- Who'd risk an expensive saddle?
Buy the s/h ones on eBay and try them out.
They don’t drop in price much though, still end up paying >£75 for £100 saddles so you don’t loose much either way.
With a bit of thought you figure out what works, for me its anything narrow, flat and a small cut out, after that its just price and weight.
All that said, MTBing is more forgiving, so it tends to be whatever saddle I didn’t quite get on with on the road bike.Posted 4 months agojoemmoSubscriber
Took a punt on a lightly used but fancy carbon railed prologo model once that was featherweight but turned out to be a seat of pain. I’d had a similar model from the same company that I really liked but and was glad to sell this one on for little loss.
I haven’t found anything more comfy than a fabric scoop so I’ve got those on both my bikes now.Posted 4 months agomikewsmithSubscriber
Probably sums up shopping online, the real bargains are when you know exactly what you want, I know a charge spoon works for me so I’ll order it, same as something that costs a heap more.l If there was a 100 quid saddle that I knew worked I’d have no hesitation from ordering one if that was the best place to get it from, same as I’d get a bike shop to order me in something.Posted 4 months agoDezBSubscriber
I had a Fizik that was pretty comfortable but creaked all the time , so took a punt on a carbon version, not the same though – it was one of the ‘V’ models with a cut-out down the middle. Have never got on with them before so it was a risk… and it’s erm, ok. Sit on the damn thing everyday, so convinced myself it is comfortable!Posted 4 months ago
Annoying thing about saddles – whenever I’ve bought a fully built bike, whatever saddle is on it has been fine.. fizik, wtb, selle…. I build a bike from scratch and still haven’t found completely the perfect saddle for it!firestarterSubscriber
I went with a brooks cambium as I’ve previously likes a b17 narrow and thought it was similar it wrecked me and was sold on very quickly at a big loss
I ended up with a smp but lbs is a dealer and let me try a couple of fizik and smp saddles for a week at a time til I found a happy perch 🙂Posted 4 months agooikeithMember
I wouldn’t, its a big gamble that you dont want to repeat twice really!
My local LBS do the Fizik demo thing, where you pay a deposit and then can demo any of the saddles, although the saddles are then bright yellow! I did this and settled on one with the cutout groove and was happy for last year, then did a lot of MTB over the winter and this year the saddle was what I imagine sitting on chainsaw is like.
I then went into the other LBS who do spesh saddles and then do a scheme where you buy and if you dont get on with it you can swap it. Now riding a spesh saddle which feels lovely for now…Posted 4 months agomrblobbyMember
I then went into the other LBS who do spesh saddles and then do a scheme where you buy and if you dont get on with it you can swap it. Now riding a spesh saddle which feels lovely for now…
Bloody annoying scheme as it assumes you’ll find a saddle in their range that works for you, which wasn’t the case for me.
I spent about 200 quid on a lovely Fizik saddle a while back for the road bike. I’d had a cheaper version so knew it was ok for me. Unfortunately I evolved my riding position a bit soon after and needed a new saddle to make it work. The 200 quid saddle is now sat in a box 🙁Posted 4 months agokerleyMember
Buy the s/h ones on eBay and try them out
+1. You will only lose a few quid or could even potentially make a few quid i.e. buy from auction ending at 11:00 on a Tuesday with a poor listing, re-sell with a good listing (proper photos etc,.) ending at 19:00 on a ThursdayPosted 4 months ago
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