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  1. As the title states, I have searched other forums but can't seem to find a solution. Before chucking out my Spez Phenom saddle, has anyone found a reliable method to reinsert a rail back into a saddle that has popped out?
  2. Hi, I have been looking to replace my current saddle. Previous saddle got a bit damaged in a crash and due to stock shortage, I am not able to find the exact one which was damaged in the crash, I settled for the Pro Turnix AF 142MM. The Pro Turnix AF isn't bad by any standard, it just doesn't offer the same level of comfort I had on my Selle Italia. Especially on longer rides; > 4 hours. I mate recommended I look at the Ergon SM Comp Saddle. Does anyone own one? What is your experience with the saddle?What is the saddle stack height?-- Bit about my riding. I ride mostly XC / Marathon. +- 4. Areas I mostly ride: Botties, Jonkers.
  3. When I look at other bikes I see the saddle is higher than the stem/bar. On my bike the saddle is a bit lower. Maybe I have short legs as I don't think the saddle can go higher comfortably. I'm 5'8 and my bike is a Small 29er frame. Maybe it is the bike model or geometry. My stem is slightly angled up I could flip it- it has no spacers currently and the bar is the std Silverback flat bar with no rise. Why is my saddle so low in comparison to others? Also on a mtb is one not so supposed to sit more upright on the trail? Which would mean a higher stem/bar or is this not so. I was thinking of going shorter stem 45mm or 55mm (its now 80mm) and wider bars 740mm- 780mm (up from 700mm) thinking I'd get more control and a zero stem angle but then it usually means a riser bar and that means my saddle will be lower than the stem/bar.......
  4. So, I've ridden a Fizik Alliante saddle on my road bike for years now. I've always been really happy with them. Last weekend, I rode Jock on my new BMC and felt like I was sliding off the back of the Alliante everytime the road went up. I kept having to pull myself back onto the saddle. Maybe it's time to look at something new? Advice gratefully accpeted.
  5. Hi fellow Hubbers. Im doing some market research and i am in need of your opinions. Have you ever had pain / problems with your saddle ? please share your experience
  6. Hey Is there perhaps anyone that know of someone who does saddle restoration? I got a nasty tear in mine and was wondering if it would work out cheaper to have it re-covered or get a new one? In any area around Blouberg or Bellville if possible Any advice will help - thank you
  7. Hello All. So I bought a Tri-bike a few weeks back, first ever as I have always been a roady. So on Friday I took the bike in for a professional setup and everything was set up. The whole setup was done with me leaning forward into the tribars, with me sitting on the nose of the saddle. During the setup I asked the fitter that I think the saddle is tilting quite a bit forward, and he noted that it is fine. So I get home and the next day I put the bike on the IDT just to get the hang of the Tribike,having never ridden one. When I sat up the saddle feels WAY to high compared to that of my road bike, but when I am in the tribars it seems fine. I can feel that my shoulders are taking quite a bit of strain by keeping me on the saddle as I keep on sliding forward. So now my question is: Because in the tri position you sit far forward on the nose of the saddle, if this needs to be raised by say 3mm, it would mean that the saddle needs to be lowered by 3mm? This might also be why the saddle feels to high when I am sitting up as I am sitting further back, with a higher saddle (it being tilted forward) But when I now drop the saddle by 3mm it also means that the saddle will come slightly forward due to the angle of the seat tube? I contacted the fitter and he noted that I should just adjust the tilt as the saddle height would not change overall, which for a roadbike I might agree with because you sit in the middle, but with the tri setup, tilting the nose would have an effect? Please could you legends of tri help me out here Thanks
  8. I've had a search, without satisfactory results. Does anyone know a specialist or has had experience of recovering a saddle? I have a Prologo Scratch Pro which is incredibly comfortable, but now looks pretty scabby. I have tried a bunch of different perches but nothing comes close to the invisibility of the Prologo; i.e. when I ride I don't notice it's there. I'd like to get someone to tidy it up. Furniture/car upholsterers were mentioned in the search, but I was wondering if anyone could recommend someone in the Cape Town area. Any help/advice would be appreciated.
