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WTB Koda Team Review

Top Pick Award
Price:  $130 List | $116.95 at Competitive Cyclist
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Pros:  Lightweight, comfortable, short length
Cons:  Only available in wider widths
Bottom line:  The Koda Team was originally designed for women but this unisex saddle delivers incredible comfort in a lightweight package.
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Dimensions:  255 mm x 142 mm
Weight (grams):  203g
Target Use (mountain, road, etc.):  Mountain, Cross-country
Manufacturer:   WTB

Our Verdict

Designed for female riders, the WTB Koda Team surprised our testers offering incredible comfort in a lightweight package that even our male testers couldn't stop talking about. This saddle's medium width, short length, and slightly cradled shape provided an extremely comfortable platform when seated, enhanced by a "Comfort Zone" cutout and an anatomical groove that helps keep pressure off your underside. The saddle's shape combined with generous, supportive padding made it comfortable for any length of ride. The Team's titanium rails also made it the second lightest weight model we tested, while also being quite durable with a microfiber seat cover and abrasion resistant coverings on the tail. Testers also found themselves loving the short length, 255mm, of this saddle which allowed them to get in front and behind it with the greatest of ease. There was little we didn't like about the Koda Team; read on to find out more about our Top Pick for Comfort Award winner.



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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Jeremy Benson
Review Editor

Last Updated:
Wednesday
May 30, 2018

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While it may have originally been designed for the women's market, the WTB Koda Team was a saddle that our male testers couldn't stop talking about. Male and female anatomy aren't the same, obviously, but we quickly discovered that the same design elements that make this saddle comfortable for women also make this an excellent option for men. The Koda Team was one of only a few contenders that testers didn't want to take off their bike, and we often found ourselves switching it between our mountain and gravel bikes because it was just so darn comfortable. It was a close battle for our Editors' Choice Award, and in the end, it was just edged out by the Specialized Phenom Comp, but it still took home our Top Pick for Comfort Award. Read on to find out more about the WTB Koda Team.

Performance Comparison


Testers fell in love with the WTB Koda Team saddle  comfort  light weight  and performance all bundled into one.
Testers fell in love with the WTB Koda Team saddle, comfort, light weight, and performance all bundled into one.

Comfort


The Koda Team proved to be the most comfortable saddle we tested. It is designed for medium to wider sit bones and is only offered in 142mm (tested) and 150mm widths, so that is something to bear in mind depending on your fit needs or preferences. For people who fit these widths, we don't think a saddle gets more comfortable than this.


The incredible comfort of this saddle starts with its shape. WTB has been making mountain bike saddles for a long time, and they have applied their years of experience in the making of the Koda Team. In their typical style, it has a slight swoop in the middle that rises slightly to the tail creating a little bit of a cradle, offering some support towards the back of the saddle.

From the side you can see the saddle gets slightly lower in the middle and rises towards the tail.
From the side you can see the saddle gets slightly lower in the middle and rises towards the tail.

The Koda Team has a teardrop shape that appears especially pronounced due to the shorter overall length of 255mm. It contours nicely from nose to tail with a great shape that allows for an unencumbered pedal stroke. WTB has employed their "DNA" padding on this model which is soft but supportive with a nice cushion from tip to tail. There is also a very pronounced anatomical groove that extends from the tail of the saddle about 2/3 of the way forward which helps keep the pressure off sensitive areas.

The shape of the Koda Team proved to be very comfortable for pedaling  and the anatomical groove helped relieve pressure.
The shape of the Koda Team proved to be very comfortable for pedaling, and the anatomical groove helped relieve pressure.

Underneath, the Koda has a "Flex Tuned Shell" which allows for a moderate amount of flex through the middle of the saddle. There is also a "Comfort Zone" cutout through the middle of the shell that is intended to allow the saddle to have even more give in the center to reduce pressure on your parts.

The "Flex Tuned" shell and "comfort Zone" cutout of the Koda Team.
The "Flex Tuned" shell and "comfort Zone" cutout of the Koda Team.

From side to side the Koda Team has a bit flatter of a profile than saddles like the Race Face Aeffect or the Tioga Spyder Outland which have more rounded shapes. This is especially noticeable when viewed from the nose, as the saddle is rounded through the middle, but flattens as it rises towards the tail. Testers found this shape to great for extended periods of pedaling as it allowed them to settle into the sweet spot and stay there.

the side to side profile of the Koda Team
the side to side profile of the Koda Team

Performance


On the trail, the Koda Team performed especially well. This was primarily due to the high level of comfort when seated and pedaling. This saddle just felt great. The teardrop shape of the saddle is perfect and doesn't inhibit the pedal stroke in any way.


