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The top 21 best road bike saddles to prevent numbness

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

Before I head over to the list there are two things I’d like to clear up beforehand. The first thing is that the majority of saddle issues result from an incorrect bike setup with respect to the rider. The saddle is too high, too far forward, too far backward, tilted too much. The bike is too big, the stem is too long, the handlebars too low, tilted too much, the cleats are positioned wrong.

The most common issue is riders needing to lean too far forward on a saddle that should sit at least 1 inch lower. Testing variations with your existing setup can easily create more comfort without you spending cash on a new saddle, which won’t fix your issue, because it has nothing to do with the saddle.

The second fallacy with respect to saddle numbness is that a lot of padding will fix it. I have well-padded saddles and a naked-carbon version. And the full carbon one is the most comfortable. That’s because a road bike saddle does not function as a sofa. A road bike saddle should provide maximum support to your sit bones, and bones feel very little. What sits between the sit bones is what hurts if it gets the wrong kind of pressure.

Price difference is created by the material used, most noticeably carbon. Carbon is very expensive but has qualities other materials just don’t offer. Most notably the ability for road bike saddle manufactureres to create both strong and lightweight saddles.

Another often overlooked aspect of saddles with either carbon rails, carbon shells, or both, is that carbon soaks up a lot of energy that would otherwise be transferred into the body, causing all kinds of aches, pains, and muscle fatigue. So yes, it’s far more expensive than an ordinary saddle, but, when sized correctly, offers tremendous benefits.

With those things in mind I’ve created a list of road bike saddles for touring, endurance, and performance road racing. They have above average levels of padding, and normal padding. it’s up to you to decide what kind of riding you feel most comfortable with and choose a saddle accordingly. Maybe it’s leisurely touring, maybe it’s being in the drops for the majority of time with forward seating positions.

Whatever it is, this list of the very best road bike saddles to prevent numbness will help you on your way of riding more comfortably. You can find a table with specifications at the end of this article.

Brooks B17 Carved

B17 Carved
B17 Carved

The Brooks B17 Carved is the version with a center cutout. To maintain the shape of the saddle the center is held together with a leather lace.

The main benefit over the standard B17 is that the B17 Carved takes less time to break in. Having less simply makes this saddle more supple and easy to adjust to your body.

After that, for those who appreciate saddles with cut outs, the Carved version obviously adds an extra level of comfort besides the general pros the B17 offers in this department.

Expert Experience

Mike | Site Owner – August 18, 2022

The best test I’ve had is a 6-day ride from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC. I went along the Great Allegheny Passage trail and the rutted C&O Canal towpath. The ride was a fantastic adventure, but it wasn’t all smooth sailing, especially on the 185-mile C&O Canal portion from Cumberland, MD to DC. The path is gravelly, and the surface sends a constant teeth-chattering vibration through the bike’s contact points. At 60+ miles a day, that can get pretty fatiguing. My hands and wrists were feeling at the end of each day.

Luckily, the B17 was an absolute champ. It soaked up vibrations and kept me comfortable no matter how rough it got. After that ride, I was sold. Since then, my B17 has only improved in feel, as the leather has softened and molded itself into my own unique saddle, custom-shaped by me, for me. I may never go shopping for a new saddle again.

Pros and Cons

Brooks B17 Narrow Carved

B17 Narrow Carved
B17 Narrow Carved

The Brooks B17 Narrow Carved is the exact same version as the B17 Narrow without the center cut out.

For a saddle with such a vintage build, a center cut out behaves a bit differently than on a saddle with a shell. To keep the shape of the saddle in place, there’s a lace that ties underneath the leather upper and keeps the sides from pulling away from each other.

As with all Brooks saddles, the B17 Narrow Carved has a breaking in period, where the thick leather upper adjusts to the rider. But after a considerate amount of miles both the breaking in and center cut out make for an exceptionally comfortable retro-styled saddle.

This saddle is definitely a special piece of bicycle equipment for the vintage connoisseur who doesn’t mind the time necessary to grow towards the ultimate riding experience. And as such the B17 Narrow Carved offers its goodness for those who’re willing to wait for it while riding.

