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The top 9 best road bike saddles on a budget

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

It’s almost staggering the amount of money you can lay down for a road bike saddle, with some examples costing more than I’ve paid for some of my (second-hand) bicycles.

But not everybody is looking for the next piece of carbon to bolt onto their seatpost. And truth be told, when it comes to speed, that extra 100 or 200 grams for a more budget-friendly saddles doesn’t matter whatsoever.

But not let’s get ahead of ourselves. This list covers a number of outstanding options to choose from that can rival the most expensive perches your money could buy. And since all saddle producers make the majority of their flagship offerings in more cheaper versions, as far as comfort is concerned, I bet the average rider will not be able to distinguish a budget version from a more premium one.

So without further ado, here’s the list of the best road bike saddles on a budget.

Contenders best road bike saddles on a budget

Selle Italia Novus Boost Evo Superflow

Selle Italia Novus Boost Evo Superflow
Selle Italia Novus Boost Evo Superflow

Selle Italia tops makes some of the most expensive bike saddles in the world, with a strong focus on both true road racing pieces.

The Selle Italia Novus Boost Evo Superflow is another great example of the Italian brands solid engineering. And they do so in a well-designed package that does not cross 100 dollars.

In line with today’s penchant for short-nosed saddles, the Novus Boost measures only 248 mm in length and has a standard width of 145 mm. Superflow is the term designated for their models with cutouts.

It’s a great-looking piece of equipment with nuanced detailing in the form of a perforated black upper and logo. The center cutout sits in the middle of a dipped area. And underneath the shell you’ll find a 7 mm alloy rails to keep the price the way it is.

I may not be as budget-minded as in my college days, but if I was this is probably the saddle I’d pick.

Selle Italia Model X Comfort+

Selle Italia Model X Comfort+
Selle Italia Model X Comfort+

At 415 grams and with loads of padding the Selle Italia Model X Comfort+ is meant for riders who like to enjoy the scenery more than getting as fast as possible from A to B.

The sweeping form favors a more upright position. It’s still a great looking saddle for gravel and endurance riding, and the finish of the taut microfiber cover is fantastic, as befitting of the Italian brand.

One of the best things of this saddle is obviously the price, which means that road enthusiasts can obtain a high quality product as a decent price.

This is the right saddle for weekend warriors, who enjoy leisurely rides in great comfort while catching up on the latest news with each other riding in the hoods.

Fabric Line-S Race Flat

Fabric Line-S Race Flat
Fabric Line-S Race Flat

The Fabric Line-S Race Flat is a race-worthy saddle for racers who don’t want to dig too deep into their wallet, but still want a high-quality short-nosed road saddle.

At 240 x 142 millimeters and just 230 grams the Line-S can even be considered light, with an attractive titanium rails supported a well-padded nylon shell with center depression for additional comfort.

With such a short nose and this road saddle is for people who don’t like to wiggle around all time, because it keeps you firmly planted. The wide and flat upper means you’ll be just as comfortable in the hoods as in the drops.

The length of the saddle supports a geometry to put the power down in a more forward position.

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 cutout 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 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 cutout. This cutout 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 cutout.

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 cutout 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.

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 cutout, 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 sitting in the drops. For more leisure touring look elsewhere.

Selle San Marco GND Dynamic Narrow

Selle San Marco GND Dynamic Narrow
Selle San Marco GND Dynamic Narrow

The Selle San Marco GND Dynamic Narrow is a firm and wide road racing saddle and is one of the lightest on this list at 217 grams.

At a width of 135 millimeters it can definitely considered narrow with a medium length of 265 millimeters. Rather than having a full cutout the center dips almost in the entire length of the saddle.

There’s a considerable amount of padding which wraps all around the saddle, which means you’ll never feel any sharp edges.

The saddle has a big sweep upwards in the rear, making it more suitable for hilly rides when you need the support in the rear of your saddle while going up. It’s also the reason this saddle has crossover appeal in the gravel and MTB discipline, which usually necessitate more dynamic styles of riding.

So if you like to climb and even think you might take this saddle onto roads less traveled, the comfort and climbing appeal of this saddle will stand out.

Selle San Marco GND Dynamic Wide (Open)

Selle San Marco GND Dynamic Wide (Open)
Selle San Marco GND Dynamic Wide (Open)

The Selle San Marco GND Dynamic Wide with the cutout version is slightly lighter at 210 grams, which is incredibly light all things considering.

It has the same overall features as the one without the cutout, and uses the same type of materials. That means you get a glass fiber reinforced shell on top of manganese steel rails, with plush padding in a semi-short length.

The version of 145 millimeters is more neutral than the narrow 135 millimeters, which allows for a bigger platform to support the rider. You might argue that that actually improves because the rider has to spend less energy staying into position.

The microfeel cover onto the star shaped design looks great and the finish is superb, which makes this saddle the perfect choice for adventurous riders on a budget.

Specifications best road bike saddles on a budget

NameRailRetail PriceDimensionsWeightShellPaddingBuy at AmazonBuy at Ebay
Selle Italia Novus Boost Evo SuperflowFeC Alloy 7 mm80 euros248 x 145 mm247 glink
Selle Italia Model X Comfort+FeC Alloy 7 mm65 euros145 x 245 mm415 glinklink
Fabric Line-S Race Flattitanium100 USD240 x 142 mm230 gflexible nylonlinklink
Fabric Scoop Elite Flatcro-mo 7 mm80 USD282 x 142 mm244 gflexible nylonlinklink
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
Prologo Kappa Spacecro-mo 7 mm78 euros270 x 147 mm249 gnylonLight foamlinklink
Selle San Marco Aspide Short Open-Fit Sport (Narrow)carbon steel59 euros250 x 139 mm265 gglass fiber reiinforcedPullfoamlinklink
Selle San Marco GND Dynamic Narrowmanganese79 euros262 x 135 mm217 gglass fiber reiinforcedBiofoamlinklink
Selle San Marco GND Dynamic Wide (Open)manganese79 euros262 x 145 mm210 gglass fiber reiinforcedBiofoamlinklink