Best Road Bike Saddles [Review] in 2020
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Saddles are a personal thing but more often than not it’s getting the correct shape and support that’s key, not going for the most padded one. Road saddles have never been as varied as they are today. The variations in saddles highlight the differences in riders – everybody is different and has their riding position and riding style. Choose length, width and shape of saddle to ensure that you are sitting comfortably. Contrary to popular belief, a comfy saddle is not necessarily one with the most padding.
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Our selection of the highest rated road bike saddles
TOSEEK Comfortable Bike Seat Lightweight Carbon Fiber Bicycle Saddle
Top Choice Item
Toseek bike saddle is made of carbon fiber t800 + pu + high grade eva. It is durable, sweat-resistant and waterproof. The pu and high grade eva padding provides ultra-comfort and save you from cycling pain. The light weight saddle helps you perform at your fullest potential on a saddle that can match your strongest outputs. And it has excellent shock proofing and maximum firmness. Center cutout offers anatomic relief and ventilation, the seat relieves pressure on the perineum and provides airflow and comfort during long rides.
Weather resistant technology
Input via Bluetooth, Aux, Micro-SD
Supports only up to 90 kg of weight
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TAMEHO Adult Road Bike Seat
Prime Picked Item
This bicycle saddle has been upgraded for pure comfort, now it is more than just an ergonomical design. Very comfortable for long rides, from 5 to 20 miles a day. It has a super lightweight design weighing only 218g. When you are riding on the road, bike seat weighs nothing and feels like a cloud on bum. It supports universal replacement for all kind of bicycle seats, like mtb bike seats, road bike saddles. Further the frame with accurate scale rail is convenient to install and you get a comfortable and well-built bicycle seat.
Bicycle seat size: 270*143 mm
Customer support is not easy-to-reach
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SGODDE Comfortable Bike Seat, Gel Bicycle Saddle Padded Professional Waterproof Road Bike Saddle for Men
Best Value Item
Sgodde bicycle seat cushion surface is a non-slip, wear-resistant texture pu leather, and has high density artificial fatty gel inside. Long lasting, comfortable, well elastic and very soft, better protect the buttocks! The all new breathable hollow design helps achieve superior air permeability and the front narrow design, reduces pressure, and improves shock absorption. Trendy dual spring suspension allows great elasticity, toughness, greater endurance. The saddle has enhanced flexibility and easily deals with rough terrain while protecting your hips. The reflective band of the saddle contributes to safer night driving.
Weighs only 500g
Size: 10.39''x6.24''x3.12''(28x16x8 cm)
Comes with a 1 x 7/8" inside diameter seat clamp
Free waterproof cover
Installation is time consuming
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Selle Royal Men's Respiro Moderate Road Bicycle Saddle
The selle’s saddle features a unique tri-dimensional gel structure. The royal gel guarantees the highest level of comfort, combined with the effective ventilation channel that is exclusive to the respiro line, provides high respiration while relieving pressure on the perineal area. The extraordinarily cool cover is up to 25°c cooler than a standard black saddle. Royal vacuum light technology is a patented selle royal technology that allows the saddle to be 100% sealed and therefore water resistant. A patented clip system is positioned at the rear of the saddle for easy attachment of a selle royal saddle bag or other accessories.
Size: 277 mm x 182 mm
Foam matrix finishing
Suitable for long distances
Seat post may need changing for installation
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OUTERDO Bike Saddle Mountain Bike Seat Breathable Comfortable Bicycle Seat
With outerdo bike saddle you can say goodbye to the pain. There are high density foam paddings inside for significantly improved riding comfort even after long rides. The bike saddle is made out of durable, weather resistant and waterproof leather material.. The upper surface of the saddle is made out of premium artificial leather, which won’t degrade easily under sunlight. The center cutout offers anatomic relief and ventilation. It helps relieve pressure on the perineum and provides airflow.
Dual shock absorbing
Lightweight (i.e. 330g)
Friction increases without padding
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Why it is important to get the right road bike saddle
Your body comes into contact with your bike at 5 points: your feet, your hands and your posterior. Whilst gloves and shoes help to protect your hands and feet, what about your rear end and the rather sensitive area between your legs?
The trend toward short-nosed performance saddles, which originated with riders looking to optimize soft-tissue comfort while leaning forward on aero bars, is now reaching the mainstream. Why go short? Reducing the saddle length up front means you can ride the drop portion of your bars for longer periods. But the newest saddles aren’t just short; they’re also wider up front, allowing riders to shift forward without compromising power.
Another trend, this one long overdue: more performance-oriented options for female riders. And good news for riders who never plan on racing: everyday bike seats are becoming more comfortable, lighter, and more able to withstand the weather. You must choose a saddle that is suitable for your bike. A road saddle will typically be v-shaped, with a more pronounced seating area and a longer nose. A cross-country mountain bike saddle will have a similarly pronounced seating area, but will sometimes be more t-shaped to let the rider move forward for aggressive climbs. Gravity, enduro, and trail saddles are v-shaped, with rounded edges and a shorter nose to make it easy to move around on the saddle without hooking the rider’s shorts. Women’s saddles usually have a shorter nose.
Find the right padding
Similar the amount of padding varies with the use of the bike. Performance saddles often have less padding to save weight, which is important for racers. Comfort bike seats are shaped like other saddles, but usually have thicker foam or added gel. For an occasional rider, extra padding can prevent sit bones from feeling bruised after a two-hour ride—but spending longer hours on an extra-padded saddle can actually cut off circulation. It’s all about finding the right amount of padding for your riding style and comfort level.
Finding the perfect width
Saddles come in various widths, and most manufacturers say that the right size supports a rider’s sit bones, the bony part of the pelvis where your butt and your leg join. The best way to find the right size saddle is to get a professional fit.
We have learned both the foam and gel on a saddle begins to deteriorate after about 12 months of normal use. We aren’t really sure what constitutes “normal use” but the fact of the matter is the foam and gel begins to break down over time. The manufacturers recommend changing the saddle at least every two years. As an example they referenced the foam in running shoes. Many runners change shoes every 6 months to a year because of the wear.
Whether to go for a saddle with a cutout or a simple saddle is an important decision. You might not need a cutout, but most riders do prefer a saddle with a relief channel or a cutout that prevents pressure on soft tissue when they’re riding. Saddle channels are usually gender-specific—a man’s pelvis is v-shaped while a woman’s is u-shaped, and gender-specific cutouts can keep pressure off a rider’s soft tissue. Rider flexibility and natural pelvic tilt in the riding position also determine what saddle will keep pedaling pleasurable and not painful. According to data from giant, 80 percent of men and about the same ratio of women have a forward-tilting pelvis.
Alex Bristol - Cycle sport content expert
Alex is London Cycle Sports Head of Content and specialises in road bike accessories and general cycling. Alex scours the internet finding the latest product that matches the needs of cyclists across the world. Alex looks at the best bike set ups and sources the newest tech in the cycle industry. Whether its a buyer guide, product review or a general post about bikes, Alex is a trusted source for everything cycle sport.
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