Pros and Cons

Brooks C13

C13
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 millimeters it has about an average width for a road bike saddle, and the aluminum 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.

Expert Experience

Jez Ash | Contributor – April 15, 2016

I really wanted to like the Cambium C13, and it’s seen a lot of use over the last three months. In the end, though, it just wasn’t as comfortable for me as other saddles. We’re all different, though, and saddles are an area where this is very much the case, so it’s quite possible that your bum would love it. I’ve given it a good mark as it’s a lovely thing, very well made and I’ve heard enough anecdotal evidence to establish that other people find it very comfortable. I’m just not one of them. I suspect that a wider version with the cutout could be a better match for my behind.

Pros and Cons

Brooks C15 Carved

C15 Carved
C15 Carved

The Brooks C15 Carved is the same version as the regular C15, except it has a cut out.

As with the Brooks C13, whether or not you opt for the cut out version is up to. Just remember you get a bit more compliance out of the saddle because of the missing material.

Expert Experience

Stu Kerton | Senior Product Reviewer – September 08, 2018

I found the narrow nose of the C15 perfect for the type of riding it’s intended for. I could get really low and pedal hard without my thighs rubbing against the sides or feeling like anything was getting crushed.

Its one downside is its weight: 426g is pretty massive for a performance saddle and it is noticeable, although it’s a good compromise with the comfort. The C15 is really in its element on a quick audax machine or long range tourer/bikepacking expedition where you want the racier position but with some forgiveness.

Pros and Cons

Brooks C17 Carved

C17 Carved
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.

Pros and Cons

Ergon SM E-Mountain Core Prime Men

SM E-Mountain Core Prime Men
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.

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.

Expert Experience

Paul Burwell | Contributor – October 19, 2020

Ergon has really upped the plushness – the SM E-Mountain Core Prime has got an armchair ride, but at the same time it feels supportive. It’s almost like memory foam in this respect. The problem I have with it, apart from the price, is that it’s a tall saddle. And since most e-bikes have issues with dropper post insertion (the motor gets in the way) this saddle isn’t going to help that. When I’m descending I can feel it underneath more than the one it replaced.

For all that though, I’m going to switch back to a lower-profile model for the riding I do, because for me the extra clearance makes all the difference.

Pros and Cons

Ergon SMC Sport Gel Men

SMC Sport Gel Men
SMC Sport Gel Men

The Ergon SMC Sport Gel Men is the male version obviously. Ergon has taken its research into male and female anatomy 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.

Expert Experience

Miles Arbour | Outdoor adventure guide – May 4, 2020

So far, I’ve taken the SMC Sport Gel on several 40-mile rides and was quite comfortable. Although I haven’t taken it out on a big multi-day ride, I’m expecting good things based on my initial experiences. My position on the saddle is vastly different than that of the Cambium C17, yet equally comfortable. The total length of the medium/large version is 276mm (10.9”), which feels appropriate for any kind of trail riding I’ll get into. I recently tried a saddle with a much shorter nose, and missed the control that a longer saddle can offer while navigating tight corners and narrow features. The padding is plush, yet still firm enough for serious riding and won’t be too soft for riders who are used to sportier saddles. I distinctly noticed the exaggerated pressure relief channel, which helps avoid unnecessary pressure points.

Pros and Cons

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 Aliante R3

Aliante R3
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 off-road 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 a 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 than many other entries on this list. What you get in return is an extremely high-quality carbon composite offering for cyclists who feel very at home on road bikes.

Expert Experience

Stu Kerton | Senior Product Reviewer – April 21, 2022

The swoopy shape works well, I found. The raised back gives you something to push against when you want to get the power out, and if like me you like to move back in the saddle when climbing, there is still plenty of padding there for it to be supportive and comfortable.

The padding is firm throughout – the nose section especially so, I found, which caused some discomfort when riding to start with – but after about 300 miles it seemed to soften and mould to my shape.

Pros and Cons

Fizik Arione R1 Open

Arione R1 Open
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 exception, basically doubling their entire lineup. The cut out is rather small but sits in an area 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.

