What's The Difference Between MTB Marathon, XC, & Gravel Saddles?

What's The Difference Between MTB Marathon, XC, & Gravel Saddles?

So you want to buy a new saddle for your mountain bike. Chances are, this is because your current saddle isn’t very comfortable for you. Choosing a saddle can be difficult – they have different widths, cutouts, and shapes! Everyone you ask has a different opinion because they have a different body shape/size or may ride a different MTB discipline. In this video, Doddy shows you through everything you’ll need to know next time you buy a saddle.

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⏰ Timestamps 👇
01:04 – Saddle Anatomy
09:12 – Discipline Requirements
14:01 – Choosing the right saddle

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50 Comments

  1. stevesnailfish on July 22, 2022 at 12:02 am

    I’m a skinny old git and have tried so many saddles these past 30 odd years. Weird thing is that I’ve settled on a really cheap saddle for all of my 6 bikes….from road bike to full susser….I found a Planet X Uranus (smirk) to be the best fit and comfort for 5 years now…..Just fits me arse and works for long rides….Sod the weight as they are just comfy.
    It’s a very personal thing is a saddle…..



  2. daz_the_cyclist on July 22, 2022 at 12:03 am

    WTB have you covered 👌



  3. Tadej Peckaj on July 22, 2022 at 12:03 am

    Amazing info on saddles! Thank you



  4. Jean-claude Harris on July 22, 2022 at 12:04 am

    I found the right saddle through trial and error. This is a great video on the principles of saddle design.



  5. Markus Ilomaki on July 22, 2022 at 12:06 am

    Doddy, what happened? You forgot the eMTB saddle 😀



  6. bob on July 22, 2022 at 12:07 am

    You misspelled tw@t.



  7. Emtb Trail rider Uk on July 22, 2022 at 12:08 am

    When you start to hit 50 years old. Need a saddle to hold a far more droopy sack lol



  8. Thomas D on July 22, 2022 at 12:11 am

    #AskGMBNTech Doddy, thanks for the great lesson on saddles. I would really enjoy a companion review on the different types of saddle-to-post mounting systems out there. I’ve used probably about a half dozen different seat posts each with their own idiosyncrasies. Some are pretty easy; others require the patience and dexterity of a surgeon. A comparison review and ‘tips and tricks’ on the best way to install saddles would be much appreciated!



  9. Dean Pattrick on July 22, 2022 at 12:12 am

    Cromoly, little bit cheaper 😉 not the first place I would look to save weight 😎



  10. C B on July 22, 2022 at 12:12 am

    Thanks Mr Dodd……Peace



  11. Galen Kehler on July 22, 2022 at 12:12 am

    Thicker padding can aid in decoupling the lateral loading, which means that you skin and soft tissues don’t experience the shear forces. (Kind of like a slip-plane device in a helmet)
    This can really help with extended seated pedaling.



  12. Andy Livingston on July 22, 2022 at 12:15 am

    Great series Doddy. Keep up the good work.
    Any chance you could do something on handlebar length. Is it related to height or arm length or both? Is there a calculation? Is it personal preference? Be great to have you perspective Doddy.



  13. Be Lieve on July 22, 2022 at 12:15 am

    It would be nice to be able to try a bunch of different saddles for a day at a time.



  14. fud 1 on July 22, 2022 at 12:18 am

    Charge Spoon Saddle is the Best for Price,Comfort,Durabilaty and style….end of !!!



  15. Stuart Woodburn on July 22, 2022 at 12:19 am

    I have a Nukeproof enduro saddle as I have an older bike which I had to have external routed cable dropper. The bike has room for a 100mm drop but I could only get 125mm drop, the Nukeproof has a low stack height. It is comfy too.



  16. Ronald Pontuya on July 22, 2022 at 12:20 am

    Im using my roadbike saddle on my xc/trail mtb.



  17. Jason W on July 22, 2022 at 12:22 am

    I just use the saddle that came stock on my bike, I’m sure there’s a better one for me out there but there’s too many to choose from and why change something that works.



