What’s your favorite saddle?

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I did indeed.....in line with SQLabs recommendations.

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So I picked up an SQ Labs 612 Active. It's a weird saddle. I'm not even sure where to exactly sit on it. I got a 145mm model and it feels narrow.

I finally got it into a decent position and did a 2 hour ride. I loved the Active part. I don't notice it at all. With most saddles I feel crooked sitting on them. I'm sure I have some degree of pelvis assymetry. With the Active saddle I didn't feel this at all.

After the 2 hour ride my left sit bone area hurt a little. It's like I need more cushion at the contact point. I'm hesitant to try and get used to it because I injured the area a couple of months ago. I burst a blood vessle adjactent to the sit bone which caused a lot of pain and discomfort when sitting on a saddle.

In the meantime I've been using a Selle Anatomica saddle. It's heavy and a little strange but it puts zero pressure on the sit bones and I can ride for 3, 4, 5+ hours without a problem. The only thing I don't like about it is that it's not a great saddle for being in the drops and rotating forward.

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Kjetil wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 3:18 pm
Didn't you write .5, i.e. 0.5 degrees up, guyc?
oops, sorry. I'm Spanish and we don't express in the same way. Maybe he meant 0,5º and I thought he said 5º. My bad! 0,5º is not that bad, still 0º should work.

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I've made a huge mistake. I spent 2.5 years on the Specialized Power Expert and I thought I could do better. I tried 6 different saddles, but I finally realized there is not a better saddle in the world for me than the Power Expert saddle. I even tried the Power Elaston saddle and it was the most comfortable saddle I sat on up until 50 miles. After that, it became too soft and gave me a numb bum.

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Added Selle San Marco Aspide Narrow to my favorite coming from:

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Advice generally. If you’re on a saddle that doesn’t cause you any problems and is comfortable for you, just stick with it.

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leandrofresh wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 10:02 pm
Kjetil wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 3:18 pm
Didn't you write .5, i.e. 0.5 degrees up, guyc?
oops, sorry. I'm Spanish and we don't express in the same way. Maybe he meant 0,5º and I thought he said 5º. My bad! 0,5º is not that bad, still 0º should work.
Leandrofresh, how do you approach saddle tilt on a waved saddle (Spec Power, Aliante, etc)

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I finally found one that works for me; the Fi'zi:k Antares R1
"Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the Ark, professionals built the Titanic"

Trek Emonda SLR (Rage Red) - 6.27kg
'12 Trek Madone (Black) - 6.96kg
Fujee Espree (Maroon) - 11.02kg

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JHY wrote:
Sat May 11, 2019 6:04 pm

Leandrofresh, how do you approach saddle tilt on a waved saddle (Spec Power, Aliante, etc)
When I set up my SMPs I just use a clipboard with a level on it and maintain about 8deg of tilt, but it's really almost flat from the middle to the nose.

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IMHO SMP is a special category of saddles with an extreme profile and cannot be compared to a normal waved saddle like Aliante etc.

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Works wonders under my backside though.
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It works fine under mine too.

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That Time of yours is <3. The Colnago too, but what saddle is that? I seem to remember it from say 25 years ago, but make and model escapes me.
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not a weight weenie saddle, but I will be buying a Gilles Berthoud Aravis Open saddle for my new bike (1980's Miyata One Thousand) .... touring bike/winter bike/Audax bike

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I used to own a Surly Long Haul Trucker and had an Gilles Berthoud Aravis saddle mounted (the one without the cutout) .... Bought it new, and this was super comfy from day one ... amazing saddles but on the heavy side and much better than a Brooks IMHO .... no brake in period was needed ...

my current favourite saddle is the Brooks Cambium C17 Carved (with cutout) and the Aravis saddle with the cutout is according to many more comfortable than the Brooks
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Kjetil wrote:
Sun May 12, 2019 4:37 pm
That Time of yours is <3. The Colnago too, but what saddle is that? I seem to remember it from say 25 years ago, but make and model escapes me.
Selle San Marco Regal ti

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