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Best Mountain Bike Saddles


Opinions about mountain bike saddles are like derrieres. Everyone has one, they’re all different, and no one wants to trade theirs for yours. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the best mountain bike saddles.

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  • jc says:

    Have been WTB mostly faithful since I found a well used Lazer team saddle in a swap meet bin for $10; got another few years out of it before buying another new. Currently riding Pure model saddles, but I’m hoping give the SQlab a try sometime soon.

    Bike fit and saddle fit be a bit of chicken and egg. How can you be sure your saddle doesn’t fit right if your bike fit needs work, or vice versa?

  • DL says:

    SQlab has revolutionized riding for me. No more numbness!

  • Elnur says:

    Fizik Gobi on all my bikes since 2007.

  • Rob says:

    How do you know when your Selle Italia seat needs to be replaced? Does it fall apart? Does the padding compress and you lose comfort? What do you mean it lacks durability?

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Ergon SM Saddle line launched


Unique shell shape is first Ergon saddle to offer the ergonomic benefits of a “cutout saddle” while keeping the stiffness of a solid saddle.

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  • renoirbud@hotmail.com says:

    Quote ‘Ergon has also unveiled an e-mountain bike saddle designed to meet the ergonomic demands for the eMTB rider’

    ???

  • Kuttermax says:

    I had purchased a high end Ergon saddle for my mountain bike a few years back after doing the appropriate fitting for it. While the seat was very comfortable to sit on, the issue I had was the cover material was very slippery and I tended to slide around a lot on it rather than feel anchored, especially when I wore baggies. Ultimately this was enough of an issue that I went back to my tried and true WTB saddles. I wonder if others had a similar experience?

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New SQlab grips and saddles


Personal preference is a good starting point, but it should come as one of the last parts of the decision-making process after all the science and ergonomics are taken into account.

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Specialized Power Arc Pro saddle review


Building on Specialized’s popular Power saddle line, the Power Arc Pro shape differs from the original with a rounded, more peaked cross-section.

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  • Randy Witte says:

    Nick, Randy from the ‘ville here. Thanks for the review. Been thinking of having Tim get one of these for me. I too ALMOST liked the original Power, but after 25 or so miles the edges dug into me. The new shape may be just the ticket.

  • meh says:

    seems pretty close to the phenom right? in between the power and phenom, or something

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SQlab Interbike 2017


If your saddle doesn’t fit you well, you’re not going to ride your bike. SQlab’s new Ergolux saddle aims to address this issue with its unique concave profile and dual step design.

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  • mark Burgener says:

    Hi Billy, Thank you for the kudos! Great to hear our saddle is working out well. Stay in touch with SQlab as more rad products are in the works. Cheers, Mark Burgener – from SQlab USA headquarters in Illinois.

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Ergon Interbike 2017


Germany’s ergonomic experts continue to increase on-bike comfort with new women’s specific saddles and redesigned grips.

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WTB’s new Koda is made for all shredders (but mostly women)


The new Koda was designed as a high performance women’s saddle, but it’s similarities to the Volt have made it a favorite among men and women.

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SQlab Ergowave 611 saddle review


While saddle choice will always be a personal decision, there are certain concepts that make sense. SQlab’s Ergowave 611 attempts to tap into those norms — and keep you comfortable on the bike.

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SQlab Ergowave saddle enhances comfort


As rides get longer, our saddle communicates with us about fit problems through pain or even numbness. SQlab addresses these problems with high performance fitted saddles.

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Specialized seeks patent for dropper that auto-adjusts seat angle


Specialized’s new patent may reveal why they opted for a 34.9 seat tube on the new Enduro.

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  • joules says:

    Seems gimmicky to me, and I’m sure it’s not going to improve the post’s reliability. Maybe if they were starting from regular up-down posts that lasted as long as a frame without failure or maintenance, but given the state of the art on droppers right now it just seems like a gimmick to differentiate theirs in a sea of mostly the same droppers.

  • mike says:

    when I read the headline, I thought it was the other way around. That the dropper post automatically raised and lowered based on the seat angle. aka, no need for a lever to adjust the post. So, somebody take this idea and run with it and put out another product that I wont buy.

  • Travis Provin says:

    Solution in search of a problem…

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WTB Galaxy saddle honors late Buddy Newman


Last year, WTB lost one of their own. To honor the young man’s memory, they’re released a beautiful new saddle bearing one of his incredible designs. All proceeds go to support high school MTB racing in Northern California.

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SQlab Interbike 2016


Ergonomic accessories giant SQlab rolls out two new saddle designs, plus an innovative new bar-end alternative.

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Ergon Interbike 2016


From new grips and insoles to a feature-rich hydration pack, Ergon boasts a wide range of new products for just about every riding style.

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SQlab partners with SKS USA, new saddles on way


The largest ergonomic saddle brand in Germany, SQlab is known for their unique Step Saddle and Active designs. In August they will be launching its new Ergowave saddles.

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Vittoria How-To Series: How to choose a saddle


When riding a bike one of the most important things is to have a comfortable saddle. To facilitate this Selle Italia has created a fit system called the IDMATCH that can help any cyclist find the right saddle for their body type and needs.

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High saddle vs. low saddle: Which is better?


How does saddle height affect performance? Check out this video to find out.

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  • chris says:

    I don’t have my saddle up high for VO2? It’s for leverage. It says you measured power output, but I don’t see that info in the graph?

    Hard to believe that power is the same between a low seat and a high seat. Or that a person could keep the power the same over time from a low seat height?

