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The top 5 best enduro mountain bike saddles

In this article I’m going to give you a number of the best enduro mountain bike saddles.

It’s the mountain bike scene that offers some of the best value-for-money options when it comes to saddles. Less worried about weight and more worried about an ability to withstand a crash, MTB saddles don’t necessarily have to be your flimsy carbon seats.

In this list you’ll find a number of great options for extended rides on the trails and enduro riding. Saddles for climbing, and saddles for descending. Providing you with the support you need and easy get into a standing position and back down.

So without further ado, here’s my list of the best enduro mountain bike saddles.

Contenders best enduro mountain bike saddles

WTB Pure Steel

WTB Pure Steel
WTB Pure Steel

The WTB Pure Steel is a great all-mountain and enduro saddle, which so happens to be probably one of the most budget-friendly MTB saddles in the market.

The WTB Pure comes in three variations with respect to the rails. There’s titanium, chromoly, and the steel version. It says something that the steel version is one of the cheapest saddles of all the articles I’ve written about saddles.

You wouldn’t say that, based on the excellent design of the plush saddle. A swooping nylon shell is covered with a lot of padding and has a perforated microfiber cover. The memory foam like substance adjusts perfectly to your specific geometry.

The lifted rear end helps to support you while climbing and the nose dips to prevent your shorts getting hooked. With so much padding the saddle obviously doesn’t have any sharp edges, which are reinforced to protect it when crashing.

I really can’t think of any reason why you wouldn’t want to buy this saddle, especially not with such a price. A winner for sure.

Reasons To Buy

– impressive value-for-money
– excellent MTB saddle

Reasons To Avoid

– none

Ergon SM E-Mountain Pro Men

Ergon SM E-Mountain Pro Men
Ergon SM E-Mountain Pro Men

Ergon is one of the few saddle manufacturers that creates distinctive gender-specific saddles. The Ergon SM E-Mountain Pro Men is their go-to saddle for mountain biking.

Plus padding and loads of comfort in an ergonomic nylon composite shell. The arc in the back means you can push against it to stay in control of more demanding sections of your trail.

A long channel in the center takes care of necessary pressure relief to soft tissue and sits between orthopedic foam halves covered in durable microfiber.

All that plushness does push it over 300 grams at 335. The saddle comes in two widths; 143 and 152 millimeters depending on your personal preference or sit bone width.

Reasons To Buy

– gender specific ergonomics

Reasons To Avoid

– heavy

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 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

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

Specifications best enduro mountain bike saddles

NameRailRetail PriceDimensionsWeightShellPaddingCoverBuy at AmazonBuy at Ebay
WTB Pure Steelsteel275 x 145 mm345 gFlex-Tuned ShellDNA Paddingmicrofiberlinklink
Ergon SM E-Mountain Pro MenCroMo120 USDS 274 x 143 mm – L 274 – 153 mm335 gnylon compositeOrthopedic Comfort Foammicrofiberlinklink
Fizik Gravita Alpaca X5s-alloy99.99 USD251 x 130 mm216 gnylonlinklink
Ergon SMC Sport Gel MenCroMo100 USD300 gnylon compositeOrthopedic Comfort Foam w. gel paddingmicrofiberlinklink
Ergon SMC Sport Gel WomenCroMo100 USD295 gnylon compositeOrthopedic Comfort Foam w. gel paddingmicrofiberlinklink