ISM Adamo TT saddle: First Look
We just received our first Adamo Time Trial saddles – ISM’s latest offering. So far I have ridden it twice on the trainer, and another teammate is also testing it out. I have been a long-time Adamo Race user, and although all Adamos are excellent, for me I haven’t found one I like better than the race and neither has Lis. The Race is well suited to an aggressive aero position where the rider rolls his pelvis forward and hence sits mostly on the pubic bone as opposed to the sit-bones.
The new TT saddle is VERY similar to the Race as you can see from the pics. The big difference is the nose profile, as seen from the side. The TT has a sloped, curved nose while the Race is square. Otherwise the saddles are essentially identical. You would think it might be hard to tell them apart on the bike, but they really do feel quite different. For me, the jury is still out. For you, you will like the TT if the corners of the Race’s nose cause chafing or irritation. Hence I think if you tend to sit far forward on your Adamo Race or Road and have an aggressive position, the TT may be the saddle for you.
The TT also appears to have bigger gel pads on the noses which make the noses look wider – but doesn’t make them feel that way. They do seem to change the feel of the nose some, and I felt that I had to tilt the saddle down a tiny bit more than my Race to prevent the “nosy” feeling.
Look for future reports on the TT if I ever get to ride outdoors again…