Bike Setup: Gt Karakoram more for commuting and touring than mountain biking.
from Los Angeles, CA
Date Reviewed: October 21, 2007
Strengths: Looks nice
Weaknesses: Try this saddle ... then try sitting on the post...then the saddle again...I swear you will notice no difference
Seriously though, OUCH! OUCH! - buyer beware.
I agree with nearly all the other reviewers. This one is not merely uncomfortable, it is downright painful. There is no reason to subject yourself to such torture at any cost. Even at $0. If you are the worlds biggest tightwad- spend the extra $5 - $10.
I'm not saying you must pamper yourself, just don't go for the worst option. (brick on stick as others have said)
Case in point, I would not sell mine or even give it away. Please notice most people got it as stock. If it is coming stock on a bike you are purchasing, you'd be wise to request another.
a Weekend Warrior
from MOncton, New Brunswick, Canada
Date Reviewed: June 11, 2007
Strengths: Durable, looks good, came free with bike oem
Weaknesses: Sux, uncomfortable, feels like a church bench
This saddle came stock on my Giant bike. I am surprised I rode it this long. I guess I didn't know what comfortable was. Well after trying my friends saddle today I am ashamed to say I rode my saddle since I've owned my Giant. It's like a brick on a stick. A genuine plywood popsicle. Very uncomfortable.
I am ordering a new saddle right now along with a Cane Creek Thudbuster. Can't wait.
Similar Products Used: Many other saddles, not sure brands or models
Bike Setup: Giant ATX 870
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: August 19, 2004
Strengths: Fits my body perfectly. The padding of the seat is just right with bike shorts. Neither to hard (ouch!) or to soft (impedes pedaling motion). Price is nice
Weaknesses: The major weakness of this seat is it's size. The seat is pretty narrow and if it doesn't fit your hip bones will dig right up your butt.
The key to finding a seat is finding one that fits your body. If the seat doesn't fit the width of your hip it will bring some major pain. The first six times I went out riding with this seat I swore I would get a new one. When I went to the bike shop for a free tune up I asked around. They said give it another few rides before you buy a more expensive seat. They were right! I went out riding for 4 hrs yesterday spending very little time out of the seat and had no seat pain. Find a seat that fits your bum and you will be happy. Once my body adjusted slightly the seat feels like it was custom made for me. There is very little prostate pressure and no pain that I would expect after a hard days ride.
Bike Setup: Ironhourse Rogue 2003: Manitou Axel Elite fork, deore drivetrain, lx rear derailer, Hayes HMX1 mechanical disk brakes
from White Rock
Date Reviewed: March 29, 2003
Strengths: Looks awesome, fits me, better than the oem seat...
Weaknesses: none so far
Suck it up... it isn't like riding a brick, nor is it that bad about chafing or numbness. For the money, it's a great deal... especially for leather and kevlar. My first bike came with a banana seat. That was uncomfortable. This is... a godsend in comparison.
Bike Setup: 2003 mongoose LE, VP 107 clipless pedals everything else standard.
from Edmonton, AB
Date Reviewed: September 11, 2002
Strengths: You're kidding, right?
Weaknesses: Design, materials, construction...that's pretty much everything, eh?
To clarify, I have OWNED this saddle for two years, have ridden it only half a dozen times. Came OEM on my GIANT ATX890. Changed it right away for a Selle Italia XO. I thought it might be OK for light downhilling on my dual suspension bike, but one minor lay-down of the bike and the cheap covering was shredded.
Feel sorry for anyone who actually CHOSE this saddle - my sympathies.
Similar Products Used: Metal bench, steel chair, bed of nails ( OK seriously I've used many others- I even seem to remember my banana seat not hurting this bad )
Bike Setup: The new "Ever Stand" mountain bike, thanks to this seat. ( I even ride a full suspension bike - 2002 Bullit no less with the 5th ele shock and still i getta buttache )
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: April 25, 2002
Strengths: Matches my bike.
