Charge Spoon Cromo Rail Saddle
Charge Spoon Cromo Rail Saddle
Typified by its lightweight at just 285g, supportive shape and pressure-relief channel the Spoon is the saddle of choice for XC, enduro and road riders alike.
- Cromo Alloy Rails
- Pressure Relief Channel
- Durable hardened material
- Lightweight: 285g
Jez Clarke A definite improvement on my previous stock Giant saddle and excellent value. I have only used on short 30 mile rides to date, but so far this saddle is a big improvement in terms of comfort. Obviously comfort is a personal thing and as much dictated by the pad in your bibs as the saddle itself, however i would defintley recommend trying this saddle for the price.
Mr Davies Best saddle I have used, not too much padding but just the right amount. Would recommend using this on any bike.
Mr Culleton Superb comfort, I've used far more expensive saddles but settled on this for my last three bikes.
Prof Iversen Excellent value for money! Fits my behind perfect, and is really comfortable when shredding my hardtail!
Mr Foster I already own a charge spoon in black, and find they are a great saddle for value for money (and comfortable)
Mr Roberts most comfortable saddle ever. Just replaced the most uncomfortable saddle on my second bike. My second Charge Spoon saddle and I can thoroughly recommend it. Excellent service from Merlin Cycles.
Steve Markus Comfy saddle, a definite improvement on the original supplied with the bike. Cheapest price available, and quick delivery.
Mr Randall Along with many others I find this to be a very comfortable saddle, just the right amount of padding to be comfortable all day long and at a very good price. This will now be my go too choice for all my bikes.
Mr Lawrence I already had a Charge Spoon saddle on another bike so I knew the level of padding would be just right when paired with a classic steel frame. The finish is slightly matt so your shorts/tights don't slide as much as on other saddles , but I don't find it a problem.
David I have 2 of these now as they are very comfortable and not too heavy. Replaced a b17 so no more saddle covers in the rain.
Kevin Seat fits me well and is surprisingly comfortable for it's compact size. Order was sent very quickly!
John This is my fourth charge spoon saddle, very comfortable and lasts well.
Mr Bernie Great saddle, comfortable so far 👌
Liam A great saddle at a great price. You really don't need to spend vast sums to get a decent perch. Looks great in Tan.
Chappers Amazing saddle for the money, great for road or mtb. Faultless service from Merlin as usual.
Mr Lee One of my favourite saddles. Light enough, supportive & a good shape for me with the scooped tail at the back to push against when climbing. Best deal currently was from Merlin. Happy chap 👍
Mr Neil After looking or ages for a saddle that was comfy but also looked the business this one has to get top marks on both counts! A good price and very fast service from Merlin - Excellent!
Mr Stephens Great saddle for a great price! pretty much the go to saddle without spending a fortune!
Mr Quinlan Great value at such a cheap price point. Its very lightweight , switched it with a Brooks B17 to make a bike lighter , big difference in weight but on longer cycles I will use padded shorts with this.
Mr farquhar Well made and very comfortable saddle at a great price too.
James Mio Default saddle of choice for all of my bikes from road to mtb to commuter/pub bike. Decent quality, comfy and all you can ask for in a seat.
dave Had a few of these. As comfy a saddle as I've found and very good value.
Mr McKay Nice seat, quite firm, personally I need more padding
Richard Wood The Spoon is a great saddle, and Merlin had them for a great price, with quick and free delivery. What's not to like?!
JDP_66 Good saddle for the price, wanted this because you can get it in brown unlike many other brands.
Mr Jordan Great price .. delivery..seat felt a little hard at first..getting used to it ..breaking it in
Mr Phillips Best saddle I've had on any of my bikes
louis Most comfy saddle ive found so far
Andrew After putting up with being in pain on my road bike for 4 years I finally brought this saddle. So now have same saddle on both MTBs and road bike. Perfect saddle.
Mr CRONSHAW Great saddle even better price. Done 10 hours so far, mainly in the saddle. Fit from the beginning
jon Comfiest saddle I’ve ever had
Mr Liversedge Amazingly comfortable and light weight seat, highly recommended!
Mr Solvang My third Charge Spoon saddle. These are now on all my Mtb's. Good build quality, durable materials and great shape. Keenly priced as well, what's not to like?
