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SDG Grand Prix Saddle

3.35/5 (26 Reviews)
MSRP : $95.00


Product Description

  • Gel insert with overlaying proprietary foam provides maximum comfort with lasting shape
  • Nylon/carbon base with ergonomic cut-out for pressure relief
  • Suspension module for added shock absorption
  • Oversize design allows for more support
  • Saddle covers are leather/leather or leather/kevlar
  • 6/4 ti rails


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by DirtyJumper a Weekend Warrior from Fort Wayne, IN, USA

    Date Reviewed: July 19, 2010

    Strengths:    Comfort, Looks, Maneuverability

    Weaknesses:    I think the Chro-Mo rails are made of butter.

    Bottom Line:   
    Its a pretty comfortable saddle for its size but I can only recommend it for people who aren't very hard on their equipment. I weigh 175lbs and after my first crash landing onto the seat it was bent, and the second hard landing made it lean at a ridiculous angle to the side and nose up. If you ride hard and aggressive this seat probably isn't for you. The plus side, when I crashed into it, it didn't hurt as bad as most saddles would.

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    Favorite Trail:   Hi-Dee_Ho

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $25.00

    Similar Products Used:   Nothing, this is the first seat I've bent.

    Bike Setup:   243 SL, Zokes fork, Truvativ Hussafelt bars and stem, FSA 22mm x-drives, MTX33's laced up to a DMR ss rear hub and a Shimano Saint front and big disc brakes.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by RICH STEELS a Downhiller from DERBY

    Date Reviewed: July 31, 2005

    Strengths:    LOOKS GREAT, COMFY

    Weaknesses:    SQUEAKS AFTER WEEKS, LEATHER COVERING TEARS EASILY

    Bottom Line:   
    A REALLY GREAT SADDLE THAT ISN'T TOO BIG AND ISN'T TOO SMALL. FINISHES OFF EVERY DOWNHILL BIKE LIKE A CHERRY ON A DELICIOUS CREAM CAKE!

    ONLY DRAW BACKS ARE THE OCATIONAL SQEAKS THAT THE PLASTIC COVERS UNDER THE SADDLE WHICH CAN BE CURED WITH OIL OR GREASE AND THE COVERING CAN TEAR EASILY ON WELSH ROCK...DAM YOU WELSH ROCKS!!

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    Favorite Trail:   ANYTHING BUT HEMLOCK

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $60.00

    Purchased At:   LEISURELAKES

    Similar Products Used:   TIOGA, XLITE,AZONIC,DMR,FLITE BLAH BLAH

    Bike Setup:   AMAZING

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Nir a Downhiller from LA

    Date Reviewed: April 17, 2005

    Strengths:    comfortable, super strong.

    Weaknesses:    Heavy

    Bottom Line:   
    Unbrakeble

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    Favorite Trail:   DH \ DJ

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Purchased At:   Beyond bikes

    Similar Products Used:   Titec, Specialized, other SDGs

    Bike Setup:   M1, Dorado, top parts.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Manny E from Austin, TX

    Date Reviewed: April 2, 2004

    Strengths:    padded well- No numb crotch.
    can 'thigh' it, when leaning back on descents.


    Weaknesses:    heavy.
    gel pack blew out of bottoom


    Bottom Line:   
    I got this saddle on my first Tracer on Nov 2000. It was great, but a bit heavy. So what, eh? Then, in Spring '02 I noticed some orange crap accumulating on my SIDI shoes. The gel membrane had split, and crap was oozing out.

    Sent in saddle to SDG for replacement (warranty). No problem! They called and asked what colour I wanted and shippe me a new one pronto!
    Since then, I've had not one issue with this saddle. It's a bit heavy, but hey-- I wanted a saddle that goes easy on the groin! Other lightweight racing saddles I 've used (SLR's, Satellite, Selle San Marco, etc) are a direct ticket to prostate problems!
    Count me out on that, bros!

    This is a decent saddle. No complaints.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Bike Setup:   '01, '03 Tracer

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by grizz a Weekend Warrior from where ever

    Date Reviewed: February 20, 2004

    Strengths:    I beam interface very solid. Seat is light for this type of seat.

