Looking for a lightweight saddle to give you the edge in a race? Jason tried out this carbon railed offering from Syncros.
The Syncros XR 1.0 saddle sits at the top of the Syncros XR range of saddles and sports a carbon base, carbon rails and not a great deal of padding to keep the weight down. Other saddles in the range (the XR 1.5 and the XR 2.0) have titanium rails (a bit heavier) and cromo rails (heavier still). There are a couple of women-specific models as well in 1.5 and 2.0 flavours. All are available in narrow and wide versions, depending on the width of your sit bones. This one is the narrow version.
“Lightweight, carbon railed racing saddle” doesn’t shout “hours and hours of pain-free happiness”, does it? I rode this saddle for hours and hours to find out.
The SL in XR 1.0 SL presumably means “superlight” and my god, this thing is very light indeed. At just 167 grams on my kitchen scales (Syncros claims 170g but my scales are from Aldi so we’ll call it 168.5g) it’s about the same weight as 5 packets of crisps and about 60g less than an average 29er inner tube.
There isn’t a lot of padding, but padding alone isn’t the key to a comfortable saddle. It’s also got a super-stiff carbon base, which means that there isn’t any give. You’re probably expecting me to say that it feels like sitting on a lump of hardwood, aren’t you?
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|Product:||XR 1.5 SL carbon saddle|
|Tested:||by Jason Miles for 2 months|