SDG I-beam saddles….. opinions, please….

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  • peterfile
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    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.)

    Premier Icon ChrisL
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    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.

    rkk01
    Member

    I’ve got an I-Beam / Bel Air combo on a Pace RC-305.

    First ride out I was quite shocked – I could feel every nobble on the tyres. Quite a harsh ride. Soon get used to it though

    goodgrief
    Member

    they’re much less comfy than the railed versions, the i-fly is a proper arse breaker!
    however, strength to weight ratio is very good and there’s good deals to be had

    Dickyboy
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    Two I beam Belairs & two railed Belairs on my hardtails here – can’t really say I’ve noticed any difference 😳

    epicsteve
    Member

    I’ve got an SDG iBeam on one of my bikes and it’s definitely firmer & less comfortable than normal saddles.

    mulacs
    Member

    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!
    I’ve got a Belair RL (or maybe an RT, can’t recall), but its pretty good. Would buy again…

    brakes
    Member

    I had a bike which came with one, it looked rubbish so I got rid
    didn’t notice any lack of flex, but it was on a 7″ bouncer

    alpin
    Member

    yup… i too have seen the CRC offer, hence my asking.

    hardtail – tick
    long, multi-day tours – tick

    part of the reason i’m looking at them is the offer, 60-something €s, and the supposed unbreakability (broken two saddles in the last three months.

    Premier Icon chickenman
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    I find my I-beam really comfy on long rides. The clamp can part company with the top of the post, but they are dead cheap and light.

    alpin
    Member

    The clamp can part company with the top of the post, but they are dead cheap and light.

    ??? not a problem then?

    Premier Icon epicyclo
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    I like I-beams and use them on most of my bikes.

    I do 24 hours on an I-Fly without problem (rigid beam), but I find it uncomfortable on my road bike after 50miles.

    The Formula FX is more comfortable on the road (cutout beam).

    alpin
    Member

    looking at these online, but a colleague says they are very stiff (sdg say the saddles have a built in “flex cavity” and an “edge cavity” to improve comfort…..

    any comments welcome….

    cheers,

    J

    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!

    tazzymtb
    Member

    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 saddle

    walla24
    Member

    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.
    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!

    Premier Icon chickenman
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    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!

    b r
    Member

    I’ve used I-Beam’s for a few years with no problem, but I swapped to a carbon post in the summer when CRC were selling them at 50% – now lighter and has ‘comfort’ built in.

    Seat 195g and Seatpost (400mm) 190g

    epo-aholic
    Member

    i really like them, used the ‘flex’ and bel-air ones. flex can be pricey but do flex and are more comfortable, i-fly are vey harsh and stuff but weigh as much as a bag of feathers!

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