Tune Saddle opinions

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astranoc
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by astranoc

I am having an urge to buy and try a tune saddle and move away from the most classic saddles and shed some weight also. I am looking at either the komm-vor or the speedneedle with a preference to the speedneedle.

I know every bottom is different but I am just wondering how people find these saddles . I am currently sitting on a Toupe carbon and an Slr carbonio.

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by Frankie - B

I have had a speedneedle on my mtb and loved it to death. On my road bike I ride a AX Endurance. I have that saddle for years now. Although the speedneedle is the saddle you like more, you might want to look into the Kom Vor a little more as it is a morde modern version.
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by theremery

I have a couple of speed needles and a host of other saddles incl Kit carbonio and other SLR variants. The TSN is the saddle I ride most often (waiting to go under 75kg so I can use my DASH saddle) and I love the TSN. It takes a few rides to get used to it but once you do.....they are good for rides up to 6hours. I think that they interfere with leg movement less than the SLRs. I haven't ridden a Toupe but a friend won't ride anything else and reckons Toupes are the most comfy saddle available (for his butt anyway).
I agree with Frankie.....give the Kom Vor a go.....it's the updated version.
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by astranoc

Thanks guys.

Is it as flexible as this video is showing it to be? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAyjUUXs7ow

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by theremery

Don't know if they are quite as flexible as the video suggests but they DO flex quite a bit :)
Updated: Racing again! Thought this was unlikely! Eventually, I may even have a decent race!
Edit: 2015: darn near won the best South Island series (got second in age
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by cerro

Komm-Vor+ flexes more than Komm-Vor. Compared to Speedneedle Komm-Vor flex a lot. I got one Komm-Vor and one Komm-Vor+ but not weather to try them outside yet.
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by astranoc

cerro is there any padding below komm-vor's leather or it's just a piece of leather on top of the carbon? Komm-vor+ looks sexier but it's also 50euro more expensive. Is the leather there only for aesthetic reasons?

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by gumgardner

The speedneedle shape really works for me.

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by Husum

I've owned both..

HATED the Speedneedle. To hard and didn't flex one bit. I was sore after just 15km of riding. I had the suede version, the one good thing, you don't slide around as easy.

Loved the Komm-Vor. Way more flexible, nicer design but after a bit of riding the "leather" started to loosen a bit in the middle of the saddle area. Definitely one of the best saddles I've ridden.

Normally I ride a Carbonio SLR Flow.

But as you say yourself, it really depends on the rider and style.

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by 1415chris

If your bottoms like SN shape saddle, look at smud-carbon one.
SN in use for the last 3 seasons on my mtb. Cos Smud's saddle shape is similar to SN I went for the one for my new road build last year (66g). And I love it, flexi enough to give you necessary comfort. With this saddle I stopped using chamois creams, no need.

Few pics of the new version, about 74g:
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by jdp211

I went from a komm vor to a speed needle to a speed needle alcantara. I LOVE my SN, fits just right. I had an early version of the Komm vor that had part of the sides cut in a funny way that was ruing my bibs. Comfy saddle, but my SN's are lighter and I get on with them better. I'd be interested in trying a KV+ though.

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by thprice

I found after about 3 hrs on a SRL saddle it became uncomfortable (my typical rides are 5-6 hrs).
Decided to try Tune Speedneedle Marathon.
While I am very happy with the Marathon, saddle fitting and shapes are personal!

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by rustychain

Speedneedle Marathon for me. Got around 24000 miles on the latest one. No issues to date. My last one was damaged in a crash, was still ridable.
wear good shorts
spend the time to get the tilt right
make sure your seatpost is compatable
I find a slight rotation of the seat post allows the nose to be offset to allow a bit of room on one side of the jewels if you know what I mean. Nose right jewels left and everyones happy
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astranoc
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by astranoc

Thanks all for your input. My seatpost is an omni racer which i believe is compatible. Although i ll be channging the cradle to smud, any issues with that?

Now I have to decide, komm-var+ or speedneedle? Anyone seen online (eu please) a white var+?

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astranoc
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by astranoc

So my Komm-vor+ was delivered today.

Weight is not 79g, it is 91g, which is quite annoying, if they are specific enough to announce it as 79g then 12gr more is a lot.

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Second thing is the finish, quite dissapointed with it all around and actually thinking of sending it back.

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I could ignore the above two but unfortunately the rails seem to be further apart for my seatpost to sit properly and I think it's unsafe to ride like that. I have tried a selle italia slr carbonio and a spesh toupe carbon with no issues on the seatpost before. Do Tune tend to have the rails further apart?

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I am not that weird, but when you pay 220euro for just a saddle then you expect everything to be perfect.

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