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
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
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.cyclestore.co.uk
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