The performance of the Koda Team doesn't stop at the comfort, however, as its shorter length, 255mm, allows for excellent freedom of movement. Getting your body in front or behind it was easy, although some riders may prefer a more tapered tail profile, like that found on the Race Face Aeffect or the SDG Circuit Ti-Alloy. If you're accustomed to a WTB saddle, like many of our testers are, the Koda's tail profile is quite similar to most of their other models. The microfiber seat cover is also covered in a pattern of small triangles that provide a little anti-slip grip. Your shorts don't slide entirely freely on this saddle covering, but minor adjustments to your position aren't hard to come by either.

Durability


The Koda Team scored well in our durability rating metric for several reasons. First, WTB has a long history of making quality mountain bike saddles, and it seems they have continued that with the Koda Team. Quality of craftsmanship seems to be spot on, as usual.


The Koda Team is made with a microfiber seat cover that shows no signs of wear after heavy use during our test period. The back corners of the tail are covered with a durable abrasion resistant fabric to prevent damage to those areas in the event of a crash. There are also no exposed seams on the saddle, the microfiber cover is one piece that is attached to shell on the underside, and the abrasion fabric on the tail is stitched from the inside.

The abrasion resistant fabric on the back edges of the tail  with inside stitching.
The abrasion resistant fabric on the back edges of the tail, with inside stitching.

The seat rails are as straight as the day we got them, and not a single noise has been noted coming from the front or rear seat rails connections.

Versatility


Overall, the Koda Team is a very versatile saddle. Testers found themselves switching it between their trail, gravel, and road bikes due to its impressive level of comfort for extended periods in the saddle and we wouldn't hesitate to use this saddle all day every day on every one of our bikes. As mentioned above, the Koda Team was designed with women in mind, although it obviously works just fine for men too, so it is clearly appropriate for both genders.


The fact that the Koda Team is only available in medium to wide widths does limit this saddle to people who need or want that width. The short length of the nose of the saddle probably won't appeal to people who do lots of steep climbing and like to weight the front of the saddle for traction. That said, testers felt the comfort of this saddle made it great for virtually any cycling application.

The Koda Team's comfort and all around performance made it a tester favorite.
The Koda Team's comfort and all around performance made it a tester favorite.

Weight


For as comfortable as the Koda Team is, it also impressed us with its light weight. It's the second lightest in our test selection at 203g for the 142mm width we tested. This is only 1g heavier than our Top Pick for Light Weight Award winner, the Tioga Spyder Outland, when it is equipped with the anti-slip pads. It is 25g heavier when it is used without them.


The Koda Team weighs in 11g less than our next lightest competitor, the SDG Circuit Ti-Alloy, and full 40g less than our Editors' Choice Award winner, the Specialized Phenom Comp. The Koda Team is the lightest version of the Koda saddle, with three other version available in different weights and at different price points (see other versions below).

The Koda Team saddle was the second lightest in our test at 203g.
The Koda Team saddle was the second lightest in our test at 203g.

Best Applications


Testers found the Koda Team to be well suited to all types of bike riding. From XC, enduro, gravel grinding, to road riding, its got you covered with unparalleled comfort and light weight. Assuming this saddle fits you, it only comes in 142mm and 150mm widths, we think this saddle can do it all.

Value


At a retail price of $130, the Koda Team certainly costs a pretty penny to get your hands on. Considering its light weight, outrageous level of comfort, and high level of performance, we'd have to say it's a pretty good deal. Fortunately, if you can't afford $130 for the Koda Team, WTB offers the same comfort in a slightly heavier package at a lower price in any of the three other models they make.

The more comfortable you are the longer you can stay out and enjoy beautiful days like this.
The more comfortable you are the longer you can stay out and enjoy beautiful days like this.

Conclusion


We weren't quite sure what to expect with the Koda Team mountain bike saddle. It's billed as a women's model, but we found it to be every bit as functional for men. It was the most comfortable saddle in our test, with a great shape and padding that lent itself well to long days of pedaling. It's also impressively lightweight, the 2nd lightest in our test selection, meaning you don't have to lug around a bunch of extra weight to have this kind of comfort on the bike. Testers also found this light and comfortable saddle to be impressively durable and versatile; it's the total package. In the end, it was just narrowly edged out of the top spot on our podium by the Specialized Phenom Comp, but it remains very close to the top of our list of favorite mountain bike saddles.

Other Versions


WTB makes a full line of mountain bike saddles, including several versions of the Koda. All models of the Koda are offered in the same 255mm length and two widths, 142mm and 150mm. Each model features the same shape and Flex-Tuned Shell, with differences in the seat rails, padding, and seat cover material. The Team model we tested is the top of the line version with Titanium rails.
  • Koda Pro $90, Rails: Cromoly, Weight: 230/233g, Seat Cover: Microfiber, Padding: DNA
  • Koda Race $60, Rails: Cromoly, Weight: 276/281g, Seat Cover: Microfiber, Padding: Standard
  • Koda Comp $40, Rails: Steel, Weight: 326/333g, Seat Cover: Synthetic, Padding: Standard

Jeremy Benson

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