Bike Saddle & Seatpost Weight: What matters the most & How to Pick one


Talking about seat posts, how much a seat post weighs? Road bike seat posts weigh within 150 to 400g, whereas aero seat posts weigh in the range of 150 to 350g. However, the material used to fabricate saddle posts (seat posts) can impact this range.

Finally, with relation to weight, how much weight the saddle and seat post can withstand? Well, the weight limit ranges from 90 to 120 kg that can vary with different seat posts.

The above conclusions are based on the data we collected from different brands and provided in the tables below,

Road Bike Saddle Models  Weight(g)Price($)
Cadex Boost138300
Pro Stealth205220
Prologo Scratch M5 PAS185181
Scicon Elan199240
Syncros Tofino185198
Tioga Undercover Stratum150236
Selle SMP Well280144
Specialized Power Expert233160
Specialized Power Pro Elastron231275
Fabric Line-S Race235100
Average204205
List of Road bike Saddles Weight and cost

TT-Saddle ModelsWeight(g)Price($)
Specialized Sitero Pro270240
Bontrager Hilo Pro330230
JCOB Delta 38355230
PRO Aerofuel Saddle200145
Selle SMP T4 Triathlon295245
Prologo TGALE PAS Tirox Rail252172
Repente Magnet Tri Saddle139250
PRO Aerofuel Carbon200213
ISMPN 1.1 Saddle399181
Profile Design vertex 80384209
Average282212
List of TT Saddles Weight and cost

From the above table, we can also extract the cost of the bike saddle.

So how much does road and triathlon bike saddle cost? The average cost of a bike saddle is 200$ while ranging from 100 to 300$. Bike saddle cost will depend on the material, brand, and design of the saddle.

On a side note, do not waste your money on useless gear purchases and check out my Best Triathlon Battle-Tested Budgeting Gear

Does Saddle Weight Matter?

The saddle is the only component for which the rider is more anxious about the comfort it renders regardless of the weight. The reason being, saddle makes direct contact with the most sensitive part of your body.

This means a lightweight saddle has zero preference if it doesn’t match the anatomy of your lower body.

Furthermore, I would like to draw your attention to the fact that no matter how many times you have replaced your saddle with the better version each time you ride.

Your expectation can never meet the level of satisfaction and comfort you enjoy while sitting on an armchair.

Note (source): You should never be numb anywhere when riding your bike. If you experience numbness at any time while riding, you should first get a bike fit and then a saddle upgrade.

In short, it’s the comfort that matters and not the weight

Are you interested to get a quality level of bike fittings? Read the article we wrote about The cost of bike fitting and what to expect (Amateur, advanced and professional)

Which saddle should you buy?

Which saddle should you buy? I would say the saddle choice should solely depend upon the bike you are riding. Many of you would be searching for the most comfortable saddle that can help you in long rides without numbing lower extremities. Check out my recommended saddle as part of my list of Best Triathlon Battle-Tested Budgeting Gear

We all have different geometry and therefore the comfort level delivered by a saddle differs from person to person.

The video below will help you choose which one is the best saddle for you and why,

If you are riding a road bike the wider area on the rear side of the road saddle can support your sit bones and therefore benefits in a course that includes climbing, descending, etc.

Whereas TT saddles are designed to ride in a further forward position on the saddle to achieve aerodynamics posture.

The front two-thirds of the TT saddle is meant to support the rider’s weight so that a rider can use aero bars readily. Therefore TT saddles are most suitable for time trial bikes.

What makes a saddle TT specific?

Following features in a saddle makes it most suited for triathlons and time trial rides 

  • Long nose that supports pressure applied by a rider due to forward lean posture.
  • Added padding to make rider sit in forwarding perched position.
  • Grip features on the nose that refrain rider from slipping whilst riding in an aero position.
  • Some TT saddles have a cut-out style that features a channel at the rear side of the saddle to relieve pressure on the pelvis while using aero bars.

For a better triathlon experience, consider upgrading your road bike with a fast-forward seatpost. Check out our article Fast Forward Seatpost For Triathlon; Is it Necessary? What You Need To Know !

How To Eliminate Saddle Discomfort?

There are some ways you can avoid bruising and soreness caused after a long ride. But before getting into it, let’s discuss what type of discomforts are considered normal and what type of discomfort can put you in great trouble.

