Performance saddle that'll help you avoid numbness and discomfort
Weight: 230g Contact: www.velobrands.co.uk
The Rido R-Lt saddle is a reasonably lightweight performance choice that's built specifically to avoid numbness.
As we all know, saddles are a very personal thing. What works for one of us might not work for another and over the years there have been loads of design ideas to relieve pressure and numbness in and around the unmentionables. Rido's take on this issue with their 'Pressure Shift Geometry' that concentrates on supporting your bodyweight on your inner sit bones rather than on your perineum. There are some good graphics and explanations on their website which is worth a look.
The R-Lt is a race-orientated design that sits in Rido's range alongside the touring/distance R2 model. Looking at it from a side-on profile you can see how the rear end arcs up from the flatter nose section. This is how it lifts your weight off the perineal area. Rido also claim that the raised rear gives you a platform to push back against during hard efforts.
Once sitting aboard the R-Lt you do notice that shape difference and it does feel very comfortable even without any sort of breaking in period. As you pedal you can feel that you are sitting differently than you do on a lot of other saddles, only feeling any weight bearing on your sit bones as Rido intend. It is very stiff though, so poor road surfaces can transfer through to your rear end over time.
A length of 283mm allows you some fore and aft movement. Easing yourself back slightly while climbing does allow you to use that rear saddle height to push against and the lack of flex means there is no loss of power. The same is true when you are using your handlebar drops; the saddle allows you to get the power down because you have a platform to dig yourself in against. The 40mm nose width shouldn't see any rubbing for those with sprinters' thighs either.
The build quality looks very good and after 700 miles of use there isn't a single mark on it. The titanium rails are standard diameter and will fit pretty much any seatpost clamp, as you'd expect.
The Rido R-Lt is a brilliant saddle. It does what Rido claim with regards to comfort plus the shape and fit are spot on. It is low profile enough to be taken seriously as a race saddle and at only 230g it isn't going to add any unnecessary weight to your race steed. Colour choices of black, white or yellow are available to buy either direct from Rido or via online/local bike shops.
I'm really impressed with the R-Lt and taking everything mentioned above, plus a price of £69.99, it's a bargain. If you suffer from numbness or saddle discomfort give one a go. If you don't suffer in this way, well, it's still worth giving it a go. It's perfect for any style of performance riding.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Rido R-Lt
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?
It's a lightweight version of the Rido R2 aimed at performance riders. It uses Rido's PSG (Pressure Shift Geometry) shape to reduce weight on the perineum.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Pressure Shift Geometry shapes the saddle to rest your body weight on your sit bones.
Quality finish, no loose stitching or anything like that.
Comfortable and a stable platform for performance.
No signs of wear at all yet; we'll keep you posted should any arise.
Certainly within the acceptable for a race saddle.
One of the most comfortable saddles I've ever ridden.
Less than 70 quid for a titanium-railed race saddle backed up by performance and top build quality.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The slightly harsh ride on rough road surfaces.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
About the tester
I usually ride: Genesis Flyer My best bike is: Ribble Gran Fondo
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,