This SDG Bel Air RL Saddle with Titanium Rails is no longer available although you may find similar or newer versions below:
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With Titanium rails and 3 colour combos, for 10 years this has been SDG's most popular seat. The Bel-Air line of saddles is known for its all-around comfort and functionality.
The Bel-Air line of saddles is known for its all-around comfort and functionality. For nearly a decade, the Bel-Air has been SDG's most popular saddle. New comfort enhancements and an updated profile makes the latest generation Bel-Air RL more comfortable than ever.
Performance saddles are narrower than the models designed for shorter ride comfort. They're intended for riders who have a committed riding style with weight on hands and feet so they're narrower and lighter. High tech padding materials and flexible body designs keep your pressure points comfortable and lightweight chassis components keep the weight down. Most have some kind of ergonomic design to reduce pressure on nerves and allow unrestriced blood flow to your sensitive areas. Womens models have a wider design to suit their naturally wider pelvis. Saddle widths vary across the ranges from narrow (upto 130mm), medium (upto 138mm) to wide (upto 146mm). Narrower saddles are the popular choice for longer distance riders as they do not cause the hips to be placed in an unnatural position. Wider saddles will often feel comfortable initially due to their greater surface area but then progressively decrease in comfort as the miles increase, the correct choice of saddle is a case of getting the balance between initial comfort and overall comfort.
Jerome’s first product was a seat made specifically for mountain bikers, replacing the delicate leather used by traditional European seat makers with a super-tough and light weight material known as “Kevlar”. Operating from a small factory in Southern California (a place they still call home), S.D.G. crafted unique, high-quality seats by hand, slowly carving out a niche among the mountain bike cognoscenti. During the mid 1990’s S.D.G. introduced some of the best-loved, lightest weight saddles, featuring super-light foams, and distinctively stitched covers. Many have become “classics”, and some, like the Bel Air, Satellite and Slim Jim, are still in production. By the end of the ‘90’s S.D.G. seats were standard equipment on most top-shelf mountain bikes.
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the RL is one of four Bel Air models, and we reckon it's the pick of the bunch for trailsters...the big change is the addition of what SDG calls a 'comfort cleavage'. This smooth groove - not a cut-out section like some other saddles - relieves pressure on your sensitive bits and allows you to stay seated for longer without discomfort.
SDG has done the seemingly impossible and made an ultra-comfy saddle even comfier.
Bel Air freeride/XC saddles have long been favourites of our testers for their all-round rideability, durability and general crash-proofness, and the RL is a new addition to the lineup that's designed to provide even greater comfort.
The kevlar sides and injection moulded nose and tail bumpers give an air of rugged invincibility, while the classic dropped nose and upswept rear provide a stable riding position with comfort provided by firm-but-comfy padding and a shallow central groove. Utterly functional, this saddle performas exactly as you'd expect it to and works well either perched up front or sitting down for the long uphill haul, but we reckon it's more suited to those riders needing that extra bit of freeride 'grrr', as we found the kevlar rubbed us up the wrong way when either pedalling or moving around the seat.
Rugged, functional saddle that's more suited to a freeride style.
Updated with a nad-pressurew reducing groove, the RL's padding is firm but forgiving; a comfortable combination for all day rides. Kevlar sides help prolong the life of the saddle, mine with its silver faux sharkskin has survived six hard months of riding and several flying bike moments without any noticeable damage. The Ti rails give it just enough flex to tame even the harshest hardtail, and no doubt save enough weight to calm the weight weenie within, if you're the type who worries about that kind of thing.
Contact points can make or break a long ride, the SDG Bel Air RL takes care of the main one to keep you in the saddle longer, and that's a good thing in my book.
We tested the Bel Air about a year ago, but this is a new shape.The ballistic nylon upper is hard-wearing but it isn't waterproof, and its camo colour didn't stay that way for long. Kevlar edging resists scuffing, along with a bolt-on plastic tail guard.
We liked the shape of the new RL; it's comfortable for all-day rides and offers great support. The colour is distinctive, but we reckon a leather cover will look less tatty over time.
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