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The top 13 most comfortable all mountain bike saddles

In this article I’m going to focus on a number of the most comfortable all-mountain bike saddles, which are very affordable nonetheless.

The all-mountain discipline of mountain biking needs to feature the best of both worlds when it comes to mountain biking. Long hours in the saddle spanning multiple days means it’s no luxury to have a comfortable saddle to get you through those days.

In this list I’ve focused the most on comfort, or else this article would have a different name. And less so on speed / weight. I’ve been able to keep the prices low by not incorporating any exotic carbon instances of MTB saddles. Those types of saddles tend to be two, three, or more times more expensive than the ones featured here.

What you get on this list are well-padded allround all-mountain saddles, with lots of padding, no sharp edges, in a variety of widths and lengths. The list features both short-nosed flat saddles, as more classically shaped swooping designs.

So with that being said, let’s head over to the overview of the most comfortable all-mountain bike saddles.

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 SM E-Mountain Core Prime Women

SM E-Mountain Core Prime Women
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 / gravel / MTB 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 features 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.

Pros and Cons

Ergon SM E-Mountain Pro Men

SM E-Mountain Pro Men
SM E-Mountain Pro Men

Ergon is one of the few saddle manufacturers that creates distinctive gender-specific saddles. The Ergon SM E-Mountain Pro Men is their go-to saddle for mountain biking.

Plus padding and loads of comfort in an ergonomic nylon composite shell. The arc in the back means you can push against it to stay in control of more demanding sections of your trail.

A long channel in the center takes care of necessary pressure relief to soft tissue and sits between orthopedic foam halves covered in durable microfiber.

All that plushness does push it over 300 grams at 335. The saddle comes in two widths; 143 and 152 millimeters depending on your personal preference or sit bone width.

Expert Experience

Jeremy Benson | Product reviewer – May 27, 2020

You can’t spell ergonomics without Ergon, and this german brand focuses on creating products that improve comfort and performance on the bike. The SM Pro is a moderately priced male-specific saddle that I found to be impressively comfortable, competitively lightweight, and relatively high performance. It has a flat profile with a deep pressure relief cutout that we found to effectively reduce pressure on our sensitive parts. The classic Y-shape and OrthoCell padding allowed for an unencumbered pedal stroke as well as freedom of movement on the descents. It is offered in two widths, and I feel it is a good value for the rider seeking a more ergonomic saddle option.

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

Ergon SMC Sport Gel Women

SMC Sport Gel Women
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.

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 supports an upright position with enough cushioning to take out any irregularities in the road.

Expert Experience

Kristen Bonkoski | Site Owner – June 13, 2023

Thus far, I’ve used the Ergon SMC Sport Gel on countless lunchtime rides, a half dozen long days, and two bikepacking trips. The longer the ride, the more I like it!

I’ve had zero saddle sores, zero chafing, and *almost* no discomfort even at the end of Day 2 of bikepacking. While there’s absolutely no reason not to use this saddle for shorter mountain bike rides, it’s women who plan to ride long hours that I think will really appreciate it.

Pros and Cons

Fabric Scoop Sport Gel Radius

Scoop Sport Gel Radius
Scoop Sport Gel Radius

Fabric makes fantastic affordable saddles and Fabric Scoop Sport Gel Radius is a great example.

The nylon shell has a pronounced swoop, which makes going on and off the saddle easy for dynamic riding. The shell is held by steel rails and measures 260 x 155 mm.

At 374 grams it’s anything but light, but for downhill purposes this doesn’t really matter anyway. And it’s the most budget-friendly offering on this list.

You really can’t fault this saddle, especially not for this price. So if you’re looking for a comfortable mountain bike saddle that definitely doesn’t break the bank, this is the one.

Expert Experience

Siobhan Kelly | Contributor – March 12, 2017

I rode it both with and without padded shorts and found the design suited me really well, because it passed the test of a good saddle – namely, I wasn’t aware of it. On rides of about 30 continuous miles it remained comfortable, and even the slightly dropped nose felt fine to perch on during short, steep climbs when I needed to get my weight forward.

