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WTB Speed V Race Saddle

4.17/5 (12 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Multi-panel synthetic leather cover
  • Grey gripper abrasion resistant side panels for crash protection
  • Cromoly rails
  • 380g


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    Reviews 1 - 12 (12 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by ToddM a Weekend Warrior from NV

    Date Reviewed: June 18, 2010

    Strengths:    Comfy

    Weaknesses:    failed

    Bottom Line:   
    I've had really good luck with some older WTB saddles, an other saddles lasting years on various bikes but I've had two WTB saddles with this design fail now. In the older WTB saddles they had a cut out bottom shell with a gray rubber material. The newer ones seem to have a smaller cut out in the bottom of the nose in the saddle with a blue "sticker". Twice that blue sticker has broken which allowed the foam padding of the seat to tear and essentially come through that hole in the bottom of the seat shell. This pretty well compromised the stiffness/integrity of the seat so that while riding it the saddle shell was essentially resting on the rails, not very comfy.

    I'm not the lightest rider at around 200lbs in gear but I've had flite and WTB laser saddles with the older design that are 10+ years old and haven't failed. A comfy saddle and pretty reasonably priced if it doesn't fail.

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    Favorite Trail:   Porc, Amasa, Toads

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $55.00

    Purchased At:   Local Shop

    Similar Products Used:   WTB laser, Gobi, Flite, Pure V

    Bike Setup:   Titus racerX, Ventana

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by John from North Carolina

    Date Reviewed: July 20, 2005

    Strengths:    WTB name, confort, value, quiet and looks great

    Weaknesses:    low-end rails

    Bottom Line:   
    I am done with Bontrager saddles, WTB recomended

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    Favorite Trail:   you name it

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $23.00

    Purchased At:   jenson USA

    Similar Products Used:   first WTB saddle

    Bike Setup:   04' Trek Liquid 30

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Paul a Cross Country Rider from Alberta

    Date Reviewed: April 30, 2004

    Strengths:    Comfort and ease to move from sitting to standing or sliding to rear on downhills.

    Weaknesses:    None noticed yet.

    Bottom Line:   
    You forget about this seat when you ride which kind of says it all. Quality seems good and comfort is suprising for the size of seat. Durability seems good; I weight 250 lbs. Good job WTB!
    Good choice for trail cross country riders.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   price point

    Similar Products Used:   Selle Italia & Bike Mate; both gave me problems.


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Puzman a Cross Country Rider from Wallingford, CT

    Date Reviewed: August 15, 2003

    Strengths:    Very, very comfortable.
    Love Channel works.
    Durable.
    Plenty of support for sit bones, but not too firm.
    Cheap


    Weaknesses:    Crappy quality control (stitching on Love Channel is off-center).
    Heavy.


    Bottom Line:   
    Great saddle- for the money it can't be beat. Its not a saddle for weight weenies, but it is the most comfortable saddle for all day epic rides you'll find. (SDG Grand Prix is a close second, but has gel instead of Love Channel. And it costs $60 more). I'm about to buy a second Speed V for my road bike. The extra 200g over a skimpy road saddle is worth it for the comfort and gonad protection, IMHO.

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    Favorite Trail:   the twisty ones

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   performance

    Similar Products Used:   just about everything out there... WTB, SDG, Selle Italia, Serfas, etc. etc.

    Bike Setup:   Titus LocoMoto

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Butterflutters a Weekend Warrior from Lawrenceville, GA, USA

    Date Reviewed: July 24, 2003

    Strengths:    they took it back.

    Weaknesses:    My junk went numb.

    Bottom Line:   
    My JUNK went NUMB! What else needs to be said? It was killing my babies.

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    Favorite Trail:   Chicopee Trails

    Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

    Price Paid:    $32.00

    Purchased At:   REI

    Similar Products Used:   Sele Royal cant remember exact name but its better

    Bike Setup:   K2 Zed 2.0, Rithchey V2 pedals

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Jimm a Cross Country Rider from SoCal

    Date Reviewed: July 16, 2003

    Strengths:    Comfort

    Weaknesses:    A tad heavy; chi-chi factor (the silver makes it "look" cheesy, dorky and cheap).

    Bottom Line:   
    WOW! In all honesty, I didn't know a seat could "fit" me this well. A HUGE improvement! The padding is virtually perfect; the groove just right.

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    Favorite Trail:   Porcupine Rim

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $35.00

    Purchased At:   eBay

    Similar Products Used:   WTB, Serfas, Selle Itallia, GT house brand, others I have long forgotten

    Bike Setup:   '03 Ellsworth ID; Thomson seatpost; full XTR; Avid mechanicals

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Lance a Cross Country Rider from Fulerton

    Date Reviewed: May 26, 2003

    Strengths:    Love Channel, looks alright.

    Weaknesses:    Rails, rails, rails.

    Bottom Line:   
    I have learned the hard way that this seat is strictly for cross country riding. Did a 5 foot jump to flat and missed the pedals. Bye bye rails. They are now hidden well under the seat. I had ridden it about 4 times before this happened and will vouch for the comfort of the seat. VEEER comfy but do not do any jobs or jumps over about 4 feet and you should be safe. I do jumps and drops frequently so I don't really blame the seat. CROSS COUNTRY only on this one people. Think I will go back to the Azonic love seat for its toughness and comfort.

