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FINALLY!!! The right saddle.
on November 28, 2011
I'm a big guy, 44yo, 5'10" and 230lbs. But I also ride my hybrid 28miles round trip to work five days a week. I needed a saddle that was comfortable to soak up the road and didn't compress the nether regions. Every saddle I have tried was either too narrow at the tail for my bum, didn't provide enough clearance to avoid compression or was too hard for longer rides. The Serfas RX is very comfortable with a great mix of padding and gel and most importantly the split design makes sure that nothing gets squished. If you're a road warrior with carbon everything this is not the saddle for you. It's too wide and too heavy. But if you're a modestly athletic middle age guy looking to stay in the saddle for a few more decades than you probably can't go wrong with this one.
I have 1.5 years of 5 day a week, all weather riding on this saddle and I have to say that it's far and away the best saddle I've owned. Since the original post my commute has increased to 35 round-trip miles daily and it's just as comfortable. First off, the build quality is impressive. Despite an approximate 13,000 miles of usage the only signs of wear are some fading of the black lycra fabric covering and the silk screened art has peeled a bit. There are zero popped stitches, fabric tears or signs of structural fatigue. I do think that the gel/padding are getting a bit tired but I only really notice that on bumpier sections of pavement. I have two other bikes with different saddles, one is a road bike and it has the stock saddle with only a shallow channel and the other is my weekend beater and it has an after-market super squishy granny seat. This Serfas RX is far and away my favorite. The only reason I haven't switched out the other two saddles is pure laziness on my part.
Some quick additional notes:
- This saddle is about the split design, not performance, weight or even comfort (although I think it's quite good at soaking up the road).
- It's not a terribly attractive saddle, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder...and I'll take a weird looking saddle over numbness.
- I don't park my bike outdoors at either work or at home. Protection from the elements may have helped to keep the saddle in good shape.
- Some people have asked me if the split design ever pinches. The answer is no.