PRO's Falcon Crmo saddle is its entry-level race saddle. It offers loads of support from the rear end, good comfort and generous padding. A flexy base will suit some and not others, but the two width options and long cutout should mean most will be comfortable.
- Pros: Rear end support, comfortable, looks good
- Cons: Very flexy base, flat shape won't suit all
I'm a fan of PRO's saddles. Generally, their shape and use of cutout suit me, although I can say that about many brands with similar features. This saddle actually replaced a 2018 PRO Griffon which has been on my winter bike soaking up the hard miles without fuss.
Switching to the flatter Falcon, I wasn't surprised to find more freedom to move around. The long, thin nose of the saddle runs into a slender mid-section that then juts out quite sharply to the rear. There is loads of support in the rear end and this is certainly a very comfortable saddle for those who get low at the front.
Riding the Falcon for the first time presented the usual discomfort. I've always had this with new saddles, but after a couple of rides I was perfectly comfortable on my longer five-hour rides. The central cutout runs the full length of the saddle and I experienced no numbness when sat back, or right forward on the nose.
The padding is good and very effective at reducing road buzz transferring to my backside. It hasn't lost its shape through two months of riding and it seems to be firm enough to prevent numbness. In all honesty, the best thing I can say about this saddle is that I've not noticed it. Silence is golden, and all that.
I can imagine that it won't suit everyone, though, partly because of the flat shape but primarily because of the flexy base. It's constructed from nylon fibre and creates a saddle that is prone to sag in the middle.
While the saddle is comfortable enough now, I'd be slightly concerned about the lifespan of the base, especially if you're cycling numerous hours each week. The cover seems to be robust, though, and underneath, the PU padding is nicely in the middle of spongy and firm.
In terms of value, it's not an expensive saddle but for just a little more you can get Fabric's Line Elite, a brilliant option now priced at £54.99. If you're keen on PRO but want more stiffness you might like to consider the Hollow Rail version (£99). This gets the same stiff carbon-reinforced polymer base as the carbon-railed version but without the £149 price tag. Alternatively, Prime's Race Saddle with carbon rails offers a similar flat shape and cutout for £80 (though it's currently much cheaper).
I got on fine with the PRO Falcon, but prefer a bit more stiffness. If it was my money and I had a bit more to spend I'd go for a version with a stiffer base, or opt for the Fabric Line Elite.
Works well, but the flexible base and flat profile won't suit all
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road.cc test report
Make and model: PRO Falcon Crmo Saddle
Size tested: 142mm
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?
From PRO: "Are you the hunter or are you the prey? The PRO Falcon saddle is designed for high-speed stability and optimal manoeuvrability
"Flat profile design for the rider that has a naturally more stable position and will benefit from the freedom of movement of the Falcon saddle"
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
PU padding Nylon fibre base that offers a compliant ride
CRMO rails with laser graphics.
Available in 142mm and 152mm
The base could do with a bit more stiffness; everything is well made though.
This is comfortable, with decent rear-end support, and allows a lot of movement for a flexible rider.
The cover is robust and I know that PRO saddles last well at the joints. The flexible base could sag over time, but it's early days.
Slightly heavier than Fabric's Line Elite, but not ridiculously heavy.
It was good for me, but the flexible base won't suit all.
A similar price to excellent rivals, so okay but not brilliant value.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It is comfortable and I had no discomfort so very well in that sense.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The saddle did its job with me barely noticing it.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The flexible base.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
It's similar to Fabric's Line Elite, but that is a gem and scored 9/10.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? No, I'd spend more for a more rigid base.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? No
Use this box to explain your overall score
This has worked fine for me, but the flexible base won't suit all, and there are some very good options at around the same price.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Di2 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, club rides, general fitness riding, I specialise in the Cafe Ride!
Son of a Marathon runner, Nephew of a National 24hr Champion, the racing genetics have completely passed him by. After joining the road.cc staff in 2016 as a reviewer, Liam quickly started writing feature articles and news pieces. After a little time living in Canada, where he spent most of his time eating poutine, Liam returned with the launch of DealClincher, taking over the Editor role at the start of 2018. At the weekend, Liam can be found racing on the road both in the UK and abroad, though he prefers the muddy fields of cyclocross. To date, his biggest race win is to the front of the cafe queue.