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Carbon Rail Saddles

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics' started by SurlyCyclist, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. SurlyCyclist

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    Hey all,

    Thanks for all the great input for my previous question on pedals. I'm still on the SPDs and pondering changeover.

    For my next query... I have been looking at the San Marco Regal-e saddle. It seems more appropriate for me seeing as I've been on a Brooks B-17 for a while now. I'm interested specifically in the carbon fx model, which has carbon rails. Is there any durability concern with carbon rails? I weigh about 85-86 kilos, is there any kind of weight limit for a saddle like this? If there's more than a fluke chance of failure with carbon rails, I'll stick with a heavier but sturdier version of the Regal-e. Anyone have any experience with these or heard anything? I searched around a bit but couldn't find any information, including on San Marco's site.

    Thanks in advance guys.

    Daniel
  2. Ludwig

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    I don't know about durability, but for the weight gain the price difference tends to be exorbitant - are you sure you need carbon rails? It is easier to reduce weight by choosing the right model.
  3. Mike

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    I have the Selle Italia Carbon Flow which weighs 125g. I love it and it's supposedly without rider weight restrictions. I presume any well made saddle with carbon rails should be fine. Goodluck with your search;)
  4. SurlyCyclist

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    Thanks Mike.

    Ludwig, I settled on the Regal-e because of its similarity to the B-17. Since it's a bit old school and larger than most road bike saddles, I thought it would be best to get the lightest Regal-e model available. I guess I should have a think about the weight saving versus cost increase.
  5. FarEast

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    Train and race on a full carbon saddle..... It wasn't even shown any padding the poor thing. 65g and cost me 10,000 Yen and believe it or not it’s bloody comfy!
  6. Yamabushi

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    Mounted properly (not over torqued) there should be no real durability issues, but a point to be aware of is that a lot, perhaps most, carbon rail saddles have ovalized rails. Make sure that your seatpost is compatible.
  7. TOM

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    Surly Cyclist, if you can afford it - go for it ! I use the same 125gr Kit Carbonio Flow saddle by Selle Italia as Mike - the shape is the very classic SLR - if you are into retro/classic, you may want to consider this one too. Plus, it has some padding in it - very comfy. I got mine very cheap back in Belgium in the TEST SADDLE version.

    If you really have a huge budget and if you weigh less than 70kg, another super saddle I can recommend is the AX-Lightness - no padding here but still quite comfy. The nicest feature is that it really feels as if there is no saddle at all when you are dancing up hills!

    PS: forget about the AX-Lightness; too risky if you are in the 80~85kg bracket. THe SLR Carbonio has no weight limit warnings on it and is very sturdy.
  8. SurlyCyclist

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    Kit Carbonio Flow looks pretty sweet too. I'm not going for a retro look so much as just trying to find a saddle that fits me. Thanks for all the advice.

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