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How We Tested Bike Saddles

Friday March 8, 2019
To crack the secrets of good gear  sometimes you have to face the shame of cracking yourself (see rider on left).
To crack the secrets of good gear, sometimes you have to face the shame of cracking yourself (see rider on left).

We made every effort possible to ensure that these saddles were abused to the full extent of our abilities. That necessarily means we, too, all but destroyed ourselves to try to get them to break down and reveal their secrets, their weaknesses, their strengths. We attempted to limit setup variables by testing all saddles within a 0 to -3 degree angle on the bike. Testing took place during every season and in the worst conditions possible. The saddles were tested by seasoned racers, dedicated enthusiasts with many years experience on the bike, and even a couple Freds for that raw, unadulterated feedback that can only come from unbiased innocence. We attempted to simulate every form of abuse you will likely submit your saddle to. We left them on top of our cars in the rain and sun for weeks at a time. We laid heavy book cases against them (don't you do that to your saddle…?) for weeks. We poked, prodded, picked, scraped, and even dragged them across roads and bricks walls. From epic hilly hundreds to brutal cobblestone crits and rainy group rides to freezing base miles, our testing crew took no shortcuts in creating the most taxing saddle review possible.

Our tester here managed to make it up the mountains and back down  reporting great comfort on the grind  excellent control on the descent  and good transfer on the front-forward efforts.
Our tester here managed to make it up the mountains and back down, reporting great comfort on the grind, excellent control on the descent, and good transfer on the front-forward efforts.