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Serfas E-Gel Cruiser Review
Cons: Heavy, lacks versatility
Bottom line: No need for padded shorts with this cushy saddle, but don't expect much versatility.
The Serfas E-Gel Cruiser is true to its name. Lots of thick gel padding and an ultra-wide width of 200mm make for a comfortable saddle well suited to cruiser duty. An anatomical groove in the rear gives way to a full cutout mid-saddle for pressure relief. The E-Gel cruiser is not lightweight at 774g. The padding offers comfort on short casual rides, but is too much for anything more than a mile or two. For short trips or a casual cruise, the E-Gel cruiser fits the bill.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The E-Gel Cruiser has the most padding of any saddle in our review, making padded shorts unnecessary. An anatomical cutout relieves pressure, and rubber bushings at the rear rail attachment point isolate any vibration or bumps in the road. While the padding is comfortable for short rides, it can cause hot spots and chafing on anything longer than a mile or two.
The E-Gel cruiser is not a high performance saddle. The thick padding and wide width are not well suited to efficient power delivery. Comfort is the goal, at the expense of all other attributes.
This is exclusively a saddle for the cruiser bike or town bike with short trips in mind. The Serfas Cruiser is not well suited to performance cycling of any type.
This bike saddle saw limited use on our performance oriented bikes, and thus was not exposed to the rigors of racing and day-to-day training like other saddles in our review. It was used extensively for short trips around town and spent a good deal of time out in the elements. During our testing we did not experience any significant durability issues. However, this is not a saddle suitable for heavy off road use, and would likely not survive long outside of its intended environment.
The heaviest saddle in our test group at 774g, this contender does not win any awards for weight. With the massive amount of padding and the rubber bushing vibration dampeners, its weight is not surprising. But does weight matter on a 40lb beach cruiser?
The Cruiser is best suited to duty on the cruiser bike or for short trips around town. Weight, shape, and massive amounts of padding make it ill-suited to other cycling disciplines. We recommend it as a viable replacement for the worn out saddle on cruiser.
With an MSRP of $54 the Serfas Cruiser is on the high end of the price spectrum when it comes to cruiser saddles. The Planet Bike ARS Anatomic Relief Bike Saddle offers a similar level of comfort for around half the price.
The Serfas E-Gel cruiser is only offered in our tested model. Serfas does offer a line of similar comfort oriented saddles, for men and women.
— Curtis Smith
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