San Marco Era K Saddle

4.38/5 (8 Reviews)
Weight : 230 grams

Product Description

Kevlar® in the rear part of the saddle; smooth leather on the sides to facilitate frictionless pedaling; and suede Lorica® for better grip and strength on the top.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Fyut a Cross Country Rider from Denver, CO

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2008

Strengths:    very durable, good looking, comfortable for me.

Weaknesses:    none after 2+ years of use

Bottom Line:   
this is a nice durable saddle that will get you through many, many rides. My primary reason for buying the era-k was not wight, but primarily comfort. As an added bonus, I also got durability ;)

Ride on!

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Favorite Trail:   all of 'em!

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Bike Setup:   who cares?

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joe a Cross Country Rider from Colorado Springs

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2005

Strengths:    Tough as Nails, Relatively Light, Fits ME like a glove

Weaknesses:    While it's not a heavy weight at 230g, there are lighter saddles out there.

Bottom Line:   
I have been riding this saddle for 3 years now and I cannot speak highly enough about it! I have a reputation for shredding saddles in crashes, but try as I may, I can't seem to put so much as a scratch on this one! It fits me like a glove (although that's like trying to get one pair of shoes to fit everyone).

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jim C a Racer from Trexlertown, PA

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2003

Strengths:    Good looks, kevlar reinforced, cutout in shell ("Flexible Feathered Tongue") beneath nose section to reduce perennium pressure

Weaknesses:    Too narrow for me

Bottom Line:   
Used for about 4 x 2-hour road rides. Rear portion designed to support ischael (sp?) bones was arched down & a little too narrow for me, causing weight to be supported by perennium along the nose of the saddle - not healthy. Terry Zero doesn't look as cool, but has a flatter, wider rear portion, & is just as light. Didn't have a problem with the seam mentioned in previous review.

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Favorite Trail:   The Derby, Trexlertown, PA

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $69.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Terry Zero, Trico Split Rail, Trico Prima EX

Bike Setup:   Trek 2300 Road with Ultegra

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Russell Ruggiero a Weekend Warrior from West Windsor, NJ, USA

Date Reviewed: February 9, 2003

Strengths:    Weight

Weaknesses:    Support

Bottom Line:   


I "had" to get my Trek STP 200 down to 24 pounds, and this product was able to get me there. It weighs 130g less than the stock FS 2000. The San Marco Era is a great looking product that gives me a decent ride, while reducing overall weight. However, it could use a little more support at the ears. In a nutshell, the San Marco Era pleasing to the eye, and well built. A solid value in every aspect.

Thank You

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Favorite Trail:   R&D

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Jay's Cycle

Similar Products Used:   FS 2000

Bike Setup:   Trek STP 200

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Paul a Weekend Warrior from Anaheim

Date Reviewed: December 16, 2002

Bottom Line:   
A great saddle. For me, it is just right firmness and width. Good workmanship as well. WTB Laser V is good but it was too wide for me, and Terry Dragonfly was too narrow. This one is near perfect. ( When will saddle makers make different size saddle for different size rears, just like different size frames come for different height? Just my two cents because if WTB made little narrower Laser V, I would be in line to buy it)

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Riverside Cyclery USA

Similar Products Used:   WTB Laser V, Terry Fly, Terry Dragonfly, WTB SST,

Bike Setup:   Full suspension trail ride

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Shawn a Racer from Durango, CO

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2002

Strengths:    Good vibration dampening, no numbness after 5+ hours in the saddle, appeared to be very durable

Weaknesses:    Personally I loved this saddle except there seems to be a major design flaw with the two different types of materials used in the center of the saddle vs. the leather on the outside. I put in a lot of hours and I don't typically get saddle sores but due to the seam between these materials it caused me major sores due to the friction of the seam that's more like a welt. I tried to work my ass into this saddle but after a month I gave up.

Bottom Line:   
I believe this is a great saddle with the exception of the two different materials and resulting seam on the Era K. I plan on buying a couple of the Era Pro's that don't have the different materials.

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Favorite Trail:   Too many to name one

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   Colorado Cyclist

Similar Products Used:   Fizik Nisene, Specialized Body Geom. Comp and Pro

Bike Setup:   Litespeed Tuscany, Kysriums, Look HSC3, Ultegra/DA mix

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Pedro a Cross Country Rider from Spokane WA

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2002

Strengths:    Lightweight and forgiving. I have this on my XC and my road bikes and it is an investment that your children will thank you for down the road. Has got to be the mos comfortable saddle that I have ridden, especially for the road. It is the same one that Lance uses for cryin' out loud and well, he has more concerns in that region than most of us.

Weaknesses:    Its expensive if you don't have connections. Upwards of $100 for some of the newest models. It is durable though, so you will have it a while.

Bottom Line:   
Good seat. Buy it. Ride it. Be able to walk after you ride. Good seat.

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Favorite Trail:   Galbraith Mt.

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Local Shop

Similar Products Used:   Italia gel, Bontrager race, WTB - will make you impotent.

Bike Setup:   Handcrafted Trek Steel, Manitou X-vert air, XT all around, Avid disc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Peter Rhodes a Racer from New Hampshire

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2002

Strengths:    Lightweight, comfortable, extremely long wearing

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
I switched from the flite to this saddle about two years ago now. I used to go through a flite a season. The leather on these ERA saddles lasts a long long time. I even crashed in a criterium and my saddle didn't even rip even though it slid about 10 feet at 30 mph before hitting the bales.
I know that saddles are a very personal choice, but if you are not happy with what you have, I would recommend giving this one a try.
it only weighs 1 ounce more then a flite, so weight is nice and low. Padding and rubber insert mean all day comfort.
So even though it costs about $25 more then a flite, it is going into its 3rd year when I would in the past I would have been on my 3rd flite, this one is still going strong.

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Favorite Trail:   still searching

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:

Similar Products Used:   Selle Italia Flite

Bike Setup:   have on 2 of 4 bikes that I own, soon to be 3 of 4

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