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The top 8 most expensive road bike saddles

In this article I’m going to give you a list of the most expensive road bike saddles that will seriously drain your wallet.

To make the list a bit more interesting I’ve only added the two most expensive Selle Italia saddles, which are the SLR C59 and SP-01 Boost Tekno Superflow. Selle Italia has dozens of bike saddles in the hundreds of dollars, which would make for a very singular brand list.

As can be expected of extremely pricey road bike saddles, all of them have both carbon rails and carbon shells, with a select number opting for a smidge of padding.

Carbon rails need a specific seatpost which is compatible, so if you actually decide to purchase one of these, that’s something to keep in mind.

With all that carbon you’re not only looking at the most expensive road bike saddles on the market, but also some of the lightest, with the SLR C59 sitting actually well below 100 grams.

Another tip for such saddles is to use a bolt on seat clamp, not a quick release. You want want your precious saddle to be stolen with a simple flick of a lever.

Enough talk. Feast your eyes on the most expensive road bike saddles.

Contenders most expensive road bike saddles

Fabric ALM Ultimate Shallow

Fabric ALM Ultimate Shallow
Fabric ALM Ultimate Shallow

The Fabric ALM Ultimate Shallow promises above-average levels of comfort in a minimal package of just 140 grams.

The slightly padded carbon shell sits atop carbon rails which act as a leaf spring, similar to some carbon seatposts. This provides just a bit of travel to take out road buzz.
It actually works making this premium saddle with a rider weight of 100 kgs one you can actually use for all kinds of riding, not just to show off.

It’s an extremely pristine and clean no-show design, so it’s not the best saddle to impress visually, unless you like an understated design.

The padding doesn’t extend all the way to the edge of the seat, so be careful when parking your bike so you don’t scuff the carbon edges.

It has 282×142 mm dimensions, which means it’s pretty long and of average width.

The Fabric ALM Ultimate Shallow has a suggested retail 375 USD, but in exchange you get a very lightweight, comfortable and innovative saddle that’ll work for the majority of riders.

Fizik Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptive

Fizik Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptive
Fizik Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptive

The honor of bringing the first 3D-printed saddle to the market goes to the Fizik Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptive. It’s a saddle with carbon rails and shell, with a 3D printed EPU 41 polymer padding that’s extremely comfortable.

Because it’s 3D printed it has an otherworldly spacious design which ensures the saddle tips the scales at just 168 grams for the small version, or 171 grams for the large one. That’s very impressive for a saddle with such padding volume.

The padding acts like memory foam and comforms to the riders anatomy. Since there are two halves it means that pressure is only applied to the sit bones and very specific to the respective rider.

It’s one of the most distinctive saddles money can buy, and besides the light greenish version, Fizik now also offers a black one.

It comes at two widths of 139 and 146 millimeters.

From an innovation standpoint the Fizik Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptive is a fantastic product, that’s comfortable enough to use for long hours in the saddle. The only downside could be that the light open structure is more prone to damage and dirt lodging into the innards of the padding.

But if you like the original Antares and you really want the-latest-the-greatest for your bike, this is the saddle for you.

ISM PN 3.0C

ISM PN 3.0C
ISM PN 3.0C

The ISM PN 3.0C is the full carbon version of the 3.0. The entire lineup of ISM has a distinctive two prong layout to relieve pressure.

This design actually makes you sit further onto the nose, which makes it the preferred brand for time trial cyclists. And this full carbon version of 129 grams is half the weight of the padded non-carbon version.

Let’s just say the design is distinctive and probably the reason I’ve never seen this saddle on an ordinary road bike. The PN stands for performance narrow, which means this saddle provide more clearance in the thigh area.

I would argue that the only bike this saddle should be on is a time-trial bike, because the entire design was made for sitting in an aero position. And finally ISM made this full carbon version for a weight gain of about 100 grams.

Prologo Nago C3 CPC

Prologo Nago C3 CPC
Prologo Nago C3 CPC

The Prologo Nago C3 CPC is a saddle with a carbon rails and shell that offers CPC airing technology.

CPC is available for high end saddles from Prologo and is a super-grippy polymer that’s raised ever so slightly from the saddle, providing marginal gains in shock absorption and airflow. Buy hey, marginal gains are gains nonetheless.

