A Special saddle by wtb created to solve a a problem, developed in collaboration with Chris Cocalis and Dave Wiggle
Choosing a bicycle saddle is a very individual and complicated process. Finding a perfect fit for the rider’s body and riding style depends on numerous parameters, the most important of which is comfort. A good saddle fit can be the difference between pleasure and (lots of) pain.
There is a widespread consensus among riders that WTB’s wide range of saddles offer excellent solutions for preventing sore rear ends, and the High Tail, unveiled a year ago, is the company’s latest addition to this line. It was developed in collaboration with Chris Cocalis of Pivot Bikes and suspension genius Dave Wiggle, who both sought a saddle with additional rear-tire clearance for long-travel bikes (mostly 29ers), where the seat and the tire often come in contact with the suspension fully compressed. The result is the High Tail’s inward-facing arched rear end, which provides the required space for the tire during suspension compression. The design is relatively short and narrow, with a minimalistic, racer-like look, mid-level padding, and a canal in the middle for improving blood flow to the essentials.
On the bike:
WTB designates the High Tail for a wide range of riding styles, from road to downhill. As already mentioned, it belongs to the Spartan category of saddles – narrow, with thin padding, and a rather stiff feel, which is indeed characteristic of many of the modern saddles for AM-style bikes and beyond. As a result of the rear end being bitten-off, it feels especially short. Most taller riders who are used to “regular” saddles 270mm and longer – like most of the testers – would likely find it too short and not comfortable enough for long stretches sitting down; others, and especially smaller riders, can find it very comfortable. The narrow build makes the High Tail effectively disappear while maneuvering out of the saddle. Finally, though we tested it on three different frames, the new saddle depression was never effectively put to the test, despite the fact that some of these bikes were designed by Wiggle himself.
The High Tail looks and feels high end, is lightweight even in the basic Cr-Mo version, and features a high aesthetic factor. Those of us that could adjust to the length (or lack thereof) were comfortable even during longer, pedal-intensive rides, while those that didn’t quickly re-installed a “standard” saddle.
For better: Weight, looks, doesn’t get in the way, rear-tire clearance for those who need it
For worse: Uncomfortably short for certain taller riders
|Color:||Black (white accents)|
|Details:||Microfiber Cover Flex-Tuned shell DNA padding|
|Sizing:||Narrow- Short (128mm x 255mm)|