Impressive minimalist saddle for all-round road duties, although scuff bumpers would be a practical tweak
Kontact Anatomical Saddle
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The Kontact Anatomical race saddle feels precisely how a good saddle should feel and I've managed several hundred mixed-terrain miles without a hint of discomfort, and that's pretty impressive from a perch hovering around 200g.

The one amendment I would like to see are scuff bumpers - not that you'd put an 80 quid saddle on a town hack but since bikes are typically propped by their saddles against walls, posts and other street furniture, it makes sense to add some reinforcement in these key areas.

Titanium rails, carbon fibre/plastic bases and leather covers are hardly front-page news but there's some secrecy when it comes to the padding and a damper nestling between the chassis and rails. My money says its some kind of elastomer, although to some extent the origins aren't particularly significant so long as it works and doesn't require any specialist care. Sharing clear similarities with Selle Italia's classic Flite and BBB's unfortunately named Razor, the rear is designed with plentiful support to the ischial tuberosities (sit bones to you and me) while the cutaway nose is shaped to relieve pressure up front.

Twenty miles into our first outing, I knew we were soul-mates with all the components working harmoniously to give a magic carpet experience, without undue bulk (although we're told a 'recreational' model is in the pipeline). Good quality titanium rails offer plenty of zing over poor surfaces while the clever little damper and carbon composite base extra comfort, suggesting this is a worthy contender for cyclocross duties too.

I used this saddle on a Univega with an upright ride position and a Teenage Dream for some long, steady miles on the tri bars and it was equally comfortable throughout.


Impressive minimalist saddle for all-round road duties, although scuff bumpers would be a practical tweak.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Kontact Anatomical Saddle

Size tested: Black

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

"The Kontact saddle is a rider-tested and race proven design. By incorporating design concepts from the latest research studies, Kontact saddles adeptly deliver improved comfort and performance in aero/triathlon positions, upright cruising, and mountain biking postures."

Sweeping generalisations are dangerous but our sample has proved a very agreeable contact point for generic road duties.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Titanium rails are isolated from the carbon/plastic base via a damper, while the padding is topped with a natural leather cover.

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Suited my dimensions and riding style perfectly.

Rate the product for value:

Very reasonable given the technologies employed and the overall build quality.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

The Kontact Anatomical saddle has been everything I'd hoped for in a lightweight, competition-quality road model. The clever use of titinium, carbon and elastomer technologies coupled with sensible padding density ensured prolonged riding comfort.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Build quality, comfort, low weight.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing, but scuff bumpers would be welcomed.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Definitely although with the proviso that saddles can be a very personal thing

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 38  Height: 1m 81  Weight: 70 kilos

I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset  My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,


Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)


G-bitch [321 posts] 3 years ago


I'm on a saddle hunt for my TT conversion bike - interested to know what you've previously got on well with for comparison to this saddle. I've always felt the need for a flat saddle, and a cutout is a bonus so have settled on specialized for most riding but the little hump they put at the front makes riding on tri-bars agony.



steff [81 posts] 3 years ago

Graham -

I can heartily recommend the Koobi Xenon, FWIW. Big cutout down the middle, no fancy shaping or humps on the nose and fairly light.

Shaun Audane [137 posts] 3 years ago

Selle SMP Strike Plus remains my all-time favourite perch, although it's perhaps a little weighty for a full bore, pared to the essentials TT missile.

TheBigMong [212 posts] 3 years ago

That looks identical (except the graphics) to the old E3 Form saddle of which I wish I had bought spares 2 years ago. I got it on clearance for $39.99 USD, gave it a few weeks' trial, and knew it was "the one." Went to order another and found out they were gone and the company was bought out by a competitor. Haven't found anything in the price range (or even 2x as much) since. I wonder if this is the same saddle?

TheBigMong [212 posts] 3 years ago

Just got confirmation directly from Kontact that this IS the new version of the former E3 Form saddle, designed by Joshua Cohen.  16

I dig it! It looks like they upgraded the base--it's now carbon reinforced (I think it was either just plastic, or glass reinforced plastic when E3 made it.) I sure enjoyed getting closeout pricing on my E3, but I wouldn't hesitate to pay full retail for the Kontact. I know it's worth it.