Bike Setup: 2008 Specialized Rockhopper, with gobi xm saddle, crankbrothers eggbeaters, maxis tires.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: October 27, 2010
Strengths: Good lenght and nice Ti rails
Weaknesses: The most uncumfortable saddle I have ever owned
Very over priced
You can get better comfort and build quality for a lot less money.
If you have an Italian waiter sized rear end then you may be OK but anyone with a normal sized behind will find it very hard and narrow.
I gave it a good try and moved it to all sorts of angles, slid it backwards and forwards on the rails but no joy.
Treat those buttocks to something better and save some money at the same time.
Similar Products Used: A few different Specialized BG saddles
Bike Setup: 07 Stumpjumper FSR
a Cross Country Rider
from 'Fredericton, NB, Canada
Date Reviewed: August 25, 2010
Strengths: Long ride comfort
Weaknesses: Fit must be perfect
This is a great comfortable saddle but it does feel like your sitting on a 2 x 4 until it's adjusted properly and your used to it. The saddle doesn't look real durable, the lettering is already wearing off.
The Gobi is not as plush as some saddles and (with Ti rails, at least) and transmits some bumps that other saddles don't.
I recommend the Gobi for mountain/cross country riders looking for comfort on longer rides but not necessarily an immediate plush feeling when you first sit on it.
Strengths: Very forgiving, length is great as you can switch positions but narrow enough to get behind it if need be.
I have a Gobi on every bike I own (and have owned for the past 3 years). Also have the arione on my road bike and my cross bike. I do believe saddles are a personal preference and you have to find one that fits your rear end so it is hard to say one is better than another. But I have had these for years and they are absolutely the best I have ever rode.
Bike Setup: Mamasita Full XTR and Reynold Topo 29ers
a Cross Country Rider
from Moscow, Russia
Date Reviewed: May 11, 2009
This is a great streamlined saddle for an iron ass (I have one by now). Quality is great - looks almost as new after two years (did around 1000km during that time, though - not much).
It started creaking recently - I've taken the seatpost with the saddle out of the frame, turned it upside down and sprayed some silicone lubricant into the saddle where the rails go inside the saddle shell - silicone lube usually cures creaking and squeaking, cured my saddle's creaking this time.
I think choosing a saddle is very personal and individual - everyone's asses and hipbones are different, so I won't tell that this model is good for you or whatever, but I can tell that this is a well-made quality product. The saddle is rather hard, so those who like soft saddle probably shouldn't even try it. I've had a rather hard saddle on my previous bike and after daily commuting for a year on that bike my ass have gotten so iron I could probably ride a saddle of any hardness. Like Sheldon Brown's funny joke about a solid granite Real Man (R)saddles.
a Cross Country Rider
from Pembroke Pines, FL. USA
Date Reviewed: March 6, 2009
Strengths: Very comfortable, durable, flex wing is legit, lightweight
Weaknesses: price? A seat this calibre will cost atleast this much, I found it to be a lot better than seats that were more expensive, and haven't found anything cheaper that would even compare!
I have been using this seat for over 3yrs now. This seat has made its way from my K2 to my Blur. I am so sold on this seat that I am planning on buying a second one brand new and just hanging onto it with this one's breaks or falls apart! It is seriously worth the money you invest on it, and yah you will regret it when you pay for it, and when you first put it onto your seatpost, but wait a couple months and you too will be swearing by them! THEY ARE THAT GOOD! They are a very strong durable saddle with great comfort, great flex in the wings "wing flex". They AREN'T Racelight at about 220g, but sacrificing a few grams for the added comfort that will let you ride all day is well worth it! Besides, if you are going to be racing, comfort isn't about the furthest from your priorities so this saddle isnt for you anyways!
This seat was not for me. It's like sitting on a carved up 2x4. It should be called the "taint killer." I'm a big guy 6'3 250lbs and trail ride 20-30miles a week. I gave this seat about 10 miles and couldn't take it. I've read they have to be broken in but I have no interest in spending anymore time on this saddle. Even with the thudbuster this thing was NOT comfortable for me. I'll stick with the softer Laser.
I would give this thing a 1 but I don't think that's fair considering you either like hard saddles or you like soft saddles. After this experience I'm definitely a soft saddle person. Good thing I didn't pay retail...
a Cross Country Rider
from Portland, OR
Date Reviewed: February 7, 2009
Strengths: Very comfortable, lightweight, and available in many different colors. It is a narrow seat and is great for free thigh movement. Also, the rear of the seat is very comfortable and absorbs a lot of road noise and small bumps.
