Bike Saddle Box program lets you demo any saddle on your own bike

Sick of spending hours picking out a saddle that just ends up hurting your back or chafing your bits anyway? Bike Fit Box’s new Bike Saddle Box feature is the first-of-its-kind program, letting you choose a few saddles to try, at home, on your own bike.

PRO stealth Saddle curve profile

The PRO Stealth is just one of many road, gravel, and mountain bike saddles available to try.

And it’s all relatively risk-free. You’re on the hook for a rental fee, and of course, damaged units are your responsibility. On the other hand, you’ll get a discounted rate if you decide to keep any of them.

“Cyclists can test ride these saddles at home on their own bike for as many rides as they like,” said Bike Fit Box Founder Brady Irwin. “…keep what you love, send back what you don’t. It’s that simple — and should always be this simple — to make your next ride more comfortable.”

What You Get: Bike Saddle Box Terms

Riders can cherry-pick from over 40 saddle choices with Bike Saddle Box. A wide range of fits, widths, and styles are available ranging from basic to top models retailing at $300 or more. Brands include WTB, Shimano PROSelle Italia, Fizik, Prologo, ISM, Origin8, and more.

Selle Italia Flite Boost Pro Team Kit Carbonio Superflow road saddle, rear detail

The Selle Italia Flite Boost Pro (available through Bike Saddle Box)

To get started with the box program, choose at least two saddles from the product catalog. Then, select the rental option during checkout. The process lets you pick your dates, then determines a rate and voilà — a stable of test units appear at your door.

Pricing Details

Rental prices can vary depending on the saddle, as little as $25. But the idea is to pick 2-3 saddles and pay a flat rental fee of $75 no matter if you choose budget models or race-ready seats like the titanium-and-carbon Selle Italia SP-01 Boost Superflow.

The rental fee is non-refundable, but if you decide to keep one (or more) of the saddles, they’ll sell it to you at a 10% discounted price.

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jcharles00
1 year ago

Nice idea, and frankly, I was ready to sign up until I saw that it’s not a flat rate. I’m not exactly sure why I would pay 30% of the saddle’s price (and 30% of MSRP at that!) to have it for 16 days? And have to do that for 3 saddles at a time?

Why not just go buy an ugly used one on ebay and then actually have it as a back up if you end up liking it? or buying from a company like bontrager who have a 1 year, no questions asked guarantee on everything? Or build a relationship with an LBS who has loaners?

This just seems like a way for people who already have too much money to save a few pennies. I don’t get it, but then, maybe it’s just not for me.

weiwen
weiwen
1 year ago
Reply to  jcharles00

I think Bontrager may be only a 30 day guarantee, but that’s still pretty good. And Fizik has a loaner program with a bunch of shops – I think they may ask for a hold on your credit card, but the loaner saddles are a pretty garish purple that doesn’t go with most paint schemes and is kind of hard to miss.

Eddie O
Eddie O
1 year ago
Reply to  jcharles00

Keep in mind that saddles wear out as the shells and padding break down. A new saddle may feel very differently than one that has months of wear on it. I stopped using test saddles and loaners many years ago for this reason. Instead the shops that I do fittings at utilize the 30 day return policy to “test” saddles. The added benefit for my fitting clients is that I can ensure the saddle is in the best position for them vs having guess at it for yourself.

jcharles00
1 year ago
Reply to  Eddie O

Well aware, but I’ve bought a lot of used and new saddles over the years and never had anything that deviated from a new one enough to not be able to tell if it was going to work for me or not.

Regardless, the fact is, there are other options that make a lot more financial sense than this one.

Not Sure
Not Sure
1 year ago

Sloppy journalism? This article shows a Specialized Mirror Saddle, but from a quick review of the website, it does not appear that this company carries Specialized saddles.

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Kristi Benedict(@kristibee)
1 year ago
Reply to  Not Sure

We caught that and switched the photo, thanks for the heads’ up.

blantonator
blantonator
1 year ago

I’ve been “renting” saddles off amazon and REI lately to find one to replace my old WTB Silverado.

Kay Rackin
Kay Rackin
1 year ago

This is WAY too expensive for this sort of service. A local bike shop does a similar saddle rental program. There is a one time fee of $25. This goes towards the price of any saddle you end up buying, so if you find a saddle you like the rental is free, and if not you’re only out $25. This is basically like paying $25 to try a saddle, which as we can see, adds up super fast. Maybe some people have money to burn, but they’re going to be last in line to need a service like this. I, for one, am not one of those people.

Robin
Robin
1 year ago
Reply to  Kay Rackin

Not all LBSs are like yours. Around here, you to buy a saddle if you want to test it. Sure, if it doesn’t work for you, they’ll let you exchange it for another one (and pay any cost difference), but this Bike Saddle Box option is better for people that are in my kind of position….and for people that don’t have an LBS nearby.

Con-dale
Con-dale
1 year ago

This is not first of its kind. Competitive Cyclist did this back in the good old days…ya know when Andy was kicking out awesome videos on YouTube before everyone else was.