Upgrade your shoddy factory saddle with the booty-pampering WTB Silverado Team Saddle. Once your rear settles into a saddle that's actually designed for cycling, you'll be kicking yourself for using that piece of over-padded grundle-torturing POS for so long. The Flex-tuned shell takes the edge...
Strengths: Light weight. Ti rails. Comfy after 2 weeks of riding.
Weaknesses: My saddle is white, gets dirty/dusty easy. Watch out for grease and oil. But I bought it nevertheless because it was at the right price. First 2 weeks on the saddle took some adjustment coming from a WTB Pure V.
First off, saddles reviews are highly subjective. So take my review for whatever its worth. Been using it over a month only my all around, do everything bike. It's grown on me well (or I've grown on it). The white color requires extra care but that's pointing out the obvious. The light weight was my primary reason for buying it and the LBS scale said 210g. Buy it if it's on sale and be happy. Buy it MSRP and it could be a hit or miss.
Bike Setup: Lynskey M390, Lynskey Ti seatpost, Truvative T40 bar & stem, SRAM XX drivetrain, XX Revelation Fork, Stan's Arch EX 29er, DT Swiss 240's, WTB Bronson Race 2.2x29 tires, XT 785 pedals
a Cross Country Rider
from san Diego
Date Reviewed: February 1, 2011
Strengths: Weight and comfort.
Weaknesses: Anniversary edition has chrome wording.. eew
I have always used the WTB rocket because it has plenty of padding but when I saw the silverado for $25 I had to give it a try.
I was amazed at how comfortable it was for how minimal it looked. My arse is usually slightly sore after a long ride with the rocket but not with the silverado? Go figure..
Its a win-win.. Lighter saddle around 200grams and more comfort!
Try finding one for $25, you won't...ha
Similar Products Used: specialized and bontrager saddle
Bike Setup: gary fisher hi fi plus
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: August 13, 2010
Strengths: Simplicity, lightness, long nose, long saddle, opening in "correct" area, great cushioning.
Weaknesses: Sit bones were a little sore after first ride, since gone away, cram color initially
This was a steal from Jenson. I'm glad I chose this saddle. Was looking at Fizik Aliante XX, too. But this was less than 1/2 the price. This saddle was comfortable after the first ride. I had the nose too high, and switched my Thompson clamp around, so I could go level. Since then, the saddle has all but disappeared undr my big 'arse. The best you can say about a saddle. The cream color even matches the pane on my seat tube somewhat...But my butt covers this, so who cares?!
Bike Setup: 1988 Richard Sachs, Mixed up Campy/Shimano
a Weekend Warrior
from New York
Date Reviewed: August 6, 2010
Strengths: Lightweight, low profile, kevlar sides, doesn't hurt your ass
Weaknesses: Minimal cush, embroidery on top of nose
I needed something lower profile than my Brooks B-17, but something more comfortable than the ass-breaking stock Bonty saddle. This fit the bill very well. There's some embroidery that may eat up your shorts, a Silverado logo on the nose, but it seems that it'll do minimal damage up there. The padding is minimal, but they used very high density foam and have cut outs in the nylon shell for each sit bone and the prostate area to provide enough comfort; a good way to describe it would be:
WTB Silverado - Mesh computer chair (Herman-Miller)
Brooks B-17 - Specially contoured wood/porc./stone seat that further conforms to your ass (loved it, but it's too big and I'm afraid it'll get eaten up in a crash)
Bontrager Race - standard leather computer chair. Puffed up higher with less dense padding. Your ass goes straight through all the padding and ends up resting on the frame underneath.
Comfort Saddle - a sofa. You sink in deep in the padding.
I'm now a WTB saddle fan. If I ever need a new saddle, I'll be looking out for their saddles with similar high density cushioning, armored sides, and smooth uppers. This one is good for my SS, since I'm out of the saddle a lot, but on a FS or geared HT, I'd recommend checking out their Rocket V line for slightly more cushioning with a decent profile or Laser V for more. The Pure V goes out all cushioning.
5 flaming chilis if you're lucky and catch it when it shows up on Chainlove. It comes up about about 2-3 times a week, now at an even lower price at $30 (with about $8 S&H). They have both the cream (offwhite) and black colors.
Similar Products Used: Brooks B-17, Bontrager Race, many mid-range/stock saddles
Bike Setup: Gary Fisher Rig SS hardtail
a Cross Country Rider
from Buffalo, NY
Date Reviewed: July 2, 2008
Strengths: Light, comfortable, love channel and flex zones keep pressure evenly distributed
Weaknesses: performance, none. It aint cheap though.
I demoed this saddle over the weekend during a XC race. It was a gamble borrowing the Test Ride version from the WTB rep - no turning back and on race day it's not usually a good idea to swap parts. BUT this turned out to be all aces. It was amazingly comfortable compared to the bonty Race Lite that came stock on the HIFI. After 25mi of muddy single track and grueling climbs my butt was the only thing that didn't hurt. Worth every penny,imo. Never skimp on points of contact. Bottomline, I'm extremely glad I gambled demoing the saddle and I'm now hunting for one of my own. Thanks WTB.
a Weekend Warrior
from San Francisco
Date Reviewed: October 22, 2007
Strengths: Slim, confortable, light, don't feel the front on your pipi
Great saddle, looks very slim but it is actually more confortable then the already plush Rocket V. Excellent for my body type (150 pounds/small butt) and riding style (all mountain- fairly aggressive judging from all the blood I am spilling).
Weights very little: 196 grams and you can shave 6 grams by taking off the little plastic guard at the bottom). Here you go a comfortable saddle, that does not put pressure on your pisellino when climbing, and that can be used downhill without any problem.
I need to purchase a new saddle for my Trance X build. I have been riding WTB Rocket V saddles for 8 years. I want to try a little longer saddle because I do a lot of long climbs these days. (1000-3000 feet elevation change) Please vote for one and tell why. If you prefer a different long, narrow sa ... Read More »
If you are a team performance member, the 25th anniversary wtb saddle, the silverado, is available in the "team" version for 69.96 in the member's only deals section, currently called "mountain madness." Also, many great bikes are hugely discounted right now, along with other stuff. it's worth chec ... Read More »