It’s usually an item that provides the user with an important and personal connection to the terrestrial world or just fits the users body inexplicably well. Once the perfect product is found, there is no reason to stray.
For cyclists, one of these most-personal items tends to be the bike saddle. Perhaps it’s because the saddle connects the rider’s personal areas directly to the bicycle. You’re either one with the saddle or noticeably not.
WTB has cultivated a lot of followers for their saddles (including me) so whenever they introduce a new one I’m interested to see what they’ve come up with. One of their latest is the Silverado. The cowboy in me likes the name and the cyclist in me likes the principle: A lightweight saddle that doesn’t ride like a colonoscopy.
Creative, well thought out features make the Silverado work:
With the Silverado, WTB stuck to high standards. There’s nothing worse than getting attached to a saddle, breaking it in and then having it wear out on you, and so WTB wrapped the Silverado in Leather. Leather is well worth the extra dough and lasts longer than synthetic materials. Next, Ti rails. Ti absorbs shock and keeps it’s shape better than aluminum. These features should be considered standard for any quality saddle.
Beyond quality materials, WTB always makes sure their saddles can actually be used as something to sit on. Creative cutouts (Love Channels) in the padding and a-flex tuned undercarriage makes the Silverado fit in all the places that it needs to and give you a little room elsewhere. The Silverado has a slightly downturned, long nose with a flat profile that really lets you move out to the tip of the saddle while climbing – I like that.
The Silverado is a 210-gram saddle (compare that to Italian buttpick style saddles) that’s comfortable enough for the long haul – on road or off.
More Info on the Silverado