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The top 8 best narrow road bike saddles

In this article I’m going to give you my top picks for the best narrow road bike saddles.

My focus for this article has been to provide a number of options that can be deemed allround to race-worthy and won’t hurt your wallet as much as some of the other options do. I’ve done so by looking at what your money actually buys you, and feeling that dishing out an extra 100 dollars for a set of carbon rails just isn’t worth the money.

What you can find in this list are both classically-shaped road bike saddles, and some short-nosed options for people who like the benefits those saddles offer.

These saddles fall into the range of average to long rides, riding both in the hoods and drops. With some options leaning more towards racing than touring.

In terms of weight they hover around 200 grams, which in general can be considered fairly light for a road bike saddle.

I have a huge number of saddles and have researched hundreds of them. Narrow is obviously a broad term, but if I take into consideration my personal experience with what the market currently offers, I decided to fill this overview with saddles than do not cross a width of 140 millimeters, and rather are around the territory upwards of 130 millimeters. Go lower than that and you’re actually looking at time-trial offerings.

So enough talk, here are my contenders for the best narrow road bike saddles.

Fabric Line Elite Shallow

Line Elite Shallow
Line Elite Shallow

The Fabric Line Elite Shallow is a great value-for-money allround saddle that will suit the majority of riders.

Its nylon shell is supported by titanium rails and has a narrow width of 134 millimeters and a length of 270 millimeters. For the materials used and the padding it has a reasonable weight of 237 grams.

Shallow means the saddle supports a more upright position with a medium amount of padding versus the more race-oriented flat saddles. This means it’s suited for riders who like to ride on the hoods, but it’s safe to say that the saddle feels equally comfortable in the drops.

The very clean design of the saddle features a non-padded center that runs the length of the saddle, with padding on either side.

The overall allure of this saddle resides in the combination of price, comfort, design and allround suitability. It’s the perfect choice for weekend warriors who favor short leisurely rides that won’t cross the 100 mile mark. Although saddles will also always be a very personal choice, this saddle has been in Fabric’s lineup for years for good reason.

Expert Experience

Hollis Jones | Contributor – May 27, 2020

I wouldn’t go so far as to say that it’s going to be the out and out best choice of saddle for serious mile-munching, but for me it’s ideal for my usual training distance of about 50-60 miles. At this mileage I suffered zero numbness in the perineum, and I didn’t get soreness anywhere either.

Pros and Cons

Fizik Arione Classic

Arione Classic
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 flexible, allowing you a greater freedom of movement because it moves with you. It means the saddle doesn’t try to grab your attention by chafing.

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.

Expert Experience

Nick BruckBauer | Contributor – Oct 24, 2019

Stiff, lightweight, and ready to race, the Arione emphasizes power transfer. It scores high in the performance category, with minimal padding, and a long, flat profile that allows for multiple riding positions. The Microtex cover, Kium rails, and nylon carbon-reinforced shell make for a durable, long-lasting product. This is a saddle for the flexible rider who likes a low, stretched performance position. It is well suited to road, cyclocross, and mountain bike racing. Steer clear if comfort is your primary concern, or if you prefer a wider saddle.

Pros and Cons

Prologo Nago Evo Pas

Nago Evo Pas
Nago Evo Pas

Prologo offers high build quality when it comes to road bike saddles, and the Prologo Nago Evo Pas is a gorgeous allround saddle for dynamic riding.

I can understand why the overall shape of the saddle made Prologo state the saddle can also be used for cross-country rides.

You have the option of two different types of material for the rails, with the carbon version dipping below 200 grams at 185 grams. With TiroX steel alloy it means the saddle will sit at 211, which is still pretty light for a non-carbon saddle.

Forgoing a center cut out this saddle instead has a no-padded area in the middle. And at 275 x 134 millimeters it has a narrow width and standard road racing length.

Expert Experience

Stu Kerton | Senior Product Reviewer – March 07, 2018

We all know saddles are very personal but I found the Nago a very neutral shape and easy to get on with. I rode about 1000 miles on the Storck branded Nago on the Fenomalist a couple of months back and had no issues with it at all once it broke in, just that it takes a long time to get there. The CPC tubes on this one though take just that little bit of the harshness out as they compress meaning it’s comfortable from day one.

In terms of grip I’m not really one to slide about on the saddle but the resistance is there and it certainly does help with some of the more shiny shorts materials. The CPC will also pay dividends if you use your road bike for time trialling or triathlon as it’ll stop you sliding you up to the nose when in the tri bars.

Pros and Cons

Selle Italia Flite Boost TM Superflow

Flite Boost TM Superflow
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 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.

Pros and Cons

Selle Italia Novus Endurance TM Superflow

Novus Endurance TM Superflow
Novus Endurance TM Superflow

With endurance in its name it should be obvious what the Selle Italia Novus Endurance TM Superflow is for.

Its unique-looking design looks similar to those used by ISM, with the nose cut in half and slightly dipping.