Weaknesses: I have two of the seats and one was purchased used off ebay. On the used one the rails of the seat squeak loudly and I need to put oil in there and tilt the seat accordingly so the oil absorbs in all the around the rails. This is a pain but I have a feeling the seller was rather large and thus abused the seat with his weight.
I love these seats. They are great for on the road and off the road. I have one on my cross bike and one on my mountain bike. When I need a new seat for my road bike I will be getting one of these. I read a review earlier on that mentioned how uncomfortable this seat was and I'm guessing he didn't have it set up right. I've found with this seat that positioning is very critical. If it feels a little off try moving it forward or backward and adjusting the angle. Once you get it right it will feel like a gentle hand holding your butt above the bike and it's magic. The price is steep but if you can find a good deal it's well worth it.
Similar Products Used: WTB Laser V Team Saddle, Rolls, Regal
Bike Setup: On One Geared Inbred, XT componets, Sun Ringle Charger Wheels with Dirty Flea Hubs, Thomson post, Hope stem, Avid bb7 Mechanicals with Alligator Titanium Nitrate Rotors, Fizik Gobi seat, Panracer Fire tires, egg beater pedals, answer aluminum bars, isis drive race face cranks with fsa platinum bb, speed dial levers, and salsa skewers and seat clamp.
a Weekend Warrior
from Victoria Australia
Date Reviewed: January 12, 2009
Strengths: Comfort / wingflex really works / good looks
Weaknesses: None so far
Comfort, Comfort and Comfort - is there anything else more important in a saddle. Not sure about the wear rate yet, but the thing is super comfortable. Also easy to move around on and easy to get over the back for descending - I will be keeping this one for a while. They are super expensive in OZ though which brings the value rating down to 4 - glad I found one on the bay.
Similar Products Used: Flite - ouch
WTB Laser - not too bad, but not suitable for this bike
Bontrager - OK
Selle San Marco Rolls - good for the roadie, not so much for mountain
Selle San Marco Due - ouch
Strengths: Light weight, comfort beyond belief, long rails allow for a lot of fore/aft adjustment, cordura or whatever edges, very stylin'
Weaknesses: Gluing/stitching on underside of saddle
I'm 160 lbs. and have ridden on Flite saddles since 1992. Never found anything that worked better. Decided to try a Gobi after reading about the tail flex and found a lightly used one on ebay.
The tail flex is nice, and the long, contoured shape of the saddle lets you move around for a different feel in the saddle. No problems with numbness or pain in the tushie. It looks a little wider than the Flite, and I thought my thighs would be rubbing against the sides of it, but this hasn't happened at all. Just bought another one to replace the Flite on one of my other mountain bikes and will probably look for another one to put on my road bike.
Only thing holding this back from a 5-star rating is the glue/stitching underneath. No problems yet, but it just doesn't inspire confidence.
Weaknesses: uncomfortable, went numb and got butt cramps in only 7 miles
This saddle looks great, matched by bike (silver & blue) the reviews looked very good, many talking about comfort and great fit, but this thing had me numb at mile 7 of a 33 mile ride and I got a butt cramp at mile 9. It's not that I haven't ridden much, I had just completed 160 miles the week before on my Bontrager race lite seat and had no problem. I found a good deal on the Gobi and decided to give it a try. After my ride today, the thing is back in the box getting returned. Apparently this saddle works well with some body shapes better than others. I weigh 195 pounds and it was just too darn hard and uncomfortable. I can't imagine sitting on this for more than 2 hours.
Let me state that i freak out with weight weeinies who, for shedding insignificant grams, like to sit on a rock (selle italia, aspide carbon, etc).
The Gobi´s been on my race bike for three years and for 250g, haven´t felt a saddle so comfy, it does absorb some shock and adapts to my shape real well. But after a couple of long distance bike marathons i have done that last around 4-5 hours, i did feel numb, and sore in my prostate afterwards. But only after 5 hours plus of racing, but anything under say 3 hours is just perfect, period. Just wish Fizik designed a goby with a cutout and came out to the market.
I only use the Gobi" on my "race " bike. For my other regular "training" bikes i use cheap Velo Comfort saddles, which can be a bit heavy and cheap, but they´re real comfy, and have a cutout, and i can ride for hours and hours and never feel any discomfort, but, racing and just riding are different things, and for "racing" the Gobi wins by far vs any other saddle.