Saddles are so personal that it is always, repeat always, a great idea to try before you buy.
We pulled on our favourite shorts and settled in to the Rido RLt, a saddle whose ‘Pressure Shift Geometry’ claims to shift weight from the perennial area and on to the sit bones.
The RLt has been designed for cyclists who ride in a more aerodynamic tucked position, so racers, time trialists – riders who like to get down on the drops and ‘give it the beans’.
Its 230g weight is comparable to a Fizik Arione with standard rails, making it a not-too-weighty addition to a steed whose purpose is matched to the aforesaid intention.
A raised and curved design at the rear of the saddle is designed to give the rider something to push against. The long, flat nose felt ‘dropped’ as a consequence.
First impressions were good; in fact, for a new saddle, they were excellent. Why? Because we didn’t notice it, which in many ways is the best review you can give a saddle.
Greater mileage was required to tell if our initial impressions were merely a short distance phenomena, but on rides of 80+ miles, the Rido Lt proved to be a comfortable place to spend four or five hours.
The look of the saddle did not please everybody, but we got used to its curved form. It costs £69.99, and is available in black or white.