  9. Hi Gurus, I have recently been for a bike fitting and they recommend that I upgrade my saddle to the fizik R5 aliante saddle. Unfortunately the price is way out of budget and I cannot imagine that it is worth the cost. Can anyone recommend an alternative seat that won't break the bank but will offer the same performance and fit as the Fizik. Background from the fitting: I am in the bull range of flexibility so I require the support for the sit bones over the pubic bone. Riding a Trek Superfly FS 7 dual sus. Thanks.
  10. Just looking for some feedback on the Fabric Scoop Shallow Race Saddle with Ti rails. Anyone using this and how do you rate it ? Currently using Selle Italia Flight flow but not finding this very comfortable, even after just a 2 hour ride so need to try out something else. Thanks.
  11. Hi Folks Need some help in selecting a new saddle...I have owned a couple of FIzzik GObi's, but they keep on cracking every 2 years or so. I use to weight 120kg's , which I think played a mayor part in the cracking of the Gobi's....I have since bought it down to a respectable 94kgs. The problem is I still need a new seat, can you guys recommend me a lekker saddle for trail riding / enduro/ jumping the odd ramp or 5 ... thanks guys .. Oh yeah, budget is flexible but i don't want to spank the bank either.
  12. I want to get rid of my saddle bag on the mtb but don't know where to put all my stuff. Maybe some of the hubbers can assist by posting photos of their set up. I'll list all the shjit in my bag and you can please tell me where to stick it. 1. 29er tjoop 2. tire levers 3. tjoopless repair kit 4. CO2 bombs and inflator 5. chain tool 6. allankey 7. en klomp ander k@k Thanks in advance.
  13. I am not sure if this is covered somewhere else…could not find a thread. I am looking at upgrading my saddle. I am currently on a 29er hardtail with the stock saddle. The time has come to give my largest contact point some well-deserved assistance. I am a heavy rider (100kg+) and from time to time feel some numbness in areas that should not get numb. I am thinking of getting a wider saddle (143mm or something in this range) and with a pressure relief channel. Current saddle is something like 135mm (I think) with no channel. Some recommendations from riders that have or had the same problem will be greatly appreciated. I know a saddle is important, but do not want to take out n loan the finance it. I am thinking of spending R1000, is this sufficient or must I reconsider? I am not from a big city that has a lot of bike shops, and the ones we do have, have limited stock. I am close to JHB and PTA and travel there on a regular basis. Which shops do you recommend to visit next time I am in the area? Any shops that can do a proper fitment, and possibly loan me a saddle or two for a week to test?
  14. Fox Metah Helmet Fox's Metah builds on their original trail helmet the Flux with the Metah adapting to the demands of modern trail and all-mountain riders. The design principles behind the Metah were to create a helmet with broader coverage and protection while maintaining good breathability at a light weight. FeaturesFirst Fox All Mountain helmet with lower coverage on back of head for added protection 10 Big Bore vents provide improved airflow and reduced weight Fox Varizorb multi-density impact reduction system provides superior protection Fixed anchor Y-Strap system offers simple on and off and improved fit Premium liner with sealed edges for increased comfort and moisture management Single hand dial actuated retention system provides easy adjustment The Fox Metah retails for R1,579 and is available at all Fox Concept Stores (Baywest, Canal Walk, Menlyn, Forest Hill & Gateway). Read more about the launch of the Fox Metah here. Specialized Power Pro Saddle Specialized's new Power saddle shape is essentially a hybrid of several current Specialized saddles, borrowing the longer and wider cutout of the company's women-specific models, the broad and fairly flat cross-section of their MTB-focused Phenom, and the stubby nose and length of the TT and Triathlon Sitero. The Power saddle's nose is about 3cm shorter than more traditional saddles and sits at a different angle at the tail end. Specialized recommends to install the saddle so the nose is level with the ground, which will make the tail flare up. When you’re bent down in the drops and pushing on the pedals, the flare in the back keeps your behind planted, rather than sliding backward on the saddle. SpecificationsStiff FACT™ carbon fibre shell tuned for support and ride compliance. Super-light PU padding for comfort and support on longer rides. Lightweight and durable, hollow titanium rails. Tough, lightweight, water resistant cover. Level 1 padding: Lightest level of padding for the most direct connection to the bike. SWAT compatible