We have customers ranging from World Champions all the way to the most casual weekend riders. If there’s one question we hear often from all of them, it’s this: “Which ISM saddle is right for me?” With so many choices in our line, the decision can be daunting. We’ll do our best to make your choice as easy as possible. Rest assured that no matter which ISM saddle you choose, you’ll benefit from the best possible blood flow and protection against numbness of any seat in the world.
For those riding competitive bikes (road, triathlon, mountain, cyclocross, sport hybrid), we recommend choosing from our Performance line. These include the Racing, Time Trial, Road, Typhoon, Podium, Breakaway, Prologue, Attack, and Peak. Among these choices, there are four key chassis designs, or saddle shapes: Short, Long, Narrow, and MTB.
From firmest to softest padding, these are the Short saddles: Racing, Time Trial, Road, and Typhoon. Our Short models are best for riders that prefer to sit in one place on the seat, without moving around very much. That often makes them a top choice for many triathletes and time trialists, but they may also be used on road bikes, mountain bikes, or sport hybrids, too.
Note: The Racing and Time Trial have the same padding, but the front arms of the Time Trial slope down at an angle, giving it a ‘softer’ feel for some people.
From firmest to softest padding, these are the Long models: Podium, Breakaway, Prologue. These seats were originally introduced for road bikes, although they have become very popular with all disciplines of cycling. Our long saddles are just that – longer than the short saddles. They are great for riders that like to move back while climbing hills, or prefer more saddle area in general.
Introduced in 2013, the Attack is our narrowest seat. Similar in padding to the Breakaway or Road, the Attack allows for maximum thigh and hamstring clearance, and the most freedom-of-movement of any ISM seat.
The Peak is our mountain bike-specific seat. With a sloped rear, it allows the rider to easily come up and over the rear of the saddle during technical downhill maneuvers. The Peak also features reinforced Kevlar panels on the sides for improved durability.
For those riding on more casual bikes (commuter, hybrid, beach cruiser, police bike), we recommend choosing from our Comfort line. These include the Typhoon, Century, Cruise, Berkley, Touring, and Sport. We have three key chassis designs, or shapes in this line: Comfort Fitness, Comfort Beach, and Comfort City.
Comfort Fitness includes our Typhoon and Century saddles. Both are the same shape, and feature a generous amount of padding. The difference is that the Century has a soft Lycra cover, while the Typhoon has a synthetic leather cover. Both are very popular on a huge range of bikes – triathlon, hybrid, road, mountain, or anything on two wheels!
From our Comfort Beach category, we have the Cruise and Berkley. The Cruise is the widest ISM seat, perfect for all body shapes and sizes. Our customers tell us it truly is “like sitting on a couch”. The Berkley is very similar to the Cruise, only narrower. These seats are also very popular with spin bikes and home stationary bikes.
The Touring and Sport make up our Comfort City category. These seats can be comfortably ridden with or without bike shorts, and are very popular with police officers. The Touring is our original seat, while the Sport is similar, only slightly narrower and firmer.
SADDLE SELECTOR TOOL
We offer an automated tool to assist you in choosing your ISM seat, which takes into account your mileage, riding style, and other factors. Please begin below to find your perfect choice.