PRO Stealth sad­dle

£174.99 › Short­ened seat for speed­sters

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THE SHORT SAD­DLE FOR ROAD rid­ers is a rel­a­tively new con­cept, but with Spe­cial­ized’s Power prov­ing very pop­u­lar and San Marco en­ter­ing the fray with its Short­fit mod­els, the snub-nosed de­sign looks to be here to stay. PRO, Shi­mano’s com­po­nent sub­sidiary, de­signed the new Stealth sad­dle with in­put from Team Gi­ant Alpecin, as an op­tion for ag­gres­sive road rid­ers, and, of course, it wouldn’t look out of place on a time trial bike ei­ther.

The shape, which fea­tures a wide nose and a sub­stan­tial deep and wide chan­nel, is claimed to al­low you to spend more time in a more ag­gres­sive rid­ing po­si­tion – on the riv­ets, as old-school road­ies might say.

The pad­ding atop this 174g Stealth is pretty sub­stan­tial. When you’re not up on the nose pow­er­ing along, the wide, semi-rounded heel makes for a very com­fort­able place to be when you’re rid­ing with your hands on the hoods. You tend not to move around quite so much when you’re in a lower, racier po­si­tion and, de­spite ini­tial reser­va­tions, we warmed to rid­ing in the more ‘fixed’ po­si­tion that the Stealth en­cour­ages.

Ob­vi­ous par­al­lels will be drawn be­tween this and the Spe­cial­ized Power, but we rode them side-by-side and found that the Stealth’s broader, softer nose made for a bet­ter place to be when re­ally putting the ham­mer down. On the Power, we felt a bit more sta­ble when rolling along spin­ning the ped­als thanks to its curvier over­all shape.

The car­bon-in­fused hull of­fers a fine blend of com­pli­ance and sta­bil­ity, and built into the hull are mounts for PRO’s own ac­ces­sories, like a handy clip-on guard, a CO pump and can­is­ter, race num­ber holder and even a cam­era mount.

If you like to go fast and pre­fer the ride po­si­tion of an out-and-out race bike and haven’t yet tried a shorter sad­dle then we’d highly rec­om­mend it, and the PRO is cer­tainly our favourite we’ve tried so far. It’ll also be a wel­come nov­elty to be able to use the same sad­dle across both race and time trial/triathlon bikes.

At a penny shy of £175 it is ex­pen­sive, though PRO does of­fer a stain­less steel­railed ver­sion for £129.99 (210g). PRO also backs up its sad­dles with a 30-day money-back guar­an­tee, so should you find the Stealth doesn’t suit you won’t lose your cash.

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