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With a name like this, the BBB Razer competition saddle hardly sounds the most comfortable of road bike perches. And so it proved with the 130mm-width one that I tried first. Fortunately BBB also offer a 140mm version, which fitted my sit bones better. Like its slender sibling this would suit cyclists seeking a lightweight, durable and competitively priced saddle for the winter trainer or cyclo-cross bike.
White might not be your first choice for such a saddle, but the Razer has a glossy, lacquered surface, and dirt and grime comes off at the first flick of clean rag. The top of the saddle features a pressure-relieving groove and is upholstered with thin yet supportive memory foam padding.
Underneath, the carbon composite base is fixed to extremely well finished, partially coordinated saddle rails. These are marked with an incremental scale, so it’s easy to fine-tune the fore-aft position. At 270mm long, there’s plenty of room to shuffle about on when you’re riding, and the glossy finish makes it easy to do so.
Padding density is sufficient to provide support to the vital areas, while relieving pressure better than the subtle profile suggests. The composite base gives better damping over rough surfaces than your average cro-mo railed road saddle, and the hardy cover hasn’t scuffed after the usual brushes with foliage and street furniture.
I couldn’t manage more than 25 miles on the 130mm version, which goes to show how important it is to get the right fit: the 140mm was still comfortable after 125. The Razer is a strong, supportive and relatively lightweight saddle, and would be a good mid-priced option for any road or ’cross bike.
Well made and worthy saddle for general road/cross duties.
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Make and model: BBB Razer competition saddle
Size tested: white
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?
"High performance saddle with comfortlite geometry. Superlight foam adapts to the shape of th pelvis and therefore offer maximum body support".
Generally I would agree so long as you get the right width.
Did you enjoy using the product? The 140mm variant, yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes (140mm)
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, in the main.
Age: 37 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)