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WTB Pure V
Price:   $60 List
Pros:  Comfortable, durable, affordable
Cons:  Wide, lots of exposed seams
Bottom line:  A wider and longer version of the Speed, a favorite amongst our female testers.
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Manufacturer:   Wilderness Trail Bikes

Our Verdict

The Wilderness Trail Bikes Pure Race is great saddle for gravity-oriented riding such as downhill and super-d. It is reasonably comfortable for short periods of high output pedaling, but shines when you are out of the saddle. The drop nose stays out of the way and the long length provides leverage for the inner thigh when you need to aggressively push the bike around. With a reasonably lightweight and durable design, it is a great buy.

Update - October 2016
The Pure V now goes by the name of the WTB Pure. Keep reading to find out more!


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Curtis Smith
Senior Review Editor
OutdoorGearLab

Last Updated:
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October 9, 2016

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The WTB Pure vs. The WTB Pure V


The Pure V is now simply called the WTB Pure. The cover has changed, as have the graphics, but WTB has confirmed that the current saddle being offered is the saddle that we have reviewed (with the additions of a few aesthetic changes). See below for a side-by-side comparison, with the WTB Pure shown on the left and the Pure V pictured on the right.
WTB Speed Saddle
WTB Pure V
 

Hands-On Review



Comfort


A cut out in the shell that WTB calls "The Comfort Zone" is designed to relieve pressure when sitting on the nose of the saddle.
A cut out in the shell that WTB calls "The Comfort Zone" is designed to relieve pressure when sitting on the nose of the saddle.

The Pure Race has a classic shape, relatively flat with a slight rise in the rear, with an anatomical groove and a cutout in the shell that WTB calls the "Comfort Zone." We did not notice any measurable relief of pressure while seated forward on the saddle near the "Comfort Zone," likely due to the thick padding. It is similar in shape to the WTB Speed, but is both wider and longer. Our female testers loved the wide design of this saddle in combination with the adequate padding.
The Pure V Race has a long drop nose that stays out of the way during out of the saddle efforts.
The Pure V Race has a long drop nose that stays out of the way during out of the saddle efforts.

The Pure Race also has a noticeable downward curve at the nose to prevent you from catching your shorts. Of the WTB saddles we tested, it has the most padding but the stiffest shell. In general we find that saddles with a bit less padding and more shell flex tend to be more comfortable for high performance riding. We found it to be less comfortable than the WTB Speed, winner of our Best Buy Award.

Performance


Due to wide profile and stiff shell, our testers found there to be quite a bit of friction between the saddle and the inner thigh. We always felt pushed forward on the nose of the saddle in an effort to avoid this. The long profile is a benefit while descending out of the saddle, where it gives the rider something to push against with the inner thigh. Female riders may like the wider design of this saddle more than male testers.

Versatility


We like the Pure for gravity-oriented riding and shuttle runs where we spent less time seated and more time descending out of the saddle. Most riders will find the Pure to be a bit wide and cumbersome for road biking and cross-country mountain biking.

Durability


The Pure Race received high marks for durability. The synthetic cover can take a beating. Heavy-duty fabric on the sides at the back of the saddle provides good abrasion resistance, and the steel rails are not likely to break or bend. The only flaw in durability is the exposed stitching and seams that are prone to abrasion.
Durable heavy-duty fabric on the corners protects the Pure V Race from abrasion.
Durable heavy-duty fabric on the corners protects the Pure V Race from abrasion.

Weight


At 291g, the Pure Race is not a featherweight, but it is far from the heaviest saddle in our test group. If you plan to use this saddle on your shuttle bike, the weight will should be more than satisfactory.

Best Application


Mount this saddle on your downhill or super-d bike, where its durability and shape stand out. It would also be at home on a cruiser or town bike.

Value


The Pure Race is durable and has a great dollar to gram ratio. For $60 msrp it is a great buy.

Other Versions


WTB Rocket V
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  • Cost - $50
  • Best Buy Award Winner!
  • Fits most riders
  • Great mountain bike or commuter saddle

WTB Rocket V
WTB Rocket
  • Cost - $60
  • Narrow, firm saddle
  • Short length
  • Great power transfer
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   Apr 6, 2017 - 12:07am
DBL RDR · Rocklin
I liked the original better than the new model. The new cover is cheap, it cracked in the love channel after less than 400 miles 200 of that on one day. The bits which are glue and stapled underneath fail usually after 3000 miles especially when racking your bike on events. For the money spent on the old team version with leather top and titanium rails it was a steal especially when the top was still real leather. Now it's cheap, poorly made and prone to failure. I'm now looking for other options and there are plenty of others in that price range.

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this product to a friend.
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