    Weaknesses:    there is no support for the outside edges of the seat, so it folds over and then all you are sitting on is the I beam! So there you are with a 2" wide seat to ride on!!! I might as well have just rammed the post up my bum and ridden home that way!

    Bottom Line:   
    The I beam version of this seat sux! It is the most uncomfortable seat I have ever been on. I beam is a great Idea but the production seat is pitiful.
    If there was just support out at the edge where the rear of the rails would be and some gel in the bits area it would be a good seat but with out the support the outer edge just rolls down with the riders weight on it.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   oem on my new bike

    Similar Products Used:   most brands out there

    Bike Setup:   04 Haro Werks EXT

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by John Y a Weekend Warrior from Oak Harbor, WA

    Date Reviewed: December 17, 2002

    Strengths:    Pretty comfy, somewhat light.

    Weaknesses:    Well, I can tell you that this seat doesn't exactly handle downhill very well. It did last for a while though. I bend the rails pretty good after a downhill run on a not very steep/technical descent.

    Bottom Line:   
    I would probably not buy this seat again, it's not very sturdy. This seems more suited for XC riding or light trail riding, but not downhill or anything like that.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Bike Setup:   2001 Kona Stuff Hayes 6" Hyrdaulic discs, Michelin, WTB, Thomson

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by st ud a Cross Country Rider from provo, ut

    Date Reviewed: September 9, 2002

    Strengths:    comfort is a 6 out of 10. It is tough saddle and will handle alot of abuse

    Weaknesses:    cro-moly rails bent on a killer crash.

    Bottom Line:   
    The saddle will last you as long as you are nice to it. It won't with stand down hill abuse. It is about the right size for downhilling tho.

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    Favorite Trail:   the bob sled inSLC

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $75.00

    Purchased At:   coloradocyclist.com

    Bike Setup:   GT Avalache 2001 with everything almost the same.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Ben a Weekend Warrior from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA

    Date Reviewed: August 17, 2002

    Strengths:    Great seat. easy to adjust. doesnt rip up easily on crashes.

    Weaknesses:    I hav broken 2 seat posts with this seat. maybe its the posts but i dont no. No matter how ard i tightned it after about 3 days of riding it comes loose so if i seat on it i fall off. Maybe the seat post again.

    Bottom Line:   
    Great seat. Looks good on bike. mine is black with silver. Comfortable unless u r on it for a long time but if you don't do XC riding dont worry b/c u arent sitting down much.

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    Favorite Trail:   Urban

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Bike Setup:   2001 1/2 17" Kona Scrap w/Kalloy 30.8 seat post.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Robert a Weekend Warrior from Eagle Rock, CA - USA

    Date Reviewed: August 14, 2002

    Strengths:    Lightness and great fit for me, ease of adjustment. All black style worked for me...

    Weaknesses:    After a few wet rides the leather aged quickly which was a dissapointment, yet over time I guess this is a trait, this is my first leather seat. I ran this seat into the ground for 15 months, I weighed around 160lbs for the duration, so it was a surpise to have a rail snap. This is my first seat failure.

    Bottom Line:   
    I freeride with my 42lb pound "girl" and I'm pretty hard on the equipment, when something fails I usually replace it with something stronger. So I look to replace this with a Tioga with chromoly rails... I've read some bad stuff about Tioga, I hope that I'm back here to give a good report on this next saddle. Bottom line for the Grand Prix, excellent seat! I'll go back to it if my next choice fails to exceed the GP.

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    Favorite Trail:   Red Box

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   100+

    Similar Products Used:   Junk

    Bike Setup:   2001 Intense SLX, Shiver fork, Rohloff rear hub

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Anthony from Rochester

    Date Reviewed: December 27, 2001

    Strengths:    Looked nice and has the cut out underneith thats nice.

    Weaknesses:    Rails can bend pretty easly.

    Bottom Line:   
    I liked this seat verymuch and I would still be using this seat. However the rails bent badly after a crash. Because of the cutout my balls were never sore from rideing. I think this is a very nice seat.

