The Velo House Test saddle Programme

Olly Words By The Velo House | 27/01/2015 16:00:47

Finding the right saddle for you can be a time-consuming, expensive, and sometimes painful experience. Various systems exist that claim to be able to predict what saddle will suit a given individual but many of these are window-dressing at best, and downright misleading at worst.

In our view, while we can advise on which saddles have proved popular, the only true test is to get out and ride a few different variations. With this in mind, we offer a wide range of demo-saddles from Fizik, Selle Italia, Brooks Cambium or ISM which we encourage customers to fit to their own bikes for an extended test period of up to two weeks. We do charge a deposit on each saddle but this is fully refundable or can be offset against the cost of purchase once you have found the model that suits you.

It’s important to bear in mind when fitting a test saddle is that the height of different saddles - measured from the “rails” to the saddle top - can vary considerably, and this may have a significant effect on overall saddle height and consequently on comfort. It’s therefore vital to allow for such variations when swapping saddles, and if you would like us to fit your test saddle for you and compensate for these differences we are happy to do so for a small charge.

It naturally follows from this that the first step towards finding the right saddle is to make sure that it is in the right place - a saddle that is too high, for example, can lead to soreness by causing the rider to rock from side to side in order to reach the bottom of the pedal stroke - and the importance of this cannot be overstated. A good quality fit from an experienced bike fitter is, in our view, vital in order to rule out saddle positioning as a cause of discomfort.

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Test Saddle Deposit


• Two week loan of a test saddle from ranges by Fizik, Selle Italia, Brooks Cambium or ISM

• Fully refundable on return of test saddle