Ritchey Contrail saddle £85

Comfortable performer

BikeRadar score 4/5

Ritchey have been using the same rounded section and gently curved profile on their saddles for decades, and it gives well spread, unobtrusive support for a lot of riders. 

The relatively broad rear means it handles wider haunches better than a lot of performance saddles too. An upswept tail gives something to push against on climbs, while the slightly drooped nose works well in a tuck, and the ‘Wing Flex’ bridge that supports the rear of the rails noticeably reduces road shock over potholes and rough patches. 

The only downsides are a slightly heavy weight and a tall height that’ll necessitate some seatpost adjustment.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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