Back in June I contacted Cobb Cycling to let them know how impressed I was with their saddles and to ask a few questions. Up to that point, I only owned one, which was on my road triathlon bike. It was amazingly comfortable, even with 4+ hour rides and I wanted the same comfort on my mountain bike, knowing that later in the year I would be doing some long-distance events. I hopped up to their website and perused the mountain bike saddles, but I had difficulty deciding on which one to buy, thus the reason for my email to them. I informed them of my upcoming events and asked which one they would recommend for me.
Within a day or so, they responded and recommended the Cobb Plus DRT saddle which was an off-road version of the same saddle that I had on my tri-bike. However, given that a lot of my XTERRAs were shorter races, they also recommended I should probably go with the SHC DRT saddle. So with a little hesitation, I pulled the trigger and had them send me both. Since then, I’ve been riding the SHC DRT saddle for a while during both training rides and racing. I wanted to share my thoughts, but before I do, let me give you a little background about the folks over at Cobb.
Cobb Cycling was created by John Cobb, a person that has been around the block a few times when it comes to cycling since his initial involvement back in the early 70s. With his racing background, he was one of the first people to recognize the importance of aerodynamics and a proper bike fit for racing. Over the years, not only have professional cyclists and triathletes requested John’s assistance, but manufacturers continually consult him on improving their products. Not that being aerodynamic has a lot to do with mountain biking, John’s research, particularly the stuff he knows about bike fit and the physiology of a biker, brings benefits to roadies and mountain bikers alike. Also, as it pertains to the this review, his experience designing road saddles, the unique technology and methods of design, carries over into the mountain bike arena.