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  1. #1
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    Carbon saddles for women?

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    I was looking at bike parts today and after reading on carbon saddles and how slight flex in them provides comfort, I figured I could give them a try. However, a quick search made me realize that all of these saddles have a very slim but elongated profile (142mm being by far the widest that I've found) that definitely seems more suited to male anatomy.

    So, has anyone given these a try? What about Chinese carbon, any luck with that? I'm skeptical about these saddles so I'm kind of thinking going with Chinese carbon won't break the bank even if I don't end up liking the saddle, but I still don't want to be wasteful if these saddles just don't suit female anatomy.

    Just to compare, my current saddle is a Charge Ladle (155x280mm) and it's fine but I feel like a slightly narrower saddle would be a better fit.

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    I think you'd need to give a specific example. Also, you prefer a saddle without a cutout?
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    Can you get a Charge Spoon where you are? It looks like a narrower version of the Ladle.
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    I would have to order it in, but I'm considering it. When I tested the Ladle for a couple of rides, I reached the conclusion that I could have easily gone for the Spoon after all. I'll have to ask around and see if I could borrow one for a ride or two, just in case
    Muirenn, I haven't tried a saddle with a cutout yet but I think I would. Sometimes I feel discomfort, especially during ascents - I suppose the cutout would help relieve the pressure.

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    Check into the cutout, I think.

    If one of my coworkers hadn't pounced on the Spoon from my Charge, I'd send it to you!
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    Owlie, that is super kind of you, thank you! It's the thought that counts

    How did you like the Spoon? And what did you replace it with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brigada View Post
    Owlie, that is super kind of you, thank you! It's the thought that counts

    How did you like the Spoon? And what did you replace it with?
    I took it off the day I brought the bike home. The back was really comfortable, and I liked the fact that it had a "ramp" in the back, but I couldn't handle the nose region for longer than about 5 minutes. I replaced it with a Specialized Ruby, and eventually a Jett. I need a cutout.
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