Bike seat

Discussion in 'Saddles' started by Ocpop, Aug 16, 2020.



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  1. Ocpop

    Ocpop Member

    Location:
    Mission Viejo
    Name:
    Paul K
    Current Bike:
    Pivot trail
    I’ve never been really comfortable in the seat my Pivot came with so I’m looking to try something different. I know it’s clearly an individual preference but I have no idea what to try. If you guys have any suggestions or an old standby you swear by, let me know. Thanks.
     
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  2. Danmtchl

    Danmtchl iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Bakersfield
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    2020 Trek Fuel EX 9.7
    Two saddles I love are the:
    Fizik Tundra M3. I have multiple ones on different bikes. I love a flat saddle and it works well with my body type. Yes they are expensive but in my opinion worth it.
    https://www.fizik.com/us_en/tundra-m3.html

    Ergon SM Pro Men, this is my current saddle of choice, it is not as flat as the Fizik, but still very comfortable. I have the M/L because it is the closet to the size I need.
    https://www.ergonbike.com/en/product-details.html?a=saettel&anr=44001402&s=smmtb
     
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  3. kingaucho

    kingaucho Well-Known Member

    Location:
    South OC
    Name:
    Lubo
    Current Bike:
    Giant Anthem 29er
    Saddles are such a personal preference. Unlike @Danmtchl I really don’t feel comfortable on Fizik saddles. I like SDG Bel Air and WTB Volt and Silverado.
     
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  4. shawndoh

    shawndoh Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Lake Forest
    Name:
    shawn
    Current Bike:
    I ride all the bikes!
    Everything you could ask for...

    Screenshot_20200811-184755_Instagram.jpg
     
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  5. evdog

    evdog iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    San diego
    Name:
    Evan S
    Myself and a lot of people I know run WTB Rockets. They're inexpensive but fairly comfortable. WTB does have a demo program available at some shops where you can borrow a saddle to see if it works for you.

    If you've been having issues with various saddles it may be worth having a shop measure you for fitment. Saddles come in different widths and lengths so you may just have the wrong size.
     
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  6. Danmtchl

    Danmtchl iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Bakersfield
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    2020 Trek Fuel EX 9.7
    I worked on a bike with a Bell saddle very close to this one.
     
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  7. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    2020 SC Megaplower; Revel Rail
    It might be wise to know which saddle is actually on your PIvot. I am relatively certain it is a WTB of some kind with a Pivot logo on it. Most likely a Volt. Also, measure the saddle's widest point. You may have a saddle that's too narrow for your "sit bones" or too wide. The WTB website has a method for figuring out your proper width that seems a little odd, but they swear it's accurate (wrist width). Click here.
     
  8. Stkx66

    Stkx66 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Southern California
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower 27+/ 29r
    The Path bike shop can measure your " sit bones " . They fixed up Courtney with a better seat after going through the process. ( Which is quite simple ;) )
     
  9. Ocpop

    Ocpop Member

    Location:
    Mission Viejo
    Name:
    Paul K
    Current Bike:
    Pivot trail
    Thanks guys. The current saddle is a Phoenix WTB Pro Vigo according to the spec sheet. It’s a fairly heavily padded saddle. I’d like to try something with a lighter padding.
     
  10. Ocpop

    Ocpop Member

    Location:
    Mission Viejo
    Name:
    Paul K
    Current Bike:
    Pivot trail
    Might try this.
     
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  11. Ocpop

    Ocpop Member

    Location:
    Mission Viejo
    Name:
    Paul K
    Current Bike:
    Pivot trail
    Thanks, will checkout the site
     
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  12. bvader

    bvader Well-Known Member

    Location:
    HB
    Name:
    Mr. Brown
    Width (and shape) for me was paramount ... Not padding. Years in the wrong saddles .. even lead to some very painful tendinitis where the hamstring attached to the sit bones then measured turns out I am a ~130mm guy ... Wahluhh life / riding was all good.
     
  13. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    HT, FS
    WTB saddles, as mentioned: Good value.

    I’ve used Silverado, Volt, Pure V, Speed V, Rocket. The Volt and Pure are my go-tos. Pure borders on too plush now that I’ve spent time on the Volt.

    Yes, get measured and buy the best width. Models have different widths, and each model comes in multiple widths. 142 width seems perfect for me. Though a narrower saddle will work better for technical/DH, the suboptimal comfort pedaling is not worth it to me.

    As said, it’s somewhat personal. My stock Pivot Silverado saddle was unusable until I had ridden regularly a few years. Like any bike part, you zero in on what works over time.
     
