Padding or Bend Leather?
The sit bone distance is not only decisive for determining your saddle’s width, but also for figuring out what type of padding (if any) you need. A comfort saddle, as the name suggests, provides a comfortable ride that is fun and enjoyable. This is primarily, of course, due to the padding, which is mostly made of gel. The padding should be in the area of the sit bones. They ensure an ideal distribution of pressure, and that the sit bones rest optimally on the bicycle saddle. These types of saddles are particularly popular for urban use. On a touring bike, on the other hand, you can also use a MTB- or road bike saddle. Microfibre fabric is standard for the surface material of a comfort saddle. Ergon uses an additional core with BASF Infinergyin its Prime models, which is also used in running shoes. The complementary material layer adapts to the natural movements of the pelvis for increased comfort. Alternatively, bend leather saddles from Brooks or Contec are also available. In this case, leather not only serves as an upper material, but is also a core component. Bend leather saddles have the advantage of adapting to the fit of the buttocks after a break-in period. The individual comfort a bend leather saddle has to offer is not to be underestimated. During the break-in period, the saddle surface can be relaxed with the help of a special tensioning wrench or, conversely, can also be re-tensioned. Steel is usually used for the saddle rails on comfort saddles. The material is very stable, durable and inexpensive, and unlike in the sports sector, shooting for the lowest possible weight is not much of a priority. However, there are of course models with carbon- or titanium saddle rails for touring, if weight is still a factor for you.