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The top 21 best flat road bike saddles

In this article I’m going to give you an overview of the very best flat road bike saddles.

If you didn’t know already, there is not single saddle that’ll suit everyone. But through trial and error you’ve probably found out that a flat-shaped saddle, with a certain width, suits your particular anatomy better than a curved one.

The general notion behind flat road bike saddles is that they allow a certain freedom of movement that’s best for people of average flexibility.

So what’s flexibie you might ask? Good question. As a rule of thumb if you can touch your toes you’re very flexible. If you’re just out of reach your flexibility. And if you can show a couple of dictionaries between the tips of your fingers and the floor, well, you’re not flexible.

Another method is a difficulty to reach the handlebars. If that’s the case you don’t have sufficient flexibility for a flat road bike saddle, taking into account the overall bike setup is correct.

If you don’t feel those rules apply to you then a flat saddle is right up your alley. So without further ado, here’s my list for the best flat road bike saddles to spend your hard-earned cash on.

Contenders best flat road bike saddles

Brooks C13

Brooks C13
Brooks C13

The Brooks C13 is a relatively small road racing saddle in Brooks Cambium lineup.

The Cambium line was a brilliant move from Brooks, to significantly increase their product offering with something that was at the same time unique but adhering to more modern saddle standards.

The traditional Brooks break-in period doesn’t apply to Cambium saddles and the C13 offers an even more modern take, with carbon rails.

Brooks did an enormous amount of R&D that goes into their proprietary shell and it shows. This saddle is still pretty heavy with the smaller version just under 300 grams, but you get a high-quality saddle in return that promises to be one of the most comfortable in the market.

At 145 millimeter it has about an average width for a road bike saddle, and the aluminium rivets still give it that authentic-looking feel.

The only downside is the price, because with the carbon rails, it does mean this saddle is very pricey indeed.

Brooks C13 Carved

Brooks C13 Carved
Brooks C13 Carved

The Brooks C13 Carved is exactly the same as the standard C13, except it has a small cut out in the center of the saddle.

Unlike Selle Italia’s Superflow offerings this cut out is pretty small. But whereas leather Brooks saddles need additional rivets or laces to keep the shape of carved saddles, that isn’t the case with Cambium saddles, and might be the reason Brooks decided to not flay the saddle entirely.

This version with cut out means there’s less material to support the rider, which results in a saddle being more compliant. Whether or not you like that added plushness and the cut out is rider specific and hard to test without actually sitting on both. But if you’re familiar with saddles with cut outs, I’d definitely recommend this one.

Fabric Scoop Elite Flat

Fabric Scoop Elite Flat
Fabric Scoop Elite Flat

The Fabric Scoop comes in many versions with the carbon version nearing the 300 dollar mark. This Fabric Scoop Elite Flat sits well under 100 dollars but has the exact extremely comfortable design.

Flat means this is a true road racing saddle with less padding and a thinner nose. At 244 grams the weight is about what you can expect for a road bike saddle in this price range.

The saddle has a standard 7 mm cro-mo rails sitting underneath a nylon shell, and has a classic all-black design without a cut out in the base of 142 mm. At 244 mm in length it’s not a long saddle, which means less moving around and higher comfort.

It’s a no-frills design that does it all, comfort for long rides, durability, and nice aesthetics for a decent price.

Fizik Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptive

Fizik Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptive
Fizik Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptive

The honor of bringing the first 3D-printed saddle to the market goes to the Fizik Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptive. It’s a saddle with carbon rails and shell, with a 3D printed EPU 41 polymer padding that’s extremely comfortable.

Because it’s 3D printed it has an otherworldly spacious design which ensures the saddle tips the scales at just 168 grams for the small version, or 171 grams for the large one. That’s very impressive for a saddle with such padding volume.

The padding acts like memory foam and comforms to the riders anatomy. Since there are two halves it means that pressure is only applied to the sit bones and very specific to the respective rider.

It’s one of the most distinctive saddles money can buy, and besides the light greenish version, Fizik now also offers a black one.

It comes at two widths of 139 and 146 millimeters.

From an innovation standpoint the Fizik Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptive is a fantastic product, that’s comfortable enough to use for long hours in the saddle. The only downside could be that the light open structure is more prone to damage and dirt lodging into the innards of the padding.

But if you like the original Antares and you really want the-latest-the-greatest for your bike, this is the saddle for you.