Mr Vincent Needed a replacement for my stock saddle which was most uncomfortable, bought this saddle after recommendations on forums and haven’t been disappointed. Far comfier than the stock saddle and at a great price. Saddle packaged well and delivered in record tome during a pandemic. So very pleased with the item & trasaction.
Mr Peter purchase this saddle based purely on the reviews and wasn't disappointed, i am a returning cyclist so not much idea on whats available but this saddle is 1000 times more comfortable than my original one and has really added to my enjoyment and distance i can ride
Mr Pope Great saddle, I've had 4 over the years and just buy another one when they eventually wear out.
Mark Delivered really quickly and after a couple of 20-30 mile rides it's perfect. looks good, light enough, seems well made - great value replacement/upgrade to my bike. Thanks
Mr Smith Outstandingly comfy saddle. I tried two Brooks which are much more expensive and they were uncomfortable for me. A great saddle I will buy it again and a great price from Merlin
Mr Payne This is overall a good saddle and for the price tag well worth it. Reason I haven`t given it more stars is that my old 2009 specialized format sl saddle was so comfortable that I don`t think any saddle could compete. Use is for mtb.
Rob Woolsey Super service from Merlin and a great value, well made and light saddle. Can’t recommend both highly enough!
Mr Featonby Fourth Charge Spoon I've owned. Best value saddle you can buy without doubt.
Nick Che So far so good, have found it a very easy switchover from my standard race saddle. Comfort is great so far
Karlos Great saddle for the money, comfortable from the first ride.
Jimbo This is a great saddle offering the same comfort as much more expensive options. I have one on both my bikes and havnt thought of something else, this is my default.
j Third one of these saddles I have had on different bikes . So obviously I’m very happy with it . A quality seat for a sensible price .
Ryan This seat is really comfortable and I would highly recommend.
Mr Garner Amazing saddle for such a good price about £30 everywhere else
Mr Appleby Really comfy saddle with enough room to move about. Material seems hard wearing, but time will tell. Well made.
Mr Holdsworth I chose the Charge Spoon for my road bike as I already have a Madison Flux on my flat bar bike and decided to compare as they are supposed to be very similar. Comfort wise it is on a par with the Madison and both can be found at the same price give or take £1. Where the Charge is not as impressive as the Madison is the look and general finish of the product. The Madison looks like a high end saddle while the Charge has not got the same finish quality. Having said that the Charge Spoon does the job quite well at a relatively low price of £20.
Mr Rees I have 8 bikes and 7 of them have this saddle (in varying colours) very comfy, very well made and great price. Highly recommended.
Mr herbert After buying numerous high end saddles and spending hundreds I just could not find a saddle that was comfortable for longer rides. After a lot of research I decided to purchase the Charge spoon saddle and it's the best decision I ever made. Looks good on my bike, good weight at 270 grams but most importantly the most comfortable saddle I have used! On top of all that the price is fantastic. I would seriously recommend this saddle to anyone looking for a great value, comfortable saddle.
Mr Hutchinson This saddle shouldn't be comfortable, it doesn't look comfortable, but somehow it is comfortable, very much so. It replaced my Marin saddle and made the bike instantly much nicer to ride. The brown version I bought looks amazing to. I will buy another one of these saddles should anything happen to the first one. Recommended.
Mr Moorhead Great saddle that's comfortable, looks superb and light for the price.
Chris Grant Excellent saddle. Makes a massive difference to my existing Giant saddle (Giant Fathom 1 2019).
Antony P The most comfortable saddle I've had and at a great price and delivery from Merlin
Mr Deeble Superb feel and very comfortable
Mr Roland Bertalan Very comfort saddle and beautiful form and color
Ollie lovely saddle, looks really clean.
perry Bought this to replace the original Giant saddle on my older Giant Defy road bike which was a nice saddle but after many years of use needed a change. The Spoon offered great value but is very nice quality, a little longer than the saddle it replaced, but so far has proven to be very comfortable - and the retro tan colour looks fab on my blue and white bike.
Marcin Great saddle for a price, can’t go wrong with it!
Justin S Fits me perfectly and at a price that's a no brainer. Great saddle.
Mr Smith Excellent comfortable saddle made with great qualty materials
Mr Dunn This is the 2nd one of these I have owned. The 1st was stolen. I think they are excellent saddles. Great finish look more high end than the price would suggest. Fairly comfortable for an hour or two but I'll stick with my Brooks cambium for 4hr spins.
