Why You Should Consider A Cut Out Saddle On Your Road Bike | GCN's Guide To Cycling Saddle Comfort

Why You Should Consider A Cut Out Saddle On Your Road Bike | GCN's Guide To Cycling Saddle Comfort

If you’re one of the many cyclists who suffer from saddle discomfort, pain, or numbness whilst you’re riding your road bike, there are a number of solutions you should consider. One thing to look at would be a saddle with a cut out section that can help to relieve perineal pressure. In this video, Ollie, with the help of Selle San Marco, explains the main reasons why you might want to consider a cut out saddle.

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  1. Robert Preato May 8, 2021 @ 12:52 am

    I disagree with Ollie about saddle comfort. I find my saddles to be every bit as comfortable as my armchair. The "bottom" line; your saddle should simply disappear on your ride. If you know it’s there, something is wrong. I use Selle Italia SLR, Specialized Toupe, Ritchey Streem and WTB Volt on my various bikes. They all work great, with or without a cut out. Perhaps I benefit from being light weight (62.5 kg), but I think the most important thing is to get a proper bike fit, with correct fore/aft, tilt and height adjustment. All of these will affect how you sit on the saddle and how your weight is distributed. Also, far too many riders use handlebars that are too wide, set too low and with too long a reach. This also affects how your weight is carried on the saddle. Unless you are racing competitively, there is no need to adopt such an aggressive riding position. The more aggressive your position, the less comfortable. And this trade off is only worth it for those who are paid to ride their bikes… fast.

  2. Anoshito Banerjee May 8, 2021 @ 12:54 am

    You look darn better with a beard

  3. We use to have bike performance that you are able to swap saddle… si sad they closed

  4. Alistair Heyes May 8, 2021 @ 12:57 am

    All saddles should have a cut out, simple.

  5. The trial and error process has left me with a few spare saddles.
    Finally figured that the cut-out was not for me as it aggravates my hip with the torn labrum.
    Really should ebay those "spare" saddles

  6. > "Women struggle more with saddle comfort"
    > out of the 9 minutes on saddle comfort women get less than 1 minute, the rest is about the comfort of dicks.

  7. My balls hurt pretty bad when i ride my rode bike for about 15 minutes I prefer to ride the bike on the highest standing position because of that reason but i rather go lower to go faster there has been times when i ride the bike for over 2 or 3 hours and i can’t ride the bike again for a day or 2 because it brothers me a lot

  8. Or, ride a recumbent and you won’t have this problem!

  9. Can you do a women’s specific video please?

  10. No mention of saddle angle? chamois cream?

  11. silverrush50 May 8, 2021 @ 1:03 am

    Corn cob ass

  12. most comfortable ride with any kind of saddle is if you wear tight jeans 🙂 btw selle italia flite classic is a good choice for everybody.

  13. Alin Leonard May 8, 2021 @ 1:07 am

    2:34 O M G Canyon, how can you weld so ugly??? and expect anyone pay over 1100€ for a bike?

  14. cut-out saddles are actually worse for men than solid saddles, because the perimeter of the cut-out accentuates the pressure being applied through sitting: imagine pushing a block of cheese through the opening in one of those saddles — that is what happens to the area around your body sitting on the cut-out. please take care to avoid this kind of situation.

  15. Inclining the saddle 12 degrees forward does the trick for me

  16. Ollie you are still quite young and limber, etc and your body isn’t yet beaten up. We’d like to hear from an ahem, more ‘vintage’ ex-pro on this important real world topic. Maybe a doctor too.

  17. Right sitbone sore after 40km. Bought a 200 euro Castelli RS9 pants, did a 200 euro sit measurement. I have 2 150 euro sadles and pain still there. Sometimes there is no sollution. Only remedy is to alternate roadcycling with running to give sitbone enough rest. But i cant go beyond 60km as it becomes too painful. And if i just continue cycling there will grow an egg on my right sitbone which is so painful that i can’t sit on it anymore

  18. "Try cut out when you suffer as a woman" well thats unexpected 😉

  19. Nicholas Moreno May 8, 2021 @ 1:11 am

    How about a dedicated video on pudendal neuralgia aka ‘cyclists’ syndrome?’ There’s not much info out there about it, and most of it seems directed towards women. I’ve had it missed by 3 doctors and found very little reliable professional treatment options. Took me almost 2 years to get back to riding regularly.

  20. Pedro Branco May 8, 2021 @ 1:13 am

    Don’t tell anyone, but I am using one lady saddle with big hole, that was at discount sale by about 1/3 of original high price. Its fantastic more confortable and does not heat may genitals the way other saddles did, I do aprecciante the fresh feel.

  21. Peter Milsom May 8, 2021 @ 1:14 am

    I have a box of saddles – maybe 6 or 7,
    On three of them I have done 100+ miles in a day.
    Two have cut outs, and the third is a stubby "ladies" saddle I "borrowed" from my wife.
    Only one of the other saddles is REALLY bad – can’t do 5 miles on it, let alone 50+! And the worst saddle (for me) is far from being the cheapest.
    (I am a 6′ 3" guy, just for those interested)

  22. It’s called a taintometer.

  23. the proof is in the eating not the pudding.😁

  24. Ollie, you steered clear of mentioning the VERY WORST problem with the seating area.
    I mean the DREADED FARMERS!
    When I was at my racing peak I was besieged by the little monsters…… creams and stickyupbottomthingies did no good. Then my Medical Officer told me to just ride on them till they bled an they’d go away.
    They did, and Giles hasn’t revisited for the last 50 years, fingers crossed.

