With bicycle technology changing so rapidly, it’s sometimes easy to forget the importance of our bikes’ contact points–especially saddles. The lightest, most advanced bike in the world is all but useless if it’s equipped with an uncomfortable saddle. Since launching GRAVELBIKE in 2011, I’ve tried more saddles than I can remember. Over the past several months, I’ve tested different five saddles that each attempt to balance comfort, support, and performance in their own unique ways.
|Ergon SMC3 Comp (large)||160||285||248||$99.95|
|Specialized Power Expert (155)||160||240||247||$130.00|
|Specialized Power Expert (168)||171||240||253||$130.00|
|Tioga Spyder Stratum||135||292||186||$125.00|
Weights are actual, courtesy of my Feedback Sports digital scale. Measurements were taken at the saddles’ widest and longest sections.