobobflemingSubscriber
Must have gone through about 10 saddles in search of my holy grail!
Think I’ve found it though – Spesh Phenom expert in 143 – 9/10 out of ten for me.
Made my riding far more enjoyable, never think about it anymore!,but its been try and try again for about ten years!!Posted 6 years ago
Some shops/manufacturers doing trial saddles now, thats how I discovered this one. Would have saved a fortune if they did this years ago.
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