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It flies under the radar.
Shorter saddles made an emergence on TT bikes over the past few years. With the governing body calling for a certain "saddle nose behind crank bolt" distance some riders would even go so far as to have their mechanic take a saw to the nose of the saddle to make it comply to the rules. By running a shorter saddle, a rider can position it in a more forward, powerful, and aero position while on the extensions. Aero queues are now more commonplace on drop bar road bikes and these shorter, wider saddles are appearing on breakaway artist's bikes with a great saddle-to-bar drop. One such saddle is PRO's Stealth Saddle. A large anatomic recessed area helps reduce pressure on soft tissue parts while riding all-day in an aero position. Subscribers to the "slam-that-stem" mindset or those budding to make the day's breakaway stick might find PRO's Stealth Carbon Saddle to their liking.
This saddle uses stainless steel rails for strength and lightweight. A smooth PU cover reduces friction with shorts so you can maintain a smooth pedaling stroke. 142 and 152mm widths are available and the stiff and lightweight carbon reinforced polymer in-mold base construction yields support and riding comfort. Covering the shell, EVA foam provides proper padding that is firm and won't rob you of any of your pedaling power. The wider nose is stable when creeping forward and getting low while the tail flares up providing a supportive perch to push against while climbing. Under the saddle at the rear, the accessory mount point allows you to attach a race number, light, fender, or camera mount.
- A saddle that supports those looking to get low
- EVA foam padding provides comfortable support
- Durable and smooth PU cover reduces friction
- Carbon reinforced polymer shell minimizes weight
- Deep relief channel relieves pressure
- Item #PRS003L
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have been on the Specialized Power Saddle Expert (155mm) for the last two years, but it got a little ripped up in an accident. I'm 6'4" 200 lbs with 130 sit bones. I tried the Power Arc saddle, but I couldn't find the sweet spot and kept sliding around on it. I tried the Pro Stealth saddle in a 152 and at first it wasn't very comfortable. I adjusted the front down 3 degrees which makes the first 2/3 level. That was the sweet spot and it's been comfortable even on long Zwift rides.
I think it has just the right amount of padding and a huge cut out. The rear of the saddle doesn't swoop up as much as the Power, but I think it makes it easier to find where the sit bones sit.
Everyone is different when it comes to saddles, but I think the Pro Stealth saddle is worth a try.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I did an "off the couch" one day StP (double century) on it and had no saddle sores or even close. 143mm version and I'm 5'11" and 150lbs, so pretty narrow pelvis. I did hit something with the inner edge on a prior century ride, wasn't a huge deal but I had to limit my sitting to a particular style for the last few miles since whatever bits I hit got painful in certain angles. Somehow I feel I can connect to this seat a bit better than ones I've tried before so added stability contributes to some perceived improvement in power. Don't have numbers to prove that though.
Finding the right saddle has been tough for me over the years since most feel good for the first 10-15 miles, but beyond 20 miles is where I really find out which ones work best for me. I was a bit skeptical of this saddle due to how short it is, but it has been fantastic in the dozen or so rides I've had on it. Additionally the profile looks good on my build and the light weight is an added benefit.
Looks that kill... your a&&!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Great looking seat. Seriously. It is so damn pretty to look at. Giving it 3 stars rather than 1 because I know the seat is high quality and I play a part in whether any seat will be right or wrong for me. I purchased the 143mm new, got it dialed in for angle and setback and knew during that process, within 5 mississippi of putting my soft bits on that cutout, that this was not a good saddle for me. It is the first saddle I have ever used (specialized, ergon, sellesmp) that I knew immediately would be terrible for me. I gave it a week if agonizing daily commuting 30-50 miles a day. I fiddled with it but there was no improvement. It is the saddle shape itself, the width of the cutout actually, that just caused the edge of the cutout to press on a nerve or blood vessel. It is also very hard for the amount of padding it has. It looks like it will feel like a dream but for me it wasn’t so. Returned it. For reference, I am 5’7” 130lbs with 10cm sit bones. Yeah, narrow pelvis. Tried a Specialized Power Arc. Several hundred miles in and so far so good... and it IS so good.