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I would like to know if anyone can recommend a wider and harder saddle that has a flatter profile and a relief groove. Maybe something made of carbon that is 160mm in width. This should support my sit bones better than the thinner saddles.
Ps. Yes, I have had several professional bike fits and still have the issue.
That thing has a veritible (someone coined it here a while back) "scrotal valley."
Note: the Carbon FX version of the Mantra is slightly narrower, so the standard version is what you should review (144mm).
Another consideration is a custom saddle...
Out of curiosity, and not being a doctor, have you considered bibs/chamois choice in addressing this ailment?
Here's the weightweenie version: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=90527
I use the Adamo Podium (same as Breakaway but with less padding) on my road bike and have no problem racing it successfully (in agressive sprints that require good handling - it's not just for TT'ing). I've tried most other cut-out saddles including the Mantra, and the cut-outs just aren't wide enough for me. For me, the Mantra pinches in the front, and the SMP saddles are too curved (banana-shaped) with sharp edges that are pressure points. The Adamo is the only one I can tolerate.
Bottom line: The only way completely eliminate perineal and prostate pressure is to completely remove that part of the saddle. Pressure needs to be distributed to the bones (ischial tuberosity) which may require a short period of adaptation - especially if you've been sitting on your soft tissue for years.
Here are some saddles that are more than 150mm wide: http://www.wekeepyoucycling.com/en/c-34-width-150.aspx
If you're really desperate you can just pick a saddle with edges that you like, saw it down the middle, widen it by pushing it apart on the rails with a brace then reupholster.
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I've not tried them, but the Dash saddles might fit your criteria. Not cheap but they have a demo. http://www.dashcycles.com/products/
I've been fighting with a similar issue combined with some back issues. It's been tough trying to transition saddles from the saddle I've used for the past 2 years.
ty-ro wrote:While not totally flat, the Specialized Romin Evo is a nice saddle for sitting directly on the sit bones.
Man does it ever make you sit on those bones too. Zero pressure on my taint at all, but it absolutely killed my sit bones, maybe a good choice for the op.
ty-ro wrote:Regarding the Romin Evo... I had some more time on it and have decided that my "undercarriage" prefers a more flat saddle. When I tilt my pelvis forward, it puts even more pressure on my perineum due to the curvature of the saddle. I'm back to the Arione, but have an SSM Regale on the way.
Did you try an Arione Versus with the cutout to get rid of perineum pressure?
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