What’s your go to longer distance MTB saddle?

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  • What’s your go to longer distance MTB saddle?
  • jayx2a
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    I tend to have quite a sensitive nether region that doesn’t get on with a great deal of saddles and the WTB Pure seems to be the only thing that seems to work for me for rides up to around 20miles.

    Beyond that kind of distance what are people using on an MTB for comfort? My sit bones measure 11.5ish so need a saddle 140mm or so.

    Tried the Ergon ones as they are just a pain in the bum. Love their grips, but not the saddles!

    andrewh
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    24hr racer here, Flite SLRs on all bar the commuter (too expensive) and TT bike (position is very odd)
    Current record stands at 25 1/2 hours on one (it was a slow last lap!)
    Very personal thing though, beat advice is try loads before you buy anything

    whitestone
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    I’ve SDG Circuits on two of my bikes and a Fizik on the other. I’ve done multi-day rides (of 12hrs+ per day) on them all.

    20 miles isn’t very far so unless there’s something very unusual with your anatomy I wouldn’t expect anyone who rides regularly to have problems.

    First off, is your bike fit correct? Are you sitting on your sit bones or on soft flesh? Start with your saddle level or slightly nose down. Do you wear padded shorts of any kind? There’s the pad to saddle interface to consider: If the edge of the pad or the stitching is catching the edge of the saddle then you’ll get chafing there. I can wear one pair of shorts all day but another becomes uncomfortable after a few hours on the same saddle for example.

    Not an easy thing to get right and as @andrewh says, everything is very personal in that region.

    Premier Icon deadkenny
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    Charge Spoon has done me fine for years and I’m clocking 60 mile biggest rides off road. No fitting & measurements, just bought, rode and seemed to work so stuck with it.

    Noting also Endura padded liner shorts. Don’t know if the brand makes a difference.

    dovebiker
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    There are three components to comfort IME – saddle+decent shorts+position plus lots of time in the saddle to get it all dialled in. Chamois cream also help to minimise irritation, particularly in warm weather, I suspect that more saddle time is needed to simply get you body used to it – ‘toughening up’ some of your soft tissues.

    I switched from WTB pure to Selle Italia SLR a good few years back. Still use the Pures on my commuter/city bikes

    Premier Icon wheelie
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    611 Ergowave active or 60x for more comfort or 610 ergolux 2 active for long treks in more upright position.

    jayx2a
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    The Ergon SM was just horrible after a few miles, but my sit bones are fairly wide compared to most so a lot of saddles my boney bits are right on the edge including the SM, even though its the one Ergon ‘recommended’.

    The wider Ergon is just too wide!

    Premier Icon wheelie
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    Premier Icon Cheezpleez
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    I’ve got Spoons or equivalents from Madison and Evans) on most of my bikes and have done 24+ hour rides and multiple days of 12+ hours with no issues.

    The right shorts are definitely key to avoid chafing IME. And +1 for chamois cream in the heat.

    My Charge Spoon had got increasingly comfy on my ~5 mile commute trips, while I’ve been having a mare with numerous saddles on the road bike… Very tempted to do a swap.

    jayx2a
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    I tried the Troy Lee shorts with 4 hour pad and they were horrible fit for me! Going back to Endura ones now as they have been good.

    Was looking at the Ergiwave 611 – but that will be online only and hope it works or they have a decent return policy! I did the sit bone thing and looked at their charts and it has me on teh 14cm.

    Most Selle ones I find are quite narrow in the 132cm width so would need to find L1 versions I think!

    steezysix
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    Specialized Henge works for me, I tend to prefer flatter saddles over ones with a curved side profile. Specialized saddles come in a few different widths and padding levels, plus you have 30 days to change to a different one if you dont get on with it.

    aroyalnit
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    I picked my favourite MTB saddle up over 4 years ago. I’ve done over 4000 miles on it since then, and it’s never given me any bother. It handles 40mile+ XC trips across the hills with ease and didn’t let me down on the strathpuffer solo. Still looks pretty new.

