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The top 14 best road bike saddles for wide site bones

In this article I’m going to give you an overview of the best road bike saddles for wide site bones.

Now, my guess is that you’ve done some research into what actually constitutes wide sit bones, but either way I’m gonna give you my definition of what I feel are wide sit bones before I head over to the list.

If you take a look at road bike saddle dimensions, they can roughly be cut up into three separate categories: narrow, regular, and wide. And you’ve got ultra-narrow and super wide as well, but those saddles are too specific to be used for allround road cycling purposes.

I consider anything below 140 millimeters to fall into the narrow category and anything up from 152 millimeters to fall into the wide category. The rest can be deemed regular sized.

Even with those numbers there’s obviously room for interpretation, let alone the actual shape and size of the road bike saddle itself. Saddles with same widths can feel radically different for obvious reasons.

But with this working definition I can feel we can head over to the the list of the best road bike saddles for wide site bones. An table with saddle specifications is at the end of the article.

Contenders best road bike saddles for wide site bones

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.

Brooks C17

Brooks C17
Brooks C17

The Brooks C17 is the Cambium version of the iconic B17 traditional leather saddle. But though the shape is relatively similar that’s about where the comparison ends.

It’s both longer, slimmer and cheaper than the B17, trimming 10 millimeters off the side and addiing that to the length. You end up with a saddle measuring 283 x 164 mm.

But the entire structure is way different, with the C17 resembling the characteristics of a more traditional saddle, though Brooks does have their proprietary vulcanised leather for their entire Cambium lineup.

This rubber is very pliant but requires no breaking in period. The downside of that is that it won’t comform to your anatomy as a leather saddle would. So you have to be more picky about choosing the right shape.

But Cambium models are waterproof, extremely abbrasion-resistant and durable, which make them the perfect companion for touring cyclists. Especially since the very maintenance-free characteristic is a big plus for touring cyclists and road racers in general.

If your looking for the best maintenance free saddle money can buy for a reasonable price, the Cambium C17 is the best option.

Brooks C17 Carved

Brooks C17 Carved
Brooks C17 Carved

The Brooks C17 Carved is the C17 with a center cut out for pressure relief.

Unlike leather models of Brooks lineup, the Cambium models don’t need rivets or laces to prevent the shell from deforming. It’s another trait that makes the Cambium models with a center cutout behave more like current saddles.

The C17 Carved is a bit less firm than the standard C17, simply because there is less material to hold the rider. Especially if you’re planning on riding rougher terrain this might suit your needs, since you have better natural damping from the saddle.

Brooks Swallow

Brooks Swallow
Brooks Swallow

The Brooks Swallow is longer and more narrow than the Brooks Swift and just a tad bit lighter sitting at grams.

Because of its elongated shape, the saddle has two flaps that are attached to each other underneath the leather upper. This keeps the saddle from sagging to much and moving outwards while sitting.

The saddle has an entire chromed steel frame including the rails. It’s long nose and relative low height when compared to other Brooks saddles ensure it has a definite race feel to it.

As I said before, you buy such an eccentric-looking piece of saddle equipment for the experience. And as far as experience goes with an authentic leather saddle, the Brooks Swallow probably offers the best road bike experience of them all.

Ergon SM E-Mountain Core Prime Men

Ergon SM E-Mountain Core Prime Men
Ergon SM E-Mountain Core Prime Men

The Ergon SM E-Mountain Core Prime Men has the overall same dimensions but a much larger center depression. I don’t have to explain why that it.

It’s interesting to note that where Selle Italia opts for a wider version of a feminine saddle with the same characteristics otherwise, it feels like Ergon at least changed the overall upper shape of their saddles.

That kind of makes sense considering the fact that there are serious differences between a male and female. Apart from all of the other factors that make this saddle great for touring. Like the multi-layered padding and overall flexibility. All that padding doesn’t mean it’s a cushion. But it performs a bit like memory foam, where a couple rides in you feel more adjusted to the saddle.

Ergon SM E-Mountain Core Prime Women

Ergon SM E-Mountain Core Prime Women
Ergon SM E-Mountain Core Prime Women

Don’t get confused about the name of the Ergon SM E-Mountain Core Prime Women. It’s not specifically for E-bikes and not specifically for mountain bikes.

This is not a road bike saddle. Not its weight, not its design, not its padding hints in that direction. It is a great option for a robust touring saddle.

The strong CroMo steel rails support 2 variations with the widest measuring 160 millimeters at a standard length of 278 millimeters.

Their sales page feature a lot of impressive medical copywriting. But it doesn’t take away that saddles can still be hit or miss. Why you might want to consider this saddle is that it really does feature several layers of unique feminine oriented padding in a design that also has a large center depression.

Those various levels of padding create flexibility in the saddle, firmness where necessary, and added comfort and damping properties as well.

The saddle has a very premium and solid look, which feels much more at home on a touring or mountain bike than on a road bike.

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.

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.

This is an even more leasure focused saddle, which I would consider to be the perfect partner for commuter or short touring rides.

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.

Fizik Aliante R1

Fizik Aliante R1
Fizik Aliante R1

The Fizik Aliante R1 is the exact same saddle as the R3. Except that it has carbon rails instead of the Kium alloy version. And you have to pay a premium for those carbon rails.

