Recommendations for a comfier saddle..

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Recommendations for a comfier saddle..

Postby Redsteveb » Thu Oct 04, 2012 14:25 pm

I've recently upped my distance on my regular Sunday ride from around 25 to 50+ and am aiming for a 75 miler this Sunday. However my saddle is proving to be a right pain in the a** quite literally :lol:

Whilst I appreicate saddles on most road bikes aren't intended for comfort, I guess some offer a little more support than the plank of wood that came with my Rose:

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This is what I currently park my bottom on. A Prologo Nago Evo I think it's called, although I'm unsure of the exact model as I guess they have different ones?

Anyway, I'd like to swap or sell this for something a little more forgiving. Not a massive budget but could add £40 or so to whatever I could get for mine. It's done 320 miles and will have done 400 by the end of the week.

Any recommendations? I had a San Marco Ponza previously on my Bianchi and this was a lot nicer, but happy to listen to any other thoughts.

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Re: Recommendations for a comfier saddle..

Postby snoopsmydogg » Thu Oct 04, 2012 14:30 pm

I cant see the pic (work gestapo) but I have a san marco ponza that I am taking off my winter bike. drop me a pm and i'll send you pics if you want.

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Re: Recommendations for a comfier saddle..

Postby BobScarle » Thu Oct 04, 2012 14:34 pm

I use a Charge Spoon which can be had for about £22, I find it quite comfortable. But then I sit on it, not you! That means that a saddle that suits me, may not suit you.

Redsteveb wrote:Whilst I appreciate saddles on most road bikes aren't intended for comfort

What gave you that idea? A saddle on a road bike should be comfortable enough for an all day ride. That said, finding the right one for you is something of a Holy Grail. Recommendations can only go so far, you need to try a different saddle, for at least a month. If your budget is tight, try borrowing a one or looking second hand. If you find one you get on great, if not, keep looking.

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Re: Recommendations for a comfier saddle..

Postby diy » Thu Oct 04, 2012 14:38 pm

I find my Selle Italia Man around the price you want, to be good. I replaced the standard boardman one. But its important to get measured first, get some decent shorts (and maybe short liners) second. But most of all make sure the seat is set up right and that you take plenty of opportunities to move around on it say when climbing.

It took me quite a while to get mine right and I ended up moving it forward a fair bit to ensure I stayed in the right part.

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Re: Recommendations for a comfier saddle..

Postby SadlyBiggins » Thu Oct 04, 2012 14:39 pm

I'd go to your LBS or nearest Specialized store and have your sit bones measured first if you haven't already done so. It might be the angle but your saddle looks fairly narrow. If (say) it's 136 and your sit bones are 143 then your perineum is taking your weight. When you've got an accurate measurement, you can narrow down the candidates.

I couldn't get on with the Arione on my bike and, after having my sit bones measured, have switched to a Specialized Toupe (it was about £60). My undercarriage doesn't go numb now and it is very comfortable. As BobScarle says, the saddle should not be painful.

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Re: Recommendations for a comfier saddle..

Postby Redsteveb » Thu Oct 04, 2012 14:55 pm

Thanks guys. Some good points there about getting measured correctly. There is a Specialized dealer in Bristol that I can visit for a "fitting" although I think I'll have to grin & bear it for my 75 mile ride on Sunday.

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Re: Recommendations for a comfier saddle..

Postby Captainlip » Thu Oct 04, 2012 17:59 pm

another one for a charge spoon
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Re: Recommendations for a comfier saddle..

Postby tiredofwhiners » Thu Oct 04, 2012 18:01 pm

Adamo - highly recommended.

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Re: Recommendations for a comfier saddle..

Postby wilo13 » Thu Oct 04, 2012 19:45 pm

You should give the Prologo scrath pro plus a go. I have it and love it. I had the same problem as you. I had a Nago evo which has a much flatter profile than the scratch pro. Also the plus version as a bit more padding. Check out the Prologo website and they explain it on there.
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Re: Recommendations for a comfier saddle..

Postby The Cyclist of Catan » Thu Oct 04, 2012 21:07 pm

I've just taken the Fizik Arione off my new bike, and put a Charge Spoon on instead. The Spoon feels a lot more comfy to me.
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Re: Recommendations for a comfier saddle..

Postby knownothingbozo » Fri Oct 05, 2012 06:01 am

I have a specialised Romin on one bike and a charge spoon on the other. About £40 difference in cost between them. I am more than happy with the spoon on rides up to about 30-40 miles, but do get a bit of tenderness in the inbetweenies area. The Romin on the other hand was fine for a ride of 126 miles, giving no discomfort whatsoever.
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Re: Recommendations for a comfier saddle..

