Frequent question: How do I choose the right mountain bike saddle?

How do I know what bike saddle to buy?

Get the Right Bike Saddle Size

Finding a bike saddle that is the right size for your body mostly has to do with the width of the saddle and how well it supports your ischial tuberosities (sit bones). Generally, you want a saddle that’s wide enough for good support, but not so wide that it causes rubbing and chafing.

What is the best saddle for a mountain bike?

Best mountain bike saddles

  • SDG Bel Air V3. 0 Lux-Alloy. …
  • WTB Koda. Saddle with universal comfort. …
  • SDG Radar. Designed and upholstered with rider comfort in mind. …
  • Ergon SM Pro. Comfortable saddle for long days. …
  • Selle Italia X-LR Superflow. …
  • Brooks Cambium C17 all weather. …
  • Specialized Power Arc Expert. …
  • DEITY Speedtrap AM.

What size saddle do I need MTB?

145mm seems to be a good medium starting width for mountain bikers, with narrower and wider options available from most brands. In terms of length, longer saddles are generally better for climbing, while shorter saddles tend to do well for more aggressive handling.

What width saddle do I need?

Place the foil or cardboard on a carpeted stair and sit down, then pick up your feet to mimic your riding position. When you stand up there should be two depressions left by your sit bones. Measure the distance between the centres of the depressions and add 25 to 30mm to find your ideal saddle width.

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Are gel bike saddles any good?

Most Comfortable Bike Seat for Women

The gel cushioning will mould around your body shape to offer the optimum level of comfort. While it can become compacted more quickly than a memory foam bike seat, it is great for casual rides/riders.

How much should I add to sit bone width?

Your sit bones will leave an indentation on the paper. Use a measuring tape to measure the space between the indentations in millimeters not inches. Once you have the measurement, add 2cm (or 20mm). Saddle width is approximate to sit bone spacing + 2cm.