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new saddle

Postby bigbuzz73 » Sat Jun 02, 2007 1:19 am

Hi everyone!
I was unhappy with the "numb bum" from my Fizik Pave saddle that came standard on my Bianchi so I purchased a Selle San Marco Era K on Thursday. I felt all my weight was on the perinium (I think that's the correct spelling :) ) rather than on my sit bones. I tried a couple of saddles on my bike at the shop and I bought the Era K mainly on the advice of the sales guy. I had a short ride and it felt a bit better, but not really deluxe.
When I got home I had a look on the website []
and according to the manufacturer this seat is wrong for me (it's a "225"). The Era K suits someone around 50-60kg. At 85kg, 5' 10" and an XL size I need a "255". Sorry about all the background B.S., but at around $200 for a saddle, you need to get it right.
Anyone had experience with the S.I.Z.E. system on the above website? Is this a better way to buy a saddle other than by feel or guesswork?
How have you guys selected a new saddle other than just hoping it was ok? I couldn't tell if one seat was better than the others I tried purely by sitting on them for a couple of minutes on the windtrainer.
I can return the saddle and they will swap it over so Im not out of pocket. Any advice welcome.
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by BNA » Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:48 am


Postby mikesbytes » Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:48 am

Thats a new one on me. There's male and female width.

Seats are also a funny thing, its really personal, ie a seat can suit one rider really well and not another. The elcheapo seats on the OCR and the beast are fine for me, but the better quality seat on the track bike gives me a sore bum.

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