Bontrager Race Day Saddle

2.17/5 (18 Reviews)
MSRP : $70.00


Product Description

Bontrager Race Day


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Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Ed Salazar a Cross Country Rider from San Mateo, CA

Date Reviewed: January 7, 2002

Strengths:    Keeps your butt off the seatpost.

Weaknesses:    Ouch... oh never mind I'm numb now....

Bottom Line:   
This stupid seat... good hell. No sear under 400grms could really be described as comfortable, but come on. Twenty minutes on an otherwise sweet steel ride and then total numbness. So I took it off my Bonte Race and threw it into the leftover parts bin to collect dust and spiderwebs with stuff like Shimano 7 speed rapidfire shifters from three frames ago. Then some a--hole decides to rip the, get this, Kalloy Uno post and used Vetta TT off my commuter (an old Cross bike I hang my old mountain parts on and use to get save gas). So I order a new seatpost (I hope the upstanding citizen who stole it enjoys the 26.0 size, try and find a frame to fit the post dickweed). And decided to put the Bontrager saddle on the cross bike until I can find one I like. You would never believe it. The stupid saddle that numbed places that should never be numbed while riding a mountain bike is perfect on the cross bike. Best seat of the four or so I have had on it. Half centuries, and no problems. Maybe it is angle or something. Anyway If you still have this thing and hate it try it on a different ride, it might just work.

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Favorite Trail:   Not telling

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Vetta, Sella Italia, etc. etc.

Bike Setup:   Bontrager Race.... Old Alpinestars Cyclocross

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Greg a Cross Country Rider from Michigan

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2001

Strengths:    Looks, Well made. Looks really fast and cool.

Weaknesses:    It hurts me! Looks can be deceiving.

Bottom Line:   
I tried to get used to it. But the thing just kills me. I get numb after about 6 miles. I tried adjusting my position on the bike, but no luck, just a sore ass. Who designed this thing????

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Favorite Trail:   Pigeon River

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Bike Setup:   99 schwinn homegrown elite

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tony Winty a Cross Country Rider from Canberra ACT Australia

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2001

Strengths:    Excellent value and well made. Looks impressive and the colors matched my bike!

Weaknesses:    Could be lighter.

Bottom Line:   
I had real concern buying this seat. Everything I had read said it was an uncomfortable design. How wrong for me! This seat is excellent! I have ridden many different seats over the years and have a stable of Flites. I didn't know that a seat could be more comfortable. It is. This just goes to show that from a comfort perspective - don't bother with reviews and comments (although it seems Flite's shape is a safe if not the best choice for many).

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $40.00

Similar Products Used:   Flite, Flite Gel.

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Chameleon, Atom Z2 80, Sram 9.0, Raceface LP cranks and rings, Dean Ti post (but have used Control Tech Al).

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by John a Racer from Seattle

Date Reviewed: April 2, 2001

Strengths:    Price, looks

Weaknesses:    Comfort - it's just not perfect -- but is any saddle?

Bottom Line:   
I am surprised by all the complaints about this saddle. It's not perfect, but I don't get numb or am not in pain after 3-9 hour rides. What more can you ask for. I do have a pretty narrow butt, though. So, it might not work for riders with bigger tushes.

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Favorite Trail:   Road -- Hurricane Ridge

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Specialized OEM (ahhhhh); Selle Italia Max Flite (double Ahhhhhh!), Selle San Marco Squadra chromo (comfy but heavy, so it's on my rain bike)

Bike Setup:   Airborne Zeppelin with a mix of Shimano DA and Ultegra

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Emanuele a Downhiller from Ames Iowa

Date Reviewed: October 25, 2000

Strengths:    Looks, and that's about it.

Weaknesses:    everything besides the look. Very uncomfortable

Bottom Line:   
I thought I could get used to it, but I have never been more wrong. I have given it some time, but I still find that it hurts my ass way too much. Saddle came with my bike, Joshua F3, and good thing. If i was to pay a dime for it I would have returned it as soon as I sat on it. Men, don't ride longer than 20 minutes or you'll run the risk of not having little rug rats to call your own.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by eric a Cross Country Rider from ny

Date Reviewed: October 2, 2000

Strengths:    Light, comfortable once you get used to it.

Weaknesses:    It is uncomfortable when you first use it. Yes, it is painful, but after a few rides, and enough calluses build up on your ass, and it is a good product.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this seat for 20 buck in the bargain box (slightly used). Once you get used to it, it will be fine.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   WTB, Etc

Bike Setup:   GT, XT Blah, blah

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by mike ignacio a Cross Country Rider from san refael, ca, usa

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2000

Strengths:    not this saddle

Weaknesses:    hard as a rock, flimsy, a stupid saddle.

Bottom Line:   
this saddle brings out the worst memory. i remember taken my first ride on this seat, and i could never get it adjusted just right were i can be comfy on it. in fact, i never been comfy on this piece of rock. i felt like a big wedge was shoved up my crack and gave me a tight wedgie that just won't quit. i figure i just give it a few weeks and maybe i can get use to it after i break it in. well, it ever happened, i think it gotten harder. i finally trashed it and got myself a flite ti and my butt began to function normally again. the flite is a wonderful saddle. as for this bontrager, it is made for people who don't have a butt crack and like sitting on rocks. get a real saddle like a flite. if u happen to be get a bike that comes with this seat lol, do ur butt a favor and burn it. enjoy ur rides yaaaa...

