New Saddles in the LAB!
Cobb Cycling has been one of our favorites since we started selling saddles. John Cobb has always understood both aerodynamics and the need for comfort -- Cobb saddles all offer a cutout to help prevent numbness or genital pain. Now they've expanded their line with new road saddles that are a little slimmer in the nose, but retain both a cutout and enough rear width for good stability. We think these new saddles will be hits with roadies of all sizes!
Shimano's PRO line is looking better and better, with the new Stealth leading the way. The Stealth takes cues from the Specialized Power line, with very light weight at a lower price point.
VO2 cycling has entered the market with a revolutionary saddle shape. For a unique experience guaranteed to relieve perineal pressure, numbness, and pain, try their Evolve.
Check out new models from ISM -- the PN 1.1 and PR 2.0 are popular with both triathletes and roadies, while the PN 2.1 is just for triathletes.
Koobi now has the 232K, a mid-padded saddle that hits the sweet spot between the 232T (firm) and 232Sprint (soft); and also the new Fusion with a wider cutout. Triathletes rejoice!
See also the new Tri saddles from Fizik (Mistica), Selle Italia (Iron Flow), Prologo (TGale), and Profile Design (Vertex).
COBB MERICA & SAN REMO - The masters at Cobb have done it again, with more new saddles to fill out their line ("Comfort = Speed"). The Merica/San Remo (same saddle with different cover) are narrow (38 mm) up front with just enough width (140 mm) for most riders in the rear. Padding is moderate: not to hard, not too soft. And of course you get the great Cobb cutout. We recommend it for avid roadies of all levels. This saddle is also available with carbon rails for even lighter weight!
COBB TENACE - The Tenace was designed with long distances in mind. It's essentially a slimmed down Randee -- which has been wildly popular but a little too wide for some riders. The nose is 45 mm wide, while the rear is 130 mm with a gentle curve. The Tenace retains the generous cutout of the Randee, with similar moderate padding: not too hard, not too soft. We recommend it for road cyclists of all types and triathletes who want a slimmer saddle.
Shimano-Pro Stealth: This new saddle from Shimano is already getting great reviews. Somewhat similar to the Specialized Power, the Stealth is a balanced road saddle with moderate padding, a semi-curved shape, and a great big cutout in the center. Although a little wider in the nose that traditional road saddles, it still gives plenty of leg room, while providing awesome relief for genitals. Available in 142mm or 152mm widths -- we recommend the larger size for larger or heavier riders.
VO2 Evolve - Very few saddles relieve central pressure, numbness, or blood supply compromise better than the new Evolve 2.2 series from VO2 Cycling. We are one of the first to offer this saddle, which is a life-saver (or at least a genital-saver) for many triathletes and roadies. Our demo saddle has 1" thick foam with medium-soft padding, but there are other models: 0.6" padding, firmer foam, softer foam, and the shorter/wider 2.1 model. See their research here: https://v-o2.com/health-science/