The design, weighing 155 grams for the 275×139 mm version, looks like something that could be sitting on a Tron cycle and the photos don’t actually do the saddle justice.

The fact that the saddle has been used in the Tour de France says enough about its abillity to provide comfort during long riding sessions, so those marginal gains seems to be paying off in the eyes of professional riders.

Prologo Zero C3

Prologo Zero C3
Prologo Zero C3

The Prologo Zero C3 is a narrow racing saddle with minimal padding. Carbon rails and a carbon shell, means the weight stays at a very respectable 155 grams.

With dimensions sitting at 270x132mm it can be called a fairly narrow saddle, so be sure firm and narrow is the type of saddle you prefer.

The Prologo Zero C3 could also be seen in the Tour so any doubt about the comfort of minimal padded firm carbon saddles should dissipate.

Selle Italia SLR C59

Selle Italia SLR C59
Selle Italia SLR C59

The lightest saddle in Selle Italia’s lineup, the Selle Italia SLR C59 is a remarkable piece of bike saddle technology.

To achieve such a low weight the saddle has a huge cutout and is really narrow at 128 millimeters. So if you’re used to wider saddles, this is definitely not one for you.

If you’ve ever ridden a non-padded saddle, you know that from a comfort standpoint it doesn’t matter, as long as you don’t use it on your gravel or mountain bike.

Such a light and narrow saddle for such a steep price means you’re either a professional hill-climber athlete or fancy extremities in bike tech.

I have seen it cheaper than its suggested retail price of 600 USD, but even with a lower price, expect to dig very deep into your wallet for this beauty.

Selle Italia SP-01 Boost Tekno Superflow

Selle Italia SP-01 Boost Tekno Superflow
Selle Italia SP-01 Boost Tekno Superflow

I cant shake the fact that the name of this saddle could be some underground German house song. Its cool though, but not nearly as cool as this saddle.

Each half of the Selle Italia SP-01 Boost Tekno Superflow is only connected at the nose. This causes them to flex more noticeably when riding ostensibly making the ride more comfortable.

Its the most beautiful saddle from this list and my first pick if I couldve found it for a price my wallet deemed more amenable than its full retail price of 450. Road.cc called it sex on rails. I agree.

Selle San Marco Shortfit Superleggera Wide

Selle San Marco Shortfit Superleggera Wide
Selle San Marco Shortfit Superleggera Wide

The Selle San Marco Shortfit Superleggera Wide is a full carbon saddle, which, as the name suggest, is pretty wide and short. It has dimensions of 250×144 mm and weighs in at 125 grams. A narrow version is also available.

Shortfit relates to its length of just 250 millimeters, roughly a couple of centimers shorter than average. This should make people favoring aerodynamic positions more comfortable.

The Italian brand has chosen to make a no-nonsense design for their flagship product, with a totally black microfeel cover stretching to the edge. It has a huge center cutout to alleviate pressure to delicate tissue.

Selle San Marco offers this design in a lot of materials but this carbon rail, carbon shell lightest version is obviously the most expensive at a retail price of almost 400 euros.

Specifications most expensive road bike saddles

NameRailRetail PriceDimensionsWeightShellPaddingBuy at AmazonBuy at Ebay
Fabric ALM Ultimate Shallowcarbon 7×9 mm375 USD282×142 mm140 gcarbonultra-light PU foamlinklink
Fizik Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptivecarbon 7×10 mm399 eurosS 274×139 mm – L 274×146 mmS 168 g – L 171 gcarbonEPU 41linklink
ISM PN 3.0Ccarbon 7×9 mm400 USD255×120 mm129 gcarbonnone
Prologo Nago C3 CPCnack carbon 7×9.3 mm426 euros275×139 mm155 gcarbonCPC airinglink
Prologo Zero C3nack carbon 7×9.3 mm392 euros270x132mm155 gcarbonhigh density foamlink
Selle Italia SLR C59carbon 7×9 mm600 euros128×265 mm61 gcarbonnonelinklink
Selle Italia SP-01 Boost Tekno Superflowcarbon 7×9 mm560 eurosS 130×245 mm – L 145×245 mmS 105 g – L 110 gcarbonnonelinklink
Selle San Marco Shortfit Superleggera Widecarbon 7×9.8 mm390 euros250×144 mm125 gcarbonPebaxlink