A new saddle or seat post can make a surprisingly big difference to a ride. Whether its shaving off some weight by switching to a carbon version, or just finding something more comfortable for those long rides, it’s worth spending the money.
And luckily, we’ve trawled the internet to help save some of that money back, because we’re nice like that.
With a carbon reinforced base, manganese rails, wide nose and wide rear platform, the Fizik Vitesse bike saddle is designed for road and cross-country riding. The saddle has what Fizik calls its ‘wing flex’ design, which allows unhindered movement of the thighs while pedalling.
At the cheaper end of the saddle spectrum is the Forza Stratos Road Bike Saddle. Built for durability and dependability, it’s also available in two width fittings to suit different sizes: 130mm and 145mm. The rails are steel with a nylon base and PU cover.
3T Ionic 25 Team road bike seatpost £119.99 £89.99
If you’re looking to fine tune your saddle set up, then the 3T Ionic 25 Team Road Bike seatpost has you covered. A carbon shaft is bonded onto an alloy head, which features 3T’s DiffLock seat clamp, located 25mm behind the centre line, which gives an accurate saddle adjustment using only side-mounted bolts.
The Selle Italia SL Flow saddle features self-moulding padding that conforms to your undercarriage for comfort and support, and also has some shock absorbing properties. With steel rails this isn’t the lightest saddle out there, but it’s reasonable for the price.
Prologo Nago Evo CPC Tinkoff Saxo Replica £139.99-£209.99 £111.99-£157.49
This is a top line pro-level saddle, featuring either Nack or Tirox rails – Nack being a carbon rail with carbon, Kevlar and aluminium filaments in the seatpost area, and Tirox, a light alloy steel that originates in the aviation industry.
Profile Design Fast Forward carbon seatpost £119.99 £103.90
As the name hints at, the Profile Design Fast Forward Carbon seat post positions the saddle further forward on the bike. This puts the rider in a more aerodynamic position, and is designed for riders who want to effectively transform their regular road bike into a time trial or triathlon bike.