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Favorite Trail:   mt. tam

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   flite ti, avocet 02, spec evolution

Bike Setup:   gt avalanch, spec ellez

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by riserbar a Weekend Warrior from atlanta, ga

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2000

Strengths:    nice looking, price

Weaknesses:    hard, too narrow

Bottom Line:   
The seat is too narrow for my rear. I am not a huge-butted guy, but this one doesn't seem to catch enough rear to keep the seat from crawling upward. If it flared a bit more in the back, it would work great. the gel seems to give nicely.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   WTB on my mountain bike

Bike Setup:   Giant TCR road bike

Overall Rating:2
Submitted by Lori a Cross-Country Rider from Clemson, SC

Date Reviewed: August 11, 1999

Strengths:    
Looks comfortable


Weaknesses:    
Can't get it wet!


Bottom Line:   
For the first six months I really enjoyed this saddle. It's easy to get behind on a down hill and quite comfortable. Now since it has gotten older, it adsorbs water, and the gel turns into a hard lump. Usually, the first 10 miles are comfortable, but after that it's chaff city.

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Duration Product Used:   
1 Year


Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Tom a Cross-Country Rider from Chicago

Date Reviewed: June 3, 1999

Strengths:    
I challenge you to find one


Weaknesses:    
I can't stop screaming


Bottom Line:   
I would ride on broken glass insted of this this this thing. I am not an idiot I am a mechanic in a bike shop, race and am only 5'7 155. I got it for $40 as a return. I could not get it adjusted after 9 rides then I discovered it hurtes any way you have it. Do not get this seat, you would be better off just sitting on the post. I never took it over 10 mi because I thought I would start to cry. If you still wan't to spend the money you should walk into the shop and just trow your money in and leave. I would be less painfull to ride tandum and have the person in back just hit me with it. This thing sucks, I would go on but it is bringing up some bad mememories

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
trek moab


Bike Setup:   
M2 comp white bro it goes on

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Zoe a Weekend Warrior from Seattle, WA

Date Reviewed: May 17, 1999

Strengths:    
Sexy graphics
Easy to get behind


Weaknesses:    
Women's saddle? HAH
OW. OW OW OW OW OW OW


Bottom Line:   
This saddle is also sold as a womens saddle, with a shorter nose. I rode the Paola Paezzo / Sella San Marco Bontrager RaceDay saddle, same one different colors: Ow ow ow. Holy heaven I have never had pain like this saddle gave me. It was very cushy for about twenty minutes, then I paid for it for A WEEK. A week!Women beware! This saddle feels padded at first is very easy to get off the back of; however, dont try to do any road training on it (i.e. SIT on it) or any cross country rides. Its too narrow to perch your sit bones on, which is how a lot of women ride a saddle, differently from how men ride.Switched to a Serfas Dual Density ARC on reccomendation from a chat site; just as easy to get behind, and actually supports the BONES in my seat. Here's a gossip bit: on one chat site I saw, Juli Furtado (?) popped up explaining that she pulled her name from her version of the saddle since it was so uncomfortable. Fact or fiction? Who can tell?One chili for cool graphics on the Selle Race Day version, and for women with narrower pelvic bones than mine.

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Specialized stock saddle
Specialized body geometry
Serfas Dual Density Pro ARC


Bike Setup:   
Specialized FSR

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Oliver Lorincz a cross-country rider from Budapest, Hungary /Europe/

Date Reviewed: March 6, 1999

Bottom Line:   


Wimps!
This is the best seat i have ever ridden.Your complaining a little too much. You have to ride on it, this is not a couch for relax. See you on the bike marathons!
5 stars !

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by JJ a cross-country rider from Oakland, CA

Date Reviewed: December 19, 1998

Bottom Line:   


K. Bontrager must have the skinniest ass ever because this saddle goes up the crack. I could predict medical lawsuits (and lifetime viagra) for the users of this saddle. Bontrager no longer stands for good well thoughout products, but weirdness and biased stuff that goes up the crack, man. Man, it hurts me just thinking about it. Post a message in buyers forum if you want a free (-shipping) of a Ti Bontrager. Hey, if you got the skinniest, boniest ass, this is for you.

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Lee Norton a racer from Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: October 25, 1998

Bottom Line:   


I had the cheap Bontrager which came with my wife's bike. I loved this seat so when the opportunity to buy the titanium, kevlar sided model I jumped at it. What a mistake. I have been abused by this seat for about a year as it was hard to acknowledge that I had wasted my money. The seat is hard, goes right up your crack and rubs you raw. Saddles are a personal preference, but I can't see how anyone will like this one. Anybody want to buy a saddle?

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Peepuff a weekend warrior from Honolulu, Hawaii

Date Reviewed: July 23, 1998

Bottom Line:   


I bought the Race Day from a mail-order catalog but had to return it. It didn't get past the parking lot test ride. It was super hard and uncomfortable. I know anything named Race Day isn't necessarily built for comfort, but this was like sitting on a rock covered with leather, and my butt couldn't tolerate more than a few minutes at a time, no matter how much I tried to play with different angles and positions.

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