Hi Eliot. It is a bit more expensive, but I decided to add a suspension seatpost, then see if the original saddle seemed comfortable. The Kinect BodyFloat 2.1 is all that was needed and the original saddle seems fine now. Maybe in part because I have been riding a lot more lately?Hello Papa G. Thanks for the insight. Owner's manuals are an important source of official information from the company. I will pursue this with Trek, since they have owners manuals for other bikes. I'll wait a bt before I think about changing the pedals. One change for sure I will make is the seat. In my older age guess I look for comfort. I agree the SC+7 is a very nice bike. It is a very stable bike. More tomorrow as I have ridden this now 10 miles, and had to stop due to the thunderstorms and heavy rain in my area. I hope to have a better evaluation on this bike tomorrow.