Ergon SR Allroad Core Comp Saddle: At The Finish

Ergon SR Allroad Core Comp Saddle: At The Finish- by Guitar Ted

It is time to bring this review of the new Ergon SR Allroad Core Comp saddle to a close here. In my mid-term update, I mentioned that there were a few more things I wanted to try before I gave my final verdict. Those things have been done and now I am ready to render that verdict. So, let’s go….

The Ergon SR Allroad Core Comp saddle on a table
Guitar Ted really likes this saddle from Ergon. The SR Allroad Core Comp will be available in early 2022.

Essentially nothing has changed my mind about what I think of this new saddle from Ergon. The SR Allroad Core Comp feels great, it damps vibrations as advertised, and it just so happens to fit my rear end very well. You? Yeah, and here is where things like bicycle saddle reviews can get tricky. Saddles are personal and not everyone is going to agree to even agree that a particular saddle is good. I’m sure I’ll see something to the effect of “This saddle made my life miserable!“, at some point after this review and some people will think my glowing praises of the SR Allroad Core Comp are akin to ‘bovine excrement’. I get it. I’ve been in this rodeo for many years, so I know how it can go.

Close up of the Ergon SR Allroad Core Comp saddle on Guitar Ted's bike against a boulder.
There really is something to this Infinergy®material found in the SR Allroad range.

But at the risk of all that, I am going to go as far as to say that the Ergon SR Allroad range is going to be a game-changer for many riders. I know that I thought certain saddles were very good for me and I was happy to ride them all day long, and I have. However; the Core Comp saddle I am riding now has never given me any discomforts. As in – zero. I cannot say that for any other saddle I have tried.

And what is more, I have this same feeling whether or not I ride with a chamois. In fact, I have entertained doing a really long ride sans-chamois, that’s how much of a difference this saddle has made for me. I know……I know…..big claims but it is true. And I’ve ridden my other saddles lately sans-chamois just to make sure this wasn’t pure hyperbole. And I have to say, I’m convinced this saddle is that good, this Allroad Core Comp.

At The Finish: So, it should come as no surprise here that I feel that this saddle is really good. Again- I know it will not be for everyone, and this review is no guarantee for you, the reader, that you will get on with it. But I am willing to bet a lot of people will, and when they get on this SR Allroad Core range of saddles from Ergon, they will feel the lack of vibrations and increased comfort that I have.

Guitar Ted's bike leaning against a boulder on a gravel road.

The Ergon SR Allroad Core Comp saddle, along with the rest of the range, is due out in 2022. Hopefully supply chain issues affecting so much of the cycling industry do not push that date back because this saddle range is something you should check out. The other thing that is a bit of a nit is that Ergon has not announced when a women’s specific saddle in the Allroad range will become available, only that it is coming. Hopefully it works as well for females as I have found it to work out for me.

But for now I can only leave you with this: Folks looking for a better saddle in 2022 and beyond really need to make an effort to try out these Allroad saddles from Ergon. They are not like the old Ergon saddles, (which is good, in my opinion), and they deliver on the promise of great fit and comfort on gravel.

For specs and more information on this Ergon saddle see our introductory post here.

NOTE: Ergon sent over the SR Allroad Core Comp saddle at no charge to Riding Gravel for test and review. We were not bribed, nor paid, to give this review and we always strive to give our honest thoughts and opinions throughout.

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Author: Guitar Ted

Guitar Ted hails from Iowa. Home of over 70,000 miles of gravel and back roads. An inaugural member of the Gravel Cycling Hall of Fame and Co-creator of Trans Iowa in late 2004- Guitar Ted has been at the forefront of the growth of gravel events and riding since then. Creator of Gravel Grinder News in 2008, he produced the premier calendar of gravel and back road events. GT joined forces with Riding Gravel in late 2014.

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7 thoughts on “Ergon SR Allroad Core Comp Saddle: At The Finish

  1. Enjoyed this review. I know you also like the Pure saddle (as I do) so I’d like to hear what you think about the fit/feel of this Ergon vs the WTB Pure…
    Thanks!
    Tom

  2. @Tom – First of all, thank you. I appreciate the kind words.

    The Pure V is a completely different saddle and on the surface of it, I should not have liked the Ergon SR Allroad as a result. In fact, I was prepared to be let down. I’ve always thought I needed a saddle that was less flat in profile and instead I thought I should always have a saddle with a depressed/bucket center section as the Pure V has. (And really, many old models of WTB saddles were this way, most famously the SST)

    However, a Pure V was really good ‘most of the time’ while there were aspects of using it that weren’t all that great. I figured it was more about me, not the saddle.

    Then along comes the SR Allroad, and it is kind of like when you broke up with that person when you were young. You thought it was something about you that made the relationship rocky, when in reality you find out that the other person was much more to blame than you may have been able to see while you were in that relationship.

    The SR Allroad kind of dialed me up to the fact that I didn’t know that the issues I was having with the Pure V weren’t me- it was the saddle. So, for me anyway, I think I’ve found my new saddles going forward.

  3. Well I think I’ll have to try one when available. My long time appreciation of the Pure as been one “with conditions”. My chronic wandering eye led to a Fabric Scoop on one of my bikes which I like “with conditions”. Same with a Brooks on another bike. It would be nice to find a no conditions saddle.
    Thanks Again!

  4. Interested in this saddle, however the release is several weeks out. Also looking at the Fizik Terra Argo. Do you have any experience/brief comparisons? Thanks!

  5. Beware if you need a lot of setback. Even though I use 25mm offset seatpost, with this saddle pushed all the way back to the limit I still couldn’t get balanced on my road bike, felt like falling off in the front with too much pressure on my hands. So I went back to Fabric Scoop that gives me perfect balance set bang in the middle of the rails and put Ergon on my flatbar gravel/commuter bike. Other than that the saddle is great, very comfortable, that BASF foam really dampens vibrations beautifully, almost feels like having suspension seatpost.

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