Four Top Saddles of 2015
From this year’s Buyer’s Guide, the best saddles of 2015.
PRO Aerofuel TT Saddle $215
The full-length cut out of the Aerofuel maximizes comfort and control. Titanium and carbon fibre combine for a lightweight and comfortable TT saddle. Two foam rails support the rider’s weight and create the comparatively wide channel. Despite that width, the nose is narrower than some and it extends fairly far out. A padded top adds just enough support without being too thick and diminishing power transfer. The seat section also has a wider track for ventilation and avoids pressure. The slight points at the rear of the saddle add support for riders who tend to ride more toward the back.
Bontrager Hilo RXL Speed Dial $275
Bontrager managed to make an already exceptional TT saddle (the Hilo rxl), even better with the Hilo rxl Speed Dial. Hollow titanium rails make it both sturdy and incredibly light. A dial-adjustable space between the two tongs give 16 mm of width adjustment, helping riders find their ideal position. The full-length cutout Contour Relief Zone channel rotates the hips forward, making it possible to stay aggressively aero for longer. Zone Density Padding, plus Bontrager’s Smart Cover material, provides different levels of support in key areas for sustained and maximal comfort.
ISM PN 1.1 $180
Launched at Interbike this fall, the PN 1.1 hit stores in January. Modelled after the everpopular, high-end TT saddle, the Attack, the value option PN 1.1 is less aggressive with more padding, making it great for wearing trishorts. With ism’s signature nose-less design and a contoured downward slope, the saddle lets hips roll forward for maximal power and increased comfort. Satin steel rails are sturdy and shock absorbing. The PN 1.1 is available in three colours including black, white and pink.
Specialized Women’s Ruby Expert $130
The Ruby Expert by Specialized is an ultralight performance saddle designed for female riders. The company has devoted a lot of attention to their women’s specific designs and that effort is clear in the Ruby Expert, which comes in not one but three sizes. Having that range means you can dial in optimal comfort. Super-light padding with gel inserts for comfort and support is great for the rider who likes an aggressive position. It also allows optimal power transfer while absorbing road vibration. The sleek saddle features lightweight titanium rails which allow for fine-tuning position by sliding back or forward.