  18. ЯромиR on July 22, 2022 at 12:23 am

    Excellent series, precise info with zero BS.
    BTW, nice and clear English, so comfortable for non-English ears (-:
    Thousand Thanks, Mr. Dodd!



  19. wordreet on July 22, 2022 at 12:24 am

    Gravel bikes have gravel under the saddle, XC bikes have a whole mixture of mud/leaved and stuff under the saddle, and Marathon MTBs have Snickers under the saddle.



  20. Scat Silvurz on July 22, 2022 at 12:27 am

    It’s really a princess-and-the-pea scenario. my alltime fave saddle is Ergon’s SM-E, their e-bike saddle with the up-turned tail, which is mounted on my 2019 GT Sensor acoustic bike. It’s neither of the categories mentioned, yet checks all the boxes under me bum!



  21. IFFY_TOO on July 22, 2022 at 12:28 am

    Sorry, I confused this with an informative tech segment. I dont trust anything thats "sponsored" to be independent and trustworthy. This is why I unsubbed from the channel and avoid it generally (saying that there have been a few vids by Neil recently that dont have the whiff of shill about them.)



  22. Tony Hruzek on July 22, 2022 at 12:29 am

    I have been looking for something like this for a long time. I am still looking for THE saddle. I have gone through 6 in the past 18 months.



  23. Dave Gravitt on July 22, 2022 at 12:29 am

    Doddy. What ever happened to VETTA gel bicycle seats?



  24. Kukuh Wanengkirtyo on July 22, 2022 at 12:29 am

    Ti 316 material is actually stainless steel grade of 316Ti as a 316 family stabilized with around 0.4-0.5% Titanium only. Other elements are Chromium circa17%, Nickel circa 11%, molybdenum circa 2% and the rest is iron. It is misleading if 316Ti is said as a titanium based alloy. It is a stainless steel grade..!!!!



  25. Danny Smith on July 22, 2022 at 12:32 am

    I’m on my 4th bike seat and still looking…. At this point I might as well start a collection🤣😂



  26. Cedric Martin on July 22, 2022 at 12:34 am

    #askgbmntech, hi I just got a merida speed mission full suspension xc bike, and I need to change the rear shock but i don’t know what measurements i should look at



  27. Piotr Bykowski on July 22, 2022 at 12:34 am

    Very good explanation. Thank you!



  28. Rupert Wenn on July 22, 2022 at 12:37 am

    Prologic Akero AGX such a comfy saddle. Says 150mm but more like 145. Designed for gravel, but work great for mtb.



  29. Christian Schneider on July 22, 2022 at 12:38 am

    Very good to see something about XCO/XCM on the channel. Enduro and Downhill is not everything.



  30. Levi Fülöp on July 22, 2022 at 12:39 am

    Yes it has been interesting as I am planning to build a new bike in around a year from now for cross-country use and making the best light weight out of the budget. So I thought it will be cheap if I ordered cheap carbon railed saddles from China which would do the job. But now I feel like it is more complicated then that and I should be going with a more experienced brand for example Selle Italia, Fizik or Ergon



  31. AnCap Asuka on July 22, 2022 at 12:40 am

    I think the future is going to be in 3d printed saddles built for your specific bottom, kind of like the insole companies that get a mold of your foot.
    Imagine dropping trow and sitting in some putty mold and sending off your butt print to get a saddle made for you lol.
    More likely that you’d be scanned and sized in a shop though, not as funny though.



  32. Cathode Active on July 22, 2022 at 12:43 am

    I have Selle Italia SMP on all my bikes… nothing better for me.



  33. Simon Bragg-Coulthard on July 22, 2022 at 12:43 am

    this was exactly the video I needed Thanks GMBN Tech for coming though again !



  34. BoBo The rice farmer on July 22, 2022 at 12:45 am

    I needed this



  35. chimps4gimps on July 22, 2022 at 12:45 am

    Lighting needs some work on this new camera position Doddy.