    It was this, and cost me £12.50 at the time!

    https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/selle-italia-x1-xc-flow-saddle/rp-prod128528

    Does show that money doesn’t always buy comfort

    My favourite road saddle is a Specialized Toupe (and is a god chunk more expensive), but don’t think that would work as well offroad. The worst saddle I ever bought was a charge spoon, it made my nether regions feel burny quite quickly and I gave it away after a few days of ownership.

    oddnumber
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    My Charge Spoon did me right on the Dirty Reiver this year, although I’m trying a WTB Volt at the moment that seems ok too – a completely different fit, more of a platform almost.

    I’ve always had a hankering to try a Brooks for distances, but its a load of cash for something that might not work.

    Charge spoon for me – found the synthetic leather more comfortable than the fabric option, which seems to chafe the ‘Graham’ on a long ride.

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    Spesh Phenom.

    On all the bikes now, just fits.

    bigyinn
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    A simple question with an infinite number of answers, all of which are both right and wrong!

    My only suggestion would be to get measured at a decent LBS and then work from that. Perhaps buy a few cheap versions of potentially “right” saddles and see which feels good. Then sell the rest and perhaps buy a more expensive / better version of the one you did like?

    jayx2a
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    Yeah sit bones have been measured at 11.5, but the dealer at the time only sold Bontrager saddles and I didn’t get on with what was meant to be the comfortable one.

    The SQlabs ones are rather expensive at around £110 and they don’t do a cheap version! Amazon currently has one in my size so I could give one a try.

    tlr
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    I’ve done 24 hour solo races on Fizik Gobi and Selle Italia SLR without much bother.

    Shred
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    I use ISM, an older Attack on my road, PN1.1 on my MTB. Rides for 17+ hours with no problems.
    They are expensive though.

    jayx2a
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    It might be just that my backside is just not used to longer rides. Im usually doing 5-15 miles rides so anything longer I am just not used too!

    Maybe I should just stick to the Pure as I know it works for me and just keep getting the longer rides in. I am a regular rider – but not for longer distance as as someone mentioned I might just need a bit of tough love!

    philjunior
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    SLR here too, you can get them in a variety of prices, so I have one on the commuter although it’s got the cutout unlike my MTBs. The cutout is definitely less comfortable for me.

    Search for one with the cheap rails, “FeC alloy” it was when I got it (carbon steel, I assume). If you like it you can go anywhere up to the full carbon one…

    I was going to say I’ve done 10.5hrs + on it, but then realised it turned up too late to be sure I could set it up right, so I went with the heavier less comfortable saddle already on that bike (which was at least in the right position for me).

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    I could sit on an SDG Bel Air (original) for ever. It’s like a sofa for my butt.

    SDG circuit was like sitting on a stick for me, awful. Bel Air 2 is ok, nothing like the original. Charge Spoon similar comfort to BA2.

    philjunior
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    It might be just that my backside is just not used to longer rides. Im usually doing 5-15 miles rides so anything longer I am just not used too!

    Maybe I should just stick to the Pure as I know it works for me and just keep getting the longer rides in. I am a regular rider – but not for longer distance as as someone mentioned I might just need a bit of tough love!

    There is this too. And anything you can do to keep things dryinsh – lycra only, mudguard to keep the splashes off if the ground is wet etc. I’ve had severe discomfort from a wet ride which I repeated later in the dry and was only quite uncomfortable after the second time.

    jayx2a
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    Maybe I should give the Pure a few more longer rides before investing in anything too mad.

    Maybe find a local spesh dealer too.

    Premier Icon The Pinkster
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    I tend to find most WTB saddles fit me great for a day out riding somewhere but if I’m doing multiple days or longer distances my go to is always my Brooks B17. The most comfortable saddle I’ve ever used, was great from the off but as it’s broken in it’s perfect for multi-day rides.

    I remember a fiend once describing he Brooks saddle as a ‘bum glove’. Possibly the best description of one ever!

