Tioga Spyder Twintail Saddle

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KLabs
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by KLabs

Hi All, I would love opinions on this saddle, especially if you have used one or are using one ... http://www.tiogausa.com/spyder-twintail.html

One negative aspect that I am aware of is that Tioga state that the saddle should be replaced each year.
Some positive comments are that they are comfortable and reasonably light (140gms) and flexible.

thanks

Bling
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by Bling

I have been running one (the same one) for three years. It has been excellent! I tried going over to an Arione for a couple rides, but it was no where near as comfortable. No cracks in the carbon, no bends in the rails, logos did wear off quickly though.

I weigh about 170 lbs (just under 80 kg), and I usually ride about 100 km at a time. I just did 180 km last Sunday and had absolutely no complaints.
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Bling
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by Bling

Oh, and they look the boss. I wish I could get a carbon railed one for my new build...
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KLabs
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by KLabs

Hi Bling, that's excellent news. They do look good and interesting ... thanks :-)

jooo
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by jooo

I've heard of a few bent rails and maybe one or two where the rail has popped out of the shell completely but these are on MTBs which have been abused and/or used nasty seat post clamps.

example:
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So get yourself a good clamp and you should be fine.

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by Bling

BTW I use the post that came stock with my Kuota Kharma (2008 w/round post). No pics at the moment, but it is not a super light post. It is a two bolt post that clamps like a Thomson, and covers quite a bit of surface area on the rails. Could this be a reason for my success? Not sure, but I heard these were designed for MTB so road riding should not cause any concern. Good luck.

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juzme
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by juzme

I know this is an old thread. Just to contribute my experience with the saddle...
I've been riding with the same Twintail saddle for the past 2 years... It's still serving me well... But then I'm light at 60kg (~130+lbs)
It worked well with my backside but can't say that it'll work for others... Would definitely buy one again.... In fact, I have another one for my other bike....

KLabs
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by KLabs

I have been riding on one of those for a couple of years now, rails are still perfect, and I weigh 90kgs :)

I strengthened mine by epoxying the rail into the seat connector, where the rail connects into the front of the seat, which makes the nose section stronger.
I find it quite comfortable, actually better than other seats that I have used :)
Looks cool too :)

Chorizo
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by Chorizo

I'm seriously thinking about getting one :soon:

addictR1
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by addictR1

on ebay it's around $80.. that's not bad..

*edit: just pulled the trigger... now just need to wait till it arrives. seller posted 15-20 days.. :x

addictR1
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by addictR1

just got my saddle over the weekend. didn't get to put too much miles on it.. only 5 miles to be exact. didn't feel the need to use any epoxy on it yet.. but definitely need to adjust the saddle a bit and the fitment.

the nose of the saddle is flexible.. so thinking of using a heat gun to bend that part down more.

as for the saddle itself.. it's flexible and felt quite nice riding it. but need to position it better so i don't end up sitting on my balls to take the weight.

addictR1
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by addictR1

bling: u have a photo of your seat post with the tioga on there? i'm seeing some fitment issue where the clamp screw on my omni seatpost is getting in the way.

http://imageshack.us/a/img577/2295/imag0321e.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img593/6048/imag0322z.jpg

it seems as though the saddle is bottoming out on top of the screw... not comfy..

KLabs
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by KLabs

Hi addictR1, that's an unfortunate place to have a non-rounded bolt head, isn't it. Can it be rounded or padded ...

thanks KL :)

addictR1
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by addictR1

KL, i thought about covering it up or something, but u can really fell that pressing upwards. :(

another way is to find another WW seatpost that mounts differently.

pratoni
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by pratoni

or a smaller bolt, rigth?

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