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Following on their debut with aluminum and carbon wheels about a month ago now, Wiggle’s new house component brand is already expanding, now with a set of high-quality saddles. The seven all new saddles look to give customers top-level aftermarket performance at a fraction of the price of most premium saddle makers. Just like with the wheels, Wiggle uses their big retailer purchasing might and direct-to-consumer sales connection to offer a pretty impressive bang for your buck. Take a closer look at each perch after the break…

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While most of the new saddles get road sounding names, they all are built pretty tough with waterproof microfiber tops and fiber-reinforced nylon bases. Wiggle even specifically lists most of them for mountain bike use as well. The top two saddles in the range are the Endurance and Sprint road saddles, both of which get ti rails.

The £30/$43 Ti Endurance Road saddle is designed for the high-mileage rider looking for long-lasting comfort and pressure relief. The 226g saddle features titanium rails and a shallow curved profile with a full-length depressed center channel in its top. It uses high density EVA foam padding for a supportive ride, and its reinforced nylon base has a cut-out zone for added pressure relief.

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For the same price the Ti Sprint Road saddle has a bit racier feel, also with a long relief channel, but adds a few grams to 245g. It has more minimal padding and a relatively flat profile, making it a good fit for riders who are more flexible or move around more on the bike. It also gets a slightly more narrow nose to reduce inner thigh contact for roadies with massive quads.

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Going down the product line the £24/$34 Sportive Road saddle is a lightweight place to sit that blends a bit of the shape of the Endurance and Sprint with a more traditional smooth top. It also share the hidden base cut-out zone with the Endurance for pressure relief.

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The Alloy Sport saddle takes a flat shape closer to the Sprint, but brings the price down to £18/$26. Cosine’s marketing seems to misstate the use of aluminum rails, but they appear to still offer the same Ti alloy, and with a weight of 311g. The Alloy Sport is seen as a multi-discipline saddle, and shares the cut-out base for pressure relief. Next down comes the £15/$21 CR-MO Sport saddle which has a mostly flat shape, but more generous padding.

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Lastly there are two women-specific saddles, the Women’s Performance and Women’s Comfort, both of which get pressure relief cutouts through the top and use a bit wider shells. The £19/$27 Performance is a proper long-distance riding saddle with medium thickness supportive foam and CrMo rails. The Comfort is more of a short distance city riding saddle at the same price. It is much more heavily padded and adds decoupled rails for even more bump absorption.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. @GrouchyMechanic off the cuff, I agree with your comment, I was about to say something similar. It erks me to no end when I see the emails comes in and they flog bibs etc. from big brands, or their own stuff, for less than we can physically make them for.

    But then I have to take a step back and say, they, like us, like the local shop, are a business, and have worked damn hard to get where they are. We don’t have to like it but I think should accept it and in some ways learn from their success.

    Our job is to be better and more. If we want people to come to us, then we need to be better at every level and give something they can’t. Sure, in our case we are never going to nab that guy on the Colnago but who buys DHB kit, because he can’t see the point in buying our kit that costs more (strange but true), but he was never our market, at least not until he ‘matures’ past the point where it’s just about the flashy bike. We speak to the riders that see past the L.C.D or price point and work hard to make why we are a better option.

  2. My understanding, and I could be wrong, is that CrN/Ti is a Cromium Nickel Titanium alloy that is used as a coating to improve surface hardness and strength. Normally the order of the elements gives an indication as to the percentage used from highest to lowest. This would indicate that the amount of Titanium used is quite small. So what then is the base metal, probably Fe (Iron) and C (carbon), i.e., steel. If the base metal was Titanium it would normally be defined as Ti 4Al/2.5V, for one example, Titanium as the major component and 4% Aluminium, 2.5% Vanadium.

    That the bicycle industry seems to be the only one using the CrN/Ti designation indicates to me that the Ti component is a minor percentage. Just like Fizik and their cagey Kium just being stainless steel, or Selle Italia saying their lower end saddles have “FeC Alloy” rails. FeC is just plain steel made from Iron and Carbon, nothing special here. Ahhh, if only the marketing people just told the plain clear truth the world would be a different place.

  3. @Antipodean_eleven

    I like your comment “….but he was never our market, at least not until he ‘matures’ past the point where it’s just about the flashy bike. We speak to the riders that see past the L.C.D or price point and work hard to make why we are a better option.”

  4. “FeC Alloy” is perhaps a silly way to say it… but to they that can think it is clear enough. I have just dumped the Selle Italia saddle from my Lapierre Sensium 600 for an “Endurance”. After 70plus km I am delighted. The Italia saddle became painful after a couple of hours and this Endurance saddle did not. QED

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