Weaknesses: Hurts like all hell.
I have to agree with the other reviewers, this saddle sucks. Looks good but I just can't take the pain any longer. If you're logging some miles you'll feel it the next day. This saddle has honestly made riding consecutive days in slickrock country and other demanding areas painful. I've decided to go with a WTB Rocket V Laser in anticipation of an upcoming two week trip. I think the '02 XTCs come stock with a WTB Rocket V. Supposedly a nice saddle, we'll see. I highly recommend not buying this saddle or keeping it unless you love pain in that region and don't plan on having children, or you are only concerned with matching your bike parts and riding on paved bike trails.
Similar Products Used: Specialized Comp., Specialized Body Geometry, WTB Rocket V Laser.
Bike Setup: '01 Giant XTC NRS 1
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: January 30, 2002
Strengths: Looks gorgeous. Can't fault the aesthetics at all.
Weaknesses: OW OW OW OW OOWW! It hurts! Every little bump in the road brings a tear to my eye. It's hard, uncomfortable, prolly quite poorly made, if you look underneath at the quality of the plastic/leather binding.
OW. Not nice.
Looks amazing, and the colour scheme goes perfectly with my bike, but if you're a man and you enjoy making babies you shouldn't touch this saddle with a barge pole. Or anyone else's barge pole, for that matter.
Similar Products Used: San Marco Squadra. Well, similar only because it, too, is a saddle. And I haven't actially tried it yet, but so long as it's not lined with razor blades it will be a huge improvement over this monstrocity.
Bike Setup: 2000 GT Tempest FS, mainly stock, soon to be stock+new saddle
a Cross Country Rider
from Wellington NZ
Date Reviewed: January 29, 2002
Strengths: Looks cool, matches my frame. Realistic simulation of what I imagine piles feel like.
Weaknesses: Hurts when sat on.
Don't buy this seat. After my first ride I went straight to bed, my ass was incredibly sore the next morning, I could hardly ride 10mins to work even! just because of my sore ass. I really reccomend you don't buy this seat.
It does look amazingly cool though.
They came stock on many 2001 Giants in NZ, and probably many other places too. I imagine they'll appear as a stock part on giants this year too. If you're buying a giant, and its coming with this seat, insist that it is changed before you buy the bike. It makes riding so amazingly unplesant.
Similar Products Used: bonty, viscount etc. bonty was best!
Bike Setup: zaskar, xt/lx, SID race forks
a Cross Country Rider
from San Francisco, CA
Date Reviewed: February 8, 2001
Strengths: Looks, red matches my bike. Weight.
Weaknesses: Hard as a rock, too narrow
I just got a mail order from Airbomb, no wonder they were on sale. I was looking for a replacement for my stock seat and these are much worst and uncomfortable. Don't order it from the web just because it looks good. I'm returing these and I'm going to waste 'bout $10 just form shipping.
Some good deals here. I havent gotten one, but thought someone might could use it. Carbon and Alloy stuff.
The link is for one of the deals, go to "bundles" to see the others.
[url=http://www.on-one.co.uk/i/q/GREMAFX4CC/eddy_merckx_afx4_carbon_finishing_kit]Eddy Merckx AFX4 Carbon Finishing K ... Read More »
I just have the stock saddle on my '13 Fuel EX8 and it is giving me too much pain even with padded shorts. What is the proper way to measure my seat bones to match a good saddle? Also what brands are the go-to brands for quality and comfort?
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I can't seem to find a comfortable commuting saddle. I've tried many, the most recent being a Brooks saddle. They said it would get broken in and the leather would conform to your body, but, after 500 miles, the Brooks saddle still hurts. Any suggestions....I love to ride but tired of the pain/nu ... Read More »
But seriously, my ass hurts. Whenever I spend a long time in the saddle on some long uphill grind, my taint hurts. I know that saddles are a personal thing, but there is some science to it, right? Like how the saddle lines up with your sit bones or something? Are there shops tha ... Read More »