Fizik Arione Classic

Fizik Arione Classic
Fizik Arione Classic

The Fizik Arione saddles are instantly recognizable and many riders swear they will never touch another one again because of its racing comfort. The Fizik Arione Classic is the most affordable of all the versions and probably your best entry point in terms of value as well.

It offers the same shape, the same Kium alloy rails, the same carbon reinforced nylon shell, and the same Microtex cover as more expensive options. Granted it’s the heaviest at 225 grams, but all things considered that’s not that heavy at all.

And what you get is a really comfortable race-proven saddle that’s been used by many in the peleton, and looks really distinctive with dimensions of 300 x 130 millimeter. That’s really long and really narrow.

The already narrow saddle offers Wingflex technology, which means the area closest to your inner thighs are more flexibile, allowing you a greater freedom of movement because it moves with you. It means the saddle doesn’t try to grab your attention by chaving.

The saddle can be considered flat and great for riding in the drops. Even with its length the nose doesn’t get in the way and the non-cut out saddle actually offers enough padding in this area to prevent numbness.

If you’ve ever wanted to ride this race-proven classic the Fizik Arione Classic is a fantastic entry point.

Fizik Arione R1

Fizik Arione R1
Fizik Arione R1

If you like your saddles long, the Fizik Arione R1 measuring at almost 1 foot seems to dwarve some of its shorter competitors, especially short-nosed versions.

The flat design of the very lightweight 163 grams version is extremely narrow at 126 millimeters. Fizik also offers a wider 140 millimeter version. With such a length and its arrowlike shape, the Arione saddles are easily recognizable.

The long nose doesn’t interfere with your riding if you’re the type of person who’s a little less flexible in the pelvic area and uses the upper body more to reach the drops. The narrowness of the saddle offers loads of thigh clearance and a well-padded and flexible carbon composite shell, which is compatible with Fizik’s saddle accessories as well.

All those features make it sound like the Fizik Arione R1 is a comfortable saddle and it is.

I believe the extended area at the back is more of a design feature than actually meant for sitting on while pedalling, but you know for sure there’s more than enough room to move and you’ll never run out of space when climbing.

Fizik Arione R1 Open

Fizik Arione R1 Open
Fizik Arione R1 Open

The Fizik Arione R1 Open is the cut out version of the regular R1.

A lot of manufacturers make cut out versions of all of their saddles and Fizik is no exceptions, basically doubling their entire lineup. The cut out is rather small but sits in an area is lower than the two padded halves and moves all the way down the length of the saddle.

The carbon version is actually a bit heavier than the non-cut out version at almost 200 grams.

There’s plenty of room to mount your carbon-specific seatpost on the braided carbon rails. The overall very long design is something you hate or love, because the added length in the back is mainly there for aesthetic purposes.

The carbon composite shell is a tad wider than the regular R1 at 132 millimeters, but still very narrow.

The standard R1 is already a very comfortable saddle, but if you like your performance racing perch with a cut out, the R1 Open is your obvious choice.

ISM PN 4.0

ISM PN 4.0
ISM PN 4.0

If you’d want to go for one of ISM’s saddles the ISM PN 4.0 is a great option to begin with.

Not because it’s inexpenisive, none of their saddles are, but because the saddle allows for more freedom of movement and bigger contact points.

Riding any ISM saddle, after having ridden tradtional saddle shapes, is a revelation in comfort. This one was built for gravel riding so it seems, where you could argue more dynamic riding is applicable.

The entire design of ISM revolves around being forced to sit on your sit bones. There’s no nose to speak of, and while pedalling you push your sit bones onto the two protruding parts of the saddle. You do need time to adjust to such an odd feeling, but you will understand its concept, even after a single ride. Everyone who’s ever ridden with a numb area down below will, and that’s probably all of us.

I’ll leave it up to you what you think of the design of course.

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 road 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.

Prologo Nago C3 CPC

Prologo Nago C3 CPC
Prologo Nago C3 CPC

The Prologo Nago C3 CPC is a saddle with a carbon rails and shell that offers CPC airing technology.

CPC is available for high end saddles from Prologo and is a super-grippy polymer that’s raised ever so slightly from the saddle, providing marginal gains in shock absorption and airflow. Buy hey, marginal gains are gains nonetheless.