In a world where a lot of road bike saddles feature huge cut outs, this one doesn’t. It means it’s a bit stronger and can be used for gravel riding as well. The scuff pads on the side give the delicate shell some added protection in the case of a crash. Not that you would even want to scratch this saddle at all but it’s a nice touch.

It’s a traditionally sized saddle measuring 279 x 138 mm for the regular version and 279 x 154 mm for the wide version. This is just a tad bit wider than a lot of Selle Italia’s performance saddles.

The saddle favors what I’d call dynamic riding, with quick climbs and going in and out of the saddle. It’s the reason this is a favorite among mountain bikers and gravel riders as well, with the curved lip in the back aiding in climbing and keeping power.

Fizik offers Twin Flex technology which means the rounded inner shape of the shell flexes more and gets out of the way of your thighs and pedal stroke. A saddle shouldn’t get in the way in the first place and the rounded shape of this one never chafed or digged into the legs. The added flex is also a plus for other road surfaces than smooth tarmac.

Unlike the a Arione the Aliante has a pronounced curvature which means you’re more firmly planted and there’s a bit more support overall, which often leads to more comfort as well.

Fizik Aliante R3

Fizik Aliante R3
Fizik Aliante R3

The Fizik Aliante R3 is less budget friendly, but does offer a flexible carbon composite shell. Carbon is known for its great damping properties. And by making the shell partially from carbon you have a more lightweight, race-oriented offering, that will be the perfect saddle for bikepackers.

The traditional shape measures 279 x 154 millimeters, which I recommend for offroad purposes unless you know your sit bones sit really close together or you like to sit further back on the saddle.

Fizik uses TwinFlex technology, which basically means the saddle is more flexible at the inner curves. This adds a more natural riding feeling because the saddle moves just bit with your legs, instead of digging into them, which I know from experience is painful and very uncomfortable.

Because of the relative delicate nature of the carbon shell it has been reinforced with scuff protectors at the side. So less worries when you might accidentally take a fall.

This saddle is more expensive that many other entries on this list. What you get in return is a extremely high-quality carbon composite offering for cyclist who feel very at home on road bikes.

Fizik Vento Argo R5

Fizik Vento Argo R5
Fizik Vento Argo R5

As far as budget goes the Fizik Vento Argo R5 is the most premium option on this list with a suggested retail price of 99 euros. It can be had for cheaper on Amazon though.

It’s another very well made short-nosed saddle with a carbon-reinforced nylon shell with a large center cut out. This cut out transitions into a lower surface area both front and back, planting you firmly in place.

This version also has an alloy rail to keep costs down and a width of either 140 mm for the small or 150 mm for the larger version.

This saddle offers ample amounts of comfort for relaxed road riding, thanks to the plush padding and cut out.

Selle Italia Lady Gel Flow

Selle Italia Lady Gel Flow
Selle Italia Lady Gel Flow

The Selle Italia Lady Gel Flow is a saddle obviously meant for female riders. They are actually offered in two widths. The wide version measures 160 millimeters, which is great for a relaxed upright position. There’s also a much narrower version at 135 millimeters if you’re very familiar with road cycling and prefer a saddle with a more race-oriented shape.

Selle Italia ditched the leather cover for a more maintenance free microfiber one. It will also mean the saddle is more durable than a thin leather cover, and more waterproof as well, which were two cons of earlier editions of this saddle.

This is a true touring saddle for people who like their behinds to sit on well-padded seats and don’t like aggressive riding in the drops.

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.

Specifications best road bike saddles for wide site bones

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
Brooks C17steel120 euros283 x 164 mm464 gvulcanised rubbernonenylonlinklink
Brooks C17 Carvedsteel120 euros283 x 164 mm446 gvulcanised rubbernonenylonlinklink
Brooks Swallowsteel190 euros285 x 153 mm490 gnonenonevegetable tanned leatherlinklink
Ergon SM E-Mountain Core Prime MenCroMo160 USDS 278 x 147 mm – L 278 – 160 mmnylon compositeOrthopedic Comfort Foammicrofiberlinklink
Ergon SM E-Mountain Core Prime WomenCroMo160 USDS 278 x 147 mm – L 278 – 160 mmnylon compositeOrthopedic Comfort Foammicrofiberlinklink
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
Fizik Aliante R1carbon braided 7×10 mm249.99 USDS 279 x 138 mm – L 279 x 154 mmS 175 g – L 180 gcarbon reinforced nylonmicrotexlinklink
Fizik Aliante R3kium 7×7 mm174.99 USDS 279 x 138 mm – L 279 x 154 mmS 215 g – L 220 gcarbon reinforced nylonmicrotexlinklink
Fizik Vento Argo R5S-Alloy 7 mm109.99 USDS 265 x 140 mm – L 265 x 150 mmS 225 g – L 232 gcarbon-reinforced nylontype 1 foamlinklink
Selle Italia Lady Gel Flowmanganese tube 7 mm140 eurosS 135 x 262 mm – L 160 x 262 mmS 300 g – L 310 gextra padding / gel shock absorberlinklink
Selle Italia Man Gel Flowmanganese tube 7 mm140 euros151 x 275 mm315 gextra padding / gel shock absorberlinklink