I bought a Motobecane Mirage S recently from bikesdirect.com
I took the following advice from a bikes forum:
Plan on changing the seat, pedals, and possibly the tires. The seat will make your butt feel and look like a loose meat sandwich, which will be the outcome on just about any road-bike you buy for under $1000.00.
Because I am on a budget I bought a Selle Italia Flite seat on craigslist for only 30.00
I see reviews saying how comfortable this seat is even on long rides but when I feel it in my hands it feels significantly harder than the seat that came with my Motobecane Mirage S. I was hoping someone could shed some light on this counter-intuitive phenomena regarding saddle hardness and whether it will actually perform better on long rides and more importantly, why that would be?