SDG I beam saddles / seatposts – any good?
SDG Bel Air saddle on my 5. Not the most comfortable I have used, it has rails so not part of the I-beam range.
Looks like a good deal tho….
In my experiance for short rides of a few hrs it’s fine but on a long ride I find myself standing up to give my ass a rest. As for durability I can’t fault it though, I’m not careful with it and after 8 months it still looks in top condition.Posted 6 years agocpsilverSubscriber
They can break in cold weather. I have broke two now I don’t know if they have fixed the problem, its well documented on the single track forum. They are light weight and the saddles comfortable for a ride round the kielder 100. But I have had two bust doing nothing other than sitting on them. I still have the seat and post I knocked out the seat, inverted the tube and fitted a nylon sleeve and glued it back together. Still going fine. CpPosted 6 years agoMoonheadMember
Stevey, yeah I can see what you mean….thing is with saddles it’s all a matter of opinion RE: comfort. The only thing about the I-beam range is that you have to use the I-beam saddles and posts together.
If I was after a saddle I would be looking here. Just ordered some stuff, arrived within a week and cheapest I could find. Loads of choice.
Had my eye on this one but ran out of cash.Posted 6 years ago
Cheers for that moonhead, they have alot of choice. I’ve looked at the fizik’s also.
To be honest I was originally looking at getting a joplin 4 or similar and new saddle but then thought that theres no point in spending 300 odd quid on a new saddle/post combo as I’ll be going away in a few months for six months. Thats when I saw the i-beam deals chainreaction are doing and the seed was sown!!Posted 6 years ago
Looking at getting a new saddle/seatpost and Ive been looking at the I-beam range
They seem pretty lightweight and can be picked up relatively cheap but ive seen a few unfavourable reviews regarding them breaking/snapping.
I ride mainly all mountain / light-ish downhill so there is the possibilty they would take a wee bit of a beating.
Anyone have any experience of them? good or bad?Posted 6 years agomartinxyzMember
ive got a bel air and an fx.the fx,although far skimpier looking, is far more comfy. Its also got a cut out at the top of the i-beam on the underside of the saddle to give more flex. The movement either side of the ibeams compared to railed saddles is so nice when riding.Dont think that the i-beam design will mean a harsh ride.Try them out.Posted 6 years agooliverd1981Member
I snapped a massive chunk out of the rail on an I-beam a few years back by simply sitting on it. and I’ve avoided them like the plague since. That was until my new frame came with an I Beam post. I picked up a saddle for under £30 from the alpine bikes website, just waiting to fit it. Fingers crossedPosted 6 years agoPimpmaster JazzMember
alternative opinion – I have Bel Air Ti’s atop Thomson posts on 3 bikes and used a demo I-beam on a test bike – it was like sitting on a knife – quite horrible
+1 pretty much all of the above.
I’ve run Bel-Airs for about eight years but found the i-Beam version beat my botty up far more than the railed version.
Rails for me, all the way.Posted 6 years agoslowriderMember
ibeams are great. the bel air is definitely thinner and firmer in ibeam flavour which i dont think is a bad thing, its a bit of a sofa in standard format. if you like a firm, thin saddle then the i fly ibeam is great, silly light too. i just wish i could fit one to my reverb!Posted 6 years agoransosSubscriber
Bel Air I-beam here. There’s not much give in the saddle, I guess because it doesn’t have rails to flex, but it’s reasonably comfortable. But I’m running a full suss so that takes a lot of sting out of the trail anyway.
I must say that the Spoon I bought for my road bike seems really comfy, even after several hours in the saddle.Posted 6 years agokimbersSubscriber
ive ridden bel air railed saddles for years and recently swapped over to i-beam
ive got an ifly on my dh bike and it is very firm i wouldnt want it for lots of peddaling
but got a belair sl i-beam on my am bike and it feels just the same as the railed one to me, maybe a tiny bit firmer i was very worried that i wouldnt like it but it seems fine
ive also just got the ibeam gravity diopper mod in time for the mega!Posted 6 years agop7richSubscriber
Stand your ground with CRC. They initially only offered to act as a gobetween and file a warranty claim with SDG. However, as the retailer they are obliged to take resppnsibility if their goods are unfit for purpose. Took me 2 emails and a few paragraphs ( + mentikn of the Sale of Goods Act) before they quickly about-turned and refunded.Posted 6 years ago
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