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    Favorite Trail:   The loop

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $40.00

    Purchased At:   pricepoint.com

    Similar Products Used:   Azonic love seat, Giant seat

    Bike Setup:   Kona Roast

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Robert a Downhiller from North Vancouver, BC

    Date Reviewed: March 1, 2003

    Strengths:    VERY comfortable.
    Strong rails.
    Durable.


    Weaknesses:    Don't advertise enough.

    Bottom Line:   
    I bought a new hardtail about 2 years ago, and this saddle came with the bike. It amazed me more than any other component on the bike. I'd never ridden a saddle that was comfortable for a long period, but this one was immediately comfortable. Even after a 4 hour epic ride, my butt feels fine.

    Almost 2 years later, the saddle is a bit worn, but not torn. The rails are like new, which is unusual as I usually ruin rails (and seatposts) within a few months as I weigh 230 and land on the seat a lot. And best of all, the saddle is as comfortable as the day I bought it.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $40.00

    Purchased At:   Cove Bikes

    Similar Products Used:   Numerous seats.


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jason from Modesto, CA

    Date Reviewed: February 4, 2003

    Strengths:    1. Tough chromoly rails
    2. Comfortable
    3. Affordable


    Weaknesses:    1. Weight (if you care about that kind of thing)

    Bottom Line:   
    I love this seat. It's wider than my last Bontrager seat. It's softer than my last seat. It's better looking than my last seat (if you care about that kind of thing). It's cheap. The Love Channel cut-out really works. I don't struggle with numbness like I used to. WTB puts out great stuff that lasts. It's a perfect fit for my SC Bullit. I'm sticking with WTB seats. Money well spent!

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $45.00

    Purchased At:   Price Point


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Matt from The Bronx

    Date Reviewed: December 13, 2002

    Strengths:    Super comfy. Very light weight. Cool red look.

    Weaknesses:    I can't figure out which model mine is. A little wide. Funny red color.

    Bottom Line:   
    This saddle ROCKS. I have no idea what model I have though. It's Black on top, red on the sides. Mine weighs an honest 275g, which makes it a lot lighter than any other I've ever seen. I also have a regular Speed V (on my wife's bike), which looks identical except that it's gray, a little thicker from top to bottom, softer, and a LOT heavier. The red color was a bit much until I added red Panaracer Fire XC Pros, which tied it in nicely. This is the most comfortable saddle I've ever used on my MTB. It is a little wider than I like (for getting behind the saddle), but it's never been a problem. Just something I notice. Mine has less padding than my wife's, but for my butt it's actually much more comfortable. (She likes hers better, so everybody's happy). It's still a lot softer than my Flite (which I loved). I doubt I'll ever find a saddle that is significantly better than this one. Certainly not for that price!

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $24.00

    Purchased At:   eBay

    Similar Products Used:   Speed V Comp, Koobi Xenon, Flite Gel Ti

    Bike Setup:   K2 5000, fun parts all over...

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Holy Cromoly a Cross Country Rider from Los Angeles

    Date Reviewed: July 30, 2002

    Strengths:    - Price
    - Comfort
    - Looooooooove Channel


    Weaknesses:    - Too many logos and graphics

    Bottom Line:   
    I have been actively cycling for 12 years now and this saddle has dethrown'd the Specialized Body Geo Pro as the most comfortable saddle for active riding.

    The elastometer/rubber shell under the sit bones means that your sitbones never comes into contact with a hard surface.

    I have been unhappy with saddles in general. It seems either many saddles are too firm (Flite type) or just too plush (Serfas Rx type). The ones that are too firm are good for preventin crotch numbness, but hurt the sit bones about 1 hour into a ride. The overly plush ones feel good on the sitbones but there's too much pressure on the crotch area.

    The Speed V Race feels excellent and has the best of both worlds: sit bone comfort and no crotch numbness.

    The shape is still narrow enough so that it's easy to slide behind the saddle during descents and tech sections.

    My only complaint is it's overly designed graphics. There are just too many logos and graphics on it. There's really no need to brand a saddle with so many decals because: it's tacky looking, and secondly it's not even seen when the bike is being ridden.

    I have only had this saddle for 3 weeks, so I cannot comment on long term durability.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $45.00

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized Body Geometry Pro, Comp, MTB Comp
    Serfax Rx
    Fizik Nisene


    Bike Setup:   dual suspension xc bike

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Darrin a Cross Country Rider from Wappingers Falls,NY

    Date Reviewed: July 30, 2002

    Strengths:    Light weight, comfortable, able to get behind on steep declines, colors scheme, You ride longer, less pain.

    Weaknesses:    Decals wear off, but who really cares! Performance is offing a good price for this seat now.

    Bottom Line:   
    Since I like this seat, I will probably up grade to the Laser V when I need a new seat. The Laser V is supposet to be even better. If you don't want to spend $100 for a Laser V, than this seat is for you! Happy Riding!

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    Favorite Trail:   Stewart MTA Lands

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $56.00

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized (terrible) Trek stock (ok) Schwinn (Horrible)

    Bike Setup:   Trek 6000

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