The only variations are shorter crank arms, new saddle, and a drop in bar height (1cm).
Now I'm getting numbing at the perineum, are saddles known to be the cause of this?
Could it be due to the drop in bar height?
I'm wondering if a bike fit would be a good bet? I can generally do setup's myself but not with complete confidence.
I think if there was an issue from bar drop you would almost immediately feel it as pressure, not as numbing.
The old saddle is a Specialized Toupe Expert (with a cutout)
The new one is the Fabric Scoop which is supposedly very comfortable for a lot of people?
It's hard to fathom how something like that can actually make such a difference.
Saddle hunting is frustrating!
After trying lots of saddles all with cutouts to relieve pressure i settled on a selle smp forma on one bike and a specialized toupe on the other two bikes and have had no issues since.
As a word of warning if this happens a lot and for prolonged periods of time after the ride it can actually cause some permanent damage
I ended up a SMP Drakon on my road bike and SMP Lite 209 on my tandem.
These saddles take some getting used to but they completely remove pressure off the soft tissue.
I would never go back to a conventional saddle.
They are expensive but worth it. You can find slightly used ones on Ebay for a much lower price.
created an account while browsing op just to say selle smp solved my problems.
the fact the gap goes all the ways to the nose of the saddle was vital for me.
tried romin and a sell italia saddle but nothing matches the selle smp.
ebay is your friend - or bike-discount dot de if you must buy new
Tried a few other saddles but ended up with a Spec Romin after a fit. Has been working great for the last 1+year.
On a side note I also have tried SMP with great success. Even with a full carbon Chinese copy of the shape.
Tried the SMP and was good if you are someone who sits very still in the saddle but I like to slide up to the nose and vary the angle of my hips depending on position. I also found that it felt very hard, probably because you can't move around on it.
I solved my issues when I went flat and wide. The Antares made a huge difference and created much less numbness despite the lack of cutout. I have since gone to a SLR max in the wider size at is has width, flatness and a fairly large cutout but is no weight weenie. I still use Antares 00 on the light bike.
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