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.
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.
Similar Products Used: Titec, Specialized, other SDGs
Bike Setup: M1, Dorado, top parts.
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Bike Setup: GT Avalache 2001 with everything almost the same.
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.
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.
Bike Setup: 2001 1/2 17" Kona Scrap w/Kalloy 30.8 seat post.
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.
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.
Bike Setup: 2001 Intense SLX, Shiver fork, Rohloff rear hub
Date Reviewed: December 27, 2001
Strengths: Looked nice and has the cut out underneith thats nice.
Weaknesses: Rails can bend pretty easly.
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.
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
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.
Similar Products Used: Specialized doberman heads, SDG's, Selle italia
Bike Setup: Lots of after market stuff?
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
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.
Similar Products Used: giro atlass, canadian tire brand
Bike Setup: quake 7.0 built to last anything
from SLC, Utah
Date Reviewed: March 21, 2001
Strengths: works for me, hasn't broken
Weaknesses: vinyl, would prefer leather no kevlar sides
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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