Incredibly light, slim and verging on hard, this is a budget race perch – there’s not much to sit back and relax on during your average trail or road ride.
At exactly the stated weight of 198g, the Syngenic Comp is lighter than many saddles twice its price. It’s neatly constructed from a nylon base, chromoly rails and synthetic padding and cover, with a fairly wide, flat-topped nose.
The base has the now ubiquitous central cutaway and there are also two S-shaped slits at the rear which seem to add a bit more flex.
For off-road riding, a super-spindly lightweight rider might get the best out of the Syngenic Comp for short races and distances, but it just wasn’t for us. We never felt the firm, relatively flat platform gave the control we needed.
On tarmac it fares better, soaking up plenty of road shock without leading to aches or numbness even on longer rides. It’s no sofa, but for a race-weight saddle the Genetic is comfier than most.
The flat nose may not suit everyone but as a whole the saddle performed very well, and at under £25, it represents excellent value.