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WTB Pure Review

A wider and longer version of the Speed, a favorite amongst our female testers.
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Price:  $60 List | $53.95 at REI
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Pros:  Comfortable, durable, affordable
Cons:  Wide, lots of exposed seams
Manufacturer:   Wilderness Trail Bikes
By Curtis Smith ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 9, 2016
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  • Comfort - 30% 6
  • Performance - 30% 5
  • Versatility - 20% 6
  • Durability - 10% 8
  • Weight - 10% 5

Our Verdict

This is a great saddle for gravity-oriented riding, downhill and super-d. It's pretty comfy 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.


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Pros Comfortable, durable, affordableCan relieve perineal pressure, nose suits frequent standing and sitting, good for long ridesComfortable on long rides, supportive, affordableComfortable, durable, versatileRelieves pressure, good price, texture prevents slip
Cons Wide, lots of exposed seamsPricey, can alter riding form, can focus pressure pointsLimited colors, bull shape can limit positioningSuede like material on nose of saddleSaddle can stick, excess padding, pricey
Bottom Line A wider and longer version of the Speed, a favorite amongst our female testers.A unique saddle that minimizes perineal abuse while maximizing speed.A great, affordable saddle for mid- and long-distance rides.A versatile saddle with a rounded shape and slight rise at the rear, loved by both the aggressive racer and the casual recreational cyclist.A sweet cut-out model with generous padding and a sleek racing design.
Rating Categories WTB Pure Selle SMP Pro Fizik Aliante Gamma Kium Fizik Aliante Terry Fly TI
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Specs WTB Pure Selle SMP Pro Fizik Aliante... Fizik Aliante Terry Fly TI
Dimensions L280mm, W150mm L 278mm x W 148mm L 265mm, W 142 mm L 261, W 141mm L 277mm, W 140mm
Weight (grams) 291g 337g 252g 245g 236g
Target Use (mountain, road, etc.) Mountain, Road, Cyclocross Road Road Road, Mountain, Cyclocross Road
Rail Material Steel Steel Alloy Kium Alloy 316 Titanium alloy
Seat Cover Material Synthetic Leather Synthetic Microtex Leather
Shell Material Plastic Nylon, Carbon Reinforced Nylon Carbon Reinforced with Twin Flex™ center Carbon Unspecified Composite
Anatomical Cut Out or Channel Yes, Groove Yes, full cut out No No Yes, cut out

Our Analysis and Test Results

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.


Curtis Smith