If you apply electrical tape well, you may be surprised how well it works and how long it lasts, although I am not familiar in detail with your saddle. Can you apply it directly on bare carbon? That's what you want to do. Perhaps you will have to replace the tape every x km, where hopefully x is several thousand km.JKolmo wrote:@ HammerTime2: Electrical tape doesn't sound like a very sustainable workaround? It seems that the inner edges are the worst culprits so I've tried to sand them down a tad, unfortunately without any luck.
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Currently on a Selle Italia SLR Tekno (85g), which is comfier than the one it replaces - a regular SLR I stripped of its leather cover (104g). The extra comfort comes from the higher grade carbon and the full carbon rails rather than the titanium ones.
Comfort is all about the shape rather than the padding in my opinion. As long as your sit bones are aligned with the correct saddle it should be comfortable.
i mean you COULD get used to it, but if u try the regular saddles by accident u d be left wondering why the hell u r doing this? It's kinda like going vegetarian...
13.10 lbs (5.95 kgs) w/Enve 3.4-Tune 70/170 & Conti Competitions tubulars
12.53 lbs (5.68 kgs) w/FarSports 24-Extralite & Vittoria CX EVO II tubulars
sungod wrote:ax lightness phoenix, most comfy saddle i've ever had - the 'rails' at the rear act as leaf springs
I had one and found it painfully uncomfortable. Sold it and bought a speedneedle marathon which is not perfect but very good.
-- Frank Zappa
I had a Selle Italia saddle like OP's current one and that was pure misery, likewise with an Arione. I then had an AX lightness Apollo and actually that was better but still uncomfortable. I mean these saddles were so uncomfortable I'd be in unbearable pain after 5-10 miles with nasty saddle sore and very bruised - not to mention they'd also seriously effect my pedalling style and general enjoyment of riding my bike. I've noticed that the fizik, Selle italia have barely any flex and that seemed an issue for me, the AX had more flex which was better but I still couldn't handle the hardness of it.
Since then I've gone back to an old saddle that actually came with one of my first road bikes... A WTB thinline silverado. No it isn't light at 250g but it cost me a tenner off ebay and it's the only saddle I can ride. It has loads of padding and tons of flex, and a similar shape to AX lightness apollo/sprint/endurance. I can recommend it to those of you who are still really struggling to find a nice saddle.
As an extra anecdote I went out on my winter bike recently that didn't have a saddle on it so I put the old Selle italia one on it to see if it'd be okay for a 10 mile ride. It was EVEN WORSE. I don't think my balls or my groin have forgiven me yet for that.
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