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Take a seat... here are some of the best, most interesting and unique saddles we spotted at Eurobike 2017, plus we meet a saddle fitting expert from SQlab to talk fit and comfort...

From the impossibly light, to custom-made to classic designs, we spotted some seriously smart seats at Eurobike, and even got a fitting courtesy of SQlabs. 

Their procedure initially involves a fairly basic yet insightful measurement of the distance between your sit bones, then working out what type of riding you do to determine whether you need a more supportive or aggressive saddle. From a quick consultation I was recommended an Ergowave 612 carbon saddle in a 13cm width - check out the video above for more info. 

 

 

Here are some of the highlights from the gallery above...

Selle Italia SLR C59 saddle.jpg

The Selle Italia SLR C59 is eyewatering in more than one way... first off the 63g weight, claimed  to be the lightest in the world; and the astronomical price of £383.99. Selle Italia say they've put countless hours of research to arrive at the lightest, toughest saddle they could without sacrificing comfort, and that very obviously came at a big old cost. 

 

Ferrari saddle.jpg

It's hard to imagine this special edition saddle courtesy of Astute would come cheap either. It looks similarly super-light and made completely from carbon like Selle Italia's. Unless they decide to release a few separately you'll have to part with 15,000 Euros for a Bianchi for Scuderia Ferrari road bike to own one as things stand.

 

Eurobike 2017 Brooks Cambium All Weather - 3.jpg

Brooks' latest offering looks like a great option for those who want classic styling on their road bike. The main USDP of the Cambium is its weather-protection,  with a vulcanised natural rubber top for flexible performance.  It's got a waterproof and weatherproof nylon cover and a fibreglass reinforced back plate for a saddle bag/other accessories, and looks like a promising all-rounder. ​

 

Eurobike 2017 Prologo Dea - 1.jpg

This is the latest version of Prologo's women-specific road saddle, the Dea. It comes in a specific width and makes use of Prologo's Active Density technology, giving variable levels of density at the rear, middle and front to reduce pressure points. It's got a wider surface area than male-specific saddles to suit a wider pelvis. 

 

selle italia sportourer.jpg

You can now add saddles to the ever-growing list of 'optional cycling accessories with some sort of glowing or reflective safety feature', as this Sportourer saddle from Selle Italia has a reflective back section (this photo was taken with flash to show the effects). In combination with reflective clothing, a reflective helmet, lights, reflective socks etc etc, you'll be positively glowing...

 

Eurobike 2017 Selle Esse wood saddle - 1.jpg

Yep, that is actually a bike saddle made out of wood. Courtesy of Selle Esse (no relation to Selle Italia) the saddle is laser-cut and has nylon padding underneath with metal rails. If you're in pursuit of pure vintage style then it might work for short trips, but on first impressions it made us wince a little. 

 

Tioga undercover saddle.jpg

Tioga make the infamous Spyder saddle, with no padding and a unique webbed design - the Undercover Boost borrows features from the Spyder and adds padding, with a central mesh cut-out for pressure relief. It comes with various different colour trims, has a hollow chromo rail and ArchFlex rail support, with Superlite Foam Bio-X padding for added comfort. 

 

After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since.  He joined road.cc in 2017, having previously worked for 220 Triathlon magazine. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.