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SDG Bel Air Saddle

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SDG makes great saddles. The Bel Air is made of Leather with double stitching. Chromoly rails and excellent padding. For either road or mountain.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Mikey Lord a Cross Country Rider from Lakeport, Michigan USA

Date Reviewed: February 7, 2007

Strengths:    durable, matched color of bike.

Weaknesses:    concrete comfort, Heavy!

Bottom Line:   
no padding what so ever. Younger, skinny riders under 100 pounds might get some use out of it. I switched to a wtb real fast. much better options available for less money, like, ANYTHING- even a walmart velo is better!

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Favorite Trail:   Panthers Path

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   stock

Similar Products Used:   seatless toilet

Bike Setup:   gt i-drive

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ryan a Weekend Warrior from Sodus, NY

Date Reviewed: March 13, 2005

Strengths:    fit, price, looks, durability

Weaknesses:    none at all.

Bottom Line:   
SDG bel-air is the best saddle ive ever used/sat on. I have the cro-mo rails but i would think that any rails are gonna be good. got mine for about 12 dollars, had i known it was this good i would have picked up another 2 for future bikes and stored them away. i dont understand how ANYONE here has broken the saddle, you guys must be beating the bikes, cuz im slightly over 200 pounds and this saddle has stood up to some crazy trails with me! then again, mountain biking is about finesse ;) overall excellent value!

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $12.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   cheap seat that came with bike, and then a cheap bell "ergonomic" seat...

Bike Setup:   mongoose a50r frame, lx components throughout, manitou sx-e fork, titec stem and handlebars, TIME atac pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Todd a Cross Country Rider from Raleigh, NC

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2004

Strengths:    Weight (Ti Rail version)

Weaknesses:    Not one. Even if you buy the wrong color.

Bottom Line:   
After riding many I've never chosen another saddle on four bikes in six years. I made the ultimate weight sacrifice once and got one of those thickly padded Specialized split seats just to avoid a suspension seat post. It felt good but added two pounds. Overall it sucked compared to the SDG Bel Air. This saddle is the ultimate middle ground in weight and comfort. I just got my latest one brand new off ebay for $17 including shipping (and it has titanium rails). I put it on a 280 gram Race Face seatpost and BLAM! Light and comfortable. Find one and add ten more miles to your ride - no lie. I would honest to god not ride happily if someone took this seat and I couldn't find another one. This is me swearing by the SDG Comp Bel Air Ti.

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Favorite Trail:   Rocky Road - illegal and dangerous

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Specialized, Azonic, San Marco Aspide Ti (ouch!) - many weight weenie saddles.

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Chameleon HT smoothered in Race Face and Thomson. XTR/Mavic 517's. Marzocchi Comp Pro ETA.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tim a Downhiller from Mesa, AZ

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2004

Strengths:    Very light- my seat tube is heavier than the seat!

Ultra strong Ti rails survive all the impact my 150 lbs. can dole out.

Super styling, good stitching and durable materials survive my catastrophic mistakes at speed. Crash survivability has been perfect so far, with two major skid-to-a-stop get-offs that chowed my last two seats.

Foam is just right for me!



Weaknesses:    A little spendy. Foam may be a little soft for someone 200+ pounds...

Bottom Line:   
Value is top notch if you can afford it. You get what you pay for with this one, folks.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   ...

Similar Products Used:   Old Specialized,Performance Bike...junk mostly

Bike Setup:   Azonic Recoil Extension Frame(18", Medium), Romic Shock, Marzocchi 888R(8") Fork, Intense MAG 30/Ringle
WHeelset, Michelin Tires/Intense DH tubes, Hayes HFX-9 disks f/r, e.thirteen chainguide &
36t chainring, Truvative Holzfeller Cranks & DH 2" Riserbar & DH BB, Thomson seatpost,
SDG BelAir Seat, XT shifter/deraileur/cassette, Azonic A-Frame pedals, ODI grips,
FSA Pig DH Headset

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Johnny Brouwers a Weekend Warrior from Wouw, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

Date Reviewed: November 11, 2003

Strengths:    looks, comfort!

