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Sit Up Straight: Triathlon-Specific Saddle Options Are Expanding

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Aug 28, 2013
  • Updated Sep 6, 2013 at 8:39 PM UTC


Triathlon-specific saddle options are expanding.

The old notion of a “time trial saddle” is disappearing. Thanks to ISM, truly ergonomic triathlon saddle are replacing ones with long foam noses. Pro, Specialized and Fizik are all displaying new tri-specific saddles shaped to put weight on the sit bones, even from the aero position. See more photos of the three new saddles here.

Pro Aerofuel

Pro, Shimano’s component brand, is creating a triathlon saddle with two firm foam rails to support the rider’s weight with a deep trough in the middle. The contact points are quite narrow and the channel between the two supportive rails is moderately wide. The entire nose is fairly narrow when compared to the ISM Adamo saddles and it extends fairly far out from the broad section of the saddle, giving it a silhouette similar to long-nose time trial saddles that are quickly disappearing. The foam tongs are quite rigid to support the rider without losing the effect of the deep channel by collapsing under the rider’s weight. It weighs 295 grams and will be available in three colors, white, black and black and green.

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Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh is the Senior Tech Editor of Triathlete magazine. To submit a question, write Aaron at Ahersh@competitorgroup.com.

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