Mr Hillier I purchased the Charge Spoon Saddle for my Calibre Two Cubed MTB, and the comfort level is amazing. I would highly recommend both the saddle and Merlin Cycles for their fast dispatch.
Mr Arnold Such a comfy saddle. Have had one on my road bike for a while, so thought I'd treat my Mountain bike to one too! Not been able to get out on it yet due to lockdown, but just riding it around the block, the difference was noticeable. Unbeatable saddle at this price!
Mr Judd Very pleased with the Charge Spoon. Although stiff at first, much more comfortable than the seat supplied with my bike. Fast delivery too!
jon Got this saddle on all 3 of my bikes now . Always had these they suit my needs for my botty . Comfy in the right places really good saddles
Mr Edwards This is the 4th Charge Spoon saddle i have owned (on 4 different bikes). I keep trying to use the saddles supplied by manufacturers but they are so uncomfortable compared to these. Price is perfect too!
Mr JK This was a smart upgrade, super comfy on the climbs and really inexpensive. Should've just bought this is in the beginning.
John A J I have found this saddle suits me and have purchased more than one, I will continue to get these until all my bikes have one.
Paul Lovatt Low cost, dependable sizing. Got these on full suss, Hardtail and road bikes.
Barry This is the third Charge Spoon for mtb road and gravel so comfy for all disciplines
Mr Jones This seat was comfortable straight out of the box. I've only had it a few weeks, so I hope that it will become even more comfortable as it wears in a little.
david I have tried loads of saddles over the years and for comfort v value for money the Charge Spoon is the best. It’s a great all round saddle and comes in multiple colours to match your bike
Sam Bargain price mega comfy saddle. You can’t go wrong with these for a comfy ride!
Bullet More comfortable than a Pro saddle that cost three times as much. Wish I'd bought one years ago.
Nathan Ansell A great saddle that will compete with even the highest grade saddle for me. This is my go to saddle for all mtb bikes, as very comfy, good cushioning and a great shape that suits me. I have a few friends that it also suits great as well, so I would say a good neutral saddle to try, especially for the money.
Mr Shaw A classic seat. Comfy for a few hours out pedalling. Great service from Merlincycles.
Mr Atkin Right, had this for a little while now on my hack bike. Its far more comfy than the OE saddle it replaced. I was getting pins and needles in my feet from my last saddle, but those have all but disappeared now.
Mr Symonds Lovely saddle (replacement for old one), looks really nice in the brown leather-look, and very comfortable
Jozo Great saddle , very comfortable for longer tours through rough country.
Mr Reviewer Guy Brilliant for the price. Will definitely be grabbing another one of these when I eventually ruin this one. Does seem pretty tough though, and comfy to boot.
RICHARD Comfortable and affordable 👍
Mr miller Light comfortable saddle, sits you in the saddle more so than on , tad short bit wide.
bryan I've sat on them all but the pocket friendly spoon is the winner.. Used this saddle on all my bikes for years now
Tim Childs Great seat, light weight and increible value for money, purchased for my hardtail to save some weight.
Mr Richard Shorter than my previous saddle, slightly sloping in the front and feels like it allows me to stay more comfortable when on drops. Cushioning is good and I definitely notice a difference in comfort. Happy with the purchase, especially at this price.
Mr Hall Excellent! Great looking saddle and pretty comfortable despite it's small size. Perfect replacement saddle for my mtb. Fast shipping too
slowalloon Unbelievable price for a decent saddle. Using on my commuter and just waiting for a little bit more give to be perfect but definitely recommend.
Mr McCorkindale Comfortable and EXCELLENT value for money
CHRISTIAN This saddle replaced a basic brand originally fitted on my gravel bike. What a great asset for my back side ! Tested on hundreds of miles on tough terrain and still as good as can be.
Gary Had one of these for years (7+) and haven't found a better one. The old one's cover wore through, but it didn't owe me anything, didn't think twice about an identical replacement.
Mr Cowans Light and comfortable, excellent!
ale_va I am using this saddles for a 4 years. It's very light and comfortable. All my family use it also.
Mr Roberts Great quality saddle to go on my Wattbike, mathcing the one on my road bike. Excellent price and service from Merlin. Thanks.
Tim Childs Fantastic value for money. Saddle is perfect for my fixie Marin Pallisades. Big thumbs up. I may even get another for my MTB when I have some spare cash.
