Seat set up idea... looking for feedback

Asunder

New Member
Hello everyone, I am riding a hardtail Giant Sedona with a Bafang 750. Have been riding it for about 3 months now as a daily driver. It has been great, but thinking of making some improvements on the seat and seat post. Looking to put a Thudbuster ST and a Brooks B17 saddle on it. I ride upright mostly and am looking for something to make it a little more comfortable on the posterior.

Has anyone done this or something similar, or just looking for some feedback.

Thanks.
 

J.R.

Well-Known Member
Hello everyone, I am riding a hardtail Giant Sedona with a Bafang 750. Have been riding it for about 3 months now as a daily driver. It has been great, but thinking of making some improvements on the seat and seat post. Looking to put a Thudbuster ST and a Brooks B17 saddle on it. I ride upright mostly and am looking for something to make it a little more comfortable on the posterior.

Has anyone done this or something similar, or just looking for some feedback.

Thanks.
I and many of us here have either the BodyFloat or Thudbuster with the B17 (or other Brooks saddles). I had used the Thudbuster for thousands of miles and now on my daily rider I use the BodyFloat. I prefer the BF and offered this post about the TB. The TB works, just not as well as the BF, and I had a lot of undesirable maintenance on the TB.

Saddles are a very personal accessory, opinions vary a lot, I offered my opinions in this thread. I do like the Brooks B17 Imperial.

Good luck getting your bike kitted out!
 
Last spring, I had an REI city commuter converted to an eBike. The specific model converted is a 2015 Novara Gotham. The motor I had installed is a mid-drive 500w Bafang 8fun. The bike is pretty fast…20 mph with average pedaling at level 3 (of 5) pedal assist. And I can do 30 mph on the flat if I pedal hard. Anyway, I quickly discovered that the bike path between my Arlington, VA home and the downtown DC location where I work was beating the heck out of my spine. The bike I converted has no suspension (a clear mistake). So I purchased a Tamer Pivot Plus XC Suspension Seatpost. http://www.niagaracycle.com/categor...YobNxptHrQcobRYqwuqdsG23wRjmI7Jj9MBoCXf7w_wcB. It appears similar to a Thudbuster, but at lower cost.

I coupled that with a Bell Memory Foam Saddle https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001D16OCI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Yes, I know…this seat is not a top of the line product like your Brooks saddle, but I’m an old guy and this combination made all the difference for my 10-mile commute. I ride to work effortlessly. My back and butt do not hurt when I get there or home. And I get some exercise, especially on the way home since it’s mostly uphill.

I've ridden this bike 40+ miles at a stretch along the bumpy C&O Canal tow path with that seat and seat post treating me almost as well as a full suspension bike. That said, I know there are higher end components that would perhaps serve you better, but this setup has worked out well for me.

Good luck to you in finding the configuration that works for you.
 
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Alphbetadog

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I've got the Thudbuster ST and a Brooks B67 saddle. It has the springs and a little wider than the B17. Designed for more upright riding position. I have it on my EBO kitted 1983 Trek 830 chromoly lugged frame and it works really well in smoothing out the ride. Keep in mind that the Brooks saddles take some time to conform to your bum. You'll hate it for the first few hundred miles, but once broken in you'll love it and won't want to ride on anything else!
 

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Asunder

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I've got the Thudbuster ST and a Brooks B67 saddle. It has the springs and a little wider than the B17. Designed for more upright riding position. I have it on my EBO kitted 1983 Trek 830 chromoly lugged frame and it works really well in smoothing out the ride. Keep in mind that the Brooks saddles take some time to conform to your bum. You'll hate it for the first few hundred miles, but once broken in you'll love it and won't want to ride on anything else!
After further review, I think I am going to go with the B67 instead of the B17. I ride fairly upright.

Last spring, I had an REI city commuter converted to an eBike. The specific model converted is a 2015 Novara Gotham. The motor I had installed is a mid-drive 500w Bafang 8fun. The bike is pretty fast…20 mph with average pedaling at level 3 (of 5) pedal assist. And I can do 30 mph on the flat if I pedal hard. Anyway, I quickly discovered that the bike path between my Arlington, VA home and the downtown DC location where I work was beating the heck out of my spine. The bike I converted has no suspension (a clear mistake). So I purchased a Tamer Pivot Plus XC Suspension Seatpost. http://www.niagaracycle.com/categor...YobNxptHrQcobRYqwuqdsG23wRjmI7Jj9MBoCXf7w_wcB. It appears similar to a Thudbuster, but at lower cost.

I coupled that with a Bell Memory Foam Saddle https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001D16OCI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Yes, I know…this seat is not a top of the line product like your Brooks saddle, but I’m an old guy and this combination made all the difference for my 10-mile commute. I ride to work effortlessly. My back and butt do not hurt when I get there or home. And I get some exercise, especially on the way home since it’s mostly uphill.

I've ridden this bike 40+ miles at a stretch along the bumpy C&O Canal tow path with that seat and seat post treating me almost as well as a full suspension bike. That said, I know there are higher end components that would perhaps serve you better, but this setup has worked out well for me.

Good luck to you in finding the configuration that works for you.


I would normally go with lesser expensive gear, but ,y family wanted to get me something for my bike this year for the Holidays. So I went with the more expensive.
 

Trail Cruiser

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After further review, I think I am going to go with the B67 instead of the B17. I ride fairly upright.

I myself was also intrigued by the positive feedback and high price of B67 ( https://www.amazon.com/Brooks-Saddles-Bicycle-Saddle-Mens/dp/B000I0V0JM ) that I got one myself. It is on my full suspension ebike. The ride comfort is definitely much better than the set up on my other ebike (hardtail) with body float and C9 upright saddle ( https://www.amazon.com/Cloud-9-Cruiser-Select-Airflow-Saddle/dp/B00PY92BTU ) combination.

My initial observation is that the leather Brooks saddle conforms to the shape of your butt giving a more even pressure on a wider area of your behind leading to less tendency to pressure related butt pain.
 
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Asunder

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I myself was also intrigued by the positive feedback and high price of B67 ( https://www.amazon.com/Brooks-Saddles-Bicycle-Saddle-Mens/dp/B000I0V0JM ) that I got one myself. It is on my full suspension ebike. The ride comfort is definitely much better than the set up on my other ebike (hardtail) with body float and C9 upright saddle ( https://www.amazon.com/Cloud-9-Cruiser-Select-Airflow-Saddle/dp/B00PY92BTU ) combination.

My initial observation is that the leather Brooks saddle conforms to the shape of your butt giving a more even pressure on a wider area of your behind leading to less tendency to pressure related butt pain.
That is why I am choosing the leather saddle instead of a plastic or composite. And I will let you know how it feels after a few months of break in.