Pros and Cons

Fizik Gravita Alpaca X5

Gravita Alpaca X5
Gravita Alpaca X5

At 130 millimeters, the Fizik Gravita Alpaca X5 is a narrow performance mountain bike saddle.

With a flat shape and rounded corners, you’ll have loads of flexibility to move around as the trail dictates your handling.

Some riders prefer a saddle to do nothing else but not get in the way as part of the ride is spent out of the saddle. This saddle does that and still offers enough padding at a very light weight of just 210 grams.

An excellent and affordable option for your tactical trail riding.

Expert Experience

Gerow | Product reviewer – September 23, 2020

The Gravita Alpaca is flatter still than the Terra Alpaca. You might say it’s Netherlands-flat. The cover material looks and feels like the seats in a luxury car, and somehow it has handily endured a number of slides across the trail. The smooth skin is tougher than it looks for sure. Under that layer, the widest points are designed to flex on impact, making for a comfortably cush sensation on rough trails.

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

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

Selle San Marco GND Dynamic Narrow

GND Dynamic Narrow
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 be considered narrow with a medium length of 265 millimeters. Rather than having a full cut out 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.

Expert Experience

Alex Evans | Senior technical editor – October 12, 2019

Climbing is exceptionally comfortable thanks to a large rear section that has a minor concave shape. This helps to concentrate your seated weight onto your sit bones and gives you the option to sit further forwards than you would on a narrower saddle.

Being able to shift your weight forwards while remaining in comfort on the saddle should help you to control the bike better on climbs and ride for longer.

The back of the saddle has a lipped rear edge that helps you to maintain position on much steeper climbs without feeling like you’re going to slip rewards. This is a great feature for steeper climbs and conserves energy that would normally be spent preserving body position on the seat.

Pros and Cons

Selle San Marco GND Dynamic Wide (Open)

GND Dynamic Wide (Open)
GND Dynamic Wide (Open)

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

It has the same overall features as the one without the cut out, 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.

Expert Experience

Paul Burwell | Contributor – February 12, 2023

The Ground Dymanic is a little wider and longer than the X-Bow Superflow, but it’s still a stubby saddle with a less than pleasing aesthetic. It feels supportive but it doesn’t have that armchair ride of the Specialized Bridge. Build quality is very good and it’s lightweight but I’d only rate the comfort as average.

Pros and Cons

WTB SL8 Cromoly Medium

SL8 Cromoly Medium
SL8 Cromoly Medium

The WTB SL8 Chromoly is a plush MTB saddle with a large swoop.

There are also titanium and carbon rails versions of this saddle but they significantly bump up the price whereas every other feature stays the same.

It’s a more allround mountain bike saddle that offers loads of comfort in a 142 millimeter shell width.

The chromoly version has memory foam padding that’s less stiff than the titanium and carbon versions. The shell has noticeable flex. So even though its wider than some of the more performance oriented entries, you’ll hardly notice it because the saddle moves with you.

Expert Experience

Paul Burwell | Contributor – February 7, 2023

Shape-wise the SL8 is pretty flat. There is a slight downturn to the nose and depression in the centre, but we did feel like we were sitting on this one rather than in it. Since the shoulders aren’t particularly deep, you do slide a round quite a bit when pedalling, and when pushing back on climbs there’s not a lot there to hold you.

It has a flex-tuned shell where the rails are offset on raised anchor points, and the area above the cutaway does flex, but the padding is very firm. Cross-country racers will probably appreciate that since they sit down a lot less, but if you like a plush perch this isn’t it.

Pros and Cons

WTB Pure Steel

Pure Steel
Pure Steel

The WTB Pure Steel is a great all-mountain and enduro saddle, which so happens to be probably one of the most budget-friendly MTB saddles in the market.

The WTB Pure comes in three variations with respect to the rails. There’s titanium, chromoly, and the steel version. It says something that the steel version is one of the cheapest saddles of all the articles I’ve written about saddles.

You wouldn’t say that, based on the excellent design of the plush saddle. A swooping nylon shell is covered with a lot of padding and has a perforated microfiber cover. The memory foam-like substance adjusts perfectly to your specific geometry.

The lifted rear end helps to support you while climbing and the nose dips to prevent your shorts getting hooked. With so much padding the saddle obviously doesn’t have any sharp edges, which are reinforced to protect it when crashing.

