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The top 8 best budget mountain bike saddles

In this article I’m going to give you an overview of some of the best budget mountain bike saddles.

Cycling has become more expensive the last couple of years, and bike saddles are no exception to the general rule that prices has gone up. So it’s almost embarassing to say that budget in my mind means a saddle costing less than a hundred dollars.

A hundred dollars doesn’t necessarily feel like a budget price, but high-quality saddles usually start above that number. So relatively speaking it’s at the lower price spectrum and a good requirement when creating a list of budget mountain bike saddles.

The good news is that all of the items on these list are quality items. And the way to keep the price low is to use materials that don’t really affect riding comfort or performance. So yes, carbon saddles with carbon rails do have a number of advantages, but they simply cost at least three times as much.

So if you’re looking for a list of the best budget mountain bike saddles that don’t break the bank, here it is.

Contenders best budget mountain bike saddles

Fabric Scoop Sport Gel Radius

Fabric Scoop Sport Gel Radius
Fabric Scoop Sport Gel Radius

Fabric makes fantastic affordable saddles and Fabric Scoop Sport Gel Radius is a great example.

The nylon shell has a pronounced swoop, which makes going on and off the saddle easy for dynamic riding. The shell is held by steel rails and measures 260 x 155 mm.

At 374 grams it’s anything but light, but for downhill purposes this doesn’t really matter anyway. And it’s the most budgeet-friendly offering on this list.

You really can’t fault this saddle, especially not for this price. So if you’re looking for a comfortable mountain bike saddle that definitely doesn’t break the bank, this is the one.

Reasons To Buy

– budget-friendly

Reasons To Avoid

– not for weight weenies

Selle San Marco Aspide Short Open-Fit Sport (Narrow)

Selle San Marco Aspide Short Open-Fit Sport (Narrow)
Selle San Marco Aspide Short Open-Fit Sport (Narrow)

The Selle San Marco Aspide Short Open-Fit Sport is both a short and narrow saddle for aggressive road racing on a budget, at least where your saddle is concerned.

It has a carbon steel 7 mm standard rail underneath a glass fiber shell, weighing in at 265 and a foam upper. It has a very wide cut out, and in combination with the reduced length, this ensures your sitting bones do the heavy lifting and increases comfort.

This is a solid option for aggressive riders who don’t mind a race-oriented firm ride. For more leisure touring look elsewhere.

Reasons To Buy

– carbon steel rail
– wide cut out
– short-nosed saddle

Reasons To Avoid

– firm aggressive ride

Fizik Gravita Alpaca X5

Fizik Gravita Alpaca X5
Fizik Gravita Alpaca X5

At 130 millimeters, the Fizik Gravita Alpaca X5 is a narrow performance mountain bike saddle.

With a flat shape and rounded corners, you’ll have loads of flexibility to move around as the trail dictates your handling.

Some riders prefer a saddle to do nothing else but not get in the way as part of the ride is spent out of the saddle. This saddle does that and still offers enough padding at a very light weight of just 210 grams.

An excellent and affordable option for your tactical trail riding.

Reasons To Buy

– flat shape
– performance oriented

Reasons To Avoid

– none

Ergon SMC Sport Gel Women

Ergon SMC Sport Gel Women
Ergon SMC Sport Gel Women

As with the Core Prime models the Ergon SMC Sport Gel Women features a very distinctive feminine oriented cut out in a saddle with a large seating area.

It’s more affordable, has the same saddle ergonomic shape, but gel padding instead of the memory foam like substance of the Core Prime. Unlike the male version, this saddle has such a large open space you can deem it an appropriate center cut out.

It support an upright position with enough cushioning to take out any irregularities in the road.

Reasons To Buy

– one of the few ergonomic saddles
– gel padding
– supports upright position

Reasons To Avoid

– heavy

Ergon SMC Sport Gel Men

Ergon SMC Sport Gel Men
Ergon SMC Sport Gel Men

The Ergon SMC Sport Gel Men is the male version obviously. Ergon has taken its research into male and female anatomoy and applied it to this saddle as well.

