Saddles

Meld Body-Customized Road Bike Saddle

Meld.RBR.saddle.logoview.WEBMeld Saddles got my nod as Best of Show at last fall's Interbike, the annual bicycle industry showcase for everything related to cycling. The company makes custom saddles in its California factory using U.S.-sourced materials, a novel process and plenty of computing power. Meld is the brainchild of computer science Ph.D. Ethan Ee, a former Google employee who has worked at various startups as well. Meld offers direct-marketed custom saddles built to your specific physical "impression" and inputs you add on the company website to help determine the shape and final attributes of the saddle.

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ISM Adamo Breakaway Saddle

adamo breakaway.webWe don’t give very many products 5-star ratings. ISM’s Adamo Breakaway saddle earns our highest grade because its ingenious design -- a complete departure from conventional saddles -- can immediately cure the numbness, chafing, saddle sores and pain that plague lots of cyclists and even prevents some from riding. When a product can make the difference between complete comfort on the bike and agony, it deserves the highest marks.

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Selle Anatomica X Series Saddle

Selle Anatomic X WaterShed Black photo.webSeldom does a product review come about as a result of a handful of readers writing me, unsolicited, to ask if we were considering reviewing Product X – either raving it about themselves, or curious about it because they’ve heard great things about it from a fellow rider. Such was the case, though, with the Selle Anatomica X saddle. It’s the new model from the American seat maker with the Italian-sounding name and the distinctive slot in its otherwise very traditional-looking full-leather road saddles.

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Kontact Anatomical Saddle

Kontact Saddle Perspective shot.webOne of the first things you notice about the Kontact is that it doesn't have any of the hallmarks of modern saddle design (no grooves, no slots, no wedges, no gel, no flex, no special materials in different areas of the saddle, etc.). If you read his books, you'llknow why. He has a thorough, understanding of how anatomy, riding style, position on the bike and other factors combine with pressure exerted on the saddle to cause saddle-related discomfort — and how, through design, to help avoid it.

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Brooks B17 Leather Saddle

We don't pretend to think you'll put this saddle on your sub-20-pound Sunday road machine. Heck, it's at least twice as heavy and 10 times as clunky as the seat you're now using. But on some bikes, it belongs. And for comfort on long rides, you may never sit on anything better. The Brooks B17 is one of the oldest models from an English company That's been making leather bike seats for 138 years. For decades, the B17 has been a favorite of tourists and long-distance aficionados around the world. For years, we've known this. Until recently, we ignored it.

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SaddleCo Flow Saddle

There aren't many saddles I could ride 96 miles the first time out, then sit on again for 110 miles the next day. But I did it on the Flow. This was no torture test. The Flow felt comfortable from the start and stayed that way. The saddle I used was identical to what's being sold at retail, except for minor cosmetic flaws. I rode it for two days at the PAC Tour Midwest Cycling Camp in southern Wisconsin.

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Specialized 05 Alias Body Geometry Saddle

As we always emphasize in saddle reviews, everyone is different. The saddle that works fine for one rider might be perineal purgatory for another. With this in mind, we gave the Alias a middle-of -the-road rating. Other aspects of the saddle get a mixed review. It's stylish and reasonably light. However, I didn't like the synthetic leather cover. It was slippery even though the section in the middle of the saddle was crosshatched in an apparent attempt to provide more "stiction."

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Rido Saddle

The Rido rubbed me raw, but that doesn't mean it won't be the most comfortable saddle you ever ride. That's why we're reviewing it. You just never know when it comes to saddles. We all vary in body weight, butt padding, sit-bone width, riding style and posture. Most of us are still searching for a saddle that "disappears" -- that's comfortable enough not to be noticed during rides, after them or even in bed, if you get my drift.

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Selle San Marco Aspide Glamour Women's Saddle

Last fall the new Aspide Glamour saddle from Italy's Selle San Marco caught my wife's eye when she read RBR's Interbike coverage. Unlike many woman-specific saddles that tend to be short and lumpy, the Glamour is sleek and minimalist. It looks racy just sitting on the bike. Of course Deb's big question was: Would it be comfortable? Many lightweight saddles look promising out of the box but subject the cyclist to ride-shortening pain after 20 miles.

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E3 Form Saddle

In the last 10 years, male cyclists have become much more aware -- maybe slightly paranoid -- about bike seats. Of course, crotch pressure, chafing and saddle sores have been part of the sport since the bicycle was invented. But recent studies have indicated varying degrees of something worse -- erectile problems among male riders. It's easy to understand possible reasons, and they aren't solely a saddle's fault.

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fi'zi:k Arione Saddle

The saddle is covered with smooth leather except for a suede strip in the center. The idea is that the suede will grip shorts just enough so you don't slide forward unintentionally. It initially did that well, but I decided the designers should have stopped the strip about 2 inches from the nose. The suede there can snag shorts when you ease back to the saddle after standing. But this problem disappeared as the miles piled up. That's because the suede texture disappeared, too.

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Koobi PRS Saddle

Buying a new saddle can be difficult.  Typically, experienced riders seek a replacement with a similar shape and padding density to their former favorite. But no matter how closely you approximate old reliable, the new saddle inevitably feels different. Shape can be deceiving, padding may feel harder to sit bones than to probing thumbs, and one small seam in the wrong place can wear you raw. Testing saddles is a similarly dicey business. The saddle that I rate highly may be purgatory for you simply because everyone's pubic structure is different.

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