The design, weighing 155 grams for the 275×139 mm version, looks like something that could be sitting on a Tron cycle and the photos don’t actually do the saddle justice.

The fact that the saddle has been used in the Tour de France says enough about its abillity to provide comfort during long riding sessions, so those marginal gains seems to be paying off in the eyes of professional riders.

Prologo Zero C3

Prologo Zero C3
Prologo Zero C3

The Prologo Zero C3 is a narrow racing saddle with minimal padding. Carbon rails and a carbon shell, means the weight stays at a very respectable 155 grams.

With dimensions sitting at 270x132mm it can be called a fairly narrow saddle, so be sure firm and narrow is the type of saddle you prefer.

The Prologo Zero C3 could also be seen in the Tour so any doubt about the comfort of minimal padded firm carbon saddles should dissipate.

Selle Italia Flite Boost TM

Selle Italia Flite Boost TM
Selle Italia Flite Boost TM

The Selle Italia Flite Boost TM is the non-cut out version the one appended with Superflow.

Selle Italia has a penchant for huge cut outs, but this version adds a mere 10 grams to the weight, tipping the scales at about 240 grams.

That’s a respectable weight for a high-quality endurance saddle. I already covered the Superflow version but I have to reiterate than in terms of comfort and value-for-money, this is one of the best allround saddles for long distance riding in the market today.

So unless you really have something against shorter saddles, because this is one of those, consider this one.

Selle Italia Flite Boost TM Superflow

Selle Italia Flite Boost TM Superflow
Selle Italia Flite Boost TM Superflow

Selle has gone all-in with short-nosed saddles and the Selle Italia Flite Boost TM Superflow is a great affordable option.

The Flite name has been around for an extremely long time, but this saddle looks nothing like the first iterations.

The narrow version of this saddle sits at 135 x 248 millimeters. The stubby nose means less sliding around, for those who appreciate that, putting your body more firmly in place and more easily in a forward position. The entire notion is a better power transfer to the pedals.

True to both its racing and endurance nature this is an almost entirely flat saddle with a huge cut out, something a lot of Selle Italia saddles are known for. And it offers a thicker of padding to stay comfortable with long hours in the saddle.

The overall build quality of this saddle is superb, with a gorgeous perforated Soft-Tek microfiber upper and subtle brand covering.

Although not cheap per se, you get a lot of tech from one of the biggest brands in the saddle industry.

Selle Italia Man Gel Flow

Selle Italia Man Gel Flow
Selle Italia Man Gel Flow

The Selle Italia Man Gel Flow is the male version which only comes in a single size of 151 x 275 millimeters.

The same applies for this saddle as for the female version. Don’t buy it for road cycling, but for upright leisurely touring and overall shorter rides.

Selle Italia SLR Superflow

Selle Italia SLR Superflow
Selle Italia SLR Superflow

The Selle Italia SLR Superflow is a classically shaped high performance road racing saddle.

With widths of 131 and 145 millimeters and an average length of 275 millimeters the carbon composite shell features the large cut out that Selle Italia saddles are known for.

Just like many other premium saddles from the brand, the shell is hold into place onto the seatpost with titanium rails.

The large cut out, its length, and shell material means there high levels of natural damping combined with a flexy shell that prevents chafing.

Even with this length it doesn’t mean the nose is truly supportive to be sitting on for extended periods of time. If you prefer such a position you’ll need to be looking into boost (short-nosed) version of the SLR.

Selle Italia SLR TM Superflow

Selle Italia SLR TM Superflow
Selle Italia SLR TM Superflow

The Selle Italia SLR TM Superflow is pretty similar in specs to the Selle Italia Flite Boost TM Superflow except it offers a more traditional design.

If you’re not into short-nosed saddles, the classic design of the SLR measures 131 x 275 millimeters. As with many other saddles from Selle Italia, it offers a large center cut out for pressure relief.

You get a nylon shell with extra padding for comfortable rides. A manganese rails for a bit of flex to take out road buzz, in a package weighing 205 grams.

It’s a classically shaped road bike saddle from this big brand name, which offers loads of comfort for everyday riding and endurance races.

Selle Italia SP-01 Boost Superflow

Selle Italia SP-01 Boost Superflow
Selle Italia SP-01 Boost Superflow

The SP-01 saddles is a separate category of saddles which provides more flex due to independantly moving saddle halves.

