Best road bike saddles: comfort and style

Group image of road bike saddles
(Image credit: Josh Ross)

Of the three contact points you have with your bike, the saddle is the most important to your riding comfort, and so having the best road bike saddle should be high on your priority list of upgrades. You can be riding one of the best road bikes in the world, but if the saddle doesn't suit you then you're not going to enjoy your riding experience. At best you'll be uncomfortable, and at worst you'll be risking saddle sores - pro riders such as Jai Hindley have had their grand tour hopes dashed by such an affliction.

Luckily for the majority of us, we aren't bound by sponsor commitments and can shop around to find a comfortable perch on which to spend hours of happy riding.

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Will Jones
Senior Tech Writer

Will joined the Cyclingnews team as a reviews writer in 2022, having previously written for Cyclist, BikeRadar and Advntr. He’s tried his hand at most cycling disciplines, from the standard mix of road, gravel, and mountain bike, to the more unusual like bike polo and tracklocross. He’s made his own bike frames, covered tech news from the biggest races on the planet, and published countless premium galleries thanks to his excellent photographic eye. Also, given he doesn’t ever ride indoors he’s become a real expert on foul-weather riding gear. His collection of bikes is a real smorgasbord, with everything from vintage-style steel tourers through to superlight flat bar hill climb machines.