I’ve been a fan of SDG saddles since my grom days in the shops, and some of my favorite bike builds have featured their iBeam railed saddles. They’re light, ridiculously durable, and my favorite model, the Formula MTR has an awesome shape. Most of my trail bikes feature dropper posts restricting me to saddles with traditional rails, but after checking out some of the latest models of SDG I’m thinking I want to try some of them out.
A lot of riders in the enduro category have been running a size up on frames in order to be able to run a shorter stem and still maintain a good fit on their bikes. Going up a size frame wise also results in a bike with a slightly longer wheelbase that is a bit more stable at full on enduro race speeds. I’m looking into swapping my trail bike out to a large frame myself, but the drawback to going to a large frame is less standover height. I might get stuck running a 4″ dropper post as opposed to a 5″. Apparently I’m not the only one with this conundrum, and SDG has been addressing it with saddles with a lower profile and height. This new model, the Circuit, has a dramatically lower height that could be the solution to my problems and let me keep my 5″ post and still run a 19″ frame.
I’m a bit fan of the textured leather surface of the new saddle. I’ve got a Duster model I’ve been running on one of my bikes, but find it a bit slippery. The kevlar edges are reminiscent of my favorite SDG saddles from back in the day.
I’m not a fan of bright green bikes, but black with the green accents? Hells yeah.
There’s also a new women’s model with a slightly wider profile and a bit more padding for sensitive rear ends.
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