TB Great Saddle for my commmuter. Comfy and durable
Mr Sharpe Great seat very comfortable and looks good with my brown brooks bar tape
Mr Hutchinson Extreemly comfortable
Steve Felt very comfortable right away
David McN Super comfy saddle, this is the second one I have bought from Merlin just to keep bikes the same. Great value, hard wearing.
Mr Wass A great “go to” saddle and always comfy in long rides. Easy to install and again, great quality. And a good price at that too
David These are amazing saddles. I have a few high dollar saddles on my road and MTBs but am using this on my Malt G1X and just ordered a few more for my Hardtail and my son's Hardtail.
Mr locke This is my second spoon saddle I have purchased. They are so comfortable. Have tried fizik and Specialized at 4 times the price. The spoon has come out the best especially at £20. Also looks good
Mr Cornwell Good service, great price and the best saddle I have ever had - so good I bought two. One for my MTB and one for my road bike.
Mr Alton A quality unbelievably comfortable saddle
Mr Cole My butt loves this saddle. Its now on three of my bikes. Durable, quite light and comfy
Mark B Great saddle, had a load of these and recently replaced a Charge Bucket saddle that was totally knackered. Used for fixed/road cycling in Estonia, where roads and pavements are rough as hell.
Mr Best This saddle is great value with a real leather look and feel accompanied by a high class finish.
Mr Diamond Trying to find a comfy saddle, only had a few short rides, but so far seems to be a big improvement on the original.
Matt Addison Premium quality saddle that looks fantastic for very little money. Shape is spot on and comfortable. Padding is on the firm side. Some cover materials can be slippery with certain bike short material.
Mr Birkin The best comfort to value saddle out there. I have one on my mountain bike, gravel bike and my road bike
Mr Willis What's not to like, comfy, light and looks nice. Absolutely no issues fitting onto my reverb post. Will probably buy another for my hardtail soon.
Gary R Charge Spoon has a great reputation in the cycling world, and my old cheap saddle was getting uncomfortable, so I went for one of these, loving it so far, rode 6 hours at the weekend, felt perfect for me.
Mr Brereton Easy ordering, prompt delivery. Charge spoon is the best saddle I've had in 25 years of cycling. Good value.
David E I got the tan version. This is a cracking value saddle. Light, fairly comfy and very nice looks. Time will tell durability I guess but initially I'm very happy
Mr Bambrough Fitted to my touring bike and my botty and wallet absolutely love it. Light, well made, very comfortable and cheap as chips
Darren Fantastic service from Merlin, delivery was very fast. I needed to change my saddle as the 18months I have been road cycling I have lost alot of weight and toned up my lower body. This has meant my stock saddle has become rather uncomfortable on 50k + cycles. I had read alot of positive reviews about the charge spoon saddle and thought for 20quid it was worth a punt. What a punt. It is so comfortable. I was going to pay to get a saddle fit but so glad I went with my hunch and purchased the spoon instead. 5stars
daniel Bought for a mate, been using this saddle for years, comfortable and hard wearing, good price from merlin
Mr Oates Very comfortable, and great looking saddle. The tan leather looks rad with skin wall tyres! Very good quality and a very good price. Excellent value for money!
Mr Parry A bottom-soothing bargain! I'd never bought a saddle before, always just used whatever came supplied with my bikes. But a horrid mid 1990s saddle that came on a bike i bought on ebay was a proper stinker. I suffered it for 1200 miles, but lately it began to split, so a new one was called for. The Charge Spoon reviewed well, and was cheap. What the heck, right? It surely couldn't be worse than the one I had. Well it was a revelation. No more slipping forward to the nose, nor falling off the sides when leaning over. This one is comfortable straight out of the box, no need to "break it in" and my bottom stays put until I decide I want to move it. 140 miles ridden on it in less than a fortnight, and I've forgotten I bought a new saddle. And not being reminded you have a new saddle is probably the best result you can hope for in a new saddle. It's like a proper 'magic carpet'. Definitely top of the list for any of my other bikes that may need a new seat.
Chris I have tried loads of saddles but keep coming back to the Charge Spoon
Mr Clough Brilliant saddle - Lightweight - Comfortable and looks good on the bike - Great price and fast delivery - Recommended
David McNicol Only had it on one run so far and it was solid and comfortable. Looks well constructed.
Jamie Much more comfy than the 26yr old Flyte Ti it replaces! Quick delivery.. all good at a great price too
M R Very good quality at this price and whilst it's no armchair it is certainly more comfortable than my O.E saddle. Managed an afternoon's riding without significant discomfort.
