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2013-01-22 2:17 PM

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Maybe I'm asking for too much but can someone recommend a Triathlon saddle that is well padded and comfortable to ride for several hours.

I've tried around 7 saddles but still looking for the "magic" saddle that feels comfortable to ride and doesn't leave me squirming and moving around.  So far i've tried the following:

Specialized Tupee

Specialized Romin

ISM Adamo Century

Fizik Arione 2

A couple of others that I don't even remember any more



2013-01-22 5:14 PM
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ISM Adamo Typhoon
2013-01-22 5:39 PM
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I use the Adamo Racing II and love it.  If you go that route, make sure you get your bike refit after putting the saddle on.  A big factor in going to saddles like Adamo is your hip angle in aero.  You will be very uncomfortable in aero if you don't get the correct fit initially. 
2013-01-22 6:18 PM
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I've used Arione, Arione Tri, Adamo, Cobb, Selle Italia, and Planet X plain wrap.  Hated everything but Arione and PX

Most comfortable?  Planet X plain wrap.  Go figure.  $59  actually, just went to look, added to cart and it's only 29.99.  Looks to be an arione knockoff but feels better than the Arione to me



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2013-01-23 7:44 AM
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Thanks for the feedback..I'll check out the saddles mentioned in this thread.  Ironically, the saddles I've looked at that seemed the most comfortable are the cheapest ones.
2013-01-23 8:01 AM
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Cobb has a 90 or 120 ride gaurantee, but I couldn't get used to it so I returned it. That was the V-flow.They were good about giving me my money back. I suffer on the Adamo road after a few hours. I just bought the Adamo prologue, but haven't rode it long enough to know if it will work. I'm glad I'm not the only one that can't find one yet.



2013-01-23 1:31 PM
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Everyone is different but I love my fi'zi:k arione Tri 2
2013-01-23 2:12 PM
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SEADOCHA - 2013-01-23 6:01 AM

Cobb has a 90 or 120 ride gaurantee, but I couldn't get used to it so I returned it. That was the V-flow.They were good about giving me my money back. I suffer on the Adamo road after a few hours. I just bought the Adamo prologue, but haven't rode it long enough to know if it will work. I'm glad I'm not the only one that can't find one yet.

I thought it was 6 months, unless they changed it, so you really can't go wrong.   I returned mine very close to the end no problems getting $$ back.  Good company even if the saddle didn't work for me

2013-01-23 2:22 PM
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I've been going through the same thing. I ended up back on a stock felt saddle. So far I have not had any comfort issues or numbness.
2013-01-23 2:39 PM
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The adamo saddle was too wide in the nose for me.  I've been pretty happy with the new Cobb SHC. Sort of a mix between an adamo and a fizik arione tri.  Long and skinny like the fizik, but with a cut-out for relief.

With the money back guarantee, it's worth giving a try. 

2013-01-23 2:47 PM
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For me comfort seems to be fitness-dependent. If I haven't ridden significantly I'm uncomfortable from the get go. If I've been consistent I could nap on my stock saddle until about mile 90 at least. I didn't look at your logs, but if you've tried 7 saddles already you might not have given them a "fair" chance.


2013-01-23 7:31 PM
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As i remember it typhon and century are the same seat but the typhon has shorter rails .
Often times when you try that many seats its the positioning not the seat itself. What exactly are you struggling with?
Try nose down at 4-6 deg slightly left slightly right. Until you dial it in.
I had a century and hated it at first and then took the nose down a tad learned where to sit on it and i can ride it 100mi no problem
2013-01-24 12:18 PM
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kevin_trapp - 2013-01-23 3:39 PM

The adamo saddle was too wide in the nose for me.  

You can zip tie the rails together to narrow the nose.  Keep in mind that you want the prongs on the seat to line up with your sit bones.

2013-01-24 12:23 PM
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I have a fairly wimpy backside.  I struggled with seats for a while, and here is what worked for me:

1.  Adamo.  I needed to put my weight on my sit bones instead of my taint.

2. Some sweet shorts/bibs.  Look for a thinner pad that actually works.  I discovered this when I bought a pair of $300 castelli bibs for $100.  The pad was very thin, but it worked like a dream.  I now wear Desoto 100 mile shorts.

3. Chamois butter.  My wife uses a small dollip. I slather that stuff all over the place.

4. HTFU.  If you are chaffing you need new shorts.  If your sit bones hurt get over it.  After a couple of hundred miles it gets better.

2013-01-24 12:27 PM
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One thing to add to the list, is have proper fitting shorts.  I lost some weight recently and when I use the older shorts on the trainer, I have issues.   I recently migrated to nice, tight fitting bibs, and don't ride on anything else now when outside

Also ETA - I used to use chamois butter, then my wife picked up some DZ's Nuts when they were out of the assos.  the stuff is the bomb, just a little dollop or two, carefully placed, is all I need



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brown_dog_us - 2013-01-24 10:23 AM

4. HTFU.  If you are chaffing you need new shorts.  If your sit bones hurt get over it.  After a couple of hundred miles it gets better.

Is this the area your suppose to be resting your weight? I've read here that you should have your weight resting well in front of your sit bones if your riding a triathlon bike. Just wondering because I've been having the same issues as the OP.  I've been riding with my pelvis rotated somewhat forward.



2013-01-24 6:17 PM
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Have you had a bike fit? If not stop trying new saddles until you get one that works.

What doesn't work for you? How long have you tried each of the saddles?

Taking one saddle off and putting on another usually doesn't work. Each saddle is unique.

When I first started riding I tried a few saddles. As I have ridden longer, I find harder saddle is more comfortable and I could adjust to most any hard saddle.

Imagine sitting on your bike with pillow between your bum and saddle. Pillow gets squished but is wadded up there. Cushy saddles work on same concept.

2013-01-25 4:24 PM
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4. HTFU.  If you are chaffing you need new shorts.  If your sit bones hurt get over it.  After a couple of hundred miles it gets better.

Is this the area your suppose to be resting your weight? I've read here that you should have your weight resting well in front of your sit bones if your riding a triathlon bike. Just wondering because I've been having the same issues as the OP.  I've been riding with my pelvis rotated somewhat forward.

 

I'm not a fitter or a seat guru, but here is my understanding:

Traditional seats put the pressure on the taint.  Some seats have a hollowed out area to help with this.  Most people will aim the nose right or left a few degrees depending on which side they dress.  There are plenty of people who prefer this type seat.

The Adamo and a few others are designed for you to ride with your sit bones on the "pronges of the saddle and your junk to hang off the front.  

(all the above is for the fellas.  seats and women's plumbing is WAY out of my league.)

2013-01-26 5:31 PM
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I am Cobb fan as well but also would suggest making sure your bike is properly fitted first
2013-01-26 9:04 PM
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might suggest reading Cobb's fitting guidlines (google his seats and read the fit guidelines) as well as tilting the saddle up a little. Counterintuitive but helps. Best of luck to you!
2013-01-27 4:25 PM
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2013-02-01 9:11 PM
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When you sit on your saddle, for the males, should you be on the sit bones right under the scrotum or the softer tissue an inch behind the sit bones (closer to your tailbone)?
2013-02-01 9:14 PM
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Idk what the "taint" is so just decided to be blunt and get it clarified
2013-02-03 2:24 PM
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When I'm up, weight is definitely on the sit bones. Do know that with dropped pursuit bars (the outer ones with the brakes) I'm still rather low, not far from the relaxed aero of many. When I'm in aero (a rather aggressive fit) it's kind of both making contact. I do have a split nose saddle. I can't get this far over on a nosed saddle. Not without sitting at the very end of the nose, and that just feels wrong.
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