PRO Stealth Carbon Saddle Review
Cons: Limited to aggressive riding, expensive
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PRO Stealth Carbon Saddle
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|Pros||Firm, supportive, great pressure relief notch, comfortable down-turned wings||Lightweight, comfortable, durable||Lightweight, supportive, comfortable on long rides||Lightweight, comfortable, reasonably priced||Relieves pressure, good price, texture prevents slip|
|Cons||Limited to aggressive riding, expensive||No anatomic relief channel, lacks versatility||No pressure relief channel, limited colors||Unique shape may not be for everyone||Saddle can stick, excess padding, pricey|
|Bottom Line||This supportive short-nosed performance saddle will suit the racer in you, supplying excellent pressure relief for hours of aggressive riding||A high-end, ultra lightweight racing saddle that blends comfort and performance||A comfortable, affordable saddle great for long-distance cruising||A high-performing saddle that provides lightweight comfort and a unique design||A sweet cut-out model with generous padding and a sleek racing design|
|Rating Categories||PRO Stealth Carbon Saddle||Fabric Scoop||Fizik Aliante Gamma Kium||Prologo Dimension||Terry Fly TI|
|Specs||PRO Stealth Carbon...||Fabric Scoop||Fizik Aliante...||Prologo Dimension||Terry Fly TI|
|Dimensions||L 254 mm, W 142 mm||L 282 mm, W 142 mm||L 265 mm, W 142 mm||L 245 mm, W 143 mm||L 277 mm, W 140mm|
|Weight (grams)||172 g||195 g||252 g||191 g||236 g|
|Rail Material||Carbon||Carbon fiber||Alloy||Tirox||316 Titanium Alloy|
|Shell Material||Carbon reinforced polymer||Nylon, PU foam||Nylon Carbon Reinforced with Twin Flex™ center||Light foam||Unspecified Composite|
|Seat Cover Material||PU leather||Waterproof Microfiber||Synthetic||Microfiber||Leather|
|Anatomical Cut Out or Channel||Yes full cut out||No||No||Yes, full cut out||Yes, cut out|
|Target Use (mountain, road, etc.)||Road||Road||Road||Road, Mountain, Cyclocross||Road|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The PRO Stealth is a comfortable saddle that is firm enough to support excellent power transfer but soft enough to provide hours of comfort. If you pedal hard and are tired of a numb bum, consider this saddle for your road bike.
We found this saddle to be very comfortable on long rides testing the 142-millimeter width. It is also available in a 152-millimeter width. The EVA foam is medium-soft which makes up for the rigidity of the carbon and steel frame. The saddle's diminutive size does not lend itself to multiple riding positions. Riders who are more forward will enjoy the supportive frame. Aggressive riders will also appreciate the pressure relief cutout which was one of the largest on any saddle we tested. We also found the PU synthetic leather cover is very easy to move around on and non-absorbent.
The shape of this saddle is flatter than other snub-nosed models we tested. We preferred the steeply arcing wings of other models but everyone's anatomy is different. The flatter profile is more noticeable in full leg extension. The anatomic cutout does support a very forward pelvic rotation but the Stealth did not earn as high marks in this category compared to others models. The noticeable friction at the top of our hamstrings in our gluteal fold was more pronounced than we would like, but again, everyone is different. The firm support yet enjoyable comfort on your sit bones does keep this model in the running in this category.
Everything stated above regarding the less than desirable aspects of the Stealth's comfort need to be taken as the proverbial grain of salt to its outstanding performance. For those who pedal hard and fast, look no further than this rigid saddle. There is none of that annoying bounce effect when pedaling hard especially downhill just smooth power transfer from you to the pedals. It is pleasant to stay in a low position in this saddle. Climbing can be a bit laborious since there is not much space to move around on the saddle. That being said when you come out of the saddle, you nestle right back to the sweet spot when you sit back down. The Stealth earns high marks in this metric and should be considered by any serious racer.
As we stated the Stealth is a great road bike or race saddle. Its snub-nosed design, lightweight materials, and anatomical cutout make it excel in one field become detractors in the next. We did not enjoy this saddle for more upright body positions such as for long tours and we didn't find it enjoyable mountain biking where the anatomical cutout allowed the seat and our posteriors to get muddy. What the Stealth does, it does well. It is also not very versatile in regards to allowing different body positions. It is comfortable enough to ride in a more upright position for some time but it wants you to get low and go fast.
The rear scuff guards protect the PU synthetic leather cover well when laying the bike down or from unexpected scuffs. The reinforced carbon base is extremely rigid and the rails did not show any sign of compromising with our 100kg testers. We tested the 7x9mm carbon rail version but it is also available with 7mm steel rails. Overall we were unable to find any deficiency in durability during our testing period.
The trade-off for having a durable saddle is that it will not be the lightest. Other models in this class feign the scuff guard and decrease the amount of foam to shave grams. At 205 grams we felt that this saddle is plenty light for the average to advanced enthusiast. We appreciate that PRO offers multiple styles with varying materials depending on your anatomy, weight, budget, or preference.
The Stealth is a great value. Compared to other saddles in its class it is competitive in all metrics and is perfect for the road rider ready to spend a little more money on a saddle with great power transfer and support.
The PRO Stealth is a supportive saddle with a large anatomical cutout for any rider who plans to get low and pedal hard.
Other Versions and Accessories
PRO offers the Stealth in 142 or 155-millimeter widths with steel or carbon rails.
— Ryan Baker