Saddle Reviews and News


2016 Giant WheelSystems and saddle line-up unveiled

The world’s biggest bike maker is pushing deeper into the wheel and saddle realm with several new 2016 product offerings.

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Sea Otter: Velo Saddles unveils new Angel line

Quartet of new high end offerings from Taiwanese saddle giant have center cut-out for pressure relief.

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Specialized unveils aggressive position Power road saddle

New short-nosed perch designed to enhance blood flow while riding in the drops.

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How To: Set your saddle height and position

Improperly set saddle height can lead to power output inefficiencies at best, severe knee pain at worst. So don’t take this task lightly. Instead follow these tips.

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Product highlights and photos from the SF Bike Expo

New products from Suture, Grit, ABUS, DZR and more are highlighted as well as photos of the rail jam and bike swap vendors.

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In the Queue: What’s new in the RoadBikeReview test bin

This week’s sneak peek at the RoadBikeReview test queue centers on the Van Dessel Full Tilt Boogie, the final entrant in our ongoing Cyclocross Race Bike Shootout series. We’ll also preview its top shelf build kit from SRAM, Zipp, Challenge and fi’zi:k.

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Gear Review: Ritchey Vector Evo Streem saddle and Trail seatpost

Ritchey’s lightweight Vector Evo monorail saddle and seatpost system suspends rider for exceptional comfort.

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Hot new road products from the Sea Otter Classic

New bars and ‘cross gearing from SRAM, new saddles from Velo and Ergon, and some styling new shades from POC are just some of the new and cool gear spotted at the 2014 Sea Otter Classic.

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Video: How a fi’zi:k saddle is made

Our friends at Global Cycling Network went to the fi’zi:k factory in Italy, for a behind the scenes look on how their saddles are made.

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Ergon Gets Cyclocross-Specific with SRX3 Saddle and CF3 Seatpost

Ergon, the German grip manufacturer turned accessory giant, has introduced a cyclocross-specific saddle, due to hit stores in February.

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Interbike 2013: Ritchey Shows New Wheels, Bars, Saddle System

Comfort, reliability and ease of maintenance are the hallmarks of three new offerings from the famed California-based component maker.

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Tested: Cobb DRT SHC Saddle

Depending on your shape, this light but rugged saddle could be a perfect perch for your cyclocross, gravel or road bike.

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Specialized S-Works Chicane Saddle Review

Specialized S-Works Chicane Saddle – MSRP $299 A Chicane is defined as a series of tight turns in opposite directions on an otherwise straight stretch of a road. So it’s fitting that Specialized’s newest S-Works saddle should be called the Chicane—it represents a few rapid changes of direction when compared to other Specialized saddles. First, […]

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Specialized S-Works Chicane Saddle Unboxing

The S-Works Chicane road saddle is a return to a more traditional shaped saddle for Specialized. In development for over a year with pro athletes, the saddle features a more rounded shape.

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Featured User Review: Selle SMP Dynamic Road Saddle

Featured User Review: Selle SMP Dynamic Road Saddle by Artur N MSRP Price: $240.00 Overall Rating: 5 of 5 Value Rating: 5 of 5 Strengths: Quality, design, comfort in any situation. Weaknesses: Price, but you pay for an outstanding saddle. Bottom Line: I always considered that saddles are the most important componet on a bike […]

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Selle SMP Carbon Saddle Pro Review

Selle SMP is an Italian company that was founded in 1947 by Martino Schiavon, a young craftsman who started creating bicycle seats by hand in his attic. Martino was inspired by the racing efforts of fellow countrymen Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali in such races as the Giro d’ Italia and the Tour de France. […]

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Fizik Antares 00 Wing Flex Braided Carbon Saddle Pro Review

Fizik Antares 00 Wing Flex Braided Carbon Saddle Pro Review Shell: Carbon Foam Core Technology with Wing Flex Technology Rail: Carbon Braided 7×9 Flat saddle shape Full carbon fiber shell Microtex cover Foam Core Technology Made in Italy Weight: Actual Weight: 149 g MSRP: $320 On the right saddle, you can expect to enjoy long […]

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Featured User Review: Selle SMP Stratos Saddle Review

Featured User Review: Selle SMP Stratos Saddle Review by Simon Price: $300.00 at Ride ‘N’ Style Overall Rating: 5 of 5 Value Rating: 4 of 5 Bike Setup: Cervélo S2 2009, full 2011 SRAM Force, Fulcrum Racing 3′s, SMP Stratos. Favorite Ride: Perth Hills – Pickering Brook Summary: Follow the sizing guidelines on their website […]

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Velo’s Innovative Saddle Designs for Senso and Plush

Saddle manufacturer Velo focuses on a unified image with new makeover In any market, visual efforts immediately catch the attention of consumers and can communicate a change or emphasize awareness. For Velo, a leading manufacturer of saddles, grips and handlebar tapes, this is a concept the company uses to capitalize on by creating new structured […]

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Featured User Review: Selle Italia SLR Saddle

Featured User Review: Selle Italia SLR Saddle by centurionomega Price: $179 MSRP Overall Rating: 5 of 5 Value Rating: 4 of 5 Favorite Ride: my ride Bike Setup: Center of bottom bracket to top of saddle (following the seat tube): 61.2cm. Distance from tip of saddle to center of bars: 60.5 cm. Saddle drop to […]

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Featured User Review: Specialized Romin SL Saddle Review

Featured User Review: Featured User Review: Specialized Romin SL Saddle Review by AllezExprt Price: $85.00 at eBay Overall Rating: 5 of 5 Value Rating: 5 of 5 Summary: I’d heard rider after ride rave about the Romin. So, I had to try it. I was looking for a replacement for my San Marco SKN. At […]

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Fi’zi:k’s 2011 Limited Edition Team Replica Saddles and Seat Post Rings are Almost Here

Pozzoleone, Italy – Fi’zi:k’s 2011 Limited Edition Team Replica saddle and seat post ring kits will hit bike shops this month. The annual collection, now in its ninth year, offers three road model choices in varying colors to complement fi’zi:k’s Spine Concept fit system. New for 2011, the limited edition kits each come with two […]

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Featured User Review: Brooks B17 Standard

Featured User Review: Brooks B17 Standard by Little Bunny Foo Foo Price: $100.00 at LBS Overall Rating: 5 of 5 Value Rating: 5 of 5 Bike Setup: Surly Travelers Check with adjustable parts to go from comfortable group ride setting with skinny tires and then quickly adjust into a loaded tourer with fat tires and […]

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