Updated March 25, 2021
The saddle is the number one contact point that affects your
comfort over a large part of your everyday ride. We've gone through the
bulky to the outright uncomfortable saddles to bring you our pick of the
best bike seats you can buy.
The best saddles for gravel riding and mountain biking
Saddles come in all shapes and sizes to fit all shapes and sizes of
humans. You might be able to find more or less comfort from different
gels and foams that sit under the surface of the saddle. The width and
length of the saddle will also effect how comfy the seat is for you.
Weight savings can be found in the material that the rails are made
from. Materials range from blingy titanium and carbon, to weightier
chromoly that won't break the bank. The rails also offer a smidge of
flex, which your choice of material will effect.
While we can give you a list of saddles that have scored more than
four stars in our tests, they are very personal so it's also up to you
to find what fits you best.
The new Women’s Power Saddle with MIMIC technology from Specialized
is a pressure relieving seat that has eliminated soreness, created a
saddle epiphany and simultaneously thrown a spanner in the works (in a
good way) of the type of saddle I thought worked for me.
The Fabric Scoop Elite Shallow is a Cro-Mo railed saddle with 3
shapes to suit riding style, the shallow style one tested is a very
comfortable, well constructed saddle which benchmarks what a decent
saddle should be.
The SDG Duster MTN is a tough, robust saddle for long days riding.
It’s perfect for trail and enduro riding with Kevlar sides to increase
its toughness, balanced with titanium rails for lower weight and extra
comfort. A broad nose makes it easy to shift weight fore and aft, plus
there's a deep canal down the middle to reduce pressure.
Fabric is a now established name to the components market, and
they've made quite an impression - especially with their line of
saddles, I've spent the last couple of months putting as many miles into
the Titanium railed Line model to see if it lives up to its claim of
being "supremely comfortable for longer days in the saddle".
The SDG Fly MTN is a tough, comfy saddle with enough substance to it
for tough use, but not sacrificing on comfort or durability. The long
nose design gives plenty of space for movement whilst riding and is
padded at a medium level for all-day comfort without too much bulk. It's
burly enough to take scuffs and knocks, but light enough not to be sofa
No strangers to the saddle market, Fizik
now have an offering for the female mountain bikers too, in the form of
the Luna X5. The slim design and low profile make for a comfortable
ride if you like a relatively aggressive riding position.
Tioga's Undercover Stratum Carbon saddle is super-light, offers a
unique build structure and gives potentially superb long-ride comfort –
if the flat shape works for you.
The Bontrager Verse Elite is designed for all kinds of riding and all
genders and proves supportive, good looking, and comfortable. But if
you don’t like cutout saddles, this one isn't going to change your mind
SDG has updated the classic Bel-Air with new shaping and dimensions.
This V3 version on its Lux-Alloy rails is padded very well and
impressively comfortable, but it’s just a little on the short side, and
the pressure relief channel tends to pack up with mud.