Why You Should Consider A Cut Out Saddle On Your Road Bike | GCN's Guide To Cycling Saddle Comfort

Why You Should Consider A Cut Out Saddle On Your Road Bike | GCN's Guide To Cycling Saddle Comfort

If you’re one of the many cyclists who suffer from saddle discomfort, pain, or numbness whilst you’re riding your road bike, there are a number of solutions you should consider. One thing to look at would be a saddle with a cut out section that can help to relieve perineal pressure. In this video, Ollie, with the help of Selle San Marco, explains the main reasons why you might want to consider a cut out saddle.

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50 Comments

  1. Paganiproductions on June 4, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    Whe mountainbikers have done that for ages



  2. hau ticzon on June 4, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    my mates always roast me because i change my saddles 5 times. they said my bum is so picky. 😂😂😂



  3. ITsupportian on June 4, 2021 at 5:55 pm

    We use to have bike performance that you are able to swap saddle… si sad they closed



  4. Tolga 71 on June 4, 2021 at 5:56 pm

    most comfortable ride with any kind of saddle is if you wear tight jeans 🙂 btw selle italia flite classic is a good choice for everybody.



  5. Duck Man on June 4, 2021 at 5:56 pm

    Bit of a condescending video. Presenter trying to sound dumb. Like he’s talking to some stupid people.



  6. Alex Spodarev on June 4, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    People, how can you sit on such stiff saddles? Received my Canyon with Selle X3, it hurts just to sit on it. Even with 3 paddings it hurts..am i the only one complaining on it?



  7. Dirtymeat on June 4, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    Hello I’m interested getting a Canyon bike, what size ae you riding, how tall are you?



  8. Donna Hicks on June 4, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    Great video and does a lot to explain why there are just so many saddles available! Agree with the earlier comments about the need for more information on female specific challenges and what to consider when purchasing a saddle.



  9. silverrush50 on June 4, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    Corn cob ass



  10. Joe Sayles on June 4, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    No mention of saddle angle? chamois cream?



  11. Stizzy G on June 4, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    2:12 Nice.



  12. Peter Milsom on June 4, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    I have a box of saddles – maybe 6 or 7,
    On three of them I have done 100+ miles in a day.
    Two have cut outs, and the third is a stubby "ladies" saddle I "borrowed" from my wife.
    Only one of the other saddles is REALLY bad – can’t do 5 miles on it, let alone 50+! And the worst saddle (for me) is far from being the cheapest.
    (I am a 6′ 3" guy, just for those interested)



  13. Ystadcop on June 4, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    Ollie, you steered clear of mentioning the VERY WORST problem with the seating area.
    I mean the DREADED FARMERS!
    When I was at my racing peak I was besieged by the little monsters…… creams and stickyupbottomthingies did no good. Then my Medical Officer told me to just ride on them till they bled an they’d go away.
    They did, and Giles hasn’t revisited for the last 50 years, fingers crossed.



  14. Anoshito Banerjee on June 4, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    You look darn better with a beard



  15. mscislawin on June 4, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    "Try cut out when you suffer as a woman" well thats unexpected 😉



  16. R Evans on June 4, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    Ollie you are still quite young and limber, etc and your body isn’t yet beaten up. We’d like to hear from an ahem, more ‘vintage’ ex-pro on this important real world topic. Maybe a doctor too.



  17. I R on June 4, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    Inclining the saddle 12 degrees forward does the trick for me



  18. Hello Hello on June 4, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    I don’t get how people can ride with the seats way up their anus. I tried putting my seat up to the "recommended hight" & now I have an infection & can’t ride. 😒



  19. John Sewell on June 4, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    I think finding the perfect saddle is some type of witchcraft. I had spent years searching for a comfortable saddle. lots of watching, reading and experimenting. Nothing worked, had resigned myself to never be truly comfortable on my bike. Then completely by chance. I was given a saddle that they said was horrible but what did I have to loose by giving it a try? it turned out to be a perfect fit for me and has totally transformed my cycling.



  20. Izzy Ikigai on June 4, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    > "Women struggle more with saddle comfort"
    > out of the 9 minutes on saddle comfort women get less than 1 minute, the rest is about the comfort of dicks.



  21. Mark Johnson on June 4, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    Went through many, many saddles until a friend recommended the Cobb Randee. That one worked for me. I now use the Cobb on all my bikes. Everyone is different, of course, so YMMV.



  22. afterburn2600 on June 4, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    I’ve been riding cut out saddles for years (decades? I think? Like maybe late 90s early 2000s). Love them and wouldn’t go back without a really good reason.



  23. Pedro Branco on June 4, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    I have two bikes, one for mtb other full steel, and do have long upper legs. On one bike the saddle is full at back, on other full at front, and they both caused me some knee problems, before I had setup them right…



  24. Joe Bleasdale on June 4, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    The first six seconds are true meme potential



  25. kandastrike on June 4, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    cut-out saddles are actually worse for men than solid saddles, because the perimeter of the cut-out accentuates the pressure being applied through sitting: imagine pushing a block of cheese through the opening in one of those saddles — that is what happens to the area around your body sitting on the cut-out. please take care to avoid this kind of situation.



  26. Peter Vick on June 4, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    Or, ride a recumbent and you won’t have this problem!