  25. I bought a cut out Terry one, years ago, at the time it was supposed to be one of the best and it was certainly expensive enough to be! … OMG, uncomfortable… your bits fall in the hole and your other bits rub on the sides or get pinched … it went to a charity shop. Now, I use either a Selle Italia Lady Gel WITHOUT a hole (hard to find now), or a Brooks, which are brilliant once broken in. That said, I wonder if another make would be ok, but it’s too high a price to pay for another give-away

  26. I think finding the perfect saddle is some type of witchcraft. I had spent years searching for a comfortable saddle. lots of watching, reading and experimenting. Nothing worked, had resigned myself to never be truly comfortable on my bike. Then completely by chance. I was given a saddle that they said was horrible but what did I have to loose by giving it a try? it turned out to be a perfect fit for me and has totally transformed my cycling.

  27. Paganiproductions May 8, 2021 @ 1:22 am

    Whe mountainbikers have done that for ages

  28. Alex Spodarev May 8, 2021 @ 1:25 am

    People, how can you sit on such stiff saddles? Received my Canyon with Selle X3, it hurts just to sit on it. Even with 3 paddings it hurts..am i the only one complaining on it?

  29. Brendan Herjavec May 8, 2021 @ 1:26 am

    What’s version is the purplish seat in the thumbnail

  30. Shoutout for the Pavé seatpost!

  31. SooMin Leong May 8, 2021 @ 1:30 am

    I went for a saddle fitting service, found a saddle that suits me after 45 minutes. For ladies, it is definitely worth going for a saddle fitting. Before that, I thought I could maybe get used to the saddle that came with the bike, but after 2 weeks, I started having problem with going to the toilet. And it was painful.

  32. Great video and does a lot to explain why there are just so many saddles available! Agree with the earlier comments about the need for more information on female specific challenges and what to consider when purchasing a saddle.

  33. Joe Bleasdale May 8, 2021 @ 1:31 am

    The first six seconds are true meme potential

  34. Pedro Branco May 8, 2021 @ 1:32 am

    I have two bikes, one for mtb other full steel, and do have long upper legs. On one bike the saddle is full at back, on other full at front, and they both caused me some knee problems, before I had setup them right…

  35. afterburn2600 May 8, 2021 @ 1:33 am

    I’ve been riding cut out saddles for years (decades? I think? Like maybe late 90s early 2000s). Love them and wouldn’t go back without a really good reason.

  36. Eric Ulfsparre May 8, 2021 @ 1:34 am

    At 3:30 /gratuitous American accent steeped in dullard. Nice. That’s a perfectly good scientific system you mock that’s served me for decades.

  37. my mates always roast me because i change my saddles 5 times. they said my bum is so picky. 😂😂😂

  38. Dr. Steven Schrader with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH): “When you sit on a bike the pressure on the perineum increases sevenfold. Riders using a classic saddle place 1/4 of their body weight on the perineum. The amount of oxygen reaching the ***** typically falls 70% to 80% in 3 minutes. A guy can have his oxygen levels drop 100% but he doesn’t know it. After half an hour he goes numb.

    Saddles with splits or holes may make matters worse because they have smaller surface areas, and hence the rider’s weight presses harder on less saddle. The arteries in the perineum run laterally and therefore they come under more pressure when they come into contact with the cutouts’ edges. It is no longer a question of whether or not traditional bike saddles causes ED, but what are you going to do about it?” https://spongywonder.com/

  39. You use a saddle?

  40. Han Weicheng May 8, 2021 @ 1:36 am

    I just wonder why would someone ride with solid saddles.

  41. I want to try one…………Seems good……………………………….One day…………………….

  42. Bit of a condescending video. Presenter trying to sound dumb. Like he’s talking to some stupid people.

  43. Hello I’m interested getting a Canyon bike, what size ae you riding, how tall are you?

  44. i tried a few saddles and found the bigbum saddle with springs the most comfortable. however other cyclists made fun of it 🙁 sometimes, ugly looking things are far better and more comfortable than goodlooking things.

  45. drberolgiant May 8, 2021 @ 1:41 am

    Saddle angle is very important too. For many a 2 degree downslope works well and avoids perineal discomfort when on the drops

  46. Sorry, GCN. You give so much good advice, but you have completely missed the mark on saddles. InfinityBikeSeat.com is the only way to go, specifically the E1X model. Yes, it’s pricey; no, I’m not on commission. Ride Infinity, take a couple of days to get used to it, and you will never go back to any other saddle.

  47. ITsupportian May 8, 2021 @ 1:45 am

    Selle Italia

  48. Mark Johnson May 8, 2021 @ 1:47 am

    Went through many, many saddles until a friend recommended the Cobb Randee. That one worked for me. I now use the Cobb on all my bikes. Everyone is different, of course, so YMMV.

  49. Who had Ollie mentioning his hour record at 1:50 in the video?

  50. 2:12 Nice.

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