Pros and Cons

Fizik Vento Argo R5

Vento Argo R5
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.

Expert Experience

Guy Kesteven | Contributor – September 30, 2020

I found getting the correct saddle angle crucial for settling into the comfort sweet spot. On my first few rides with the saddle orientated in a level position, I tended to shift backwards too much onto the broad, flat rear which interfered with pedalling. Set it nose down though and you’re naturally tipped into the flexible hammock of the cut-out section, with the very firm front dropped out of harm’s way. The big central cut out had several fans among our test team and it’s certainly a well-vented saddle that can really soften road/off-road shock through the springy shell.

Pros and Cons

ISM PN 4.0

PN 4.0
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 inexpensive, 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 traditional 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 pedaling 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.

Pros and Cons

Prologo Dimension NDR

Dimension NDR
Dimension NDR

The Prologo Dimension NDR is a sporty saddle with an offroad nature.

To establish this nature, Prologo simply added more padding to the shell, which is offered in a single size of 245 x 143 mm.

The 245 millimeters can be considered a short-nosed saddle. For those of you who don’t know what that is, short-nosed saddles favor riders who show a more forward seated position.

Since there’s less nose, the overall saddle can be moved forward a bit on the seatpost, while the rider still remains in the area where he or she feels most comfortable.

It’s probably one of the most aggressive saddles on this list for offroad touring or mountain biking.

Expert Experience

Paul Norman | Product Tester – May 7, 2020

The Dimension NDR is a comfortable saddle for longer rides. Fitted to an endurance road bike, it provided good support and enough padding to smooth out the road a bit, without my sitbones getting lost in the foam. The width also means that there’s enough surface area to spread the load, despite the central cut-out.

What didn’t work so well off road was the short format, which limits your ability to shift your weight as you ride. That’s fine for road riding, where the range of forward and aft motion you’re likely to want is limited, but makes steeper off-road descents more awkward than a longer design and leaves you hanging off the back of the 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

Prologo Scratch M5 Pas

Scratch M5 Pas
Scratch M5 Pas

The Prologo Scratch M5 Pas is a short-nosed lightweight road bike saddle.

The overall design features a large seating platform and dropped nose, which enables dynamic riding where you need to get frequently out of the saddle.

The saddle offers two options for the rails with the Tirox alloy versions hovering around 200 grams and a much lighter carbon version sitting at 134 grams. Oval carbon rails require a carbon specific seatpost, so make sure you have one, should you decide to opt for the carbon version.

The Scratch M5 is decently padded and looks futuristic with its five panel layout across a rounded 250mm length shell. This separate paneling should help to add some extra flex to the saddle for added comfort.

Expert Experience

Graham Cottingham | Senior review writer – July 01, 2020

The carbon base of the saddle feels on the stiff side yet the Scratch M5 has a forgiving ride quality especially when compared to other carbon saddles that we have ridden. Vibrations felt dampened and evenly distributed across the saddle rather than focused on a single point.

The only irritating experience I had was on one ride where my bibs kept squeaking against the saddle as I climbed. This only happened once and I have clocked up many miles since completely squeak-free.

Pros and Cons

Selle Italia Flite Boost TM

Flite Boost TM
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 that in terms of comfort and value-for-money, this is one of the best all-round 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.

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 Boost TM

SLR Boost TM
SLR Boost TM

If you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on an SLR saddle, the more moderately priced Selle Italia SLR Boost TM is a great way to venture into short-nosed saddles from this Italian manufacturer.

Although it’s much more affordable it’s just slightly heavier at 220 grams, and I’m not convinced a person will notice a 20 grams difference to anyone. This one has manganese steel rails versus the titanium one. The 7 millimeter diameter rails ensure they’ll be compatible with standard seatposts.

The rails are attached to a nylon shell. That means it’s less forgiving and more firm than either a full carbon or carbon composite shell, which will cost you way more money. Of course it’s difficult to explain what more firm actually feels like for the individual, and some people actually prefer firm saddles.

