The Selle San Marco Shortfit Racing Saddle is a supremely comfortable design for short distances, allowing for a lot of flexibility in positioning, especially for those who like more aggressive rides.
- Pros: Comfortable in a variety of positions, suitable for men and women, light for the price
- Cons: There are more comfortable saddles for long distance riding, though it's not bad...
Before we start this review proper, bear in mind that everybody is different when it comes to saddles, so what might be wonderfully comfortable for me could be incredibly uncomfortable for you. We always recommend testing out a saddle before you buy.
There has been a trend towards smaller or noseless saddles in time trialling, but Selle San Marco has introduced this to road-specific saddles with its Shortfit range, taking its Racing, Dynamic, and Carbon FX models and cutting them down to size. The Racing that I tested was 250 x 144mm, which puts it noticeably shorter than any of the saddles on my other bikes.
The idea behind this shortening is to provide increased variation for those who like to move closer to their handlebar and adopt a more aggressive riding position. Movement is noticeably easier; I used it on a couple of times of a track bike and found this particularly useful.
However, it is not only during short rides that this saddle delivers. I used it for a few long-distance rides and found it fine throughout; there are more comfortable saddles for long rides, but it's not bad at all. There is a cutout that runs the length of the saddle which really helps with relieving pressure on the perineum, and the varying foam densities across the saddle help too, offering just the right amount of support.
The upper is made from a durable 'Microfeel' material which is hardwearing and grippy enough that I felt secure in position when using it, while the shell is a carbon-reinforced nylon material. This keeps the saddle stiff and allows for good power transfer without too much flex.
In terms of shape, the saddle has a slight 'wave' in it because of the recession caused by the cutout, and is designed for those with both a ﬂat back and accentuated lumbar arch.
Selle San Marco has used Stealth Xsilite for the rails, a material with 'a high percentage of silicon with particles of titanium and carbon'. They offer a lot of stiffness and there wasn't any perceptible flex even when sprinting. Textured grip areas help to keep it in place.
The saddle weighs in at 180g, which is pretty good compared with others in the same price bracket. The Fizik Aliante VSX Kium comes in at 259g, for example, while the Prologo Nago Evo Nack, which is £30 more, is only 3g lighter. This shouldn't come as a huge surprise really, given that the main selling point of this saddle is that it's smaller than most.
Its rrp of £134.99 is about what I'd expect for a saddle of this quality; it offers a comfortable ride, little flex, and a wide variety of potential positions.
Overall, I was very impressed by the Shortfit Racing Saddle. It's light enough for most types of riding, comfortable to sit on for even the longest rides, and allows for a real variety in positioning.
A comfortable, innovative saddle that caters for a variety of different riding styles
road.cc test report
Make and model: Selle San Marco Shortfit Racing Saddle
Size tested: 250 x 144 mm
Tell us what the product is for
It is designed to allow more comfort for those who adopt more aggressive riding positions or those who prefer to have a smaller saddle.
From ZyroFisher, SSM's distributor: "The all new ShortFit saddle was created to meet the needs of the most demanding cyclists who prefer fixed and aggressive positions on the bike. The ergonomic waved shape aide's pelvic rotation and the shorter length can allow riders to move their positions into a more aggressive engagement, closer to the handlebars.
"The special ergonomic shape of this new saddle features reduced length and ensures proper support in the generous rear section and optimum pressure distribution in the front section. The wide nose & shape also makes for a comfortable and lightweight TT saddle and is suitable for men and women looking for a quality high performance saddle."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
From Selle San Marco:
Rail : Stealth Xsilite
Shell : Carbon Fiber Reinforced
Foam : Biofoam
Cover : Microfeel
Dimension : 250 x 144 mm
Weight : 180 gr
Level : Racing
Well made with little flex in the body and a hardwearing material for an upper.
Performed well throughout the review period, offering comfort and stiffness for power transfer.
Well-made body and an upper that seems to be fairly resistant to damage.
Its 182g is pretty good for a saddle at this price point.
Allows for a variety of riding positions, while also supporting your weight well thanks to the variable foam densities.
About where I would expect a saddle of this quality to be.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Performed very well; it allowed me to adopt aggressive positions on the bike more comfortably, but was also fine for longer, less intensive rides.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
It is very comfortable, with the different densities of foam and the cutout combining with the shortened shape working really well.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing jumps out.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
A well-designed and well-made saddle that allows you to adopt an aggressive riding position easily but still be well supported and comfortable during longer rides.
About the tester
I usually ride: Mercian King of Mercia or Cinelli Gazzetta My best bike is: Cannondale Supersix Evo
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking
George spends his days flitting between writing about data, running business magazines and writing about sports technology. The latter gave him the impetus (excuse) to get even further into the cycling world before taking the dive and starting his own cycling sites and writing for Road.cc.
When he is not writing about cycling, he is either out on his bike cursing not living in the countryside or boring anybody who will listen about the latest pro peloton/cycling tech/cycling infrastructure projects.