This result in a more pronounced depression in the center of the saddle. Both saddles are on the less aggressive side of the riding spectrum.

Reasons To Buy

– one of the few ergonomic saddles
– gel padding
– supports upright position

Reasons To Avoid

– heavy

WTB SL8 Cromoly Medium

WTB SL8 Cromoly Medium
WTB SL8 Cromoly Medium

The WTB SL8 Cromoly is a plush MTB saddle with a large swoop.

There are also titanium and carbon rails versions of this saddle but they siginifantly bump up the price whereas every other feature stays the same.

It’s a more allround mountain bike saddle that offers loads of comfort in a 142 millimeter shell width.

The cromoly version has memory foam padding that’s less stiff than the titanium and carbon versions. The shell has noticeable flex. So even though its wider than some of the more performance oriented entries, you’ll hardly notice it because the saddle moves with you.

Reasons To Buy

– plush and comfortable
– great allround MTB option

Reasons To Avoid

– none

Prologo Kappa Space

Prologo Kappa Space
Prologo Kappa Space

Coming in both white and black with red elements thrown in the Prologo Kappa Space is the most in your face options of all the saddles listed here. So if you’re in for that type of design this one will float your boat.

Besides the design aspects the Kappa Space has a more classic looking arrow design at 270×147 mm, sitting on cro-mo 7 mm standard rails.

The center cut out and dipped area is more narrow than several of its competitors, which is also in line with more classic designs.

A great fit on a bike saddle will always be something intimately personal. But if you feel more familiar with classicly shaped arrowheaded saddles, and you like its design, this great piece from Prologo is the best choice.

Reasons To Buy

– affordable
– classic shape
– cut out design

Reasons To Avoid

– none

Fizik Tundra M5

Fizik Tundra M5
Fizik Tundra M5

The Fizik Tundra M5 is a true cross-country saddle, and an affordable option for people who’re looking for a high-quality seat.

The narrow performance saddle measures 287 x 126 mm, and has a carbon composite shell made from carbon-reinforced nylon with wing-flex technology. This means the saddle moves with your pedal stroke, making for a more natural feel.

It has an overall flat shape, which means it’s a solid option for mountain bikers with average flexibility in the hips and don’t necessarily want a locked-in feel when sitting.

It features a large central channel with padded halves for pressure relief. And has a slightly drooping nose to facilitate easier going into a standing position and back onto the saddle without shorts or bibs hooking. The padded shell extends all the way to the side, so no sharp edges causing irritation, chaving on the legs, or chewing up your shorts.

This one is the most affordable opion, forgoing either a Kium or carbon rails for a more standard alloy. This keeps the price low. But the weight is still very respectable at 235 grams. For comparison, the carbon version is 70 grams lighter and costs 150 USD more.

Reasons To Buy

– affordable cross country saddle
– performance oriented
– flat shape

Reasons To Avoid

– none

Specifications best budget mountain bike saddles

NameRailRetail PriceDimensionsWeightShellPaddingCoverBuy at AmazonBuy at Ebay
Fabric Scoop Sport Gel Radiussteel47 USD260 x 155 mm374 gnylonlinklink
Selle San Marco Aspide Short Open-Fit Sport (Narrow)carbon steel59 euros250 x 139 mm265 gglass fiber reiinforcedPullfoamSilkfeellinklink
Fizik Gravita Alpaca X5s-alloy99.99 USD251 x 130 mm216 gnylonlinklink
Ergon SMC Sport Gel WomenCroMo100 USD295 gnylon compositeOrthopedic Comfort Foam w. gel paddingmicrofiberlinklink
Ergon SMC Sport Gel MenCroMo100 USD300 gnylon compositeOrthopedic Comfort Foam w. gel paddingmicrofiberlinklink
WTB SL8 Cromoly Mediumcromoly96 USD265 x 142 mm266 gFlex-Tuned ShellHLX Paddingmicrofiberlinklink
Prologo Kappa Spacecro-mo 7 mm78 euros270 x 147 mm249 gnylonLight foamlinklink
Fizik Tundra M5s-alloy99.99 USD287 x 126 mm235 gcarbon compositePU foammicrotexlinklink