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Rido RLt series saddle review

If the Rido R2 saddle is to cycling as crutches are to running, then the Rido RLt series saddle is a pair of overpronation race shoes. I have already taken a look at what might be termed Rido’s recovery saddle for individuals with perineal issues, so how does their more mainstream, race ready saddle compare?

Rido RLt series saddle review

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There are a lot of saddles in the marketplace championing cut outs, and grooves in order to promote blood flow to the perineum. That is a crucial point, blood flow to the peritoneum, rather than just the prostate. As we saw in the original Rido R2 saddle review, there isn’t any evidence to link cycling with prostate (white arrow )specific problems, however, there is plenty of literature about issues with cycling affecting the blood supply to a very sensitive region of the pelvic anatomy, the perineum (red arrow)

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As mentioned a lot of saddles just remove a section from the centre of the saddle and leave things at that. Whilst this seems like a simple solution, depending on your particular size, that route can cause as many problems, due once again to the “sit bones” or ischial spines. If you create the gap too wide, you actually end up straining the tissues between the ischial spines, which can cause quite a lot of irritation to the perineum, even though there is not direct pressure from the saddle to that area now.

A good way of thinking about it is standing on a bridge made of two ropes. When the ropes are close together, you are not under much strain, but as the ropes move further apart, so do your legs, causing strain

The same is going on with your perineum, if things are too wide, it will cause strain, as your own weight pushes down as the support from the saddle is too wide

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I’m not too sure my picture conveys things well. Perhaps Van Damme can help more effectively? A widespread is going to cause a lot of strain, certainly, this picture makes me wince!

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Now don’t mistaken me, the opposite is true too, if the saddle is too narrow, as I found when testing an ISN PN 1.1, it doesn’t matter how much padding has been put on the saddle, it still feels like you are sitting on a knife edge after not very long at all!TitaniumGeek IMG_6048-1024x669 Rido RLt series saddle review TT saddle road Rido race Perineum perineal nose-less ISM Fabric cycling

The main aim of the Rido RLt saddle, like it’s forebearer, is to lift your perineum off the saddle, achieved by shifting the position of your pelvis as a result of the bulges of the Rido RLt, which in turn give the RLt, it’s…distinctive shape.

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This bulbous rear is the key to Rido’s PSG – “pressure fit geometry”, which has been adapted from the R2 into the LTitaniumGeek Screen-Shot-2016-08-10-at-17.01.34-1024x492 Rido RLt series saddle review TT saddle road Rido race Perineum perineal nose-less ISM Fabric cycling

Saddle Design

The Rido RLt series saddle looks much more like a normal road race saddle than the R2 does

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Indeed the construction is much more akin to what cyclist are used to:

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– Compare the R2’s moulded flexing nylon chassis with very ample padding and CR-Mo rails to the Lt series’ more race focused rigid, unflexing underside and titanium alloy rails.

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Secret Sauce

Above I mentioned that a vitally important part of choosing a saddle is that it is neither too wide nor too narrow for your “sit bones” or ischial tuberosities.

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Both the Adamo and Rido RLt series saddles are quite wide at the rear. The Adamo actually I found caused pressure on my inner thighs although, overall was quite comfortable.

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Surprisingly the even wider Rido RLt series saddle doesn’t rub my thighs due to the shape, but when I initially tried the saddle… I was rather  disappointed, it was actually moderately uncomfortable!

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There was a reason for this, however! I was sitting a bit too far back on the saddle and was actually slipping backwards down the slope. The correct place to position your posterior is on the black patches, which are amazingly grippy and are the comfort area!

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I actually think Rido should consider making these patches in different sizes and available as after market stickers for other saddles, or at least consider adding these to the R2.

One of the things I didn’t like about the Adamo was finding a comfortable position, on the Rido RLt series saddle, you just make sure that your sit bones go over the black patches, Hey presto!

Compared to the Adamo the Rido RLt series saddle nose is on the narrow side, however, I also found the Adamo far too wide at the front.

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Saddle adjustments

It is advised to have the Rido RLt series saddle nose down every so slightly, as with the R2. But unlike the R2, which I did cause me to slide forwards occasionally the grip patches on the Lt held me exactly where I was supposed to be. 

Conclusion

The Rido RLt series saddle is another good saddle to look at if you are having any difficulty with your softer areas. However it is important to recognise that we are all shaped slightly differently, and thus one person’s experience may differ from another. I highlight that fact that I found the technically narrower Adamo too wide compared to the Rido RLt series saddle

On that same note, someone might ask why there is not more information on the Fabric TT saddle showing earlier on the in comparative four saddle picture… Simply this was the most uncomfortable saddle I have ever used, and I include this fact in the conclusion because in spite of a relatively deep channel I developed a VERY uncomfortable case of pudendal nerve irritation which I attribute DIRECTLY to switching onto the Fabric saddle for 2 weeks.

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Suffice to say that as soon as I realised what the issue was, the Fabric saddle was removed with extreme prejudice. Returning to the Rido RLt series saddle to complete the test resulted in everything returning to normal. Although there was still a slightly anxious few weeks waiting for recovery! For that reason I didn’t feel it was reasonable to properly compare the Fabric with the Rido Lt series saddle.

Yes, the RLt is slightly more expensive than the R2, but we are also looking at a more race focused design, and at a price which just undercuts most of ISM’s offerings, which can feel a little unstable in the corners with the lack of nose.

Bottom line – If you find things get a little tingly down below, the Rido RLt series saddle is certainly a saddle you should put on your short list for consideration.

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James Gill

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  • Gianluca

    Thank you for the interesting review. Provided that each rider is different, would you consider this saddle for long rides, including rando?

    Thank you

    • I think lots of people could use this saddle, esp if you have issues with the current saddle.

      I think Rido do a saddle loan program, which is the most sensible option

  • Mike Hayward

    Thank you for your efforts in reviewing these saddles, and the comprehensive reports! At the moment I am finding them very helpful because I have just recovered from Asymptomatic Prostatitis, which was only picked up after I showed a raised PSA level. My main concern was that during the final consultation with the Urology Consultant, his only advice when I asked if it was OK to start cycling again, was to ‘find another sport’. All the information on your Blog would seem to indicate that there is no firm connection between cycling and Prostate issues. While I do not want to totally ignore the ‘advice’ I was given, I do want to look into a saddle that will minimise the pressure ( or the ‘constant thumping’ as the Consultant described it as) during cycling. Do you still have a sample saddle that I might possibly be able to try? I work very close to your Surgery.
    Many thanks,

  • Gideon

    Would be very keen to see a review of Cobb saddles as well, and how it stacks up against other comfort-biased saddles.

  • Justin Bennett

    Curious if you have reviewed saddles by SQ Lab, which also seem thoughtfully designed.

    • Not yet Justin. I’ll see if I can get a test saddle