This SQ Lab 611 Ergowave saddle is much better than the ones I tried in the past. In the beginning, it feels like you have to think where you have to sit because of the “step down”. But if you forget that and just sit on the saddle you settle in fine. The truth is that you have to tinker with the saddle angle to get it just right for you, but after that, all you have to do is ride your bike. I prefer the saddle nose up just a few degrees. One thing that bothered me is that sometimes the saddle squeaked. So, I removed the saddle cleaned the rails and seat post clamp and the 95% squeaking is gone. Now it only makes noise if I sit too far forward or back while descending trails. Here are a few pictures of the saddle.
So, I like the Fizik Aliante better than the Gobi even though it is a road saddle. The raised rear part of the saddle is more comfortable for my lower back. Everyone knows numbness is not good. The Aliante has a rounded shape which I feel presses the soft tissue making it a bad fit for me. The pressure from the saddle’s rounded shape doesn’t feel right. Having said that, after extended time in the saddle the numbness still returns.
Anyway, my temporary solution is to pedal standing up for a while to relieve the soft tissue area. Another tactic I use to prevent numbness is to add lots of trails during my bike ride. I stand when descending trails so that also reduces the time I’m sitting in the saddle. I also stand while descending fire roads for the same reason. This all helps but its not a solution to the numbness its a bandaid solution.
The Meteora MTB race I looking forward to is 5 weeks. There are extended climbs in this race. That means there will be a lot of time sitting in the saddle. The last thing I want is to get numb or having to remember to stand up. I want to focus on my performance and have a great race.
The next saddle I’m going to test is from SQ Labs. More on this saddle later.
As you’ve seen I’m looking for a new saddle. I tested the Fizik Gobi last week for about 9 hours. The saddle felt very hard, but I got used to that. During the last ride on the Gobi, the numbness returned after about 45 minutes. This means I have to look for another saddle to test. However, during the talk with the local bike shop owner, he suggested that I also test out the Fizik Aliante 140mm. The fact is the Aliante is a road bike saddle, but what does that matter if it fits. So, after I washed the bike today, I mounted the saddle for tomorrow’s ride.
Furthermore, I called another local bike shop that sells Fabric saddles but did not get through to anyone.