Postby Il Principe » Fri Oct 05, 2012 15:47 pm

What bibs are you using? A better pad and liberal application of chamois cream may help?

IME The Specialized Toupe is v comfy. But it's such a personal thing.

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Re: Recommendations for a comfier saddle..

Postby greentea » Fri Oct 05, 2012 22:56 pm

knownothingbozo wrote:I have a specialised Romin on one bike and a charge spoon on the other. About £40 difference in cost between them. I am more than happy with the spoon on rides up to about 30-40 miles, but do get a bit of tenderness in the inbetweenies area. The Romin on the other hand was fine for a ride of 126 miles, giving no discomfort whatsoever.



+1 ive got a Romin gel comp. superb saddle. I usd a Selle Italia Gel flow before this and although initially comfy i found it killed me after 25 miles. The Romin just works.

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Re: Recommendations for a comfier saddle..

Postby northpole » Sat Oct 06, 2012 07:52 am

I have tried several saddles (haven't we all!!) and I have concluded that for longer rides, the cut outs in the spesh toupe and romin take a significant pressure off the undercarriage area compared with the popular Fizik saddles. This is particularly noticable when switching between bikes - I suddenly notice the pressure from the Fizik, absent from the spesh saddles. The Sel Italia that came with my bike also has a cut out but for some reason I didn't find that nearly as comfy.

There's little or no padding with the spesh saddles, so important to have a decent pair of padded shorts or you will end up with a sore bum! The romin took me quite a bit of tweaking before I found a comfy set up - great when sorted and worth persevering with.

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Re: Recommendations for a comfier saddle..

Postby andyboyce » Sat Oct 06, 2012 20:30 pm

I had the same issues and wentbto my lbs who had a load of test saddles. Tried a few before I found one that suited...suggest you do the same, otherwise you will waste a load of Money !

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Re: Recommendations for a comfier saddle..

Postby ianbar » Sun Oct 07, 2012 06:44 am

i recently invested in a sell italia gel flow and it is way comfier....looks good too
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Re: Recommendations for a comfier saddle..

Postby RoyPSB » Sun Oct 07, 2012 08:20 am

SadlyBiggins wrote:I'd go to your LBS or nearest Specialized store and have your sit bones measured first if you haven't already done so. It might be the angle but your saddle looks fairly narrow. If (say) it's 136 and your sit bones are 143 then your perineum is taking your weight. When you've got an accurate measurement, you can narrow down the candidates.

I couldn't get on with the Arione on my bike and, after having my sit bones measured, have switched to a Specialized Toupe (it was about £60). My undercarriage doesn't go numb now and it is very comfortable. As BobScarle says, the saddle should not be painful.


This! Had my ars* measured at Spesh store Bristol and Sigma Sport. Both said I need a 143. Got the Romin Expert. After 1st ride I was in doubt as after 20 miles it was rather painful but just a ride or two later, no problem at all. 43 miles last 2 weekends and no discomfort whatsoever.

You could fork out a lot of money experimenting. Getting the sit bones measured should help.

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Re: Recommendations for a comfier saddle..

Postby Raffles » Sun Oct 07, 2012 15:25 pm

The OP should definitely take a look at the prologo scratch saddle as its a hell of a lot comfier than the nago. My go to saddle is the San Marco Rolls.......man,you could ride to the moon on one of those and not even realise you are sitting on a bike saddle, or at least thats how I find them. Im another Arione naysayer, most uncomfortable saddle I ever had the misfortune to sit my bum on, couldnt get rid of that one fast enough.
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Re: Recommendations for a comfier saddle..

Postby jimbo0023 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 16:39 pm

Good news.!
As if by fate bikeradar have found the saddle for you..

http://www.bikeradar.com/road/news/arti ... ide-35467/

Some say it comes with naked virgin sirens to caress your undercarriage after every ride ... :roll: :D

Bargain!

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Re: Recommendations for a comfier saddle..

Postby Redsteveb » Tue Oct 16, 2012 23:26 pm

OK guys..stop, stop :-)
No seriously, really appreciate the suggestions, but I've now purchased a Fizik Aliante Gamma which arrived last Friday, and on which I had a lovely & comfortable 35 mile ride last Sunday. Purchased from Merlin Cycles for £63 I'm a happy bunny now.


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