First Impressions: JustOne Custom Saddle

Finding the right saddle can be a real challenge. It’s even more frustrating if you want something other than the limited color choices offered by the big saddle companies. Whether you’re looking for the perfect seat to complement your new bike, or you want to spice up an older rig, JustOne Custom Bicycle Saddles has just what you need.

You won’t find JustOne saddles at your local bike shop. Marcus Williamson, JustOne’s founder, sells the one-of-a-kind saddles exclusively through Etsy. Selection varies, but at the time of this writing, Williamson had more than two-dozen saddles available. JustOne saddles start at $59, which is a downright bargain when you consider that each saddle is unique, and all covering and finishing is done by hand.

Williamson offers multiple saddle styles, and we tested the classic-inspired model which features cro-moly rails, lightweight high-density padding, and is finished off with solid brass screw posts. If you’re thinking that the JustOne saddle resembles Selle San Marco’s venerable Regal model, you’re not mistaken–the two saddles’ dimensions and profiles are very similar. Weight for our 150 mm x 279 mm test saddle was 302g.

We tested the JustOne saddle on multiple bikes, but found that it was most at home on road and gravel bikes. Dialing in the proper position was easy thanks to the saddle’s relatively flat fore/aft profile. Paired with our usual setback seatposts (Paul, Thomson, Zipp), the JustOne saddle’s rails offered plenty of adjustment. Comfort and support were comparable to similarly shaped competitors’ saddles. We didn’t experience any creaking during our test period, and the saddle’s rich leather covering remained tight and gap-free.

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind saddle, JustOne definitely delivers the goods. The saddles’ fit, finish, and attention to detail are on par with pricier competitors’ models, and comfort doesn’t take a back seat to aesthetics.

Disclosure: JustOne provided review samples for this article, but offered no other form of compensation in exchange for editorial coverage.

BikeHubStore Update & Wholesale Expansion

Longtime GRAVELBIKE supporter Brandon Hunziker, owner of BikeHubStore.com, recently opened a new wholesale business, BWP Distribution LLC. Among the brands BWP carries are Kinlin, H Plus Son, Pacenti, Sapim, Enduro, and Wheelsmith. BWP also serves as the distributor for Bitex hubs in the United States, and maintains a large and growing inventory of their road, disc, and now fatbike hubs. “We just took delivery of a fiber laser marking machine,” Brandon said, “and will soon offer dealers the option of having their own logos etched onto just about any hub we carry.” Dealers may apply for an account by visiting BikeWheelParts.com.

You can read GRAVELBIKE’s review of the BHS hubs by here. We’re happy to report that the BHS hubs are still rolling smoothly after thousands of miles on paved and unpaved roads.

Under Test: Arundel Water Bottle Cages

Although we’re big fans of traditional steel bottle cages, sometimes you want a cage with a more contemporary aesthetic. With no less than ten cages in their lineup, Arundel has a cage for practically any application and budget. For non-standard bottles, there’s the Looney Bin cage. The company’s Flip Flop cage is ideal for small or cramped frames. And if you’re looking for value and good looks, Arundel’s Sport cage is available in six colors.

Stay tuned…