Bontrager Big Earl Saddle

2.83/5 (6 Reviews)
Weight : 342 grams


Product Description

  • Cover: Kevlar
  • Dropped nose
  • Clipped ear design
  • Rails: Hollow CroMoly


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Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Terry

Date Reviewed: October 30, 2012

Strengths:    Looks

Weaknesses:    Weight, size, not built for sitting on to uncomfy on the seat bones....

Bottom Line:   
Looks good, 1st 10 minutes feels ok then my seat bones get sore and I can feel the blood getting cut off so not designed for sitting on only looking at. We are way out of the dark ages why are uncomfortable saddles even being made???
Hard to get behind for those steep tec decents.
I`m 170 lbs 5'11 and my seat bones are about 13cm apart from each other.

The distance of your seat bones should part of the saddles mesurements, along with the width & lenght of the saddle its self....

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by dklopp a Downhiller from Seattle, WA

Date Reviewed: April 5, 2011

Strengths:    It is fairly comfortable

Weaknesses:    It broke in the worst way possible on a seat only landing. The seat rails broke through the leather top and impaled me - resulting in me nearly bleeding out on the trail. It took 25 staples, 7 stitches, 4+ hours of cardiovascular and urological surgery, 4 days in the hospital, 3 months on blood thinners, 2 weeks with a blood filter, and over a hundred thousand dollars in medical bills are the result of the seat rails breaking through to the top.

Bottom Line:   
This seat is not designed well at all. The mounts for the rails are tiny. The rails are designed to come out so you can replace them - this means they are also less secure in the case of a crash. I got in contact with Trek about it and they basically said "We are sorry for your misfortune" and cut off communication - even though I said I wasn't looking to sue. I tried to warn them about a problem with their product, but they ignored it. I am never going to buy anything from Trek, Bontrager, Fisher, etc ever again. Horrible product and they ignored my warning about its possible danger to other - completely unacceptable of any company.

Here is a link to the pictures (I hope MTBR will allow it):
http://klopp.pinkbike.com/album/OUCH/

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Favorite Trail:   Whistler

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Too many to list: SDG Ibeam stuff, transition seats, wtb seats, chromag seats, etc

Bike Setup:   Trek Session 7, RS Totem SoloAir, Transition Wheelset, etc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nat a Weekend Warrior from Sydney, Australia

Date Reviewed: September 15, 2007

Strengths:    Looks great
Durability (whenever i flip my bike over to fix something it never tears)
soft (for me)


Weaknesses:    Not a great jump saddle

Bottom Line:   
Its a great saddle if you spend most of your time out of your seat standing up. But if you sit down a lot you should go get something softer

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Favorite Trail:   oxford falls

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   came with bike

Bike Setup:   Garyfisher bitter

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by bob a Weekend Warrior from Florida

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2007

Weaknesses:    this is by far the least comfortable saddle I have ever owned!!!

Bottom Line:   
Saddles are meant to be sat on...go with WTB for style, comfort & durability.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   various WTB, Specialized

Bike Setup:   king fisher 1

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by zack nancekiuell from paris,on,can

Date Reviewed: November 16, 2006

Strengths:    doesnt break
looks good


Weaknesses:    the worst if u have to ride more then 15 min to get somewhere (uncomfertable)

Bottom Line:   
good, but could b comfertable

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Favorite Trail:   lions

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   cyclepath - came with bike

Similar Products Used:   stock gt seats, norco seats, velo seats, big earl jump, other 1's

Bike Setup:   05 gary fisher mullet, marz dj comp, single speed

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by The Guy Above a Downhiller from Lynnfield Mass.

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2006

Strengths:    Everything I said above...looks cool and is comfy

Weaknesses:    I BROKE IT.

Yes, today I had a crash and people wanted me to go to the ER...just to give you an idea of what kinda crash...anyway, the seat seperated from the rails.


Bottom Line:   
I love it and wana get it again...it was a bad crash so I really can't blame Bontrager.

But, given that it is meant to withstand insane stuff as it's an Earl, I can only give it 4 chillies.

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Favorite Trail:   +***LYNN WOODS***+ and B&T's

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Came on Bike - Western Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Other comfy Bontragers...Selle San Marco ERA...WTB

Bike Setup:   GF KingFisher 1 frame w/2 components

Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

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