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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 9 of the best to discover which brands know how to make a good perch

Fizik Mistica 

£229.99

With a short nose and a relief channel, the Mistica is designed to increase comfort when riding in an aero position by allowing you to rotate your hips forward, support your sit bones and reduce pressure on the perineum. The lack of a
cut-out and the oval 7x9mm carbon braided rails make fitting the saddle a little fiddly, so check your seat clamp can accommodate oval rails.

The Mistica has several noteworthy features, including a removable integrated carriage mount that can stow one or two bottle cages, as well as a gas canister, a hook at the front of the saddle to assist with transition racking, and a tacky upper that stops you sliding forward in your tri-suit. After an initial settling in period, which involved getting used to the 50mm wide nose, the Mistica performed very well. Admittedly, it comes with a hefty price tag and, at 220g, is the heaviest saddle here.

Buy from www.wiggle.co.uk

Fabric Tri

£64.99

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

Specialized Sitero Pro

£175

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.cyclestore.co.uk

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danD2

it looks like there's been a massive development since 2013-14 as i cannot see any Koobi saddles here originally praised and reviewed all over the place.

i guess i know why now

no bitterness, no pretends, this is just a reflection over a couple of mistakes i made recently and a piece of good advice that might help you to avoid this far from marvellous product

I have owned this saddle for several months now which is pretty much how long it has been taking me to readjust to this saddle. i am not sure how anyone can see it as a comfortable mid range mileage saddle of a good value.


I have bought this saddle, following a lengthy research and various recommendations of people i considered experts in their field including fellow cyclists and triathletes.
to my great surprise and dismay what arrived was far from the superior light-weight split nose saddle i was convinced i had bought.
perhaps the most obvious are the bizarre sides near the sit bones area made of black textile - allegedly kevlar?tha is hard to believe as they are not durable as expected !? (the black part on the side - the photo on the internet does not provide a detail - for a good reason i guess) most ridiculous - why would I want the sides of my saddle made of significantly less durable material than the rest. to save a couple of grams? i can only hope now that i will remember not to lean my bike against a wall or anything ever again to avoid damage of these fragile ‘patches’. Having examined this thoroughly i can see clearly now how the stitches are unevenly tightened as if someone was trying to stitch it on the hard support part. i can definitely feel the seams border lines after about twenty minutes. takes some getting used to and thus I do not consider it a sleek design at all.

I am not expecting this saddle to last more than one season. the stitching is already showing a sign of strain and wear.

just one more thing -
I have stuff shipped from the US to the UK regularly and it seems a very common practice of the senders/internet sellers to declare much lower value of the items shipped on the label/declaration sticker than is the actual price of the items - it often prevents customs from snooping around and damaging parcels which are then inadequatly re-taped, it saves customers a lot on import duty and tax, which is ok with most of us.
i am not quite sure what koobi was thinking declaring higher price of the saddle on the label than what i actually paid as this resulted in Customs demanding a hefty import duty, without them even opening the package as the label was so carefully filled out!

danD2

the model in question to avoid is Enduro Au

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