Selecting the right saddle is key to improving rider comfort on the bike. Whilst the huge range of saddles on the market today make it almost certain that there's a saddle on the market to suit every rider, often finding the right one can be an expensive and laborious process. Our saddle fitting process aims to ensure each rider finds the best saddle for them without the need for purchasing multiple seats.
At Bike Science we now offer two levels of saddle fitting service.
Level 1 : Free* saddle fitting service. All you'll pay is the cost of any saddle you purchase. The free saddle fit service does not utilities pressure mapping or Leomo inertial measurement to assess pelvic stability (see below for further information). 45 minute appointment.
Level 2 : £50* plus the cost of any saddle purchase. A more scientific approach to saddle selection using state of the art gebioMized saddle pressure measurement and Leomo Inertial measurement to accurately assess saddle loading patterns, pelvic positioning and pelvic stability. 1hr 15 minute appointment time.
* A £10 booking fee is charged at time of booking. This fee is deducted from the price of any saddle purchased. If no purchase is made, the fee is NOT refundable. Please read our cancellation policy
prior to booking)
PLEASE BRING CYCLING SHOES AND YOUR FAVOURITE CYCLING/TRI SHORTS TO ANY SADDLE FITTING SESSION.
Bike Science Bristol offer an extremely wide range of saddles from Fizik, Selle Italia, Selle SMP, San Marco, Prologo, gebioMized, Cobb and ISM. Our range include saddles suitable for road, triathlon/time trial, MTB, cycle cross, touring and hybrid style bikes.
Our saddle fitting process begins by replicating your riding position on our adjustable fitting bike. In this way you are given the opportunity to test each saddle in a realistic riding position. We then prepare a large selection of saddles that are most likely to suit your chosen riding discipline (you'll often try up to 40 different saddles during a fitting session). We then begin a process of elimination. Our first run through the test saddles aims to eliminate any choices that are no better or worse than your current saddle. Once the first round is completed we then pair saddles at random and run through the remaining testers in pairs again with the rider choosing the best saddle from each pair. We then continue the process of eliminating saddles in this way until we reach our short list of the three to four best. In our Level 1 fit, we’ll then ask the rider to put these in order of preference themselves by simply choosing which model they think feels best.
During our Level 2 fit we use two systems to help determine the optimum saddle choice. Dynamic saddle pressure loading is assessed using a state of the art gebioMized pressure measurement system. Positioning and stability of rider pelvis is studied using the Leomo inertial measurement system. These systems offer both fitter and rider a detailed view into the effectiveness and function of each saddle. The rider will then have their number one choice fitted to their bike and be given the opportunity to test it out on the road for two weeks*. If they are then happy with the test saddle, we exchange for a new model. If they don't like the tester after riding out on the road, then they can exchange for their next choice on the list. Again, the testing process is repeated until the rider is 100% happy with their choice.
*We charge a deposit for test saddles equal to the retail price of the chosen model. The payment is fully refundable if the saddle is found to be unsuitable.
Please note. We do not offer internet price matching on any saddle as part of our saddle selection process. Saddles are offered at recommended retail price. Being able to offer our clients this service involves time, expertise, experience and investment in thousands of pounds worth of test saddles and bike fitting equipment. Please respect this when making a booking.
Please make a booking for saddle fitting at our Dursley fitting studio using the booking calendar below or call us on 0117 9273444
Use this Calendar for Free Level 1 Service Bookings
Use this Calendar for Level 2 Service Bookings with Saddle Pressure Measurement