100% Italian. 100% handmade. 100% innovative. That is the Astute way. A relatively new brand in the cycling world but with owners who have a wealth of experience taken from working previously with other saddle brands, Astute have quickly established themselves as leaders in bicycle saddle design & innovation. Their unique approach to saddle design sees them utilising a shell shape that allows for significantly more padding to be held inside it compared to other saddles of similar weight and racing aspirations, Astute call this the ‘u-open’ design. As well as more padding, the u-open design allows for less pressure hotspot in the central region and an overall aerodynamic shape. The other thing you’ll notice about Astute saddles is that they’re just that little bit better finished than most other saddles. There’s no glue and staples visible, just a seamless, flush aesthetic.