  27. Matt M on June 4, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    I ride very aggressive and have thick thighs and I cannot use cut out saddles. Cut outs cause numbness and even pain for me.



  28. J Owen on June 4, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    I bought a cut out Terry one, years ago, at the time it was supposed to be one of the best and it was certainly expensive enough to be! … OMG, uncomfortable… your bits fall in the hole and your other bits rub on the sides or get pinched … it went to a charity shop. Now, I use either a Selle Italia Lady Gel WITHOUT a hole (hard to find now), or a Brooks, which are brilliant once broken in. That said, I wonder if another make would be ok, but it’s too high a price to pay for another give-away



  29. James on June 4, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    You use a saddle?



  30. Alistair Heyes on June 4, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    All saddles should have a cut out, simple.



  31. Mark Deacon on June 4, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    the proof is in the eating not the pudding.😁



  32. Eric Ulfsparre on June 4, 2021 at 6:32 pm

    At 3:30 /gratuitous American accent steeped in dullard. Nice. That’s a perfectly good scientific system you mock that’s served me for decades.



  33. Han Weicheng on June 4, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    I just wonder why would someone ride with solid saddles.



  34. John Hart on June 4, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    Sorry, GCN. You give so much good advice, but you have completely missed the mark on saddles. InfinityBikeSeat.com is the only way to go, specifically the E1X model. Yes, it’s pricey; no, I’m not on commission. Ride Infinity, take a couple of days to get used to it, and you will never go back to any other saddle.



  35. Hannah Cook on June 4, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    Can you do a women’s specific video please?



  36. Jeff Dixon on June 4, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    Dr. Steven Schrader with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH): “When you sit on a bike the pressure on the perineum increases sevenfold. Riders using a classic saddle place 1/4 of their body weight on the perineum. The amount of oxygen reaching the ***** typically falls 70% to 80% in 3 minutes. A guy can have his oxygen levels drop 100% but he doesn’t know it. After half an hour he goes numb.

    Saddles with splits or holes may make matters worse because they have smaller surface areas, and hence the rider’s weight presses harder on less saddle. The arteries in the perineum run laterally and therefore they come under more pressure when they come into contact with the cutouts’ edges. It is no longer a question of whether or not traditional bike saddles causes ED, but what are you going to do about it?” https://spongywonder.com/



  37. Brendan Herjavec on June 4, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    What’s version is the purplish seat in the thumbnail



  38. gfrp on June 4, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    I want to try one…………Seems good……………………………….One day…………………….



  39. Nicholas Moreno on June 4, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    How about a dedicated video on pudendal neuralgia aka ‘cyclists’ syndrome?’ There’s not much info out there about it, and most of it seems directed towards women. I’ve had it missed by 3 doctors and found very little reliable professional treatment options. Took me almost 2 years to get back to riding regularly.



  40. ITsupportian on June 4, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    Selle Italia



  41. Uni B on June 4, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    Shoutout for the Pavé seatpost!



  42. Boby Kim on June 4, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    Right sitbone sore after 40km. Bought a 200 euro Castelli RS9 pants, did a 200 euro sit measurement. I have 2 150 euro sadles and pain still there. Sometimes there is no sollution. Only remedy is to alternate roadcycling with running to give sitbone enough rest. But i cant go beyond 60km as it becomes too painful. And if i just continue cycling there will grow an egg on my right sitbone which is so painful that i can’t sit on it anymore



  43. Conz Artz on June 4, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    i tried a few saddles and found the bigbum saddle with springs the most comfortable. however other cyclists made fun of it 🙁 sometimes, ugly looking things are far better and more comfortable than goodlooking things.



  44. Pedro Branco on June 4, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    Don’t tell anyone, but I am using one lady saddle with big hole, that was at discount sale by about 1/3 of original high price. Its fantastic more confortable and does not heat may genitals the way other saddles did, I do aprecciante the fresh feel.



  45. SooMin Leong on June 4, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    I went for a saddle fitting service, found a saddle that suits me after 45 minutes. For ladies, it is definitely worth going for a saddle fitting. Before that, I thought I could maybe get used to the saddle that came with the bike, but after 2 weeks, I started having problem with going to the toilet. And it was painful.



  46. Rohan McCoy on June 4, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    The trial and error process has left me with a few spare saddles.
    Finally figured that the cut-out was not for me as it aggravates my hip with the torn labrum.
    Really should ebay those "spare" saddles



  47. Nick Guest on June 4, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    Who had Ollie mentioning his hour record at 1:50 in the video?



  48. Paul Semerau on June 4, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    Ride long enough whilst numb and the thing between your legs won’t work when you need it to. It’s simple anatomy and an ugly truth with cycling. Don’t let anyone tell you different. Get a good bike fit and don’t scrimp on a quality saddle.



  49. Rotten Soul on June 4, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    My balls hurt pretty bad when i ride my rode bike for about 15 minutes I prefer to ride the bike on the highest standing position because of that reason but i rather go lower to go faster there has been times when i ride the bike for over 2 or 3 hours and i can’t ride the bike again for a day or 2 because it brothers me a lot



  50. Alin Leonard on June 4, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    2:34 O M G Canyon, how can you weld so ugly??? and expect anyone pay over 1100€ for a bike?