I really can’t think of any reason why you wouldn’t want to buy this saddle, especially not with such a price. A winner for sure.

Expert Experience

Curtis Smith | Senior Review Editor – October 9, 2016

The Pure Race also has a noticeable downward curve at the nose to prevent you from catching your shorts. Of the WTB saddles I tested, it has the most padding but the stiffest shell. In general we find that saddles with a bit less padding and more shell flex tend to be more comfortable for high performance riding. I found it to be less comfortable than the WTB Speed.

I like the Pure for gravity-oriented riding and shuttle runs where we spent less time seated and more time descending out of the saddle. Most riders will find the Pure to be a bit wide and cumbersome for road biking and cross-country mountain biking.

Pros and Cons

Specifications most comfortable all mountain bike saddles

Name
Price
Rail
Dimensions
Weight
Shell
Padding
Ergon SM E-Mountain Core Prime Men
160 USD
CroMo
S 278 x 147 mm – L 278 – 160 mm
nylon composite
Orthopedic Comfort Foam
Ergon SM E-Mountain Core Prime Women
160 USD
CroMo
S 278 x 147 mm – L 278 – 160 mm
nylon composite
Orthopedic Comfort Foam
Ergon SM E-Mountain Pro Men
120 USD
CroMo
S 274 x 143 mm – L 274 – 153 mm
335 g
nylon composite
Orthopedic Comfort Foam
Ergon SMC Sport Gel Men
100 USD
CroMo
300 g
nylon composite
Orthopedic Comfort Foam w. gel padding
Ergon SMC Sport Gel Women
100 USD
CroMo
295 g
nylon composite
Orthopedic Comfort Foam w. gel padding
Fabric Scoop Sport Gel Radius
47 USD
steel
260 x 155 mm
374 g
nylon
Fizik Gravita Alpaca X5
99.99 USD
s-alloy
251 x 130 mm
216 g
nylon
Selle San Marco Aspide Short Open-Fit Sport (Narrow)
59 euros
carbon steel
250 x 139 mm
265 g
glass fiber reiinforced
Pullfoam
Selle San Marco Aspide Supercomfort Racing Narrow
159 euros
Stealth Xsilite
277 x 132 mm
207 g
carbon reinforced nylon
biofoam
Selle San Marco GND Dynamic Narrow
79 euros
manganese
262 x 135 mm
217 g
glass fiber reiinforced
Biofoam
Selle San Marco GND Dynamic Wide (Open)
79 euros
manganese
262 x 145 mm
210 g
glass fiber reiinforced
Biofoam
WTB SL8 Cromoly Medium
96 USD
cromoly
265 x 142 mm
266 g
Flex-Tuned Shell
HLX Padding
WTB Pure Steel
steel
275 x 145 mm
345 g
Flex-Tuned Shell
DNA Padding

Sources

Paul Burwell, Ergon SM E-Mountain Core Prime saddle review, MBR, October 19, 2020
Jeremy Benson, Ergon SM Pro Men Review, Outdoorgearlab, May 27, 2020
Miles Arbour, Ergon SMC Sport Gel Saddle: First Ride Review, Bikepacking, May 4, 2020
Kristen Bonkoski, Ergon SMC Sport Gel Women’s Saddle Review, Femme Cyclist, June 13, 2023
Siobhan Kelly, Fabric Scoop Gel Saddle, Road.cc, March 12, 2017
Gerow, 4 MTB Saddles for Modern Mountain Bikes, Singletracks, September 23, 2020
Matt Page, Selle San Marco Aspide Short Open-Fit Racing Saddle, Road.cc, February 28, 2021
Stu Kerton, Selle San Marco Aspide Supercomfort Racing Saddle, Road.cc, June 05, 2017
Alex Evans, Selle San Marco GND Gel Racing saddle review, Bikeradar, October 12, 2019
Paul Burwell, Selle San Marco Ground Dynamic saddle review, MBR, February 12, 2023
Paul Burwell, WTB SL8 saddle review, MBR, February 7, 2023
Curtis Smith, WTB Pure Review, Outdoorgearlab, October 9, 2016
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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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