The Selle Italia SP-01 Boost Superflow is somewhat affordable, ditching full carbon rails for a titanium version. This means the saddle ads a couple of extra grams of weight, but the round 7 millimeter rails is fully compatible with your standard seatpost. So that’s a great benefit for riders who don’t want to add to their costs by needing a carbon compatible seatpost.

Still this is not a cheap saddle because it features the same carbon injected nylon composite that Selle Italia uses for their lightweight performance saddles.

Its flat profile and sloping short noise is perfect for a forward position while sitting in the drops. That means this is an aggressive racing road bike saddle.

Be aware of the fact that the saddle is incompatbile with saddle bags because of the open halves.

This design provides an optimal road feel with less padding needed, but still providing ample amounts of damping because of the relatively high amount of flex. So this unique design from the Italian saddle giant is a great innovation that’s bound to attract a faithful following.

Selle Italia SP-01 Boost TM Superflow

Selle Italia SP-01 Boost TM Superflow
Selle Italia SP-01 Boost TM Superflow

The Selle Italia SP-01 Boost TM Superflow is relatively new design from Selle Italia, where the center cut out moves all the way through to the end of the saddle.

That means no more saddle bags, you’ll won’t be able to attach them. But instead you get more flex in the rear because of the two halves that can move more independant from each other. The result is more road feel in a less bumpy ride while you ride in the drops.

Personally, I like the innovation but I can understand that such a design might not be for everybody. But you have to realize that you not only get independantly moving halves, but also more flex in the saddle itself. And at the end of the day it does work to improve riding comfort.

It’s like riding a saddle with more padding, without actually having that extra padding. That means the weight of the narrow 130 millimeter saddle stays at 200 grams, while the 250 millimeter short and straight length locks you into a comfy racing position.

I’m all in for cycling tech or else I wouldn’t be writing this stuff, and I can only applaud Selle Italia for making next steps when it comes to road racing saddles. And with Their SP-01 they’ve hit the mark just right.

Selle Italia X-LR Kit Carbonio Superflow

Selle Italia X-LR Kit Carbonio Superflow
Selle Italia X-LR Kit Carbonio Superflow

The Selle Italia X-LR Kit Carbonio Superflow is a stunning piece of engineering from the Italian saddle giant.

What they’ve achieved is an ultra-light, ultra-comfortable saddle that’ll honed towards aggressive riding in less than ideal road circumstances.

The regular version is an very narrow 131 millimeters, with the large version measuring a more standard 145 millimeter width. The saddle featues a combination of an oval carbon rails with keramic coating supporting a carbon composite shell weighing just 130 grams.

That feat alone is worth mentioning, but even more astounding considering that comfort is achieved by adding two layers of padding with varying densities. This added damping factor is further enhanced by a shell to rails connection that adds an extra dimension of damping. And carbon itself has natural damping effects.

The gorgeous shape has a large cut out in the center sitting in a flat-shaped saddle with a slightly dropped nose. Furthermore the saddle has edge protectors so a single crash reduces the risk of irreparable damage to this premium perch.

As far as race-ready comfort this is my top pick.

Selle San Marco Era Dynamic Wide

Selle San Marco Era Dynamic Wide
Selle San Marco Era Dynamic Wide

The Selle San Marco Era Dynamic Wide is one of the most affordable saddles from a big brand name in the market.

Because they don’t have to focus on making the saddle superlight, Selle San Marco has created a fantastic allround touring saddle. You get your glass fiber composite shell, with manganese steel rails, which is a sturdy and robust road companion for long rides.

Four upright touring I would definitely go for this wide version, which is not so wide at all considering it measures just 145 millimeters. Furthermore the saddle features a large cut out in a center depression with the two halves extra well padded, denoting its touring nature.

The saddle is waterproof, and though I would have loved to see some added scuff protection on the sides, it’s probably the best budget touring saddle in this lineup.

Selle San Marco Rolls Le Rino

Selle San Marco Rolls Le Rino
Selle San Marco Rolls Le Rino

I can clearly remember the moment my cycling buddy came with his brand-spanking new carbon road bike sporting this saddle. He obviously chose comfort over looks because the Selle San Marco Rolls is from a pre-carbon era.

Every road racer worth his or her salt knows the red on gold back of this saddle, with the distinctive camo cracked Rino leather (not to be mistaking with Rhino). It’s actually calf-skin leather across a polymer shell with carbon steel rails, weighing in at a respectable 382 grams.

