Bike Saddle (Seat) Demo Program
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We have over 60 distinct models of road racing and triathlon seats - RENT OR BUY YOURS TODAY!
New!  Saddle Pressure Analysis in the Lab:
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Believe it or not, your bike saddle can be CRITICAL TO YOUR CYCLING SUCCESS!
The saddle you choose is more than just a matter of comfort: with the majority of your weight on the saddle, it's also important to achieving balance and power.  If you are off-balance or uncomfortable on the saddle, your legs will start to push your buttocks around... hunting for a "better" position; and if your legs (or arms) are involved in balancing you on the seat, they cannot properly pedal the bike -- leading to fatigue, foot problems, cramping, etc.  And you've probably read about the health consequences of cutting off blood flow to your genitals, which can show up as numbness during cycling.

If you ride in aero (triathlon) position, the saddle is even MORE important.  To properly achieve an aerodynamic position, you must be able to tilt your pelvis forward, so you can reach the aerobars without strain.  In this position, your groin is pressed into the front (nose) of the saddle, making saddle fit critical -- especially in the front.  Without the right saddle, you will lose comfort, circulation, aerodynamics, and power.

DON'T ASSUME THAT DISCOMFORT OR PAIN ARE NECESSARY, NOBLE, OR INEVITABLE IN CYCLING!!  Although we all get a little saddle sore after 50-100 miles, you should not be fidgeting in your saddle every time you ride.  If you are -- SEE US FOR A NEW SADDLE!

Saddle comfort is very personal -- no two riders have the same shape of pelvis and buttocks.  Saddle recommendations from friends (or the internet) may be well-intentioned, but are rarely helpful.  Our new Gebiomized Saddle Mapping System can show pressure points and help you find the proper fitting saddle, but we still recommend riding any saddle for several rides before making your final decision.  It takes time (and mileage) to REALLY test a saddle.  That's why we have so many test saddles, and give you a full two weeks to decide.

Now available ONLINE! Visit our ONLINE STORE, select your saddles, and receive them by mail. Test them for two weeks, and get credit toward your purchase! See details and Saddle Selector below. Or call the Lab 1-855-760-1350 for help choosing saddles.


How Does it Work?

Local:
  • Stop into the Lab and pick out a saddle (or two or three). [Please call ahead so we can work with you by appointment].
  • Borrow any demo saddle for $15 each per week (up to two weeks). If you decide to purchase a saddle from us, we’ll credit your demo fees (up to $50) toward the purchase.
  • Not sure which saddle to borrow? Try any saddle on our GURU cycle, or bring your bike and try it on our Computrainer ($25/hr. fee).

Online:

  • Not local (VA/DC/MD)? No problem: call us (1-855-760-1350) to have one, two, or three demo(s) mailed to you anywhere in the continental U.S., or select from our ONLINE STORE.  Rent one saddle for two weeks: $35. Rent two saddles for two weeks: $55. Rent three saddles for two weeks: $75.  We pay shipping both ways. Then receive $20-50 credit toward your saddle purchase (maximum $70 credit for multiple rentals).
  • Need help choosing demos?  Call the Lab at 1-855-760-1350, or see our handy saddle selector below  ↓
  • Just looking to buy at a great price?  Visit our ONLINE STORE for our selection of Selle SMP, ISM-Adamo, Cobb, Terry, Selle Italia, Fizik, and Koobi saddles.

New Saddles in the LAB!   

German company SQ Lab takes a scientific approach and tests its saddles for pressure and comfort.  We now have their Ergowave Active 612 line in the lab, with the unique cushioning system that allows you to choose your level of cushioning on each saddle.  

We have now added the entire IDmatch system from Selle Italia, whose saddles we've long admired.  Try out their SLR saddles for light weight, Flite saddles for a little more cushioning, and women's-specific models.  Flow saddles have a cutout for great genital relief and prevention of numbness.

Selle Italia ID match

Cobb Cycling has been one of our favorites since we started selling saddles.  Now renamed "Speed and Comfort," 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 stability.  We think these new saddles will be hits with roadies of all sizes!

Shimano's PRO line is looking awesome, with the new Stealth.  The Stealth takes cues from the Specialized Power line, with very light weight at an even 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.

We also have a full line of Selle SMP road and triathlon test saddles, with SMP's full-length channel for relief, and their wide selection of road saddle colors.

SQ Lab Ergowave

German company SQ Lab takes a scientific approach and tests its saddles for pressure and comfort.  The Ergowave line features a "step" shape which supports the sit-bones on a pressure-relief mid-section; and a deep depression in the center to reduce pressure and numbness.  The Ergowave Active also adds a shock-absorbing elastomer under the saddle, with three interchangeable (soft/ medium/firm) inserts to choose your comfort level.  SQ Lab recommends adding 1-3 cm to sit bone width to select the best width saddle.  This is one of the most comfortable road/race saddles we have tested!

Cobb San Remo

COBB MERICA - SAN REMO The masters at Cobb (speedandcomfort.com) have done it again, with new road saddles adding to their line.  The Merica/San Remo (same saddle - different look) are narrow (38 mm) in front with just enough width (140 mm)  in the rear.  Padding is moderate: not too hard, not too soft.  And you get the great Cobb cutout.  Also available with carbon rails for less weight!

Cobb Tenace

COBB TENACE - The Tenace was designed with long distances in mind.  It's essentially a slimmed down Randee -- which is 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 has a generous cutout, with moderate padding: not too hard, not too soft.  We recommend it for road cyclists of all types and triathletes who want a slimmer saddle.

Stealth saddle
Shimano-Pro Stealth: This new one from Shimano is already getting great reviews. 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 than traditional road saddles, it still gives plenty of leg room, while providing great relief for genitals.  Available in 142mm or 152mm widths -- we recommend the 152 for larger or heavier riders.

VO2 Evolve 2.2
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/
VO2 saddle pressure


NOTE: NOT ALL OF OUR AVAILABLE DEMOS ARE IN THE CHART BELOW -- SEE OUR WEB STORE FOR ALL AVAILABLE OPTIONS.Sportfit Lab saddle selector


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