mounts molded into the saddle base allow for sleek and integrated storage solutions. Size 143mm / Weight 211g Size 155mm / Weight 214g RRP R 2,599 From the Manufacturer: The super lightweight Power Pro saddle features a stiff, FACT carbon shell with durable titanium rails to keep the weight down. Its Body Geometry design caters to both men and women and helps deliver superior performance while in a more aggressive position. Proven through blood-flow testing and pressure mapping, and featuring the lightest level of padding available, the extra wide and elongated Body Geometry channel and proper sit bone support provide all day comfort. Patented Body Geometry design is lab tested for both men and women to assure blood flow to sensitive arteries. More information about the Power Pro saddle available on the Specialized website. Stages Cycling SC3 Indoor Cycling Bike In 2015 Stages Cycling increased its product offerings by adding the SC3 and SC2 indoor bikes to its already-popular line of crank-mounted power meters. The new SC Series bikes are a line of high-end indoor cycling bikes with an array of top-shelf features.The SC3 is the flagship model and includes a Stages Power meter, while the SC2 offers all the same features except for the power meter. The SC Series bikes share two new patents pending concepts: SprintShift and FitLoc. SprintShift is a dual-action resistance adjustment, which pairs a traditional micro-adjust dial with a three-position macro-adjust lever. The SprintShift lever allows large, consistent jumps in resistance for intervals and rest. FitLoc replaces the standard twist-to-lock pop-pin height adjustments with a new cam operated pop-pin, making fit adjustments for height faster and easier.The SC3 model sports Stages' new rider-powered EcoSCRN console. EcoSCRN uses a hub dynamometer, rather than batteries to ensure ease of use and keep the motivation to keep going high. The addition of the Stages Power measurement system enables riders to train indoors and outdoors with the same technology. Data capture via Bluetooth 4.0 or ANT+™ enabled sport devices (iOS and Android compatible). The power meter crank arm provides a claimed 2000+ hours battery life via two standard AA batteries For more information visit the Stages Cycling SC series website. https://vimeo.com/145918940
  15. First Look Friday is an introduction to the products that we are currently testing for review. This week we're previewing the Fox Metah helmet, Specialized's Power Pro saddle, and the Stages SC3 indoor trainer. Click here to view the article
  16. First Look Friday is an introduction to the products that we are currently testing for review. This week we're previewing the Gobi M5 saddle and M5 BOA shoes from fi’zi:k and Vittoria's Mezcal G+ tyres. Click here to view the article
  17. fi’zi:k Gobi M5 VS Manganese Gobi M5 VS Manganese: Versus MTB saddles combines the best of fi’zi:k's proven saddle designs and technology and offers something new to meet some riders’ needs: a central relief channel. The Gobi range is specially designed to give the best shape, weight, support, flexibility and durability for Marathon and Enduro/All Mountain riding. The popular Gobi design has been updated and its long-nose shape, which allows for a lot of rider movement, has been retained. They’ve also retained the original Gobi’s Twin Flex and Wing Flex technology and updated it with the latest composite shell and rail technology to make the saddle stronger and lighter than ever before. The Gobi M5 VS Manganese features a carbon reinforced Nylon shell, with Tail Flex – a flexible, supportive rear section aiding smoother transition on and off the saddle, and Wing Flex technology – which enables flexibility where your thighs meet the saddle – and a manganese rail for light weight, strength and durability, along with the Comfort Channel along the length of the saddle for maximum soft tissue comfort. It also features a Microtex cover for ultimate durability on the trail. Specifications Shell: carbon reinforced nylon WingFlex, TailFlex Rail: Manganese Cover: Black Microtex Side Cover: Black Printed Microtex Rear Cover: Black Cordura Padding: Low density with pressure relief channel Weight: 240 g Integrated Clip System compatible fi’zi:k Gobi M5 VS Manganese retails for R1,350. More information here. fi’zi:k M5 BOA The M5 Boa represents Fizik's second generation of shoes in that it replaces its predecessor's ratcheting buckle and hook-and-loop straps with a Boa wire enclosure.. As with the ratcheting buckle version, the M5 Boa features uppers comprising Microtex synthetic leather, mesh, and anti-scratch genuine leather. Fizik places the latter around the toe box and heel cup in order to resist abrasion while traversing talus slopes on foot. The lightweight mesh fills the voids between the leather sections for a