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Cobb Saddle First Impression.

Hey readers!
If you dont like athletes “talking up” their sponsored gear.
Then better stop here.

BUT if your in the market for a new saddle.
This blog may find you well.
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Thanks for staying =)

Well a few weeks ago I received all my cycling sponsored gear.
And over the weeks I will blog about each of them.
Now, its all about Cobb saddles!

Back track to 2007 when I turned pro and joined the team.
I was ridding a Fizik Arione and that did not last long.
As the stitching came undone in less than a year.
And was giving me some pain where nobody wants pain ;)

After that I got my hands on a free ISM road saddle.
I must admit, I took it because it was free.
And it was the start of a long relationship!

After a few rides on my new
I was sold, its was like an ISM but just better!

I always like the ISM road because it was wider and softer.
But the Cobb MAX is softer with similar width.

My major issue with the ISM was the 2 “prongs”.
Ascetics aside, they would become un-even and wear out quick.
Which is something thats improve with Cobb saddles.

Another thing with the ISM was the “prongs” would slightly “flex”.
So getting back in of the saddle and comfortable after standing.
Would take a few seconds adjust back into my A$$.

A few times my “junk” went into the creavous between the “prongs”.
When wearing thin tri shorts,run shorts or swim suite.
Not a big deal but not very cool!

One thing I will miss from ISM is the hook at the back.
Which allow to rack my bike from the back in transition.

Which I also used to keep a spare inner tube for training/racing!

These saddles are very similar.
They both allow me to ride 2 position while TTing.

#1 is a bit “slack” seated near the back-ish of the saddle.
With my hands towards the top of my bars near the shifters.
Most often used on flat roads and low/medium intensity.
And a flat back and open space between my knees and elbows.

#2 is “steep” seated near the tip of the saddle.
My hands gravitate lower towards the bars away from the shifters.
Most often while choking up a hill and high intensity on the flats.
And with a curved/hunched back like a pissed up kitten.
With my knees elbows coming closer to each other!

Sorry no pictures for these…YET!

These 2 positions allowed me fire some muscles more than others.
And open up my body when I start to tighten up.
Or just slight change of focus when ridding varying terrain!

Anyway, hope you have enjoy and/or learned something.
Since I leave mainly in the hot/humid Philippines.
And aim a very hairy guy!

Saddles sores are easy to come buy.
Especially when doing long trainer rides.
And this far, as bias as I may be.

The Cobb Max is definitively the best thing I had up my A$$ ;)

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