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  14. Lost Kiwi

    Lost Kiwi Member

    Location:
    Was UK, now Mission Viejo!
    Name:
    Simon
    Current Bike:
    Nugget Proflex 657
    I typically run Selle Italia's on my bikes, currently have an SLR on the roadie and Novus on the MTBs. One of the most comfortable saddles I ever had was back when I was racing (and a poor student) the saddle was getting battered and looked pretty rough so I just stripped it down to a bare shell and rode that. I did the same when I built the Proflex, had an old saddle lying round in the spares box, stripped it, drilled some holes in shell to soften it up a bit and then gave it a good sanding to smooth it out. I think its an old Selle Italia, you can't do this with every saddle, some you'll strip and the shell will just be the wrong shape. Yes it looks a bit like a medieval torture device but its surprising comfortable!
    IMG_5738.jpg
     
  15. fos'l

    fos'l Well-Known Member

    Name:
    Bob
    Current Bike:
    2005 Santa Cruz Superlight
    Just broke the rails on my WTB "Ti-railed "Something" (can't tell what it is since I replaced some of the leather) after 15 years, and seems like any of their saddles has been comfortable for me. The Fizik I had around, not so good, so new WTB this week. BTW, anyone know whether the rails are worth anything as scrap metal?
     
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  16. Dirtrider....

    Dirtrider.... Member

    Location:
    RSM
    Name:
    Paul
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripmo
    I switched to the ISM PM 2.0 last year. I will not use another saddle. Taint smash is so old school... not i'm never numb anymore after using this saddle. I have even stopped wearing chamois liners with my shorts on all my rides.

    Do they look weird... sure they do. But the feel is great. :cool:

    I've tried so many saddles... done the sit bone measuring at the Path... adjusted the saddle in every direction but still experienced the boys going numb. I shouldn't HAVE to stand up because my saddle is uncomfortable and i need blood to flow to my legs again... i should only stand up to mash when i chose to stand... which is rare... lol

    Just my $.02

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  17. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    B. Bunny
    Current Bike:
    2 SC and a STDM
    That saddle is just weird. :eek:







    Oh, all right. I have three of them. :cautious: The only time I was ever unhappy with the company or the saddle was when they changed the name from the Adamo Peak to PM 2.0. They increased the price about $80 at the same time. The plastic bodies of the saddles have the same model numbers stamped on the bottom. They changed the color... My oldest saddle has been with me since 2012, and is still seeing duty on the Sutra.

    I'll climb up on my soapbox again... If you ever get numb "down there", you are doing something wrong. Loss of blood to that area is never a good thing...
     
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  18. sir crashalot

    sir crashalot Well-Known Member

    Location:
    laguna beach
    Name:
    gary fishman
    Current Bike:
    2018 banshee rune
    Koobi au enduro. Center channel to relieve perineal pressure.
     
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  19. Ocpop

    Ocpop Member

    Location:
    Mission Viejo
    Name:
    Paul K
    Current Bike:
    Pivot trail
    I bought the WTB Volt and have been using it for last few weeks. So far so good. No numbness issues yet.
     
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  20. Obsidian

    Obsidian Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Costa Mesa
    Name:
    Obsidian
    Current Bike:
    2017 Intense Tracer
    Great saddle, IMO. My first bike came with a WTB Volt Team. My second bike came with a fancy Fabric carbon fiber rail type nonsense ... which shattered on a crash down the top part of Lizard.

    I replaced it with the WTB Volt Team and instantly realized how much better it was. So much more comfortable, and good luck breaking titanium rails. :p
     
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  21. Ocpop

    Ocpop Member

    Location:
    Mission Viejo
    Name:
    Paul K
    Current Bike:
    Pivot trail
    And as an added bonus, the titanium Volt is significantly lighter than the seat it replaced.
     
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  22. Dirtrider....

    Dirtrider.... Member

    Location:
    RSM
    Name:
    Paul
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripmo


    one of my favorite videos on saddles :)
     
  23. scan

    scan Well-Known Member

    Name:
    fran allas
    Current Bike:
    Scott Spark
    Just put this on and so far my butt likes it!! Only 130g.

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  24. Sasquatch9billion

    Sasquatch9billion Well-Known Member

    Name:
    trinidad j. mendez
    Looks nice, who makes that?
     
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  25. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    B. Bunny
    Current Bike:
    2 SC and a STDM
    I could have sex in the feed zone. :Roflmao

    Best testimonial ever for a saddle. From 3:00 to the end is gold...
     
  26. scan

    scan Well-Known Member

    Name:
    fran allas
    Current Bike:
    Scott Spark
     
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  27. Grego

    Grego iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Fullerton
    Name:
    joe
    Current Bike:
    WFO9
    Perfect for the WW bike. 70g less than a ti Volt. Intrigued.
     
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  28. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Addict

    Location:
    CA
    Name:
    Chicken Nugget
    Current Bike:
    2018 Guerrilla Gravity SMASH
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  29. Grego

    Grego iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Fullerton
    Name:
    joe
    Current Bike:
    WFO9
    I'm going to order three of them. :p
     
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