Developed in conjunction with the Shimano-sponsored pro teams, the PRO range of components has forged a reputation for great quality, and the Stealth saddle is a case in point.
Tested by Team Giant-Alpecin a few seasons ago, it follows the trend for shorter saddles and is aimed squarely at road riders who prefer an aggressive ride position, and even time triallers.
The saddle’s short in length but it has a very wide channel and a broad, padded nose. The beauty of this shape is that you can get down into the drops and really push hard without any discomfort or intrusion.
The padding is pretty substantial and super compliant, so even when you’re not hammering along riding on the rivet (up on the nose of the saddle), it’s a comfortable place to be.
The front end is pancake flat but the heel has a slight lift. It’s a shape that works well, helping you to stay in position and preventing you sliding around on the glossy surface, even in the wet.
I tested the 142mm wide option and there’s also a wider 152mm model, so I’d recommend a saddle fit to ensure you get the right size. There’s a handy 30-day, no quibble, money-back guarantee should you find you don’t get on with the shape.
That shouldn’t be an issue, though, as the Stealth is one of the best short-saddle designs around and proved comfortable on many different bikes and in all conditions.
The base is made of a carbon-reinforced polymer. This Limited version has a foil silver on the base and highlights on the saddle, so it’s pretty extrovert in nature.
The rails are hollow steel, yet it’s still pretty light at 216g (the premium carbon version is just 174g). The hull also has a mounting point for various PRO accessories, such as a handy clip-on guard, a C02 pump and canister, race number holder and even an action camera mount.
The Limited is great, but at £140 for a steel-railed saddle it’s not the best value – there are rivals with higher-grade rails that weigh less and cost about the same.