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Old 10-01-2018, 10:41 PM
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Old 10-23-2018, 06:12 PM
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Has anyone (with experience with these saddles) have a comparison to a standard Arione. Looks like the Lupina is a close match in shape and dimension so I was curious about any real opinions. I'm interested in the unpadded version for some reason, probably due to never trying anything unpadded. I know saddles are extremely rider specific, but any opinions are welcomed...
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Old 10-27-2018, 10:55 PM
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JUst a question, not that I have the money to pay for one of those saddles, which honestly I do not have, but it is in consideration a saddle that is extra narrow in the front at some point?? Just for the thick tight and straight pedaling guys???
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Old 10-28-2018, 08:09 AM
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I can only speak of the Arione. My personal experience is, the lower and more stretched out you get, the more comfortable it is. When I'm upright, it is not as good. Being short, my drop to the bars is not huge but like being stretched out. I am not comfortable being upright for very long. As it is, I ordered a padded Lupina. I like the narrow section for pedaling and the front length is probably not as useful, but being able to slide back is nice. The Arione is on the flat side with no real dip, so moving around is easy. Not sure about the Lupina yet, but being narrow, it should be suited for a more aggressive riding position.

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Old 10-28-2018, 08:53 AM
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JUst a question, not that I have the money to pay for one of those saddles, which honestly I do not have, but it is in consideration a saddle that is extra narrow in the front at some point?? Just for the thick tight and straight pedaling guys???
Comes down to preference, but the Lupina is Berk's most common saddle with a narrow profile in the front. The Lupina is similar in shape to the Selle-Italia SLR, but not as stiff. The Berk relies on a slight flex which adds to the comfort of the saddle. There is plenty of room to move around, but to agree with Jef58, the front profile allows for an easy transition to the drops.
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Old 11-08-2018, 08:47 PM
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Well, I ended up ordering a padded Lupina. The saddle arrived pretty quick with no issues. Dealing with Eric at Elite Velo was very easy with professional and prompt service.

The saddle was put on a bike that just got back from a repaint and hasn't been ridden in a while. Having only Arione saddles on my bikes, the Lupina is a different saddle. Both get more comfortable the lower you are, but I feel the Lupina is a little more sensitive to get the set up just right. There was some discomfort at the end of the 40 mile shakedown ride after sitting upright the last mile or so before home. I'm currently working to get the fit just right with a lower position than the last fit points I had for the bike. This seems to work for this saddle and overall bike fit.

The saddle itself is of very good quality and the purchase experience was very good as well. That said, I'll try to get a few more rides in to see if any other teaks are needed and see how the Lupina will work out in the long run.
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