Paul Williamson For value, weight and shape, this saddle is excellent : 5/5. For comfort I would give it 3/5 : it is not as comfortable as I thought it would be based on other reviews, as the hull is quite stiff, but there is reasonably good padding. However I have become used to it, and with a good pair of cycle shorts I have ridden on it all day.
Mr Mason Bought this saddle as I had heard of it in the past and I wanted an inexpensive saddle to replace the one that came with my MEKK. As usual the saddle arrived from Merlin within a couple of days of ordering and I fitted it straight away. Have done 3 rides so far and can say that it is much more comfortable than the existing saddle, I would recommend anyone who might be thinking of buying this saddle to go ahead and buy you will not be dissappointed.
Andrew Great looking seat. Comfortable. And fast delivery. Excellent.
Victor Excellent product (I now have five of them), promptly delivered by a fave supplier. Thanks as ever.
Danny Ku The most comfy saddle that doesn't cost a fortune. Bought it for my touring/commuting bike.
jim This is my third - the other two saddles are still going strong after several years and when compared with the flashier brands, the price/comfort ratio all the more appealing.
Mr P Highly underrated saddle, even if it is just for the commuter.
Buttonnine Oh man, this is the second Charge saddle I've bought and for me I can't fault it, v comfy and fits me like a glove, for want of a better euphemism, would recommend for those that have been sitting in silence for so long.
Mr Woods Great price from Merlin for the Charge Spoon. Have had loads of these over the years . Very comfy.
Mr Zhou Comfortable for long ride
Mr Menacho This saddle is better than other more expensive saddles. Super comfortable and looks amazing. I'm definetely recommending it
Mr Lewis Nice bit of kit that looks good and is fairly comfortable after a long 60 + mile ride. Only problem I had was it is a pretty short saddle and the rail is quite short which means I need a shorter stem
Mr Foulger Having tested 3 different saddles prior, all costing upwards of £135, this Charge Spoon is by far the most comfortable over club runs of 60+ miles, a bargain at £17.95 delivered!
Steve A great value saddle that seems to comfortably work for so many, including me.
Rory Very comfy saddle at an excellent price
kevin Having used these saddles for some time now, it was time to purchase another for a brand new bike. And once again it was a comfortable as the first. This is a saddle to have at this price.
Mr JONES Chose the saddle for my wife's hybrid, she thinks its good value and comfortable.
Buttonnine It is said that if your saddle ain't right, then you ain't gonna ride right, after spending nearly two years on the saddle that came with the bike, I read the reviews and took heed, now so may you, bloody comfy, now a joy to ride.
C N Been using Spoons for years now, great comfy saddle for general road and MTB use, not the lightest in the world but good quality. Great price on Merlin at the time of purchase and arrived quickly.
Mr Steele Great saddles, I've recently bought three for my two bikes and one for my dads, good price and lasts long enough (my previous spoon lasted three years at least) and suits my backside much better than the pricey saddle it's replaced (just wasn't getting any more comfortable no matter how much I tried to get on with it).
charles Glorious saddle in terms of comfort and looks. I'm a bit worried about the effect of the heavyweight and abrasive stitching on my bibshorts though. Time will tell.
Mr Neil Absolute bargain, super comfy
Dale Very well made saddle, at a great price. A little on the hard side, but hopefully after a few rides it will wear in. Very classy brown color too!
Kyle Only one ride in but is comfortable. Faux leather looks great. It a great value
Mr Eckford The cheapest, most comfortable saddle ever.
Tom Brilliant saddle, I really liked the matt surface which gives just that bit of friction to stop sliding around on the saddle
Mr Parrott Great saddle, have them on all three of my bikes.
Daniel This is a review after 7 hours of use across 3 rides. The saddle was easy to fit so no problems there. I was a little concerned about the seams which appear to cross the point on the saddle I would think were likely to rub but I have not had any problems. The saddle is wide enough but not too wide. I have found it be comfortable but could not comment on how comfy it would be on an extended single ride. Nice design and looks good
David Really smart looking saddle, was sceptical that a sub 20 quid saddle would be aesthetically as nice as more expensive ones but I was proved wrong! As for comfort it's also pretty good, 110k cycle the first day with it & felt pretty good. I'm optimistic that I'll be keeping this for a while. Excellent service from merlin, speedy delivery & appropriate packaging
Dr Alderton Like many others, I like the Charge Spoon saddles. This one matches the décor of my new bike and remains comfortable even on a long ride, unlike the saddle supplied with the bike. The price is also very good. I can't comment on the durability yet, but my other Spoon saddle has no problems on that score.
