I did take a punt on the Antares carbon braided R3 in the end. Can't believe how comfy it is compared to how it looks. Really glad I gave it a shot, will stick with this model from now on. Was riding a San Marco Aspide all last year and now that feels like a rock in comparison (have it my trainer bike and it's killing me - need to eBay it).
And don't forget that the human mind like to fool itself.
When people spent more money on an item, their expectations will be higher.
Which result in a focus on small differences which then are enlarged to riddiculous proportions.
kgt wrote:em3 wrote:...most carbon rails will flex LESS compared to Ti or steel, however, the advantage of carbon is the dampening or road vibrations/road buzz....YMMV.
Curious - how can damping happen without the part flexing? If the frame is moving and the saddle platform doesn't move to match, something between the two must be flexing, right? Or am I not seeing something here?
Btw, If you're getting dampening on the saddle, that's a different issue entirely.
Shrike wrote:Tried the Fizik Antares with plain old manganese rails. Really comfy saddle! Wish I tried one before.
Anyway it's white going to sell it. Saw they have a posh version the R1 with carbon rails that I can use some Ritchey oval clamps to get it on my seat post.
Reckon it'll be harsh? Saw some guys say carbon rails are a bit rough on the saddle as they're too stiff. Also, can they take a bit of abuse from someone who moves around a lot on the saddle?
I use a Fizik Arione VSX with carbon rails on a Canyon VCLS seatpost (the single piece version).
- This seatpost has a good level of comfort. http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/ ... -11-45082/
- The VSX channel works well and the padding is slightly thicker compared to the Arione VS version;
- No additional adapters are needed to fix the carbon rails;
So for me this combination of seatpost with some flex and the VSX saddle is the ideal balance between comfort and performance. However saddle choice is something really personal, and comfort on long rides is crucial.
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