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2016 Prologo X20 downhill mountain bike saddle co-developed with Devinci Cycles pro riders

WTB may have been first to create a saddle specifically for long travel 27.5″ mountain bikes, but apparently they won’t be the last. The upcoming Prologo X20 downhill saddle was designed with testing and input from the Devinci Global Racing gravity team, which includes Steve Peat Smith, Dean Lucas and Mark Wallace.

They started the discussion with Prologo last summer and tested the brand’s current MTB saddles. After sending feedback about the shape and comfort, the Italian saddle maker went to work. The X20 is the result, a new DH/Enduro saddle that’s made for longer travel bikes.

The biggest visual indication something’s different is the deep notch on the tail to improve tire clearance under full compression, but there’s more to it…

2016 Prologo X20 downhill mountain bike saddle co-developed with Devinci Cycles pro riders

Abrasion resistant material was a consideration, but comfort and performance were more important. So, they kept a smooth microfiber cover so the saddle could move freely under the rider’s aggressive maneuvering and not catch on their shorts.

2016 Prologo X20 downhill mountain bike saddle co-developed with Devinci Cycles pro riders

The shape is flat with just the tiniest upward kick at the rear, and the rounded sections for the sit bones were shaped to give the rider more control of it between the thighs. The nose is squared off to make it easier to slide back onto it, too. Measurements: 260mm long, 134mm wide, about 200g. Coming later this year.

2016 Prologo Zero C3 lightweight carbon fiber road bike saddle

The Zero C3 is their new ultralight road saddle. With full carbon shell and rails, claimed weight is just 159g.

2016 Prologo Zero C3 lightweight carbon fiber road bike saddle

Yeah, there are lighter saddles out there, but this one includes firm padding and their vibration damping CPC material on the cover.

2016 Prologo Scratch 2 Space bicycle saddle with center relief channel

For those wanting something a bit more comfort, the new Scratch 2 Space has a 140mm wide rear with deep, padded channel that uses rounded edges on either side of the center relief.

2016 Prologo Scratch 2 Space bicycle saddle with center relief channel 2016 Prologo Zero C3 lightweight carbon fiber road bike saddle

When it comes available later this year (along with the Zero C3), it’ll have a new Kappa Space model, too, that’ll be an entry level version aimed at women.

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Veganpotter
Veganpotter
7 years ago

I’ve never done downhill or enduro but how often does a tire rub on someone’s saddle?

Lomad
Lomad
7 years ago

That’s Steve Smith in Devinci’s squad, not Peaty.

dodo
dodo
7 years ago

The idiocy never stops! A saddle specific for “long-travel” 27 (650b) wheels? How on earth it is different from a saddle for a bike with 12mm less in wheel radius (26).

Amazing how industry, and the “independent” press, keeps insulting the intelligence of its costumers

groghunter
groghunter
7 years ago

Since when is Steve Peat racing for Devinci? Cause yea no, that’s not true.

@Veganpotter The Pivot Phoenix DH requires the WTB saddle(or this one, I guess) they developed the saddle so that pivot had a little more space for tire movement vs a regular saddle.

Roy
Roy
7 years ago

downhillers and shorter riders that drop their seats were cutting seats with 26″ wheels a decade ago. This is a more attractive method than letting a tire eat the seat or getting a dremel out and scarfing an arc. (deleted)

pigeon mcgoo
pigeon mcgoo
7 years ago

Check out this picture from Ray Boy’s WC 2014 bike from a BR post in September. I guessing his saddle was hitting the tire since he didn’t brake for the last bridge at worlds.

http://brimages.bikeboardmedia.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Josh-Bryceland-Santa-Cruz-V10-2014-World-Championship-Bike_010.jpg

Hugo
Hugo
7 years ago

So, I can’t use this saddle on my 29″ for XC ?

dodo
dodo
7 years ago

Come on guys! this is ridiculous. Look at that saddle: there must be dozens saddles on the market that have an indent in the back. And it has absolutely nothing to do with 26 or 27 or 29 wheels. Larger wheels do not come higher when a suspension is fully compressed. Following this logic you would need a 29 specific saddle with 2 to 3″ indent in the back!

Roy: I think Bike Rumor should be much more clear in stating if an article is a press-release/advertisement or if it is an independent piece of journalism. It is a fundamental difference, and it is at the core of what constitutes a serious independent press.

Kristi Benedict
Admin
7 years ago
Reply to  dodo

Dodo, If we publish a Press Release we will write “Press Release” in bold at the top of the copy. If the article is a review, we add that in the headline “Review:” or “Long Term Review,” etc. We do not publish “advertorials”. The fun part about going to events like Sea Otter, is that we can interact with manufacturers and ask them questions about their product that they may not normally add into a press release. Hopefully information that is useful to our readers.

Modac
Modac
7 years ago

I don’t understand why a squared off nose would make it easier to slide back onto it. What is the logic there? (seriously, do people agree with this, or not?)

hellsheadbanger
hellsheadbanger
7 years ago

@dodo Bikerumor was reporting on the manufacturer’s intention for the product, but they were not necessarily agreeing with them. It is an independent piece of journalism in the sense that it tells you everything they know about the product, including intended use. This is not a review or editorial where the author passes judgment on the product, it is simply a bulletin.

P.S. Larger wheels do come up further when the suspension is fully compressed because they have a longer radius. A long travel 29er would have to have longer chainstays/wheelbase or a steeper seat tube angle to avoid this.

Charlie
Charlie
7 years ago

I like these new product articles. Squared off noses on saddles may or may not make it easier to slide back onto but after some out of control maneuver I would definitely prefer jamming my nether regions onto a blunt, square-nosed saddle than onto a sharp-nosed saddle. My riding style is pretty conservative so this doesn’t happen, but if I were 19 and immortal a square nosed saddle could make a lot of sense. That said, I should think one would appreciate a square nosed saddle less when “sliding back onto it” than when climbing since it should give you more surface area when sitting on the nose.
What would be really great would be if you could rent saddles for $X a month. Then you could really find the saddle that fits/performs the way you want. Sounds like a great idea for a new e-tailing business.

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