    Oh – and buy lightly used saddle from eBay from people who’ve not got on with them, especially if you’re experimenting to find something that works for you.

    I’ve picked up various Selle Italia saddles with RRPs of about £150 for around £50

    joshvegas
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    Its so variable thats theres not much you can take from other people opinions.

    Eg the charge spoon is probably the worst saddle for me to sit on.bit make me feel like i’m being split in half from the arsecrack up. And i can get along fine with some pretty skinny saddles.

    Charge pan on the other hand… Dreamy saddle put it on for a dirty reiver untested and had zero issues.

    For some reason I get on well most distances with SDG Bel Air RL, am pretty sure they still make them. I have a couple of old scuffed ones that still serve perfectly for all-day MTB rides.

    Current long-distance upright touring choice as Clydesdale fatbasket? I find nothing works better than the old-style Spesh Sonoma. Have ‘saved’ a couple from Ebay and they continue to serve as a go-to ‘for-sure will not knacker my nethers’. Same as the one in this pic:

    Tried the newer-style ones and it’s utterly different and no good for me. Standards/materials have taken a dip lately IMO.

    Very similar (yet 145mm) was the Specialized Indy XC. Cheap, strong, and lasted very long. Utterly comfortable. They stopped making that too. Would love to find another.

    Also have a Specialized Phenom Gel Comp, seems pretty good but after a while it hurts from lack of padding around the sit bones. This is probably because of my current overweight status. I’ll hang on to it and see if losing 10kg helps.

    I also have a Brooks Professional which is working out well-ish with a layback post, although yet not broken-in.

    Premier Icon edhornby
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    those WTB saddles look a lot like Velo saddles to me – my favourite is the VL1200 which I think is the volt

    Premier Icon thisisnotaspoon
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    On road selle slr (flite is ok but I didn’t like the curve).

    Off road I’m less picky as standing up regularly mittigates any blood flow issues. Got two oem charge saddles which I presume are spoons.

    Its very personal though. The road saddle was a process of elimination with different shapes and widths. I at on with the 130/135mm saddle but not the otherwise identical 140/145 width versions. The spoons are 145mm iirc. But quite well padded. I did over 24h on one over the bank holiday!

    jayx2a
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    I have tried all sorts and always end up back on my Pure. I just found a brand new one in my spares too as bought 2 when they were in short supply lol.

    So guess anything Pure kind of width and shape which might provide a bit more comfort for 60-70 miles.

    That SlR flyte might work as it’s 145cm I think.

    DanW
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    Saddle shape and setup dictates comfort more than padding IMO.

    As above, try some different shapes cheap on ebay and get a feel for what you may like. I am more of a WTB type of person, liking a narrow rounded nose and scooped back.

    I use a Tune Speedneedle for 100km+ rides but that may scare the %$&£ out of you to look at (not only the price) 😀

    steve_b77
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    On the MTB for 12, 24 and all other riding it’s a Fizik Tundra 3 Kium. On the road for everything it’s a Fizik Antares V3. Both of those are fine for upto 300km for me (longest I’ve done in 24hr off road).

    To be perfectly honest, I reckon positioning and bibshorts that fit properly are bigger factors than the saddle

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    Have got on pretty well with a Pro Logo saddle (quite old school padded, done plenty long – talking 6-8 hours – on that. More recently, the Swift and now Pegasus have a Specialised Phenom (I think) saddle, again it’s been fine – talking 10 hours a day for 3-4 days, and more local one-off days around 6-7-8 hours.

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    Which version of the Pure are you using, there are different grades.

    Pure Race & chamois cream & Rapha Brevet shorts were fine for 1400km in 4.5 days. 🙂

    jayx2a
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    It’s the pro version so has the DNA padding what ever that does!

    corroded
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    Selle Italia Max Flite Gel Flow – has a cut-out, gel padding under sit bones and has been comfortable for 100 miles+ on or off road. The penalty is the weight.

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