Specialized Indie XC saddle review

Simple and supportive seat

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £24.46 RRP | USD $35.20
Specialized Indie XC Saddle

Our review

A well-made recreational saddle with different width options
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The Indie XC is available in two widths and is constructed to provide better riding comfort in an upright position, with a cut-out V and a long pressure-relief channel to keep the blood flowing to those more delicate arteries.


It takes styling and technological cues from Specialized’s high-end Alias and Avatar models, resulting in a saddle that cost much less than it appears to. Hollow steel rails keep the 143mm version to a reasonable 330g.

It feels instantly soft in the seat, with an even plusher nose. For shorter rides this is great – you feel cosseted and comfortable even when rattling over frozen bridlepaths – but over longer periods you become aware of the harder base beneath, and somehow that feels more uncomfortable than if you’d set out with a harder saddle.

There are lighter saddles, and not everyone finds Specialized’s Body Geometry technology to their liking so try before you buy.


But for the non-technical riding it’s designed for, the Indie XC turns in a more than acceptable performance and is well made too. The plasticky cover is our only quibble.

Product Specifications


Name BG Indie XC Saddle
Brand Specialized

Description 143 or 155mm width, length 270
Weight (g) 343
Available Colours Black
Saddle Rails Hollow Chromoly
Saddle Cover Material Synthetic
Saddle Width Availability 2 widths