heightened sense of cooling ventilation. And at the interior, the soft Microtex liner provides a lasting comfort over bone-rattling trails in balmy conditions. The Fizik Superlight insole is the same model used in the M5's road counterpart, the R5 Uomo. And while it's not custom moldable like with the line-topping M1's 3D-Flex insole, it does help to absorb trail vibration and support your arch to alleviate metatarsal hot spots. A complement of aggressive lugs affords positive traction on those scree-scrambling moments when the bike has to be shouldered. The stiff, carbon-reinforced nylon outsole ensures that no pedal energy is lost to flex during those moments when you're testing whether or not that rock chute is actually climbable. Specifications Upper Material: [toe and heel] leather, [body] mesh Lining: Microtex Closure: Boa Sole: carbon-reinforced nylon Cleat Compatibility: 2-hole mountain Claimed Weight: 360g ea, size 42 Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years fi’zi:k M5 BOA retails for R 3,247.29. More information here. Vittoria Mezcal G+ Vittoria's Mezcal G+ was on of their first tires that was available with their new 4C and G+Isotech compound. The Mezcal is aimed at cross-country riders with a low profile, fast rolling tread pattern and is available in 27.5” and 29” versions in either 2.1” or 2.25” widths. It is billed as a fast all-rounder with an updated modern and clean design with defined centre ridge tread with capable side knobs, emphasized on speed. Features Defined centre-ridge tread for low rolling resistance Low profile, densely spaced knob configuration Multiple effective braking and climbing edges Capable side knobs Tubeless Ready models available Claimed weight: 700g (29" x 2.25, TNT Tubeless Ready) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbVL57dke3o 4C 4 Compounds (4C) is exclusively developed by Vittoria to achieve performance products without compromise. Vittoria 4C is a layering process, using 4 separate compounds in the same tread. The 4C process offers unmatched versatility, by allowing for separate base and surface compounds, in both the centre and side areas of the tread. Benefiting from the different properties of each compound, including the G+ Isotech, their distribution is extensively tested to deliver the best products imaginable. G+ ISOTECH COMPOUND G+Isotech is Vittoria’s unique Graphene compound with revolutionary G+, as provided by technology partner Directa Plus. No compromise is necessary with this compound that is superior in speed (rolling resistance), grip, durability and wear resistance. Vittoria Mezcal G+ retails for R1,099. More information here.
  18. Hello, I recently got a new road bike and took a Fizik antaras saddle with it. It is the most uncomfortable saddle ever and causes numbness down there. I've never had saddle problems and always think that the saddle will be ridden in and get better in time. Can I exchange a Fizik saddle or am I stuck with it. What saddles for road are comfy? Is the new Scoop saddles good? Thanks
  19. Hi, Need advice on a comfortable saddle to purchase for a Double century type ride? I find that riding with my Sella Italia SLR Carbonia is not doing it for me over distances of 150km. I need to know based from experienced riders what works for them over long distances such as DC or Epic rides. I know there are MTB specific saddles but would you recommend a specific brand for road bikes. I am looking for recommendations on make, model and whether it is ideal for integrated seat posts (fit for purpose)? Thank you in advance...
  20. Fed up with not finding the right saddle. Last year I got a Specialized Lithia for my bike, which worked okay-ish for a while, and only started chewing my bottom bits on rides longer than 40km. It was better that anything I had up to that point. But after a couple of 1000kms I got gatvol of constantly having chafed bits and pieces, and lumps and bruises down south. Thus decided to put a neat saddle on my new bike - which i got last week - from the start. So I started out with a Selle Italia Diva Flow. Which is a nice hard saddle, compared to the lots of padding the Lithia has. I didn't even feel that I had parts other that my butt. But the problem was, at 135mm it was way too narrow, my seating bones were practically hanging over both sides, as I need at least 155mm width. (According to the measurements taken when I got the Spezialized Lithia). So I took it back, and got the Diva Gel Flow. Which has great reviews all over the net. It is wider, but I don't feel any difference between it and my Lithia. After two rides I am not impressed at all. Still feels like I am sitting not on my bum, but rather on everything in front of my bum. Can anyone relate, and perhaps suggest THE saddle-answer to my problem? I am going saddle shopping on Friday again.
