Subject: RE: Latest thinking in tri saddles?
My first bike has a thin long nose to it. I got it used and my bike mechanic told me it was a $350 saddle and that if I sell the bike to swap out the saddle and keep it. It was something like this.
My second bike also had a narrow long-nosed saddle but was the split design. Something like this. It was soft and deformed quite a bit when I would sit on it. Especially the narrow sliver on each side of the split when my sit bones anchored to the saddle. I felt I could get more power out of a saddle that wasn't deforming when I was pushing on it so I put the original saddle on the 2nd bike.
The split saddle seems to be a more tri-specific saddle. It is supposed to reduce fatigue by tacking pressure off sit areas that don't contribute to power generation. My bike mechanic had something like the following on his tri bike with the split design and a huge dip on the front of the nose. He said that with the dipped nose he could tip forward on the saddle to get extra power.
So I thought that a split saddle might be a step in the right direction for me. My 3rd bike came with a wider saddle that was noseless and split. It was very Tri-specific and I was excited to test it out. It was an epic failure for me. I felt like I was riding in wet mud for several weeks. My FTP dropped by about 50 watts and nothing I could do seemed to help me get back to where I had been. Finally, I decided to take ALL the accessories off my 2nd bike and put them on the 3rd bike, and put the bike geometry in the exact same position to see if I could get my bike grove back. Well, the attachment for the seat bolted down between the split in the seat so I couldn't mount my original ridged no split long-nosed narrow seat. So I put the split narrow nosed that deformed a lot on and it was night and day. Immediately I felt my pedal stroke come back and I shed that riding-in mud feeling. I think the last saddle was just too wide for me and I was rubbing my thighs on the outside of the nose. So getting the right saddle comes down to fit and ridding style but overall I see older style saddles being solid (no splits, dips, etc.) and long-nosed (no shorten or noseless options). The newer saddles cut weight with the split design, noseless options, etc. while fully supporting the sit bones and eliminating contact with non-contributing sit areas.
Edited by BlueBoy26 2021-08-19 4:56 PM