  36. adam Pilkington on July 22, 2022 at 12:46 am

    Great video but please sort out your lighting, it makes you look ill. Too dark and gloomy, work space needs a lot more soft lighting. Older videos have better lighting so something has changed for the worse.



  37. Michael Moore on July 22, 2022 at 12:46 am

    Thank you for addressing the gravel angle. Very helpful.



  38. Jakob Holm on July 22, 2022 at 12:47 am

    put a piece of an old innertube around both rails before clamping them – cheap hack to absorb vibrations:-)



  39. Blindcattan on July 22, 2022 at 12:48 am

    What you recommend for a xc trail mix



  40. Whitehawkvision Films on July 22, 2022 at 12:49 am

    Great video! Been waiting for this one. The way Specialized and others have explained to me way back when was that if you ride often and long you need LESS padding and if you ride short rides and infrequently you need THICKer padding. If you ride often and long your sitbone muscles develop and grow strong and do not need thick padding, but because you ride often and long rides alot of cushion will eventually cause soft tissue irritation (taint damage) and if you ride short rides infrequently your sitbone muscles never really get developed and you don’t ride enough to irritate soft tissue so pad up for comfort. Anyhoo… learned alot and I still haven’t found the perfect saddle as I sit here and look at my Selle Italia and Specialized saddles. I think I will try an Ergon next. If the Specialized Power Arc was absolutely flat I think it would be my perfect saddle. The rolled sides help my hamstrings clear the saddle better than laterally flat saddles, padding is great, cutout is great, but the gentle flared back half of the saddle still sends me sliding onto the nose when I want to just sit on the back of the saddle and put the power down. I also find myself bouncing around on the Power Arc to find the magic spot and can’t just easily find it. I do like the saddle, but it ain’t perfect either. My Selle Italia is art, but also a taint-killer. It stays on the guest bike now. My longest races are 24 Hours of Moab (twice… ) Keep up the great vids!



  41. Enrique Hernandez, on July 22, 2022 at 12:54 am

    I had no idea of all the difference that exists . I have to take that under consideration in my bike building. So much info. GOOD 👍 JOB.



  42. Richard Verden on July 22, 2022 at 12:56 am

    #askgmbntech
    Hi Doddy
    Been having tubeless problems that is really getting on my nerves.
    My rear wheel has never stayed inflated ever since I set it up tubeless. It was always just a very slow puncture that I could cope with but over time it has got worse. It is leaking where the rim is joined together and I’ve tried changing the tape, adding another layer of tape and adding more sealant but nothing has worked. I’ve checked everything and tried everything but nothing is working and it is incredibly frustrating as I have to pump the tyre up numerous times on rides. Is there anything else I can do or is it a manufacturing fault of the rim? And am I just going to have to stick a tube in it?
    The rims are WTB ST light i30 if that’s any help.
    Thanks



  43. Vaughn D. Taylor on July 22, 2022 at 12:57 am

    I think the only “perfect” saddle would be one that was custom molded to your arse, but I recently got the Selle Italia Novus Boost and I’m really loving it. I have the brown leather saddle and it looks great on my bike.



  44. Adrian Veidt on July 22, 2022 at 12:57 am

    I wanna ask. Is bike fitting on aggressive mountain biking like DH and enduro(pro level) as meticulous as road cycling and XC?



  45. fud 1 on July 22, 2022 at 12:58 am

    I’ve always said ”a saddles not fit sitting down, but resting ya arse”…Ha !!



  46. Kazak Thranduil on July 22, 2022 at 12:58 am

    I’m riding the Ergon SM Pro men and it’s been amazing



  47. Alvin Aw on July 22, 2022 at 12:59 am

    Extremely helpful video as I trying to find which saddle suit my bottom. At times I will hv sore arse….. thanks doddy 😊



  48. GMBN Tech on July 22, 2022 at 1:00 am

    Have you found the perfect saddle yet?



  49. Derek Neumann on July 22, 2022 at 1:00 am

    Rolling a Terry Fly Ti up in here!!



  50. JCG adventures on July 22, 2022 at 1:00 am

    Very informative and interesting, well presented Doddy. Loved this one 🤛