Saddleco Flow Saddle Review

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by Fred Roses, Aug 4, 2003.

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  1. Fred Roses

    Fred Roses Guest

    Ever since Saddleco announced their Flow saddle last Fall I have been looking forward to trying it
    because it's built on same principle as the Aeron desk chair, using suspended mesh fabric instead of
    normal fabric backed by padding. I love my Aeron - other chairs just seem hot and lumpy to me now.

    Anyway, Performance finally started selling "factory seconds" last week and now I believe they also
    have first-quality examples. I've put 5 or 6 rides on mine so far, more than 75 miles on Saturday
    and a very hilly 50 yesterday, and I am completely happy with this saddle. I think my butt stays
    cooler and drier and the saddle seems to isolate road harshness nicely, but most importantly for me,
    there don't seem to be any "hot spots," no sores or sensitivity in the sit bones ares. I guess the
    fabric conforms to my anatomy and supports me evenly.

    The only unknown is durability - will the fabric sag (annoying) or rip (potentially VERY annoying)
    under prolonged use? Saddleco says riders over 200 pounds or "extreme" riding will void the warranty
    so caveat emptor.

    Plse note I have no financial interest in this saddle or this company...I decided to post this
    review because there seem to be so many people who are unhappy with their saddles, and also because
    Saddleco seems to be a new company with innovative ideas.

    P. S. The cosmetically-challenged saddle that I bought looks OK to me
    - there are several areas around the edge of the frame where the attachment of the mesh is not as
    neat as it could be. I suppose the factory had a steep learning curve and they must have a big
    pile of not-quite-nice production.
     
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  2. Ken

    Ken Guest

    [email protected] (Fred Roses) wrote in news:76a441ca.0308040935.6be26ef0 @posting.google.com:
    > Anyway, Performance finally started selling "factory seconds" last week and now I believe they
    > also have first-quality examples. I've put 5 or 6 rides on mine so far, more than 75 miles on
    > Saturday and a very

    Thanks for the review. I have a few questions:
    1. does the mesh fabric cause any abrasion on your shorts?
    2. are there any sharp edges around the frame?
    3. how easy is it to slide forward and backward on the saddle?
    4. can you sit comfortably on the nose for steep uphills?
    5. can you sit comfortably on the tail for steep downhills?

    Thanks.
     
  3. Fred Roses

    Fred Roses Guest

    Ken <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > Thanks for the review. I have a few questions:
    > 1. does the mesh fabric cause any abrasion on your shorts?
    > 2. are there any sharp edges around the frame?
    > 3. how easy is it to slide forward and backward on the saddle?
    > 4. can you sit comfortably on the nose for steep uphills?
    > 5. can you sit comfortably on the tail for steep downhills?
    >
    > Thanks.

    1. Not so far. You can feel the texture, but it doesn't snag the fabric.

    2. The frame around the outside of the nose looks pretty sharp, but it's flexible and I can't feel
    it when seated. I scrunch up to the front of the saddle sometimes, and it seems to support me ok.

    3. Not as easy as a smooth leather saddle, but easier than a cutout saddle like a Terry or a Selle
    Italia Trans Am (on those saddles I always feel like I'm bunching up over the cutout). Actually
    the fabric seems to provide a little grip like the stitching the Italian saddle makers often use.

    4. Yes

    5. Yes

    Two more things I overlooked in my original posting -

    * The saddle is quite light even though it uses cromo rails. There's really not that much to it.

    * The front-rear adjustment range on the rails is quite long.
     
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