Type of discomfort you cannot avoid

  • Severe pain in the lower portion under the pelvic known as pubic ramus.
  • Difficulty in urination
  • Low Urine Output.
  • Severe skin irritation.
  • Prolong soreness over genitals
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Knee pain

Type of discomfort you can avoid

  • Slight skin irritation
  • Aching sit bones for a short period.
  • Minor bruising on thighs.

I have gathered some ways to avoid saddle discomfort after going through the reviews added by the triathletes in which they talk about the complication that bug them during a ride. Try out the rides with different saddles and find out which one is comfier. If this doesn’t work you can remove saddle discomfort by

  • Adjusting the saddle height just right for you.
  • Get the best saddle position.
  • Get the best saddle designed according to your anatomy and the bike you are riding.
  • Limited padding.
  • Try integral suspenders of good quality
  • Good hygiene of your sensitive part.
  • Excessive use of chamois cream.

Having said that, you can never figure out which one is the best saddle and how much comfort it can provide without testing them on your own.

Does the Seat post material make a difference?

Does seat post material matter? Yes, the choice of material matters a lot. It’s interesting to note that the weight range of the road and aero seat posts doesn’t diverge greatly until we talk about the material used to construct them.

The carbon seat posts have been designed to replace aluminum/titanium frames to remove excess weight from the bike. Carbon seat post weight can lie in the range of 120 to 280g. Carbon seat posts make rides smoother and unambiguously comfortable.

“According to the data available, a well-designed carbon Seat post flexes at a rate 100x greater than a steel frame”

It has been found that a carbon seat post needs a lesser amount of force to flex compared to standard bike frames (source).

A flexible seat post helps in reducing road vibrations frequency and helps with big impacts in terrains such as dirt roads.

Hence, we can say the material of the seat post can make a difference.

Carbon Seat post Vs Aluminum Seat post

The following tables can help you compare the weight of different seat posts and how the material affects the weight.

 Road Aluminum Seat posts Weight(g) Road Carbon Seat posts Weight(g)
Zipp Service Course x350mm(length)278Syntace P6 Carbon Hi Flex x400 mm 206
Tune Leichtes Stuck x40mm155Easton E90 x350mm197
Thompson Elitex250mm 201Enve Carbon x300mm178
System Ex EL Suspension Seatpostx350mm430Specialized S-Works Pave x380mm209
Bontrager Comp Seatpostx330mm300Canyon S14 VCLS 2.0x345mm220
 Average 273  202
List of Road seat posts Weight

 Aero Aluminum Seat posts Weight(g) Aero Carbon Seat posts Weight(g)
BLB Aluminium Aero Seat post287Corima Ellipse Aero Carbon148
Triplex Silver Al Aero252Carbon Aero Seat post226
Compagnolo Chorus Aero246Cannondale Slice Aero Carbon 280
Athena SP-AT Aero312Giant Carbon Aero AS297
NOS Gipiemme Aluminum Seatpost346BLB Notorious Carbon224
 Average 289  235
List of Aero seat posts Weight

What is the world’s lightest bike Saddle?

Next comes the weight. Are you in search of the world’s lightest bike saddle? It was a challenge to call forth the saddle that should weigh less than 40grams. We already have saddles such as S3 of 45g, G3 of 50g, and E3 of 55g by Gelu Carbon Creation Company.

And of course, the benchmark in riding technology SLR C59 of 61g by Selle Italia is suitable for road cycling. It is lightweight, superflow, and a total package of comfort with high performance. It can carry a weight of 90kg and can be recommended equally for professionals and beginners. The saddle offers no padding to preserve weight. The carbon fiber helps to absorb vibrations and keep up the comfort. This one costs around $599.99.

GELU Saddle K-3 Carbon is by far the lightest saddle that weighs between 38g to 59g limited for road bikes. The company has a collection of some outstandingly comfortable lightest saddles versions in the K series. K-3 costs $499.99 and can withstand the weight of 80 to 85g.

Last but not the least, Dash Cycles Tri.7 is the lightest comfortable triathlon saddle ever made. It weighs between 77 to 95g in different sizes. A cut-out style with a fully padded feature has made it most desirable for long rides. The saddle costs around $555.

MUNZA QADIR

Hey, this is Munza. An Engineer, Singer, and passionate writer. I love to write about all those things which can improve one's physical and mental health.

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