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Woves Handmade Gravel Mag Carbon Saddle is 126g of Pure Comfort and Costs $595

Wove saddle group MAGS road Gravel
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Our first tangible interaction with Wove saddles was at the 2023 Sea Otter Classic, having only previously seen their handcrafted saddles in photos. We sat at the Weathertech Laguna Seca Raceway, and Woves Nick Lehecka taught us a hands-on lesson in all things Wove.

Wove Mag underside
Woves new Mag carbon all road/gravel saddle. Photo: Villella

Wove’s current saddle offerings — Wove Mags and V8 saddles, were on the table between us. Together the pair represents nine years of development and testing. Wove firmly stands by its claim that these are the most comfortable, lightweight, and strongest saddles on the market today. After laying hands on them and listening to the custom tuneable grip and padding options (including replaceable padding), I was eager to check one out. 

Wove saddle group ride

Who are Wove Saddles?

For those unfamiliar, Wove is a high-end performance bicycle saddle company. They offer handmade lightweight carbon saddles manufactured in the USA. The saddles are performance-focused, aimed at comfort, speed, and neck-snapping looks. Wove is focused on rider comfort in any position, at any speed — because comfortable is fast. 

Wove saddle group MAGS road Gravel

Wove Mags Saddle

The Wove Mags is a road and gravel saddle; it’s lightweight (like sub 130g) with a one-piece carbon shell and rail construction. Fit-wise, the Mags has a nice perch to allow riders cozy up on the 146mm wide rear for all-day comfort with no thigh rubbing. For those that migrate to the front of the saddle during efforts, the 30.5mm nose offers solid pedaling comfort with no soft tissue pressure. The padding is hard to describe, but it’s a firm shock-absorbing feel with a plush outer layer — very impressive.

Wove saddle Mags details

The Wove Mags is available in two different cover materials; grippy (V8 TT, non-slip grip) and Standard, with a light tack but better for slight movement. 

Price: $595

Wove saddle V8 TT Tri saddle

Wove V8 Saddle

The Wove V8 is the first Wove saddle that caught our eye and is still on my “must try” list. The V8 is the TT and Tri-focused Wove saddle; it comes in around 140g with a slight box-ish shape. Wove prides itself on the shape of the V8 and claims it exhibits no soft tissue pressure and no thigh rubbing when riding out on the nose of the saddle.

Wove saddle V8

Wove made the cover material on the V8 grippy to hold the rider in place while in the aero bars. The padding is similar to the Mag but has slightly more depth in the nose of the saddle. Just enough padding to sink in and hit your numbers.

Price: $595

Is the Wove V8 UCI legal? The Wove V8 measures 30cm long, making it UCI-legal. It also has a rear-facing water bottle attachment, perfect for TTs and training rides while keeping aero.

Wove saddle fits all bottles V8

The V8 has the hardware to mount a water bottle cage and a retention loop to keep bottles of any diameter and volume/size secure over even the roughest roads.

Wove saddle group MAGS custom

Where Can I Demo a Wove Saddle? 

Wove has a demo program allows a free 2-week trial of their saddles. There’s a waitlist for their demo saddles rotating throughout the US, Europe, Australia, and Southeast Asia. You can find more information at wovebike.com/demo

Wove saddle density testing

What if I crash, or the saddle just doesn’t fit? Wove offers a 30-day no-questions-asked return policy, a lifetime guarantee on the carbon shell and rails, and a one-year guarantee on the foam and cover. 

How long does a Wove saddle last? Wove says the carbon shell and rails will last for many years and offer a foam and cover replacement program for a nominal fee after one year from purchase as part of a commitment to make non-disposable bike parts. 

Look for more and a review ride on the Wove Mag; for more information, check out WoveBike.com.  

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Fake Namerton
Fake Namerton
1 year ago

For that price it ought to pedal the bike while I eat a muffin.

Veganpotter
Veganpotter
1 year ago
Reply to  Fake Namerton

These aren’t made in a huge factory where human hands touch the saddle for 10 seconds

Fake Namerton
Fake Namerton
1 year ago
Reply to  Veganpotter

Awesome. Cottage industry cycling stuff, always known for quality.