Weaknesses:    Weight, maybe? But I don't care, since this is the most comfortable saddle I've ever had. I thought Cr-Mo rails wouldn't hold up on me, but they do...

Bottom Line:   
The most comfortable saddle I've ever had. I got the red/black one. It's from 1998 but it rocks!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Flite, BG Comp and Sport

Bike Setup:   Specialized Enduro '01

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tmack a Racer from Atlanta,Ga

Date Reviewed: October 21, 2003

Strengths:    Lite weight, sturdy, comfy, good shape, looks good

Weaknesses:    Broke a rail doin something dumb, more my fault than the saddle, and supprised nothing else broke.

Bottom Line:   
Works great! Takes a few rides to break in good, but once it is, its great for long XC rides. Its not too big, so its easy to sit back off of it on steep downhills, and its well padded up front for the uphills. Broke my first one almost face planting myself into concrete last night (its even still rideable, just gets annoying with one side alittle lower) , already ordered another to replace it.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   ICyclesUSA

Similar Products Used:   WTB Tri-Lite, lotsa cheapo saddles

Bike Setup:   18" Hardtail alum frame, all XT, Deore Disc + Mavic 223 wheels, grimeca mech discs, avid disc levers, bontrager race seatpost, duke xc race fork.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by MARK a Cross Country Rider from MONTEBELLO

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2003

Strengths:    Light, durable and very comfortable.

Bottom Line:   
This saddle is the most comfortable saddle I've ridden. I realize that everyone is built different and comfort is a individual matter. Several friends & I bought the SDG Belair from Turner Bikes because it had the Turner logo and match the bikes. We all agree that it is the most comfortable saddle we've ridden. No numbness when in the saddle climbing for miles like other saddles I have used. The saddle is easy to move around on and has just enough padding up on the nose to scoot-up when climbing steep technical sections. I hope they continue to build this saddle.

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Favorite Trail:   Turnbull Canyon

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Turner Bikes

Similar Products Used:   WTB Lazer , WTB ROCKET, Italia Sella MAX Flight.

Bike Setup:   Turner O2, XTR, Hope Mini Brakes, Chris King Hubs laced to Mavic 317, Thompson post and stem.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kade Stackman a Cross Country Rider from Amherst

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2003

Strengths:    -fits my toosh perfect
-looks good


Weaknesses:    are you kidding me?

Bottom Line:   
this is the perfect saddle, the cover does rip easily if you crash...but i would never buy any saddle thats different from this one. i have a selle italia flite gel saddle on my road bike, a fancy $75 saddle, my SDG saddle is MUCH better!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   came on my bike

Similar Products Used:   -selle italia flite gel

Bike Setup:   GT Aggressor 1.0, mavic crossride wheels, avid SD7 brakes/levers, easton EA70 bar, RaceFace prodigy bar, XTR rear derailleur, SDG SADDLE!!!!!!!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by michael whitaker a Downhiller from medway, oh usa

Date Reviewed: January 20, 2003

Strengths:    Very light, looks great, and I got it for a steal off ebay!!!!

Weaknesses:    none so far!!!!

Bottom Line:   
Great seat for serious bikers.....weighs almost nothing. Its not too bulky like your grandmas vintage seat. Great design too. All around great seat.

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Favorite Trail:   whistler, B.C.

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   N/A

Bike Setup:   Giant Warp DS, Boxxer team front fork, hell bent bar, hutchinson tubless tires, avid disc brakes, shimano XTR components.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave Thomas a Cross Country Rider from Brighton

Date Reviewed: November 20, 2002

Strengths:    The comfiest MTB saddle I've ever ridden

Weaknesses:    Not the lightest

Bottom Line:   
This really is the comfiest saddle available. Did a 24 hour enduro a couple months back and I was the only one on an SDG and the only one who could walk properly the next day! Plus, I have the UK limited Tiger skin version which is the Pimp Daddy of ALL saddles!