As with a lot of classically styled saddles it has a round shape, and though it doesn’t look that way, the plush padding ensures you get to be positioned firmly in the middle. Of course it doesn’t have a cut out and all that padding may not be for everyone.

Tour winners Bernard Hinoult and Greg Lemond rode this beauty so if they can you probably could to. I’ll leave that up to you to decide, but one thing is undeniable. This leather road bike saddle is winner on any old-skool road bike. My cycling buddy would agree.

Specifications best flat road bike saddles

NameRailRetail PriceDimensionsWeightShellPaddingCoverBuy at AmazonBuy at Ebay
Brooks C13carbon braided 7×9 mm200 eurosS 275 x 145 mm L 275 x 158 mmS 295 g – L 310 gvulcanized rubbernonenylonlinklink
Brooks C13 Carvedcarbon braided 7×9 mm200 eurosS 275 x 145 mm L 275 x 158 mmS 280 g – L 295 gvulcanized rubbernonenylonlink
Fabric Scoop Elite Flatcro-mo 7 mm80 USD282 x 142 mm244 gflexible nylonmicrofiberlinklink
Fizik Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptivecarbon 7×10 mm399.99 USDS 274 x 139 mm – L 27 4 x146 mmS 168 g – L 171 gcarbonEPU 41linklink
Fizik Arione Classickium 7×7 mm129.99 USD300 x 132 mm225 gcarbon reinforced nylonmicrotexlinklink
Fizik Arione R1carbon braided 7×10 mm249.99 USDS 300 x 126 mm – L 300 x 140 mmS 163 g – L 181 gcarbon reinforced nylonmicrotexlinklink
Fizik Arione R1 Opencarbon braided 7×10 mm199.99 USDS 300 x 132 mm – L 298 x 142 mmS 199 g – L 205 gcarbon reinforced nylonmicrotexlinklink
ISM PN 4.0stainless steel alloy250 USD255 x 125 mm259 g30-Series Foamlinklink
Prologo Kappa Spacecro-mo 7 mm78 euros270 x 147 mm249 gnylonLight foamlinklink
Prologo Nago C3 CPCnack carbon 7×9.3 mm426 euros275 x 139 mm155 gcarbonCPC airinglink
Prologo Zero C3nack carbon 7×9.3 mm392 euros270 x 132 mm155 gcarbonhigh density foamlink
Selle Italia Flite Boost TMmanganese tube 7 mm150 eurosS 135 x 248 mm – L 145 x 248 mmS 240 g – L 243 gnylonSoft-Teklinklink
Selle Italia Flite Boost TM Superflowmanganese tube 7 mm150 eurosS 135 x 248 mm – L 145 x 248 mmS 230 g – L 233 gnylonSoft-Teklinklink
Selle Italia Man Gel Flowmanganese tube 7 mm140 euros151 x 275 mm315 gextra padding / gel shock absorberlinklink
Selle Italia SLR SuperflowTI 316 Tube 7 mm300 eurosS 131 x 275 mm – L 145 x 275 mmS 185 g – L 190 gcarbon compositeFibra-Teklinklink
Selle Italia SLR TM Superflowmanganese tube 7 mm160 eurosS 131 x 275 mm – L 145 x 275 mmS 205 g – L 210 gnylonFibra-Teklinklink
Selle Italia SP-01 Boost SuperflowTI 316 Tube 7 mm280 eurosS 130 x 250 mm – L 146 x 250 mmS 188 g – L 194 gcarbon reinforced nylonFibra-Teklinklink
Selle Italia SP-01 Boost TM Superflowmanganese tube 7 mm130 eurosS 130 x 250 mm – L 146 x 250 mmS 200 g – L 205 glinklink
Selle Italia X-LR Kit Carbonio Superflowcarbon/keramic 7×9 mm300 eurosS 131 x 266 mm – L 145 x 266 mmS 130 g – L 138 gcarbon reinforced nylondouble-densityFibra-Teklinklink
Selle San Marco Era Dynamic Widemanganese steel49 euros277 x 145 mm275 gglass fiber reinforcedbiofoamSilkfeel / Pluslink
Selle San Marco Rolls Le Rinocarbon steel109 euros282 x 143 mm382 gTechno-polymerBiofoamRino leatherlink