Garrett Peck
Garrett Peck
1 year ago

You completely missed the fact that David Simmons is behind Wove. He makes carbon fiber cycling/skate shoes/boots.

Last edited 1 year ago by Garrett Peck
Speshy
Speshy
1 year ago
Reply to  Garrett Peck

He should make dental tools.

David Simmons
1 year ago
Reply to  Speshy

I should make dental tools?

myke
myke
1 year ago
Reply to  Garrett Peck

I am not sure if that has any bearing here at their pricing level.

Veganpotter
Veganpotter
1 year ago
Reply to  myke

It has a lot of bearing here. These are very low production saddles. They’re not being made with tons of automation

Fake Namerton
Fake Namerton
1 year ago
Reply to  Garrett Peck

Whose Ronny Pickering?

Hamjam
Hamjam
1 year ago

$600, that’s crazy! Oh no, I got a tiny cut on my sidewall. Off to the bike shop to pay $100 for a tire in an orange package and $25 for new orange goop. Maybe I should get some $78 foam from a green box to protect my $800 rim. Oh and $50 for some pink bike cleaning stuff. Do those $5 fabric tire plugs work with an $8 25g CO2? :):)

Marcin
1 year ago

Bargain!!
Ridiculous price for just saddle!

myke
myke
1 year ago

I can see $600 if this were custom, but even in this market custom saddles cost less. I wish then the best of luck and hope I am missing something!

Peter
Peter
8 months ago
Reply to  myke

They are costly but worth every penny if you’re experiencing saddle discomfort and spend a lot of time on the bike. I was reasonably comfortable on a Dash but bought a V8 to try and these are next level IMO. The first ride I put them on the trainer and was able to stay in TT position for 4 hours straight. More (comfortable) positions on this thing than the karma sutra! The bottle cage mount and bidon that came with it are also worth $$$ and lighter than any add-on solution in the market.

Matt
Matt
1 year ago

Wow! That is an ugly saddle.

Wove
1 year ago

The increase in price per gram saved when comparing Wove’s 126g Mags saddle to the $450 190g Sworks Power Mirror saddle is a $2.13 increase per gram saved. For comparison, the increase in price per gram saved for a set of NSW 353’s over the same company’s 303 S wheels is $12.70, 6x more.

The saddle is made in one piece – that is, the carbon shell and carbon rails are molded at the same time, which drastically increases the strength of the saddle. This is why there is no weight limit.

Here’s a post where we compare the Wove Mags saddle side-by-side to 6 popular snub nose saddles: https://www.instagram.com/p/CtmFjUFOYxF/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

Last edited 1 year ago by Wove
Technician
Technician
1 year ago
Reply to  Wove

This is the most bogus metric you could come up with to justify totally unjustifiable price. Try harder.

Paolo
Paolo
1 year ago

Where is placed the engine?

WOF
WOF
11 months ago

You have Berk and Alpitude saddles which are made in small batches. You have Tune, Ax Lightness and none of them are near the price of a Wove saddle. You have to counterweight European taxes would put these saddles at near 900 Euro if we would import them. I bought Ceetec C1 saddle and it was the most expensive saddle i have bought. Our one man importer/ reseller here deducted 25% right away for me because it was basically no-one who buy these due to the cost.
Even Dash made a cheaper line to lower their prices. So yes, these saddles are sadly too expensive. If it have had a price at tops 500 Euro in my hands, i had bought one. But at almost twice the price it’s not an option. Even if you import things for demo, you have to pay the taxes. That old idea of “gift” isn’t something the customs care about. It’s the price of the object + shipping fee which is the value of the object. Lets say it cost 600 USD + 70 USD for shipping, the value would be 670 USD + tariff (minimum 5%) + VAT (25%).
So you would look at a minimum 670 USD + 30% (201) = 871 USD.
Plus charges from customs which is another 20 USD.
That would put this saddle at 890 USD or around (pending on actual shipping cost)
You have custom saddles like Posedla costing less. I really like Wove and i do hope they get some distribution network in EU and find some other form of production so the prices might be more reasonable.

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