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The top 4 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 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.

Fabric ALM Ultimate Shallow

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

Expert Experience

Mat Brett | Technical editor – May 05, 2016

What’s funny, though, is that although the saddle is firm, that doesn’t lead to discomfort, or at least it didn’t for me. I got to like the feel over the course of a few rides and the discomfort I expected to experience over longer periods in the saddle never materialised. I wouldn’t want to use the ALM with anything other than well-padded shorts, but I’ve certainly come to like it a lot over the past few weeks, and I was never left with the feeling of having been kicked about on longer rides.

Pros and Cons

Fizik Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptive

Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptive
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 conforms to the rider’s 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.

Expert Experience

Aaron Borrill | Tech Editor – March 20, 2020

There’s no disputing the visual allure and holding power of Fizik’s latest saddle creation – just look at the honeycomb, colander-like padding. It’s very much unlike the traditional saddle aesthetic and while its polarising appearance might not appeal to all it will certainly find favour with early adopters, particularly those looking for something to differentiate themselves from the rabble.

And, is it any good? Well, so far I’m impressed. Cushioning and support are great and no pain and numbness have been reported. I’ve personally always been a fan of the Antares platform and the Adaptive model has taken things to another level thanks to the combination of low- and high-speed compression areas dialled into the saddle’s lattice structure.

Pros and Cons

Selle Italia SLR C59

SLR C59
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 cut out 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.

Expert Experience

Oli Woodman | Audience Development Manager – January 4, 2017

Compared to similar products from other major manufacturers, this is the lightest saddle I’ve heard of. Even when you look into the produce of lightweight specialists such as AX-Lightness and its 65g Phoenix saddle, this is still a lighter component.

To my knowledge, this saddle is second only to German company Becker and its Typen road (47g in ‘light’ form and 57g without) and Endurance saddle (47g). In fact, the Typen road light is so extremely light that Becker itself states it “has been exclusively designed for racing bikes that are used on smooth roads,” and then goes on to advise riders never to cycle over obstacles, including grids or potholes, while remaining seated.

Pros and Cons

Selle Italia SP-01 Boost Tekno Superflow

SP-01 Boost Tekno Superflow
SP-01 Boost Tekno Superflow

I can’t shake the fact that the name of this saddle could be some underground German house song. It’s 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.

It’s the most beautiful saddle from this list and my first pick if I could have 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.

Expert Experience

Simon Smythe | Cycling Tech W – July 15, 2020

I was overjoyed to discover that when pedalling harder, particularly at higher speeds in the drops in a big gear, which pushes you further backwards and rotates your pelvis forwards, my sit bones felt correctly placed and the innovative carbon spring suspension system took over, absorbing bigger bumps much better than it does smaller vibrations. There might be a fairytale ending after all. I am also confident that a new bike fit could place me in a position where the SP-01 felt perfect for a higher percentage of the ride time.

Pros and Cons

Specifications most expensive road bike saddles

Name
Rail
Price
Dimensions
Weight
Shell
Padding
Cover
Fabric ALM Ultimate Shallow
carbon Ø7×9 mm
375 USD
282 x 142 mm
140 g
carbon
ultra-light PU foam
Fizik Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptive
carbon Ø7×10 mm
399.99 USD
S 274 x 139 mm – L 27 4 x146 mm
S 168 g – L 171 g
carbon
EPU 41
Selle Italia SLR C59
carbon Ø7×9 mm
600 euros
265 x 128 mm
61 g
carbon
none
Selle Italia SP-01 Boost Tekno Superflow
carbon Ø7×9 mm
560 euros
S 130 x 245 mm – L 145 x 245 mm
S 105 g – L 110 g
carbon
none

Sources

Mat Brett, Fabric ALM Ultimate saddle, Road.cc, May 05, 2016
Aaron Borrill, Fizik Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptive saddle first ride review, Cycling News, March 20, 2020
Oli Woodman, The C59 is Selle Italia’s ludicrously lightweight road saddle, Bikeradar, January 4, 2017
Simon Smythe, Selle Italia SP-01 Boost Tekno Superflow saddle, Road.cc, July 15, 2020
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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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