PRO’s product managers had a difficult task this year… Take their hugely successful Stealth saddle, which was designed for aggressive all-out performances in both road races and time trials, and refine it even further. The result? A 15% weight reduction and ultra-modern looking saddle which maximizes performance and comfort.
The original Stealth saddle had a unique shape with a wider nose to help spread the pressure out a bit. This allowed riders to use more of the front of the saddle and remain comfortable on the drops for extended periods of time, which in turn allowed them to maintain a more aerodynamic position on the bike. Now, thanks to a different saddle base manufacturing technique, PRO has been able to create a saddle and rail one-piece carbon design. This state-of-the-art construction sees the carbon rails integrating seamlessly into the carbon saddle base material, resulting in a big weight decrease of 15% over the original Stealth design.
The new manufacturing technique sees a carbon weave pattern (rather than injection molding) with a precision fiber lay-up to bring both increased saddle stiffness and improved compliance. This allows the STEALTH SUPERLIGHT saddle to hit the scales at 145g, dropping 27g over its predecessor to become one of the lightest and most comfortable aero saddles on the market. With increased compliance in the base, the padding and cover material
Like the original Stealth design, the shape of the saddle features
a wide cut-out channel in the middle, offering extra comfort for riders on the
edge. To retain saddle stiffness and power transfer the base includes horizontal
reinforcement bridges, part of the one-piece carbon reinforced base, to give
the saddle a distinctive and ultra-modern look. Much like the rest of the PRO saddle range the underside of
the base features ports for PRO accessories including PRO sports camera mounts,
race plates, race fenders and CO2 brackets. The super-thin lightweight base and lightweight padding
PRO Product Developer Fabian
Team Sunweb’s Michael Matthews received one of the first production saddles ahead of the 2019 Tour de France. “I’ve been racing with the original STEALTH saddle since its introduction
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