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Overtoom

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That's a great color Overtoom. It's almost like Ferrari red!!
Hi James -- thanks, it was a little scary ordering it sight-unseen, as my LBS only had the black ones in stock. I wasn't sure if it would be a tomato red or a more Ferrari red. But it all worked out in the end; I like the color and don't mind the high visibility factor -- every little bit helps ;)
 

Overtoom

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Nice ride @Overtoom
Start looking at seats, the OEM Stromer one is garbage, you'll find out soon enough.
Love the red :)
Hey, thanks, I'm digging the bike, but I do know what you mean about the seat. It's not as bad as the Coda race seat on my old Cannondale R1000, but after 30 minutes it starts to be a pain. What did you replace yours with? Maybe other riders could chime in here as well if they've replaced the seat?
 

James

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Speaking of seats, I'm thinking of getting a new one (because yes the stock one sucks!) what seats should I be looking at??
 

James

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Do you think they would have one for my application? Long fast rides? I always thought of Brooks Bros as more of an upright cruising saddle company
 

Gus

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I don't mind the stock seat but it needed to be a little wider for my sit bones. I went with an Ergon SM3 seat and never looked back.

Of course this advice is meaningless since everyone is different. I personally hated every soft/gel/cutout seat I tried. I like my saddles wide and as hard as a rock, but flex. The only one that ever felt great and I could ride for over 100 miles at a time was the Brooks B17. Unfortunately I could not stomach the look of this saddle on a black Stromer, so Ergon it is.
 

Ravi Kempaiah

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I don't mind the stock seat but it needed to be a little wider for my sit bones. I went with an Ergon SM3 seat and never looked back.

Of course this advice is meaningless since everyone is different. I personally hated every soft/gel/cutout seat I tried. I like my saddles wide and as hard as a rock, but flex. The only one that ever felt great and I could ride for over 100 miles at a time was the Brooks B17. Unfortunately I could not stomach the look of this saddle on a black Stromer, so Ergon it is.
Ergon's design is terrific. I have GP-1 grips and they are the most comfortable ever. My next saddle would be SM3 and PC2 pedals (pedals look goofy but they are super efficient).
 

JoePah

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Speaking of seats, I'm thinking of getting a new one (because yes the stock one sucks!) what seats should I be looking at??
I've put 2000 painless miles on my Stromer with this Serfas gel seat.. A bit oversized but since I was traveling at 24 mph over some rough pavement on a hardtail, figured it was worth it.. Highly recommend.

Serfas also sells the same seat without the springs..
 

Gus

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Ergon's design is terrific. I have GP-1 grips and they are the most comfortable ever. My next saddle would be SM3 and PC2 pedals (pedals look goofy but they are super efficient).
I use Ergon GS-2 grips and agree that Ergon does grips the best. No surprise the ST2 uses Ergon grips.

Just a warning on the SM3 seat. Its really, really firm. If you haven't already, expect to toughen up your 'bike butt.' After a couple weeks of getting your sit bones used to it, its like saddle heaven. Its no B17, but its close. I hardly even notice its there anymore. Whereas, on the original seat I was usually shifting around a lot to find a position more comfortable.

The SM3 looks a lot like the Stromer ST2 seat. I wonder if Stromer collaborated with Ergon on the seat as well, its just not branded Ergon.
 

opimax

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I have the gp3 waiting to be installed, about to purchase the pedals too! still haven't shopped for my "perfect" seat though and good chance a Float may be in will be the near future. I get the float when i sell a car I have (and they are available)

Mark
 

Ravi Kempaiah

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I have the gp3 waiting to be installed, about to purchase the pedals too! still haven't shopped for my "perfect" seat though and good chance a Float may be in will be the near future. I get the float when i sell a car I have (and they are available)

Mark

Mark,
There is something called Q-factor [proximity of your feet to the crank arms] and its relation to cadence and energy transfer.
I read this on the Ergon's designers blog. The pedals are very close to crank arms to reduce this Q factor but some people use pedal extenders as well.
The REI has them in stock and you could try them before purchasing. Some people need smaller Q factor and some, otherwise.
Just like the grips, they provide much larger energy transfer area and reduce any kind of fatigue. Narrow pressure points lead to sore legs and joints.

 
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opimax

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hmm , I already use pedal extenders on my platform pedals. I was just going to buy them as cheap as I could find, might be worth it to buy from a place to test 1st. The grips are also also from REI so they are being "tested" too. Part of me thinks I want the 5s , thought I would try the 3's 1st . They didn't have these pedals at the Bailey X roads store...thx !!
 

JoePah

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Nice looking bike! Makes me jealous, as mine is 2 years old and the last model..

Does the seat post really make a difference?