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Triathletes have long known something we roadies seem to only now be figuring out: short saddles save lives. Ok, perhaps that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but spending 4+ hours in an aerodynamic tuck only to be rewarded with a marathon afterward teaches you the importance of comfort to performance – and cutting off blood flow to your perineal region is a sure way to kill comfort. Aggressive pedaling positions – like those experienced on a TT bike or when grinding out every last bit of power your body can muster in the closing laps of a crit – can quickly lead to numbness and discomfort. Fortunately for those of us not inclined to swim or run, many saddle manufacturers like Oregon based titanium fanatic Sage are catching on to the virtues of shorter saddles for the road.
The stubby, ‘noseless’ design of the Beccus saddle, along with a center cut-out, keeps blood flowing under the tremendous pressure sustained efforts put on the perineal region. Like every bike Sage makes, the Beccus saddle utilizes titanium because, to quote the company’s founder David Rosen, “the metal has a life to it.” Titanium helps take the edge off of the harshest roads creating a more comfortable ride. Put together, the short length, center cut-out and titanium rails combine to create a saddle that will reduce numbness under the biggest power outputs.
Choosing a saddle can be fickle. Cheap ones can leave you desiring a more comfortable design or lighter weight. High-end, ultra-light weight ones can leave your wallet feeling a lot lighter than your brand new saddle. At just one Benjamin, Sage has managed to hit a sweet price point for a titanium rail saddle that tips the scales at only slightly north of 250g.
The Beccus measures in at 245mm and is available in two widths: 143mm and 155mm.
sagetitanium.com; $100; 255g (143mm)