Triathlon bike saddles: 10 of the best reviewed
A sore backside can wreck your race, so it's crucial you choose the right saddle. We test 10 of the best to discover which brands know how to make a good perch
The Aerofuel with carbon rails is the new top-end tri saddle from Shimano’s accessory and component brand, PRO, and it’s got some impressive tech as well as looking mean atop of a tri bike. It’s 142mm at its widest point and weighs in at a light 178g, with a flat platform and a sturdy anti-slip cover to prevent any unnecessary movement. The EVA padding is designed for maximum stiffness and rigidity without any loss of comfort, and for us it felt excellent for extended periods despite how little it weighs. For those looking for a road bike saddle then PRO have the Stealth with a wider, more rounded area at the back. But the Aerofuel provides a fantastically comfortable ride in the TT position for sprint up to Iron distance. madison.co.uk
Verdict: Great on the nose and packed with tech 90%
Buy from www.pro-bikegear.com
The Mistika is attention-grabbing right from the off,
coming in an outlandish presentation box with an array of additional accessories: not to mention the very wide nose that
ends abruptly to give a very stubby appearance. The padding is grippy and, for us, it did a better job of holding us in a precise position than any other saddle on test. The ‘carriage kit’ can hold two bottle cages, Co2 and a spare tube – perfect for long-course triathletes. It also comes in two widths to suit different sit bones, so see if you can demo it before buying if possible. The Mistika has everything you could want in a tri saddle and then some, so if you’re willing to part with the cash it’s unlikely you’ll be disappointed.
Verdict: A true tri package, comfy and with lots of add-ons 92%
Buy from www.wiggle.co.uk
Although only founded in 2014, Somerset-based Fabric
have quickly gained traction, appearing on bikes from prestigious brands such as Cannondale and Dimond. A weight of 240g (262g with the bottle cage mount) is impressive on this alloy-railed version of their popular tri saddle, which has a central relief channel to drain water and a separate hook for bike racking – a neat touch that’s worth a second or two on race day. We’re yet to hear any negative experiences on the Fabric Tri; the shape and comfort of the padding rated top notch. If you’re upgrading from
a leisure saddle you might find it quite firm, but when
you’ve put a few miles in
we guarantee it’s a winner.
Verdict Value, comfort and great tri features 94%
Buy from www.evanscycles.com
The Sitero has been around for a few years now, and is offered with full carbon rails to bring its weight down to 222g.
It’s wide in all areas and is a good option for those with wider sit bones, as those on the smaller end may struggle to find a groove while sat back. The triple-density padding with a welded cover feels soft and plush without being weighty. A removable bottle cage comes as standard to meet the needs of long-course triathletes. Though the Specialized FACT carbon will add miniscule levels of strength in the rails, we think the ‘Expert’ version of the Sitero (£115) with titanium rails represents a better deal, providing the same level of comfort from the very well-crafted
Verdict: great… but the ‘expert’ is a better deal 82%
Buy from www.specialized.com
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