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    Favorite Trail:   Trion

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Purchased At:   trailblazersbike.com

    Similar Products Used:   wtb and marzochi karve

    Bike Setup:   2001 Kona Stuff freeride

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by John W a Cross Country Rider from Livonia, MI, USA

    Date Reviewed: April 9, 2001

    Strengths:    Nice looking

    Weaknesses:    Very uncomfortable. The hardest saddle I've ever ridden.

    Bottom Line:   
    I hate this saddle. My ass sore after only a couple of minutes of riding. The worst saddle I ever had.

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    Favorite Trail:   Ojibway

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   Bike Shop

    Similar Products Used:   Vetta, Brooks, Selle Italia, Generic

    Bike Setup:   GT XCR-2000 Stock setup, shorter stem, Shimano 535 clipless pedals

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by C a Cross Country Rider from Mission Viejo CA

    Date Reviewed: March 30, 2001

    Strengths:    Comfort. Comfort. Comfort.
    Ti rails are nice, so is the custom color sceme, oh and the kevlar sides in whatever color I want, and....


    Weaknesses:    A little too freeride looking for me

    Bottom Line:   
    One thing about a seat, you cant stereotype them. One persons trash is anothers treasure. Some people say this seat sucks. If you have real skinny hip bones this seat is too wide for you. I, on the other hand, have woman hips, wide, and it fits me just great. I dont have any trouble getting way of this seat. I do 40+ mile rides; I just did the Vision Quest (a 57 mile, 11,500 foot climb) and my butt barely hurt. This is not an exageration! IF you have tailbones that are a little wide, you wont be disapointed.
    Oh, and I aint no weekend warrior, I ride fast and hard and have yet to have any durability probs.
    Good Luck.

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    Favorite Trail:   Anything real

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $75.00

    Purchased At:   The Path

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized doberman heads, SDG's, Selle italia

    Bike Setup:   Lots of after market stuff?

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Wally k from China

    Date Reviewed: March 23, 2001

    Strengths:    ummmmm not

    Weaknesses:    This is the biggest piece of crap i have ever used... my moms canadian tire seat is better than this thing

    Bottom Line:   
    I would never even consider buying this kife .. the only reason i had it was becasue it came stock on my quake when i got it but i had one bad drop from about 2 feet not even and i busted the rails right in half... i also totalled my ovation seatpost in the process but thats another review... like I dont understand how you ppl can say this is the best seat you have ever had??? r u all on drugs? like and even b4 i totalled it the cover was starting torip off and i hadnt had it for even a week... I suggest that you all try the Giro atlass saddle sure it may be expensive but you sure dont have to worry about breaking those rails.

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    Favorite Trail:   The great wall

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Similar Products Used:   giro atlass, canadian tire brand

    Bike Setup:   quake 7.0 built to last anything

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Brent from SLC, Utah

    Date Reviewed: March 21, 2001

    Strengths:    works for me, hasn't broken

    Weaknesses:    vinyl, would prefer leather
    no kevlar sides


    Bottom Line:   
    I have tried lots of saddles, and I just keep coming back to this one. It fits my sit bones better than any other I've tried. I tore the sides in big wrecks and dabbed shoe-goo on it and it's held great for 1 year.

    ideally, if i can get one in leather w/kevlar sides, that would be the setup.

    I'm ending my saddle search and staying with this one unless my as@ feels something better.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   came stock

    Similar Products Used:   Bontrager FS, Serfas, SDG Kevlar thing, various

    Bike Setup:   2000 GT XCR-LE

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by John Wood a Cross Country Rider from Madison, WI

    Date Reviewed: March 11, 2001

    Strengths:    Comfort

    Weaknesses:    weight, a bit wide in back but perhaps that adds to it's comfort.

    Bottom Line:   
    First saddle I've tried that that doesn't cause numbness and has all day comfort. I'm now looking for one for my second bike.

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    Favorite Trail:   Porcupine Rim

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   Price Point

    Similar Products Used:   Terry Liberator Ti Race, Sella Italia Tri Max Gel, Spec BG comp, SDG Bel Air, Serfas Dual Density Pro, Vetta TT

    Bike Setup:   Marin Mt Vision, Sid XC, CC AD-10, XT

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