Charge Spoon saddle £20.99

A perch with some classic inspiration

BikeRadar score 4.5/5

Looking at the shape from the side alone, there appears to be something very familiar about this saddle. Yep, it looks just like the first-generation Selle Italia Flite. Viewed from the top, it's a cross between a Fizik Aliante and a Bontrager Race X Lite.

That's no bad thing because they're all held in high regard, especially the original Flite. Tubular chromoly steel rails and just the right amount of padding underneath the synthetic leather covering keep the weight down, but the main areas in which this saddle scores are the quality (it's made by Velo, a huge saddle maker) and the performance.

It's comfortable, like an old, familiar armchair in a gentleman's club - you kind of sink into it and yet always find the same comfy spot in which to view the passing world around you. There's a titanium-railed version with a proper leather cover for £51.99, but the weight saving is minimal and the leather will need to be looked after carefully.

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