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The top 4 best road bike saddles under 100

In this article I’m going to give you my top picks for the best road bike saddles under 100 dollars.

I’m featuring road bike saddles from well-established names. A huge amount of R&D goes into developing a bike saddle and each company improves upon earlier iterations. And for obvious reasons each brand also wants to distinguish themselves from the competition and the hundreds of different designs flooding the market.

All that innovation trickles down into what you could call budget versions of their high-end offerings. When looking at big brand names the result can be extraordinarily comfortable high quality saddles without the price tag. Don’t expect featherweight carbon offerings in this overview, but we all know that the weight gain of 100 grams does very little if anything for your next ride.

What you can expect in this list for the best road bike saddles under 100 dollars are multi-functional and comfortable products that’ll definitely don’t break the bank. Life is not getting less expensive as time wears on, and recent years have seen a tremendous increase in prices.

So without further ado here’s my overview of the best road bike saddles under 100 dollars for budget-minded people.

Prologo Kappa Space

Kappa Space
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 bike saddle will always be something intimately personal. But if you feel more familiar with classically shaped arrowhead saddles, and you like its design, this great piece from Prologo is the best choice.

Fabric Scoop Elite Flat

Scoop Elite Flat
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 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.

Selle San Marco Aspide Short Open-Fit Sport (Narrow)

Aspide Short Open-Fit Sport (Narrow)
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 cut out, 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 a race-oriented firm ride. For more leisure touring look elsewhere.

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.

Specifications road bike saddles under 100

Buy at Amazon
Prologo Kappa Space
cro-mo Ø7 mm
78 euros
270 x 147 mm
249 g
Light foam
Fabric Scoop Elite Flat
cro-mo Ø7 mm
80 USD
282 x 142 mm
244 g
flexible nylon
Selle San Marco Aspide Short Open-Fit Sport (Narrow)
carbon steel
59 euros
250 x 139 mm
265 g
glass fiber reiinforced
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
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Johan van Seijen

FoundeR Restoration.bike

Johan van Seijen is the founder of restoration.bike. His passion for cycling in general, and restoring older bikes turned into a website to share his knowledge with a broader audience. Starting out on his father’s road bike and riding classics as the Amstel Gold Race and Liege Bastogne Liege he has shifted his attention to trail, XC, and gravel riding since. No matter how much he loves writing about everything related to cycling, nothing beats actually using his ever-expanding bicycle collection.

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