The WTB SST seat has long been a favorite of mine. There were several variations of this seat. Starting with my favorite, the original SST, there was the SST-X without the droopy nose. The SST 98 was a very nice Italian made version with a cut-out in the shell to relieve pressure in the "sensitive area" (more on this topic later). The SST 2k was a Taiwanese version of the SST 98. And then they were gone. So I started hoarding and buying when I found them. And now WTB is remaking the SST.
I just got some in the shop and they do look every bit the same as the original model. The ti railed seat is $134.50 and the cro-mo railed seat is $39.50. I didn't weigh them, but neither one feels heavy. The cro-mo railed seat looks like it has a nice leather-like vinyl cover while the ti railed seat has what looks like real leather.
If I didn't already have a stash of original SST seats, I'd use one on my bike. I would say they would be interchangeable.
Now after riding my Ibis last weekend with the WTB designed Specialized Pro Long saddle, that may be my new favorite. While talking with Steve Potts today about the Pro Long he commented that that was one of his favorites too and that the design process with Charlie Cunningham and Mark Slate sure did turn out a great seat.
Okay, what is it that saddle makers think that a cut-out in the nose of the saddle (still covered by foam and cover) the size of a Vienna Sausage creates pressure relief and instant comfort whilst perched on a saddle? I mean, if you are an average sized dude, you've got a good 120-150 pounds (I didn't count legs because they are somewhat supported by the pedals) sitting on about 8 sq.in. of saddle. If you've got your weight perched on top of that little cut-out and not evenly distributed between the back and middle of the seat, I'm willing to bet your bars are too low. Sit up. Let the saddle cradle and support your sittin' area. It'll probably be more comfortable. And if you ride with your bars way up in the air above the saddle, you probably just need a wider seat. The higher up your hands are, the wider you want the seat as you put more weight on your sit bones.
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