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by Jittery_CoffeeJoe
Casual Cyclist
BadlandsCalifornia
Detla Cleats

Old World beats new Tech

Reviewed 2/15/2016
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by Ergon Convert
Competitive Racer
Portland OR
Stellar, but not for carbon

Incredibly comfortable. Solved my ulnar nerve compression problems. I've heard a few people don't like being fixed at one wrist angle, but for me it keeps everything just right, and greatly enlarges the palm contact area. Not too heavy either. Caveats (1) I do road and XC so I can't speak to downhillers, and (2) unlike the GP3s I ran previously (but took off bc I didn't like the barends), the clamp on these crimped my thinwall XC carbon bars (despite Ergon's FAQ saying the non-barend GP1 is ok for carbon and despite using a torque wrench set at 5nm as indicated).

Reviewed 1/13/2016
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by pdxcrossguy
Competitive Racer
Portland, OR
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Best Bang For Buck Disc Wheelset out there

I bought these wheels to compliment a rain bikecommuter (Soma Double Cross Disc). These wheels are bombproof, reasonably stiff, and for the price you can't shake a stick at them.

I really like how solid these wheels feel on rough pavement. They're not light but they ride like a lively brick ****house. Seriously, for the money, you can't beat these wheels.

I also appreciate that they're completely rebuildable.

Reviewed 12/4/2015
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by bebright
Cycling Enthusiast
Olympia, WA
Finally... A saddle for me!

I purchased my Trek Domane in April of 2015. I rode a lot when I was younger but never rode in an organized ride. I decided to participate in the Seattle to Portland ride. This is a 200 mile ride over 2 days. The ride was fun but the final 80 miles were excruciating! That began my search for a more comfortable perch for my bike.

When I rode the Brooks C15 saddle for the first time I realized that it was the best one because I didn't think anything about it until 12 way through my 30 mile ride and that was just the realization that I hadn't thought about it)

I am 44 and 250lbs. Most of my weight is around my waist so there is a lot of pressure on the sensitive tissues below. Along with that, my right leg tends be in throbbing pain the first 10 minutes of the ride, it goes away, then comes back with a vengeance at about the hour mark. I don't have any issues with chafing, but just with pressure. This saddle has eliminated 90% of that pain. I still get an occasional leg pain, but that's mostly hopping on the bike with no sort of warm up. I have pretty 'narrow' sit bones so the C15 was more comfortable than the C17, although the C17 was pretty good too.

The best part is, unlike other Brooks saddles, there is no break in period. Yes, the saddle is a hippo compared to a small cat in terms of weight, but since I don't race the extra weight is worth the comfort.

My experience has taught me that a saddle is a very personal item. If you are in search of a saddle the ONLY way to find out if one will work for you is to try it. Not just sit on it, but buy it from a reputable place like Western Bikeworks and ride for an hour or two. The great thing about buying it from a good company is that you can return it and try another until you find the one that works best for you.

One last thing, I am very impressed with WesternBikeworks.com. They communicate very well, I've received the items I ordered from them the next day, even if I ordered at 3-4PM the previous day!

Below is a list of saddles I tried. These are not bad saddles, they just didn't work for me

Bontrager Paradigm

Bontrager Affinity

Adamo Century (split saddle)

Brooks B17 (use this on my hybrid,works great. Not for my road bike however)

Brooks C17 (still comfortable but a little too wide for me)

Reviewed 12/1/2015
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