All this comfort, support, width and grip, allow you to maneuver the bike, whether it’s in the air, on a berm or flying down gnarly terrain. The saddle’s attributes let you use your legs and butt to lever the bike into and out of position, using the saddle as a pivot and pinch point. This baby likes to be used and pushed around, as they say “rode hard and put up wet.”
The fat front section, along with the blunt nose conspire with each other on long steep climbs, and it’s not very comfortable nor easy trying to pull tough hills. It’s just not a very functional combination, and has too much squish, and is not slippery enough, nor does it have a climbing specific pointy nose. Then again, it’s a FR/DH saddle not a weenie cross country racing and climbing saddle. I am a climber at heart, so I am going to nit pick this one. It does fine on short climbing stints, but is outside its realm as a marathon saddle.
While it’s not the lightest saddle at 307g (measured), it’s better the average downhiller, and with its excellent grip and comfort, it can be used for both FR/DH and for normal trail usage.
weight – 307.7g
size – 137mm x 279mm
The WTB Aviator is durable, tough, comfortable, moderately light (for its category), has excellent grippiness, is well padded, offers good support, and has a nice shape. It’s obviously made for the Freerider or Downhiller, but it will suit the All Mountain and Trail rider, just don’t expect it to be a climbing machine.
- Durable and tough
- Great for AM, FR and DH riding
- Mediocre climber
- Prone to staining and showing dirt
Overall Rating: 3.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers
WTB Aviator Specs:
- MSRP: DH Race $80/Comp $40
- Rails: oversized, 8-millimeter
- Usage: Freeide/Downhill
- Size: mid-width x mid-length (137mm x 272mm)
- Oversized Cromoly rails
Aviator DH Race – Color: Tan, Weight: 315 gr., Durable canvas cover, Flex-Tuned shell, Comfort Zone, Abrasion-resistant corners, Grippy sides
Aviator Comp – Color: black, Weight: 390 grams, Synthetic leather cover, Flex-Tuned shell, Comfort Zone