5 of the best bike saddles for all budgets

Getting the right bike saddle for you is one of the single most important upgrades you can make. The wrong size or shape can mean you’ll never feel comfortable and end up chaffing whilst out on the bike. Saddle choice is very personal, so these may not suit everyone, but gives an idea of the brands and models you should look out for.

Fabric Scoop Shallow Elite Saddle

Fabric Scoop Shallow Elite Saddle

What they say

The Scoop Shallow Elite Saddle from Fabric is a mid width saddle aimed at a performance orientated position that demands comfort and flexibility. It is the perfect balance of comfort, performance and simplicity.

Key specifications

  • Waterproof microfibre cover material
  • Lightweight PU foam padding
  • Hollow Cro-Mo rails
  • Weight: 266g
  • Nylon base

Our verdict

Comfortable, value for money and very well made. For the money, the Fabric Scoop Shallow is a real bargain.

Where to buy

Price

£44.99

Price correct at time of publishing.

Prologo Nago Evo Space T2.0 Saddle

Prologo Nago Evo Space T2.0 Saddle

What they say

The Nago Evo is a unisex semi round saddle ideal for medium to long distance road and XC riding. It offers great versatility for riders that like a choice of riding positions. The new Space version has extra width, more generous padding with active density foam, and a more pronounced PAS channel. It’s suitable for men and women.

Key specifications

  • Size (mm): 273 * 141
  • Weight (g): 235
  • Base: Carbon Injection Monocoque
  • Rail: TiroX
  • Cover: Microfiber
  • Padding: Light PU

Our verdict

A well made and cool looking saddle built for longer rides with a cutout channel that helps prevent numbness between the legs. Comes in at a decent weight too.

Where to buy

Price

£66.99

From

Tredz

Price correct at time of publishing.

Selle Italia SLR Flow Saddle

Selle Italia SLR Flow Saddle

What they say

The SLR Flow is strong but light weight thanks to the innovative carbon fibre shell with the new SuperFlow cutout technology which helps drastically reduce the physical limitations caused by prolonged pressure on the pelvis when riding long distances.

Key specifications

  • SuperFlow cutout technology reduce pressure and increases long distance comfort
  • Self-modelling padding for perfect fit and comfort
  • 30% Carbon composite Shell
  • Weight: 170 grams
  • Rail: TI 316 Tube Ø 7mm
  • Size: 131 x 275mm
  • Use: Road/Offroad

Our verdict

The Selle Italia SLR Flow is impressively lightweight whilst still being super comfortable. The cutout channel helps relieve pressure and 7mm rails will fit all seat posts. One of the best for the money.

Where to buy

Price

£83.99

From

ProBikeKit

Price correct at time of publishing.

Specialized Romin Evo Expert Gel Saddle

Specialized Romin Evo Expert Gel Saddle

What they say

The Romin Evo Expert Gel Saddle from Specialized is similar to the Romin Evo Pro Saddle however this one features added foam and gel inserts for increased comfort on long rides. As well as this, this saddle now also has hollow titanium rails, making this an ultra lightweight saddle designed for high performance. The saddle has a low and aero profile, but has also been designed to not sacrifice any comfort at the same time.

Key specifications

  • Rails: Hollow titanium
  • Body Geometry design
  • Carbon reinforced shell
  • Micromatrix™ cover: Lightweight, water-resistant, durable
  • Gel inserts
  • Weight: 269 grams (143 mm) / 277 grams (155 mm) / 281 grams (168 mm)

Our verdict

A fantastic saddle that’s slightly firmer than others, but the cutout channel helps ease pressure between the legs. Lightweight and looks the part too.

Where to buy

Price

£105.00

Price correct at time of publishing.

Fizik Aliante R1 Carbon Rail Saddle

Fizik Aliante R1 Saddle with Carbon Braided Rails

What they say

A light, stiff carbon railed saddle designed for endless hours of rider comfort when in the saddle. Available in two colours, this saddle features carbon braided rails, composite carbon/nylon shell featuring their Twin Flex, and Fizik’s ICS system.

Key specifications

  • Shell: Composite Carbon with co-injected nylon Twin Flex™ ‘sweet spot’ at the centre
  • Rail: Carbon Braided 7x9mm
  • Integrated Clip System on rear
  • Length: 275mm
  • Width: 140mm
  • Weight: 185g

Our verdict

A premium saddle built for long days on the bike. The 9mm carbon rails will mean you’ll have to make sure it’ll fit your seat post but makes the saddle nice and light. Top saddle for those with a higher budget.

Where to buy

Price

£135.00

Price correct at time of publishing.