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Bit the bullet, bought a new Saddle from Specialized shop

Postby janus77 » Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:31 pm

After going through about $400 worth of saddles and not being comfortable, I finally bit the bullet and payed full retail for a saddle at the specialized shop today after having my butt measured.

Reckon i probably paid double what i could get it for online, but i can take it back and get replacements until i find the one that's right, which is worth much more than the extra $60 or so i reckon i paid.

Fingers crossed i get something comfy, the fizik i'm riding makes my gooch numb.

Anyone else got a story/saga about finding the right saddle?
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Re: Bit the bullet, bought a new Saddle from Specialized sho

Postby NhiTrac » Tue Oct 16, 2012 4:30 pm

What did you get? I've been using a Toupe Expert for a while now and my crack and sack loves it.
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Re: Bit the bullet, bought a new Saddle from Specialized sho

Postby Johndec » Tue Oct 16, 2012 6:52 pm

Did you get a toupe or a romin (or one of the other models)? I know everyone's butt is different but for me, toupe is the only choice. I've got the Ti model on my carbon bike and the next level down toupe on my Aluminum bike and both are perfect. I don't own Specialized bike and probably never will, they just don't float my boat, but I swear by their saddles.
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Re: Bit the bullet, bought a new Saddle from Specialized sho

Postby duds2u » Wed Oct 17, 2012 2:22 am

I must have a Specialised shaped arse as I have a Romin and an Avatar and have done a lot of "biggish" miles on both and me, my arse and my saddle are still the best of friends.

I must admit the Avatar is probably the most comfortable of the two but it does have the most gel and a bit heavier. Did 134K ride on Sunday on the Romin and didn't complain at all.
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Re: Bit the bullet, bought a new Saddle from Specialized sho

Postby seddo » Wed Oct 17, 2012 5:23 am

I swear by Specialized saddles as well - on my second Avatar - nothing else comes close for long ride comfort
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Re: Bit the bullet, bought a new Saddle from Specialized sho

Postby jasonc » Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:50 am

is there a list of shops where you can get this done?
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Re: Bit the bullet, bought a new Saddle from Specialized sho

Postby janus77 » Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:45 am

I got the Toupe (lower end, 220-30 grams i think - $125), haven't mounted it up yet.. I sat on a bike with it mounted, didn't feel great, but i guess i have to put a few hundred k's on it to really know.
is great that you can replace if it's not a good fit.
Fingers crossed.
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Re: Bit the bullet, bought a new Saddle from Specialized sho

Postby janus77 » Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:58 am

jasonc wrote:is there a list of shops where you can get this done?

http://www.specialized.com/au/en-au/dea ... &radius=50
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Re: Bit the bullet, bought a new Saddle from Specialized sho

Postby drnick79 » Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:02 pm

I have this one - http://www.specialized.com/au/en-au/ftb ... o-comp-gel

I wanted to go lighter weight, but was a little strapped for cash at the time. I have found it to be great.

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Re: Bit the bullet, bought a new Saddle from Specialized sho

Postby janus77 » Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:20 am

No troubles on a quick ride this morning on the new saddle. At the point where the Fizik was starting to cause me discomfort, i was still ok on the Specialized.
Bodes well for future rides, will give it a crack out to West Head tomorrow and see how i fare.
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Re: Bit the bullet, bought a new Saddle from Specialized sho

Postby MarkG » Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:58 am

I have a Toupe Team on my roadie and a new Romin Evo on my TT and they are awesome saddles and I wouldnt swap either of them!
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Re: Bit the bullet, bought a new Saddle from Specialized sho

Postby jacks1071 » Fri Oct 19, 2012 1:40 pm

janus77 wrote:I got the Toupe (lower end, 220-30 grams i think - $125), haven't mounted it up yet.. I sat on a bike with it mounted, didn't feel great, but i guess i have to put a few hundred k's on it to really know.
is great that you can replace if it's not a good fit.
Fingers crossed.


I used a Toupe for a week a while ago after all the hype and it felt like I'd been raped by an elephant. Never ceases to amaze me how one person's torture device is anothers lounge chair :-)

When you find a saddle you really like, my advice is to buy at least one as a spare so you don't have to go through the exercise of finding a good one too soon into the future.
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Re: Bit the bullet, bought a new Saddle from Specialized sho

Postby MarkG » Fri Oct 19, 2012 1:48 pm

jacks1071 wrote:I used a Toupe for a week a while ago after all the hype and it felt like I'd been raped by an elephant. .


lol hahhaha

now I know how my poor wife must feel! :)
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Re: Bit the bullet, bought a new Saddle from Specialized sho

Postby janus77 » Fri Oct 19, 2012 2:03 pm

MarkG wrote:
jacks1071 wrote:I used a Toupe for a week a while ago after all the hype and it felt like I'd been raped by an elephant. .


lol hahhaha

now I know how my poor wife must feel! :)


Dude, your wife was raped by an elephant? I'm so sorry to hear, that's awful.
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Re: Bit the bullet, bought a new Saddle from Specialized sho

Postby janus77 » Fri Oct 19, 2012 2:05 pm

jacks1071 wrote:
janus77 wrote:I got the Toupe (lower end, 220-30 grams i think - $125), haven't mounted it up yet.. I sat on a bike with it mounted, didn't feel great, but i guess i have to put a few hundred k's on it to really know.
is great that you can replace if it's not a good fit.
Fingers crossed.


I used a Toupe for a week a while ago after all the hype and it felt like I'd been raped by an elephant. Never ceases to amaze me how one person's torture device is anothers lounge chair :-)

When you find a saddle you really like, my advice is to buy at least one as a spare so you don't have to go through the exercise of finding a good one too soon into the future.


I'm not 100% sure it's the saddle for me yet, but it's already better than the Fizik i was on. It's an expensive exercise finding the right saddle. I have a stock Giant road saddle on my commuter which fits like a glove, but they don't sell it, i got it 2nd hand on ebay, otherwise i'd probably just find another to buy.
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Re: Bit the bullet, bought a new Saddle from Specialized sho

Postby jasonc » Fri Oct 19, 2012 2:09 pm

janus77 wrote:I have a stock Giant road saddle on my commuter which fits like a glove, but they don't sell it, i got it 2nd hand on ebay, otherwise i'd probably just find another to buy.


someone will be able to tell you the OEM manufacturer...
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