The Pro Stealth saddle is designed for comfort in the drops and on aerobars
Pro is a component and finishing kit subsidiary of Shimano and as such works with the Shimano-sponsored pro teams to develop products. According to Pro, the company teamed up with Giant-Alpecin to develop the Stealth saddle. As you might expect, being developed alongside pro riders the Stealth is designed to cater for all-out aggressive performance. It’s designed both for road race and time trial use.
Pro worked with Giant-Alpecin’s riders and Shimano’s own testing lab to analyse and test a wide variety of racing positions. As well as a wide cut-out, the Stealth has a shape which is wider at the nose. Pro says this allows the rider to use more of the front of the saddle and stay in the drops or on the TT bars for longer periods.
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Pro says it has also positioned the saddle’s padding for sitbone comfort and to distribute pressure whether riding on the hoods, in the drops or on aero bars. It’s also incorporated reinforcing bridges into the one-piece carbon-reinforced base to help maintain saddle stiffness for good power transfer.
Pro claims a weight of 172g for the Stealth saddle in the carbon-railed version which retails for £174.99. Our test saddle was the titanium-railed version which, although claimed at 210g, weighed in at 207g on our scales.
It’s also incorporated mounts for its line-up of accessories. So you can mount a Pro action camera, race number mounts, a clip on mudguard or a CO2 canister on the saddle’s underside.
Depending on the width of your sitbones Pro offers two widths – 142mm and 152mm widths and with carbon or steel rails. Another important detail to point out is that Pro says the Stealth is a unisex design suitable for men or women. How does it perform? I’ve ridden the Pro Stealth on a number of bikes, including the Parlee Altum-R pictured below.
I normally favour a Fizik Arione, which is also intended for aggressive riding with a low back and I have been impressed with the Pro Stealth. It’s comfortable, very well made and I like the relief channel.
Being a short saddle, I found it similar to the Specialized Power, although I prefer the wider nose of the Stealth. Ultimately saddle comfort is highly personal, but I can say with confidence the Stealth is well worth a try in your search for the perfect perch. At a large Shimano launch for the new Dura-Ace Di2, all the test bikes were fitted with the Stealth saddle and most people seemed to get along with it. Ultimately I still prefer my trusted Fizik Arione, because I find the extra length offered allows me to move around a little bit more and shift position to maintain comfort on long rides.
A well made saddle that is well worth your consideration. It is also pretty lightweight and I like that two widths are offered.