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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 9:26 am 
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At the moment, I'm using a Charge/Fabric Scoop Ti on both my bikes. The shape seems to agree pretty well with me, they're pretty durable, and are comfortable for upwards of 300km at a time. However, I wouldn't mind something a bit flatter in shape, and the 250g weight seems a bit excessive. The obvious choice is to go with one of the carbon Fabric offerings, possibly the medium or flat shapes, but they are still a little spendy, being new and all, and the ALM, whilst lovely, is frankly silly money.

To this end, I've been trawling eBay, and there appears to be a few Selle Italia SLR Ti and SLR Teknologika out there for reasonable money. I've been looking at various Prologo models as well. Has anyone been in a similar situation and made such a switch? Anything else out there worth a look?

FWIW, I'm about 75kg, ride in coastal/mountain terrain (Ireland, so not long climbs, just bloody steep) and I'm not hard on components. I do like longer rides, not quite audax distance, but in the 200km range, so bare carbon is probably out. Good bike is a CAAD10. Seatpost is a KCNC Ti Pro, so easily adapted for any rail shape.


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 Post subject: Re: Lightweight saddles.
PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:15 am 
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I had a Bioflex Carbon on a featherweight xc mtb I had a few years back and found that to be pretty good. It's about 180-190g ish and can be bought for as little as £30 these days I think. That's what I might use on my new build if I don't get on with a raw carbon one.


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 Post subject: Re: Lightweight saddles.
PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:33 am 
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I have a Fabric ALM, and like the shape, but my Specialized Romin Pro is my favourite saddle by far. It's stealthy (doesn't have Specialized branding all over it), light 160g, and is great value at £100. Apparently its a comfort 1 out of 5 according to their own scoring, whereas the Toupe Pro is a 2? but I find it to be flexible and comfortable. I have had Fizik Arione / Aliante's before and they have not agreed with me. Hope that's of some use!

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 Post subject: Re: Lightweight saddles.
PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:38 am 
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I've been on an AX Lightness Sprint saddle, all carbon at 71 grams, since 2006. Same saddle. I've done 200K on it no issue. Padding is highly overrated. A good chamois and a saddle shape that agrees with your backside is all that is needed for all day comfort.

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 Post subject: Re: Lightweight saddles.
PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 1:04 pm 
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Yes it is shape that is really important

I have never had the stomach to drop the coin on AX lightweight but would like to try it

Toupe is a good flat saddle at an OK weight for little money


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 1:30 pm 
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i went to a custom made carbon saddle, made in Italy

DB-M saddle

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 Post subject: Re: Lightweight saddles.
PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 1:40 pm 
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Shape is the thing alright. I've never been more comfortable than on an old Ragley Cheeky saddle, allegedly an mtb saddle. The bike I had it on was stolen, and I would replace it but the new model is a different shape and looks bloody awful.

Certainly some food for thought here, lads. Thanks very much.


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 Post subject: Re: Lightweight saddles.
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I found a brand new Prologo Evo Tri 40 Nack with carbon rails on eBay for $100. I ride XC, but found the saddle to fit better than anything I've ridden so far. Weight seems respectable at 170g as well.
Prologo website allows you to search their saddles by shape as well as end use...they also have a custom fitting system, I have no idea what that would cost or how it works, but hey :beerchug:

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 Post subject: Re: Lightweight saddles.
PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:06 pm 
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ax lightness is the gold standard. stick with it and you'll be happy. ax endurance is my favorite. ax endurance also has a leather version as well.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:16 pm 
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if you like a big cutout, Selle italia tekno flow is claimed 110g, but one I weighed was 96g
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:57 pm 
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I use Selle Italia SLR Kit Carbonio Flow across all my bikes. 120g and not completely stupid money. The Tekno Flow with carbon rails is a lot more, but I am tempted for the next build, more for comfort than weight saving.


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