  21. There is a lot of advice like the following: Don’t tilt your seat upward, a position that increases pressure on the perineum.For extra protection, consider wearing padded biking pants.Raise the handlebars so you are sitting more upright.Shift your position and take breaks during long rides.etc, etc... But no one recommends a specific saddle/seat. Any recommendations on brands or types of saddles/seats that is best for protecting your "Johnson"?
  22. Sporting a long feature list, the SDG Circuit Mountain is at the cutting edge of saddle design and manufacturing. On the TrailI have always been a fan of low profile saddles with a wider dropped nose, minimal (but some) padding. The surface must be durable and easy to keep clean but not slippery. The SDG Circuit meets my requirements perfectly. The wider, dropped nose of the Circuit serves two purposes. First, the width reduces the pressure point out front . Second, the slight drop makes sitting on the tip of the saddle a little more forgiving - especially when moving forward on technical climbs to help keep the front wheel down. Even with it's low profile and lightweight build, the Circuit is very comfortable with the pressure-relieving channel on top and the base cutaway underneath. Hanging out behind the saddle is made easy by the flat and rounded rear. The synthetic cover with kevlar side panels shows little sign of wear after several months of use. It also helps to keep the saddle clean and looking sharp. ConclusionMost riders tend to stick to a particular saddle once they find something that works. But if you like a low profile race saddle, the SDG Circuit is worth breaking from tradition and trying out. I've tried many saddles of this nature and the SDG Circuit has proven to be the most comfortable on longer rides. Throw in the huge selection of candy colours to match your bike and you have a winner here. SpecificationsUnder Cut Base // Cut-Out - Base cut out reduces pressure and softens the ride Base Bridge - Bridge design for maximum stiffness and ultimate power transfer Weight: 220g (Carbon rail model weighs 165g) Dimensions: 280mm x 135mm Optimal Rideable Area (ORA) : (90 - 130): Small - Medium Disciplines: Mtn (XC, Trail, Enduro) & CX Black Microfiber Top w/ Black Kevlar Sides, *Black Embossed graphics*or Yellow, Lime, Cyan, & Orange Embossed Graphics RRP: R1,440 From the manufacturer:The Circuits are Stiff, Light, Acceleration Kings! Originally designed with competitive road teams, the Circuit platform has evolved, now extending to multiple models and disciplines. The Circuit Carbon Fiber is the road animal and the new Circuit Mountain (MTN) is developed with Kevlar radness and used by world class DH'ers and Enduro riders alike. Every base in the family are injected with Nylon Glass Fiber which provide optimal weight and strength savings and constructed with a dominate Base Bridge. This bridge allows for ultimate stiffness, resulting in superior power transfer with each pedal stroke. To combat the structural firmness, each Circuit incorporates a Light-Weight EVA foam. The Circuit defined with a full channel Cut-Out relief and sealed with a base gasket and 1pc. Seamless stitched cover. The MTN delivers relief as a hidden Under-Cut and assembled with a dual panel, double stitched cover. Both use a durable Microfiber material top and the MTN is constructed with bulletproof Kevlar side panels. Ultimately, both deliver a performance tool across all disciplines.
  23. Hi all I'm needing some help, at the end of the year my girlfriend is going over to the UK and I'm looking for a new saddle and have heard rave reviews for the Charge Spoon and Scoop alike. Over in the UK they are not badly priced compared if I bought a decent Fizik or Selle Italia here. It's not the lightest but I'm willing to sacrifice the extra 100 grams for a comfortable ride, it will make me faster being comfortable anyway. So I was thinking of ordering off an online store through their UK system because almost all of them offer free postage to the UK and getting her to bring it back. My question is a) Will they accept the foreign credit card? (I know it was a hassle with itunes before the South African store opened) and b) What is the story with bringing ti back in her language? Will it still get taxed? How much is the tax? Is there a way to avoid this happening? Or is there even anywhere locally that stocks them? Thanks in advance
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