Shred All Day! The Most Comfortable MTB Saddles For Any Rider

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Riding should never be a pain in the butt. Whether you ride for fitness or for fun (ideally both), having a saddle that is comfortable can be the difference between finishing a ride tired and happy or finishing the ride and not being able to sit for a week. If finding the perfect saddle sounds as elusive as nabbing a pro’s Strava KOM, this article will guide you closer to finding the perfect mountain bike saddle for all riders and budgets.

Best Mountain Bike Saddles

Most Versatile: Fabric Scoop Elite Saddle (women’s option) $$

Best Race Saddle: SDG Circuit MTN Ti-Alloy Saddle $$

Best for Long Rides: WTB Volt Race Saddle $

Best Budget Saddle: WTB Speed Comp/ WTB Speed She Comp (women’s option) $

Best Women’s Saddle: SDG Allure $$

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What to Look For in a Mountain Bike Saddle

Saddle Material:

The most common padding material is a foam rubber that may be used in conjunction with a gel pad. This foam is lightweight (for all you weight weenies), absorbs shock, and is durable.

There is a sweet spot, however, between too little and too much padding. Too little and you feel every bump; too much and the padding will begin to dig in to your tender bits over time.

Width:

Generally the wider the saddle the more comfortable the saddle is… or at least it appears so. Looks can be deceiving. Wider saddles will tend to start to rub the inner thighs after you have been riding for hours. So depending on how long you generally ride, a wide saddle could be beneficial or detrimental.

Rails:

Cheaper saddles will use solid steal. As the price increases the rails go to hollow steal, titanium, or carbon. The benefits of the more expensive materials are a lighter saddle and materials such as carbon fiber can be a little more flexible, which increases the comfort.

It’s important to check your seat post clamp before purchasing a new saddle. Not all saddles and seat posts are compatible.

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How Do I Know When I Have the Right Saddle?

Honestly that is all rider preference. I have found that the most comfortable saddle is the one I am used to sitting on. Seriously, you’ll get pretty attached once you find the one. However don’t be fooled if a saddle is comfortable riding around the parking lot just testing it out.

The best way to find out how comfortable a saddle is to get a few good rides in. Just spinning around for five minutes or sitting on it in the shop isn’t a good indication, but a good three hours will really show where any adjustments should be made and if it’s right for you in the first place.

Related: “What size bike do I need?” How to achieve the perfect bike fit

I’ve tried every saddle under the sun and nothing is comfortable, what do I do?

A good saddle is on part of the comfort equation. Padded shorts and chamois cream make a huge difference in comfort especially for those long rides or when you are riding consecutive days. Personally I would recommend Chamois Butt’r or Chamois Butt’r Her’ (for the ladies), both available on Amazon.

Best Mountain Bike Saddles

Most Versatile: Fabric Scoop Elite Saddle (women’s option) $$

Best Race Saddle: SDG Circuit MTN Ti-Alloy Saddle $$

Best for Long Rides: WTB Volt Race Saddle $

Best Budget Saddle: WTB Speed Comp/ WTB Speed She Comp (women’s option) $

Best Women’s Saddle: SDG Allure $$

 

Most versatile: Fabric Scoop Elite Saddle

fabric scoop elite saddle

Weight: 266g

Best conditions: Dry

The Fabric Scoop is a durable, high quality, versatile, and comfortable saddle. It comes in three different shapes so no matter your riding style or body type, it’s easier to find a comfortable saddle for you. For more flexible riders who like to shift around on the saddle, the flat option is probably the way to go.

For more powerful riders, the Fabric Scoop Radius Elite may provide more support, while the shallow shape provides a nice in between option. Furthermore there is also a women’s option that has a similar shape to the radius but a little wider design and super soft gel.

The Fabric Scoop Elite (pictured above) is designed to be comfortable no matter the terrain. From road to gravel to trails, this saddle will hold up. The only downside is, due to its extremely smooth and sleek feel and look, muddy or wet shorts will tend to slide around. However if mud and water are of no concern, then this saddle is your most versatile option.

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Best Race Saddle: SDG Circuit MTN Ti-Alloy Saddle

 

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Weight: 220g

Best conditions: Mud

The Circuit was originally developed through professional road teams, but now spans multiple disciplines as a fast race-built saddle.

The saddle has the perfect weight to strength to comfort ratio using light-weight EVA foam and nylon glass fiber.

In addition, the saddle has a textured material that helps stop shorts from sliding around when conditions get sloppy. The Kevlar-covered edges along the sides help ensure this saddle will endure even the toughest conditions.

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Best Mtb Saddle for long rides: WTB Volt Race Saddle

WTB volt race saddle

Weight: 262g

Best conditions: long rides

WTB continues to prove they make durable, long lasting, absolutely killer mountain biking equipment.

The WTB Volt Race Saddle is one that will last you hundreds of miles of adventures. The saddle is designed to absorb vibrations coming up through the bike and helps to shift weight, depending on the trail to help maintain traction and relieve pressure points.

So when you are hours and hours into a ride, while other saddles may be starting to fail riders, the WTB Volt Race will stay comfortable. The saddle has a micro fiber cover that is water proof and durable making upside down trail repairs minimally taxing on the wear and tear.

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Related: Treat and Prevent Saddle Sores: 6 Simple Remedies

Best Budget Saddle: WTB Speed Comp/ WTB Speed She Comp

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Weight: 362g

Best Conditions: weekend fun rides

With the only con for this saddle being its weight, you can’t find a better saddle for a better price.

The WTB Speed Comp is a perfect saddle for the recreational mountain biker as the seat has more padding and has a unique ability to seem to fit everyone.

While the weight is a concern for some racers, if you’re riding with your buddies there is no reason to pay excessive amounts for a lighter, less comfortable saddle. In addition the Speed Comp has a women’s version that is more ergonomically fitted for women.

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Best Women’s Saddle: SDG Allure

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Weight: 260g

Best Conditions: For women

This women’s specific saddle has been designed to be more comfortable and ideal for any cycling discipline.

The saddle is fitted with titanium-alloy rails and lightweight LPU foam. The foam increases comfort and the titanium alloy rails decrease weight while providing some flex.

The shape is perfect for an all-around good ride by having slightly tilted down nose to make it easier for climbing, but install a drop post and the seat is out of your way for the downhill. The only thing to be aware of is the long front can catch the back of shorts when descending something super steep.

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