Mr Jones Most comfortable saddle I've ever used. Light weight too. Highly recommend.
Mark Replacement for original Giant saddle which I could not ride for more than 30 miles before getting a sore bum. For less than 20 quid and with good reviews this had to be worth a punt. Did a 15 mile then a 50 mile ride with no issues. Initially a tad hard but has since broken in and is as comfy as could be now. For less than 20 quid this is a brilliant buy. It even looks like a more expensive saddle than it is. Would recommend trying.
Dave Clarke Bought the Charge Spoon for my Kona Blast. The saddle is well built for the price, easy to position ....and surprisingly comfortable! Only had it for two weeks, so I am not sure of the longevity, but judging by the build, I suspect it will hold up quite well. Great value!
John Only been a two-hour ride so far, but first impressions very favourable. Certainly well worth the money.
Mr Goodman Bought this for use on my second bike. Suits me personally. Light comfortable and hard wearing. No reason for me to spend a fortune on a saddle as this is perfect for me. Delivered quickly and well packaged.
neil A great all round saddle. Weight is quite reasonable and the cost is excellent compared to the same Fabric saddle at twice the cost.
Mr Cusmano Great design and very comfortable. Very good value for money
Martin Great value, decently made and just the right shape for me.
Mr Anderson Comfortable saddle at excellent price. Already have one on my touring bike using for past 8 months - got another to fit on my hybrid.
John Quick delivery. Well packaged. Saddle was easy to fit and easy to tweak to adjust to get the most comfortable position. Only done one ride on it, but the initial impression is that the saddle is fine, unlike the previous saddle which left with aching sit bones. No signs of feeling saddle sore. Hope it continues like that,
AndyM Good quality, well padded comfortable saddle that doesn't add too much weight to a bike.
Mr Ritchie A real bargain. Very comfortable saddle at an unbelievable price.
AP Really good value for money saddle, comfy and light.
KingKron One of the comfiest saddles I've ridden, and I'll definitely be fitting another one to the next bike I buy! And: what a great price!
Mrs Courtney Looks good, right level of comfort, well made, good price and prompt delivery.
steve I have to say i'm really impressed. I've been had by all the major brands on this tech and that feature and the fact that it's half a gnats hair lighter... in essence this is an outstanding product at an outstanding price, delivered in a couple of days. Very comfortable and simple enough to fine tune as there are no real complications with it. I will be ordering some more for my other bikes!
Ian Great saddle at a fantastic price, I find this saddle super comfortable, a lot more so than saddles that cost 5 X times more! If you worry about every gram you might find the saddle weight of 280g a bit heavy, but apart from that I would save your money.
Pete I`ve tried several saddles and endured a lot of discomfort but have found the Spoon to be just right. It has just enough padding and is narrow enough to prevent chafing and hip spreading. I now have a Spoon on each of my bikes and highly recommend this good value and very comfortable saddle.
Ben I really like the vintage look of the leather saddle although it is noticeably faux, really comfy but yet still supportive and should wear well hopefully!
John A classic saddle that'll stand up to a great deal of abuse. I previously ran Flite Titanium a saddle on my mountain bike, and although super comfortable, the thin leather cover really didn't stand up too well to the abrasion of wet, muddy shorts and wore through leaving it looking scruffy. Thankfully, the synthetic cover of the Charge Spoon is much harder wearing. Adding to that, the great shape and unbelievable price, the Spoon is my go to saddle of choice for my MTB/ Fixed Gear bikes.
Mr Bailey Spent quite some time reading reviews and looking for a decent saddle, after the stock one on my Giant road bike was just too soft, and after trying a high priced Fiz'ik was getting numbness on longer rides. This brought me down the path of cut-out and relief channels, but I was still struggling what to go for! Hours of online reading always brought me back to this saddle but sadly stock in the UK was limited (surely that's testament to the quality ?). Luckily Merlin had stock (only place in the UK that wasn't charging double the RRP!) and it was processed/delivered very quickly. 3 rides in (approx. 130 miles later) and I feel like a new man ;-) My a*** has never felt so good! Highly recommended and an absolute steal at this price!