ANVL Forge saddle review

Ti-railed saddle strikes balance weight and comfort

Saddles
With a comfortable saddle shape and just the right amount of padding, the ANVL Forge has been a staff favorite.

With a comfortable shape and just the right amount of padding, the ANVL Forge saddle has been a Mtbr staff favorite (click to enlarge).

Lowdown: ANVL Forge saddle

Not everyone shares the same saddle preferences, but our test riders almost universally loved the shape of the ANVL Forge Saddle. The price for the Ti-railed version may seem steep, but more affordable options are also available.

Stat Box
Size: 278 x 138mm Weight: 192 grams
Rail material: Titanium MSRP: $120
Cover material: Leather with Kevlar corners Rating: 4 Flamin' Chili Peppers 4 out of 5
Padding: Lightweight EVA Foam

Pluses
Minuses
  • Comfortable
  • Expensive
  • Light weight

Review: ANVL Forge saddle

ANVL components are designed by the same team behind Transition bikes, which is why you may have seen the components as OE spec on models like the popular Patrol and Scout. In addition to saddles, the brand also produces stems, handlebars, grips, pedals, and now wheels. The Forge Saddle was one of their first products and I’ve installed it on several review bikes over the past year.

Kevlar patches on the corners of the saddle help to prevent wear and tear from crashing, etc...

Kevlar patches on the corners of the saddle help prevent wear and tear from crashes and other abrasions (click to enlarge)

The saddle cover is leather, while the corners are reinforced with Kevlar to help minimize wear and tear. The padding is made from a lightweight EVA foam that has just enough give to be comfortable on even long rides.

My goto saddle is the WTB Silverado, which is 4mm shorter and 5mm narrower than the ANVL Forge.

My go-to saddle is the WTB Silverado, which is 4mm shorter and 5mm narrower than the ANVL Forge (click to enlarge).

In terms of shape, the saddle is on the longer and narrower end of the spectrum. Saddle fit is subjective, but if you have wider hips, you may be better off with a different model.

The only wear and tear visible on the saddle after a year of abuse is on the nose, where the leather is visibly scuffed.

The only wear and tear visible on the saddle after a year of abuse is on the nose, where the leather is visibly scuffed (click to enlarge).

Whether you’re racing XC or just shredding up and down mountains, the ANVL Forge is a well made saddle that strikes a balance between all day comfort and lightweight. The Ti-railed version we tested retails for $120 and has easily withstood a year of abuse, but more affordable models with Chro-Mo rails run for as little as $60.

For more info or to order, visit www.anvlcomponents.com.

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