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Old 2019-09-09, 05:48 PM   #1
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Best seat for long rides

I know this has probably been worn into the ground but I have a hard time looking up things using the search here, can't seem to find what I'm looking for
So I am going to ask again, I say again because I know I asked this before and that is how I made my decision to buy the KH Freeride saddle
so I'm asking again, what is your saddle of choice for long rides and why did you choose it. I like the freeride but it still wears into my thighs after about 8 miles it gets very hard to handle.
OR am I just a wimp
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Old 2019-09-09, 06:02 PM   #2
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Everyone's but is different, and therefore there will be a different "best" saddle for each rider.

It sounds like the Freeride is maybe a little wide for you. I would not be afraid to take the cover off and trim a bit of the foam on the edges where you are getting the rubbing.

Many people would suggest bike shorts or compression shorts in conjunction with a good saddle. It's probably good advice for most, but I've never found them to be comfortable.

I've trimmed the foam on pretty much every saddle I have owned. I found the freeride to need minimal adjustment, but was a bit on the soft side for long rides.

Based on my preferences if I were to choose a new saddle for distance riding it would probably be a Nimubs Stadium, but like I've said, all buts are different.
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Old 2019-09-09, 06:14 PM   #3
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I like my QX Eleven. It was on my uni when i got it, but I would get it again.

I used to have issues with my thighs hurting from rubbing too, and solved it with the addition of tight fitting running pants under my shorts/jeans. I don't need the bolstering of bike shorts (on the contrary, I hate it), and they aren't too tight.
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Old 2019-09-09, 06:20 PM   #4
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hi aj1500

i am kind of in same boat as you with seats and trying to find which suits best

i have a club 20" with standard seat that gives me tailbone pain,26" nimbus muni with a quax luxus which i find comfy and i have just built a hatchet with a quax eleven on which i am finding gives me pain too!!

il be curious to find which you find best
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Old 2019-09-09, 07:17 PM   #5
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I am currently wearing a pair of padded under shorts AND padded bike shorts but I think what I'm missing is the fact that the pain is from rubbing an area that is not being padded. I actually tried wearing the under shorts reversed to put the bigger padding to the front once, seemed to work OK but still didn't solve the issue. maybe I'll take the seat I have that came on the 29 trainer and play with cutting it down to find a sweet spot
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Old 2019-09-09, 08:50 PM   #6
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I like the KH Fusion Zero. Based on the comments I've heard I think I'm one of the only ones. Mind you, I've never tried a Fusion One, which is supposed to be more comfortable.

YMMV but I find the key to being comfortable over long rides is to stop about 15 minutes in and stretch. I don't think it's actually the stretching that does the trick but the two minute break from the saddle. If I don't do the 15 minute break I really feel it in the hours to come.
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Old 2019-09-09, 09:20 PM   #7
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I like the KH Fusion Zero. Based on the comments I've heard I think I'm one of the only ones.
You are! You will probably never have trouble aquiring replacements as long as you are in touch with other unicyclists. Like me.
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...I've never tried a Fusion One, which is supposed to be more comfortable.
Of course, "more comfortable" is relative, so it also depends on the person. I think the foam may be a little taller, or softer, or they may have added a bit of curve to it. Small changes. I'm pretty sure I like that "One" better though I haven't done many actually long rides on it. Mostly we max out around 25-30 lately.
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YMMV but I find the key to being comfortable over long rides is to stop about 15 minutes in and stretch. I don't think it's actually the stretching that does the trick but the two minute break from the saddle. If I don't do the 15 minute break I really feel it in the hours to come.
I'm going to have to try that. We usually go quite a bit farther before our first stop, and then do long stretches. I always have to stop more in the later half of the ride, and my wife leaves me behind. Now I just have to remember to watch the time and make that stop!
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