A good road bike saddle needs to be many things, but the most important thing is that it's comfortable. However, what's comfortable for one cyclist might not be comfortable for another, and that makes the merits of a saddle largely subjective.
Sometimes though, a saddle will curry favour with all of our testers, and gain a top score. We've compiled those that have done so this year into the list below.
Best road bike saddles of 2014
Fabric Flat Scoop Carbon Pro
£109.99 / US$144.95 / AU$N/A
"As a race-style saddle its the best we've tried, and more than comfortable enough for long endurance rides."
ProLogo Nago Evo CPC Tirox
£134.99 / US$195 / AU$265
"The CPC technology has convinced us, and with little weight penalty in opting for the Tirox rails over carbon we've no hesitation in giving the Nago top marks."
Specialized S-Works Toupe
£200 / US$300 / AU$N/A
"Specialized looks to have another winner in the saddle department with the new Toupe. Previous Toupe users seeking a replacement for a tired old friend will feel right at home, and this new version should hold its lustre longer than before."
Selle San Marco Aspide Carbon FX
£170 / US$280 / AU$299
"The Aspide will be a welcome addition to any weight-counting ride – our sample only tipped the scales at 123g. We struggled to find flaws with the San Marco Aspide Carbon FX… the all-day comfort and support we experienced meant it came pretty darn close to a perfect score."