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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.

Pros and Cons

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.

Expert Experience

Jim Clarkson | Contributor – August 19, 2020

The Scoop is similar to the Fabric Line I tested a while back, but it lacks a channel – fine by me as, whilst comfy, such channels can just fill with mud and water off road. Even without one, the Scoop is comfortable from the very first ride, and stays that way over many miles.

It has enough space to move around when climbing technical trails, and the neutral, shallow shape is fine for sitting down and spinning out miles when you have to. Though lacking the obvious scuff guards and fabric patches of others, both the cover and the rails are tough enough to easily endure the usual abuse.

Pros and Cons

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.

Expert Experience

Matt Page | Contributor – February 28, 2021

On longer rides of three hours or more, the comfort did diminish; the edges of the cutout channel are quite abrupt and seem to create a pressure point of their own. So early on, being seated was fine, with no power loss, but on longer rides I could feel that section. I think it’s because of how far back the channel extends – further than other similar saddles I’ve used.

Another factor could be the amount of flex in the saddle and where. The central area of the saddle moves easily – when pushing down you can almost get the shell to touch the rails – but at the rear there is almost no movement, the saddle feels extremely firm.

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

Specifications road bike saddles under 100

Name
Rail
Price
Dimensions
Weight
Shell
Padding
Cover
Prologo Kappa Space
cro-mo Ø7 mm
78 euros
270 x 147 mm
249 g
nylon
Light foam
Fabric Scoop Elite Flat
cro-mo Ø7 mm
80 USD
282 x 142 mm
244 g
flexible nylon
microfiber
Selle San Marco Aspide Short Open-Fit Sport (Narrow)
carbon steel
59 euros
250 x 139 mm
265 g
glass fiber reiinforced
Pullfoam
Silkfeel
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

Sources

Jim Clarkson, Fabric Scoop Elite Shallow saddle, Off.road.cc, August 19, 2020
Matt Page, Selle San Marco Aspide Short Open-Fit Racing Saddle, Road.cc, February 28, 2021
Guy Kesteven, Fizik Vento Argo R5 saddle review, Cycling News, September 30, 2020
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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