A clickbait title but I’m sure I’m not in the wrong!
I knew for a very long time my saddle was not optimal, I compensated with thicker/endurance bib shorts.
I finally took measures and bought a saddle more fitted to me (after 1500km on SUF)
It changes so much things when your sit bones are well sited on the saddle:
- you really feel the difference when your perineum is not pressured
- because the connection with the saddle is stiffer, you are immediately able to put more power in the pedals
- it’s easier to keep a straight back -> more power
- it’s easier to control bouncing at high cadence -> more power
In my saddle search, I had bike shop vendors recommending me a saddle size equals to my sit bones spacing size, but I followed the Fizik recommendations (they have a saddle chooser) and took a larger size than my sit bones (a 150mm saddle for a 140mm sit bones spacing) and I think it’s the way to go, it works for me.