This affordable long-distance offering features a lot of extra padding for a weight penalty, tipping the scales over 300 grams. But this is not a saddle for those looking to shave an extra 100 grams of their bike, and people who’ll actually be doing gran fondos will care less about such a thing.

What they will care about is comfort and this saddle excels in that area. You can actually take this saddle on roads that don’t necessarily resemble smooth tarmac, and the plush ride will allow you to enjoy it from start to finish.

Selle Italia offers a number of magnificent showpieces, and this saddle is not among them. It’s purely functional with a core focus on being able to eat mile after mile of road. So if that’s your thing there aren’t many options that offer a greater return on investment, if any.

Pros and Cons

Selle Italia SLR TM Superflow

SLR TM Superflow
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.

Pros and Cons

Selle Italia SP-01 Boost TM Superflow

SP-01 Boost TM Superflow
SP-01 Boost TM Superflow

The Selle Italia SP-01 Boost TM Superflow is a 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 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 independently 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 independently 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 taking the next steps when it comes to road racing saddles. And with Their SP-01 they’ve hit the mark just right.

Pros and Cons

Selle San Marco Aspide Supercomfort Racing Narrow

Aspide Supercomfort Racing Narrow
Aspide Supercomfort Racing Narrow

The Selle San Marco Aspide Supercomfort Racing Narrow is a road bike saddle with a very long name and lots of padding.

That doesn’t mean it’s heavy with a weight sitting at 207 grams. And to achieve such a feat you get a stiff carbon injected nylon shell atop a Stealth Xsilite alloy rail, a mixture of silicon, carbon, and titanium. They claim the rails are basically bomb-proof and resistant to the elements.

The reason you might want to buy this saddle is because its classic-looking race-shape of 277 x 132 millimeters offers a plushness in a package that also features a center cut out, running basically all the way to the back of the saddle. Not everybody likes to be riding a super firm race saddle, and Selle San Marco is targeting that market with this saddle.

So if you actually like a bit of extra padding for your rides, this could very well be the saddle that ticks those boxes for you.

Expert Experience

Stu Kerton | Senior Product Reviewer – June 05, 2017

I’ve ridden the Aspide before on a few different bikes and got on okay with it; I like the shape, especially in its narrowest guise like our test model here (132mm wide – a 142mm version is also available) with its curved profile. The tail swoops down before flattening out and then the nose drops, ideal for when you’re crouched over in the drops as you don’t get any pressure points at the front end.

Pros and Cons

Specifications narrow road bike saddles

Name
Rail
Price
Dimensions
Weight
Shell
Padding
Cover
Fabric Line Elite Shallow
titanium Ø7×7 mm
105 USD
270 x 134 mm
237 g
nylon
microfiber
Fizik Arione Classic
kium Ø7×7 mm
129.99 USD
300 x 132 mm
225 g
carbon reinforced nylon
microtex
Prologo Nago Evo Pas
nack carbon / tirox
134 euros
275 x 134 mm
nack 185 g – thyrox 211 g
Selle Italia Flite Boost TM Superflow
manganese tube Ø7 mm
150 euros
S 135 x 248 mm – L 145 x 248 mm
S 230 g – L 233 g
nylon
Soft-Tek
Selle Italia Novus Endurance TM Superflow
manganese tube Ø7 mm
100 euros
S 138 x 282 mm – L 149 x 282 mm
S 306 g – L 310 g
nylon
extra padding / gel
Fibra-Tek
Selle Italia SLR TM Superflow
manganese tube Ø7 mm
160 euros
S 131 x 275 mm – L 145 x 275 mm
S 205 g – L 210 g
nylon
Fibra-Tek
Selle Italia SP-01 Boost TM Superflow
manganese tube Ø7 mm
130 euros
S 130 x 250 mm – L 146 x 250 mm
S 200 g – L 205 g
Selle San Marco Aspide Supercomfort Racing Narrow
Stealth Xsilite
159 euros
277 x 132 mm
207 g
carbon reinforced nylon
biofoam
microfeel

Sources

Hollis Jones, Fabric Line Race Shallow saddle, Road.cc, May 27, 2020
Nick BruckBauer, Fizik Arione Review, Outdoorgearlab, Oct 24, 2019
Stu Kerton, Prologo Nago Evo CPC saddle, Road.cc, March 07, 2018
Stu Kerton, Selle San Marco Aspide Supercomfort Racing Saddle, Road.cc, June 05, 2017
bio vanseijen

Johan van Seijen

Founder Restoration.bike

Johan van Seijen is the founder of restoration.bike. His cycling career has seen him at the starting line of classics such as the Amstel Gold Race and Liege Bastogne Liege. Realizing his racing capacity would fall short of what was needed he obtained a MS from the University of Amsterdam in engineering. His love for cycling changed into riding in an amateur capacity with his local cycling club TFC Weesp as a roadie and supporting MTB Noordwest as a mountain biker. He repairs, restores, and builds bicycles and shares his knowledge on YouTube, Facebook and this website. 

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