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Fat Birds Don't Fly

Similar Products Used:   Flite, Fizik, Azonic (poop)

Bike Setup:   Cove Handjob with Sids and Race Face

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rick M a Cross Country Rider from San Fran

Date Reviewed: August 22, 2002

Strengths:    comfy

Weaknesses:    ripped cover in wreck

Bottom Line:   
originally replaced it with more expensive and lighter product, realized after a few months that it hurt so much i wasnt riding as much. since i switched back to the old $15 bel air i couldnt be happier. sometimes price point doesnt matter, this seat works great...

rick

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   came with schwinn moab

Bike Setup:   schwinn moab 3, lx and mix parts, thomson elite seatpost...

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by TopJimmy a Weekend Warrior from Boston

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2002

Strengths:    Solid construction.
Ti rails.
All leather.
Not heavy.
Fits nicely.


Weaknesses:    Not much cushion. Kinda thin on the padding.
Needs a little more padding.



Bottom Line:   
If you do not need the cushion support, it is very well designed.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   came with bike

Bike Setup:   Std. High end bike

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Ass a Downhiller from California

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2002

Strengths:    Comfy

Weaknesses:    The rails creak so damn much

Bottom Line:   
I did and the seat crekeaked after that. So, Im buying a new one on Jensonusa.

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Favorite Trail:   Sticks and Stones

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   On Bike

Similar Products Used:   Serfias, Bontrager

Bike Setup:   Gt Ruckus-Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by trev a Weekend Warrior from fukuoka, Japan

Date Reviewed: April 7, 2002

Strengths:    Comfortable

Weaknesses:    bends easily

Bottom Line:   
Comfortable saddle I could ride in all day. Good cross country and trail riding, didn't like it on downhill stuff. This is not the titanium rail version, but the cheap steel rail version (no listing so have to review here). It originally came on a Giant ATX 840 which I rode last year. The tail of this saddle was too high for downhill stuff, so I changed it for something flatter. When I built up the Fisher as a cross country bike, I went through a few different saddles, but couldn't find anything I could ride all day. Thought I'd try this and liked it a lot. Very comfortable. But then my huge ass Canadian friend (he's 97 k.g., I'm 78 k.g.) borrowed my bike and bent the crap out of the rails on the saddle on a small drop. We usually have different preferences on saddles, but we both liked this. If it was stronger (I guess the titanium versions are) I'd say it was great. Would not recommend this to anyone over 70 k.g. doing jumps or drops. You'll bend it on your first ride.

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Favorite Trail:   Kusenbu, Kyushu, Japan

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   OEM

Similar Products Used:   Many different seats

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Paragon, set up for cross country/ trail riding.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by STEVEN TROTTIER a Racer from LEWISVILLE, n.C, U.S.A

Date Reviewed: March 31, 2002

Strengths:    WELL IT LOOKS GOOD AND IS COMFORTABLE. IT IS SORT OF LITE

Weaknesses:    I HAVEN'T USED IT LONG ENOUGH TO TELL ANY

Bottom Line:   
I LIKE THIS SEAT MORE THAN MY LAST ONE(A WTB). i PURCHASED THIS SEAT BEACAUSE IT WAS CHEAP ON EBAY AND MY FRIENS RECOMENDED IT. NEXT TIME I WILL GET A SLR BUT I DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH $. i LIKE IT BUT I JUST HAVE TO POSITION IT RITE.

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Favorite Trail:   WERE I WIN AT

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   EBAY

Similar Products Used:   FI'SIK (MOST CUMFY) SLR, WTB

Bike Setup:   FULL XTR SUPERCALIBER NEXTLP'S, MONKEY LITES, CROSS MAX UST,KING AND ONLY 21 POUNDS!!!!!!

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