- SDG I-beam saddles….. opinions, please….
I had an SDG Bel Air which was I-beam.
It was a bit stiffer, but I wasn’t putting in long XC miles on it so it didn’t bother me. I didn’t think it was particularly noticeable and may even have just been placebo.
However, I broke it after a couple of big crashes (admittedly, the final one was enough to break anything I could have had on the bike). Got a replacement FOC, but swapped it for a Thomson and ti rail Bel Air.
I’m running the same combo on my newest bike. Not sure why I even bothered with I-beam, Thomson + rails just works.
(that said, i’ve noticed CRC are doing a tasty deal on i-beam right now, so if cost is a the main reason then it’s a no brainer. Otherwise I would stick to Thomson and rails.)Posted 7 years agoChrisLSubscriber
Regular I-Beam saddles (my experience is with a Bel Air SL I-Beam) are pretty stiff. The Forumla FX (I have one of these too) is designed differently and is a bit more flexible. For a hardtail I would be wary of a regular I-Beam saddle but for a full sus while the stiffness is noticeable it isn’t very bad.Posted 7 years agomulacsMember
Got one, albeit due to the cheapness factor (saddle + post FOC) and rate it, apart from the lack of ‘upgrade’ options! It does mean that you’re not able to spend money on that part of the bike, so a good thing if you ask me!Posted 7 years ago
I’ve got a Belair RL (or maybe an RT, can’t recall), but its pretty good. Would buy again…BeardedDaveMember
I had an I-beam post and SDG Bel Air. I always thought it felt flexier than my Thomson and normal Bel Air that it replaced. That was until the seatpost split at the clamp! Got an inch long split in the top. Not really sure why, it split, I was riding across the car park at the start of a ride!Posted 7 years agotazzymtbMember
I use an I fly, bel air and Fx, the I fly does soften up a bit after a while or your bum finally gives up and shapes to the saddle, but as a race saddle it’s fab. The bel air is nice and the FX is brilliant and as comfy as gobi’s on my other bikes, but it upsets the inner weight weenie so only goes on for loooooooooong days in the saddlePosted 7 years agowalla24Member
I-beam post/saddles are not stiff what so ever, i had a bel air railed version and found that too stiff on hardtail so swapped out for matching i-beam set.Posted 7 years ago
With the clamp towards the front of the saddle there is a noticeable flex which is ideal for hardtail xc’ing.
I’m 15 stone and havent broken it yet!chickenmanSubscriber
Ok, had the same prob as BD above on one and it was replaced under warrenty, second one twisted (in the interference fit between post and clamp)when I hung onto the saddle as bike was wedged in tree and I toboganned off down the hill. So not really a fault with the product!Posted 7 years ago
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