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Ergon previews new DH GD1 grips and SMD2 saddle


Ergon has a penchant for thinking differently when it comes to ordinary products. It’s earned the German company a legion of fans, but can they win over the DH crowd with their latest gravity-specific offerings?

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ANVL Forge saddle review


After a year of hard testing, it’s time to find out how the ANVL Forge saddle measured up.

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Video: Seat up or seat down, what’s faster?


We all have that friend who refuses to drop their post, yet somehow manages to slay all the descents. Would they be faster if they dropped their saddle? GMBN dusted off their timer to try and find out.

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  • Farmer Ted says:

    Been riding for 25 years and yep, I’m a grumpy old timer who runs a rigid post. I still have plenty of top 10s on the descents according to Strava and a few KOMs as well. Dropper posts aren’t for me. I think the main reason is that I also used to ride BMX and would pinch the seat with my thighs for stability when doing certain tricks and maneuvers. With a lower seat, I can’t do that and the bike feels all squirrely to me. I also don’t want to deal with the extra cost, weight, maintenance, or potential failure points with a dropper. For what it’s worth, I also run bar ends and inner tubes. I pass a lot of trendy bro-brahs just about everywhere I go. the gear doesn’t make you faster, skill and experience does.

  • Kenjoh says:

    Agree with most of your comments, I rode for the first time with a Spec.Command post on a recent Trans Provence ride. In the very lowest position I was all over the place but in the mid position full control immediately returned as I also like to pinch the seat with my thighs,also this position did feel safer with a lower centre of gravity on the rough steep stuff though compared with full height. And yes skill and experience still rule.

  • carlos says:

    i think the most value part available today is the dropper post. it allows to switch the bike behavior, from a croos cowntry (seat up) to an all mountain (seat down). i used a cheap Tmars, untill it broke down, it made my bike much more on control, specially downhill. unbelievable sense of control, seat down, straight arms, rear wheel doesn’t lock, front brake doesn’t lift rear wheel. too bad it broke, rock shox reverb or KS Lev, my next acquisition.

  • JimmyDee says:

    Yeah no shit guys. The issue isn’t just about faster though, it’s about safety. If your seat post is high, the second the trail gets technical, you are on your ass. Or possibly your face. I just can’t understand how you managed to find a rider who rides with the seat post up… then I saw the trail… ridiculously tame XC trail… yep, that’s just about the only place you can get away with your post up. No surprises there – the problem was in the test conditions. Move away from the bunny hill shenanigans and you will instantly see exactly Zero riders with their seat post high.

    Beyond that, using a dropper post is simply an issue of convenience. Do you do it with a lever or do you do it with an allen key. Nothing more needs to be said.

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Ergon Interbike 2015


For 2016, Ergon has a new saddle designed for all day comfort, as well as slimmer version of their popular GE1 grip.

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Review: WTB Volt Carbon saddle


Top-of-the-line WTB saddle features carbon rails and provides comfort and durability.

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  • loll says:

    Gregg, how would you compare this to the devo saddle?

    I remember that to be super light, but super uncomfortable.

    • Gregg Kato says:

      Hey loll, I haven’t ridden a Devo saddle in a while, but the Volt is a bit smaller (shorter and narrower). So, if your discomfort from the Devo came from the shape, you might want to give this one a try. If the discomfort came from the thinner padding, this might also not be a good fit for you. There is more flex built in to the Volt than the Devo, though.

  • J-Flo says:

    I don’t understand why WTB doesn’t provide sit bone widths or variable widths for their saddles. The Volt, which came stock on my Tallboy LTc, was an uncomfortable saddle for me. Just too narrow. Same with the Rocket V.

    • Gregg Kato says:

      J-Flo, WTB does offer varying widths on their saddles, just not for the carbon rail model featured here. If you look at the Volt Team, Pro, Race or Comp they all come in 3 widths (135, 142, 150mm).

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Sea Otter: SQlab’s Signature Series Hans Rey saddles and grips


The SQlab 611 Active Ti saddle and 711 MX grip provide the basis for these special edition saddles and grips that provide comfort and control.

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  • John says:

    Quote from above – “Tim Commerford is the bassist for Rage Against the Machine and he is an avid mountain biker. He loves technical and steep climbs and downhills and he logged over a million miles on Strava last year”.

    Wow. Tim is a biking machine! It took me two years to log a million miles on my mountain bike, but in my defense, I took a couple days off to swim across the Pacific Ocean.

  • Andrew says:

    A million miles on Strava last year?

    All he’d have to do would be to bike 24/7 at 30 mph for 1,389 days per year. Completely doable… with a time machine…

    Well…”technical and steep climbs” might take an extra day or two…

    • Gregg Kato says:

      Good catch, Andrew. We checked with our sources and they informed us that it should have read “over a million vertical feet”. We’re guessing this means in both directions (up and down) and perhaps a lift run or two.

  • Mike says:

    Love SQ Labs saddles but I wouldn’t walk across the street to see Hans Rey, let alone buy his stuff.

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In the Queue: A look at what’s new in Mtbr’s review hopper


In the Queue: What rolled in to our office this week? Well, let’s see–new bikes from Marin and Ghost, as well as WTB’s feathery new saddle and a portable pressure washer called the MountainWasher.

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Interbike: WTB Trailblazer 27.5+ tire and Scraper wide rim


Interbike: WTB shoehorns huge 27.5 “plus” wheel into 29er diameter for fatbike light performance

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SQlab Interbike 2014


SQlab offers up a bevy of products from saddles to grips to insoles, each specifically designed to accommodate individual variations while providing the best fit possible.

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