For me, I found the stock seat horrible! I've done a bit of riding and even a few 1K days on other brand of bikes (they were really long days). I will say for me the key to enjoying your ride is to get the bike set-up for you. A 30K bike is of no use if you don't want to ride it. I have found that the suspension, handlebar adjustment, windscreen and seat are probably the most important areas. However, I just laid down for a custom Hartco seat so I'm probably not in my right mind to comment (financially) about anything!