Pro Stealth Carbon Saddle review

A race-ready road saddle that also happens to be an excellent all-rounder for men and women alike

A close up of the Pro Stealth Carbon saddle on a stone floor
(Image: © Mildred Locke)

Cyclingnews Verdict

A surprisingly versatile saddle that offers a perfect balance between stiffness and compliance, delivering a comfortable ride and efficient power output that will appeal to racers, time-triallists and casual riders as well.


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    Lightweight and stiff but surprisingly comfortable

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    Women-friendly short nose design

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    Tail-up design offers more stability and power transfer through climbs

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    Integrated accessory mount for lights or tools

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    Very versatile design works for most riding positions


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    Wide nose can cause inner thigh rub

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Pro is a subsidiary company of Shimano that produces finishing kit and componentry. Its saddle range is largely divided into traditional road saddles and triathlon saddles, with the Stealth model effectively bridging the gap between the two. 

Designed with input from Team Giant Alpecin - now known as Team DSM, the Pro Stealth Carbon saddle adopts a shape that will be familiar to many by now, with a short nose, a wide and rounded heel, and a particularly large cut-out along the centre. 

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Testing scorecard and notes
Design and aesthetics Aesthetically it's simple, though the white accents might be off-putting to some who prefer an all-black aesthetic8/10
SpecificationAt 173g it's lovely and light, thanks to the all carbon foundations. However if you're after a more planet-friendly option, go for the stainless steel rails, which add about 30g to the weight overall.7/10
ComfortSurprisingly comfortable despite the minimal padding, thanks to the shock-absorbing properties of the EVA foam, plus the shape is excellent for soft tissue support.9/10
PerformanceIt's plenty stiff enough to optimise power transfer, particularly through the climbs, thanks to the carbon-reinforced base and scooped up tail.9/10
Value for moneyIt's a bit pricey, but for carbon rails and a saddle that performs like this, it's cheaper than buying a Specialized S-Works Power saddle with carbon rails.7/10
Overall ratingRow 5 - Cell 1 80%

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Mildred Locke

Mildred joined as Reviews Writer for Cyclingnews and BikePerfect in December 2020. She loves all forms of cycling from long-distance audax to daily errand-running by bike, and does almost everything on two wheels, including moving house, and started out her cycling career working in a bike shop. For the past five years she's volunteered at The Bristol Bike Project as a mechanic and session coordinator, and now sits on its board of directors.

Since then she's gone on to write for a multitude of cycling publications, including Bikeradar, Cycling Plus, Singletrack, Red Bull, Cycling UK and Total Women's Cycling. She's dedicated to providing more coverage of women's specific cycling tech, elevating under-represented voices in the sport, and making cycling more accessible overall. 

Height: 156cm (5'2")

Weight: 75kg

Rides: Stayer Groadinger UG, Triban RC520 Women's Disc, Genesis Flyer, Marin Larkspur, Cotic BFe 26, Clandestine custom bike