Expert Experience

Robin Wilmott | Contributor – June 7, 2020

Its base is essentially a textured cover applied directly to the shell with virtually no cushioning effect, but at each side the dense padding gets thicker towards your sit bones and provides effective comfort.

There’s no doubt this is a firmer perch than some, but its sculpted shape positions you well, and feels very supportive, with no need to move around.

In a tuck, the flat, wide nose isn’t intrusive and that shallow pressure-relief channel does work far better than you’d expect, keeping the SLR Boost true to its uncompromisingly racy roots.

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 road bike saddles to prevent numbness

Name
Rail
Price
Dimensions
Weight
Shell
Padding
Brooks B17 Carved
steel
140 euros
275 x 175 mm
520 g
none
none
Brooks B17 Narrow Carved
steel
150 euros
279 x 151 mm
510 g
none
none
Brooks C13
carbon braided Ø7×9 mm
200 euros
S 275 x 145 mm L 275 x 158 mm
S 295 g – L 310 g
vulcanized rubber
none
Brooks C15 Carved
steel
120 euros
283 x 140 mm
432 g
vulcanized rubber
none
Brooks C17 Carved
steel
120 euros
283 x 164 mm
446 g
vulcanised rubber
none
Ergon SM E-Mountain Core Prime Men
CroMo
160 USD
S 278 x 147 mm – L 278 – 160 mm
nylon composite
Orthopedic Comfort Foam
Ergon SMC Sport Gel Men
CroMo
100 USD
300 g
nylon composite
Orthopedic Comfort Foam w. gel padding
Fabric Line Elite Shallow
titanium Ø7×7 mm
105 USD
270 x 134 mm
237 g
nylon
Fizik Aliante R3
kium Ø7×7 mm
174.99 USD
S 279 x 138 mm – L 279 x 154 mm
S 215 g – L 220 g
carbon reinforced nylon
Fizik Arione R1 Open
carbon braided Ø7×10 mm
199.99 USD
S 300 x 132 mm – L 298 x 142 mm
S 199 g – L 205 g
carbon reinforced nylon
Fizik Vento Argo R5
S-Alloy Ø7 mm
109.99 USD
S 265 x 140 mm – L 265 x 150 mm
S 225 g – L 232 g
carbon-reinforced nylon
type 1 foam
ISM PN 4.0
stainless steel alloy
250 USD
255 x 125 mm
259 g
30-Series Foam
Prologo Dimension NDR
nack carbon / tirox / T4.0
109/138/213 euros
245 x 143 mm
nack 170 g – Tirox 215 g – T4.0 229 g
extra padding
Prologo Nago Evo Pas
nack carbon / tirox
134 euros
275 x 134 mm
nack 185 g – thyrox 211 g
Prologo Scratch M5 Pas
nack carbon / tirox
138/213 euros
250 x 140 mm
nack 134 g – Tirox 201 g
Selle Italia Flite Boost TM
manganese tube Ø7 mm
150 euros
S 135 x 248 mm – L 145 x 248 mm
S 240 g – L 243 g
nylon
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
Selle Italia SLR Boost TM
manganese tube Ø7 mm
170 euros
S 130 x 248 mm – L 145 x 248 mm
S 220 g – L 230 g
nylon
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
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

Sources

Jez Ash, Brooks Cambium C13, Road.cc, April 15, 2016
Stu Kerton, Brooks Cambium C15 Carved All Weather, Road.cc, September 08, 2018
Paul Burwell, Ergon SM E-Mountain Core Prime saddle review, MBR, October 19, 2020
Miles Arbour, Ergon SMC Sport Gel Saddle: First Ride Review, Bikepacking, May 4, 2020
Hollis Jones, Fabric Line Race Shallow saddle, Road.cc, May 27, 2020
Stu Kerton, Fizik Aliante R3 Open R saddle, Road.cc, April 21, 2022
Guy Kesteven, Fizik Vento Argo R5 saddle review, Cycling News, September 30, 2020
Paul Norman, Prologo Dimension NDR saddle review, Cyclist, May 7, 2020
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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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