Which Womens' Saddle?
I’ve been converting my old Meta5 into something my OH can use, and so far she’s been loving it. Her only grip is the saddle. I won’t go into details but suffice to say that going from a very XC type wedge to something a bit more ‘everyday’ has helped massively but the best thing to do would be to buy something women specific. I’m struggling to find good options so does anyone have any suggestions (with regard to what saddle to buy, that is).Posted 5 years ago
Get yourself along to a Specialized Dealership. They do a range of different width BG women’s specific saddles, and will be able to measure up and show you which ones best. Not cheap, but if you’re going to skimp on anything, the saddle isn’t it!
My better half never moans about her BG saddle. And that’s all you can ask for reallyPosted 5 years agohighlandmanMember
Another (proxy) vote for Charge Ladle here, my other half now has three, she likes them so much. She also likes the WTB Speed She, sometimes available cheap from CRC. She has tried a bike with that Selle Italia gel flow Diva and finds it ok, but not her favourite.Posted 5 years agoKipMember
Saddles are a really personal thing and what suits one won’t suit another. I really didn’t get on with the spesh BG saddles and that’s a lot of money wasted, I do however have a charge ladle which is cheap and great.
My favourite though is the WTB Deva, got 2 and love them to bits…to the point that one is disintegrating after much wet weather MTB abuse. They are a bit race though (not very padded but very supportive).
I’d go with the ladle if I were you, cheap, comfy and recommended by many!Posted 5 years agomissnotaxMember
I use a Specialized Ariel saddle which is really good (so good in fact I have one on all my bikes!) – they come in 3 different widths depending on your sit bones…. Hence the need to go and be measured!
(Unless you’re me, in which case I went for the medium (143) size as the others looked too narrow / fat and I didn’t want my bum measured by a 16 year old) 😉Posted 5 years agosokSubscriber
I have medium and small ones of these sat in my garage waiting to sell. They’re as new. Nice saddles, just didn’t get on with them.
Bonty have measuring system as Spesh do. If you can cope with going into Evans they stock them so should have the bum-measuring-thingy.Posted 5 years ago
Email in profile if you’re interested.dominoSubscriber
Another Selle Italia user here – on 3 of my bikes. However, different saddles/brands suit people in different ways, does she have any female riding friends she can borrow one from to try out. Also, good undershorts – I prefer Gore, not cheap but comfy and long lasting.Posted 5 years agospacehopperSubscriber
My OH had a WTB Speed She.. and hated it..
we did the memory foam pillow / bit of foil trick and measured her sit bones and ended up ordering a charge ladle..
which she says is brilliant!
managed to pick up a rockshox suspension seatpost pretty cheap too which has helped as well..Posted 5 years ago
Tin foil? Really? We might as well add that to the list of things to try. The better half is liking the look of the Specialized Ariel. She’s new to biking and suggested that womens saddles needed a bit cut out of the middle – when she saw the specialized had just that, it was ‘the one’. Plus I had a mans Specialized BG saddle some years ago and it was fantastic.Posted 5 years agomissnotaxMember
The better half is liking the look of the Specialized Ariel. She’s new to biking and suggested that womens saddles needed a bit cut out of the middle – when she saw the specialized had just that, it was ‘the one’.
The cut out bits do make a difference. I won’t go into details, but I spend a lot of time on my bike so trust me on this one 😯Posted 5 years agovickypeaMember
I have a Specialized Ariel and it’s much more comfortable than the one my MTB came with. Slight downside is that taking the pressure off the “front bits” puts a bit more on my sit bones, which sometimes gives me a saddle sore, especially if the conditions are really wet and my shorts get damp. I’d rather put up with an occasional saddle sore on my sit bones than drawing blood at the front end. Ouch!!Posted 5 years agomboySubscriber
This thread just goes to show how individual saddles really are, amongst the fairer sex too
Put one of those Gel Flow Selle Italia Diva saddles on my GF’s bike. She hated it with a passion! Was too wide for her and rubbed her up badly. The much narrower men’s saddle that came on her bike suits her better. She does have a particularly narrow bum though to be fair, which will make a big difference. She looked at the Charge Ladle and exclaimed “no way, that’s still too fat”… Gonna try her on one of my 143mm wide Specialized Phenom’s to see if that suits her a bit better. I’ve also been recommended the Fizik Vitesse for slimmer ladies that don’t need such a wide saddle, though my GF has yet to try one.Posted 5 years agojo_hMember
Really personal choice but I didn’t get on with my ladle really, especially on technical trails where I found it too wide to get off the back of the bike unless the seatpost was dropped. I have finally discovered that the key to comfort for me is a decent cut-out, especially on the road bike. My fave saddle is a spesh ariel equivalent that came with my stumpy, and the OH has bought me a Ruby for Christmas which I’m looking forward to trying.Posted 5 years agoJoeGSubscriberjo_hMember
Size 8, 5’4″. i’d like to describe myself as slim and athletic but skinny might be closer to the mark! If you’re anywhere near Preston mBoy your gf is welcome to borrow a ladle, an ariel, or the other one that’s on my road bike but can’t remember the make of!
Benefit of spesh saddles is the different width fittings, but mine are all 143mm despite me being fairly small (most bg ones come in 130, 143 and 155mm widths iirc).Posted 5 years ago
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