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The Shortfit-C Racing saddle from Selle San Marco is an excellent all-round saddle that will suit those with medium to wide sit bones who want something pressure-relieving for training, sportives and even long tours. The weight is pretty good and construction quality is high for the price, meaning this should appeal to serious riders and weekenders alike.
It measures 144mm across, which isn't super-wide but enough that those with narrow sit bones might 'sink' a little into the large central cutout. For the rest of us, it feels great as soon as you take your place. I didn't find myself shuffling around to find a groove and the position was very fixed.
The actual stack is quite high as the padding is tall and deep, to the point where I needed to lower my seatpost slightly when replacing it with a much slimmer saddle on my road bike. I did wonder if all that padding would mis-shape over a longer ride and give me a sinking feeling, but after a 60-miler it held firm and I was very impressed with it. This is where the saddle's 'microfeel' cover gets to work, which Selle San Marco says is lighter than traditional materials and less deformable.
The saddle is supposed to be for riders who like a more aggressive, fixed position, but having ridden it with and without padded shorts I would consider this saddle for touring and audax riding too because it's comfy yet firm. The grip from the cover is truly non-slip, and I felt no unwanted movement on my test rides.
The rails are Xsilite, which is a blend of silicon, titanium and carbon designed to be light and strong plus resistant to weather. I've had this saddle on my bike through some horrendous conditions and so far there's no rust or real signs of wear, and the saddle feels sturdy and solid underneath me - no problems here.
This saddle's appearance is very similar to Selle San Marco's own Concor Supercomfort saddle, well received by our own George Hill, but the Shortfit-C Racing is a bit cheaper, actually weighs less, and just loses out on the carbon-reinforced shell, so to my mind it's the better buy. You can also get the Shortfit C Dynamic Saddle which is the same shape but with some material and weight trade-offs (manganese steel rails as opposed to Xsilite) for cheaper, so this might be a consideration if weight weeny-ism isn't that important to you.
Overall, I was highly impressed with the Shortfit-C Racing saddle. It eats up road buzz, is very comfortable, and although the padding is quite deep, it would still be welcome on my racing bike any time.
A lovely pressure-relieving saddle at a competitive price, providing all-day comfort on the road
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Selle San Marco ShortFit-C Racing Saddle
Size tested: 250 x 144mm
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Selle San Marco says: "The new ShortFit-C delivers superior performance while in a more aggressive position. Proven through blood-flow testing and pressure mapping, the sit bone support provides effective pelvic rotation for all day comfort. The classic U-Shape shell gives incredible support and softness to the inner leg and combined with the large open-fit cut-to remove pressure from the perineum and sit bone area. The lightweight tubular manganese rail improves rigidity, strength and resistance to shocks. The ShortFit-C is perfect for riders who prefer that fixed position due to its shorter nature and waved profile."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Selle San Marco lists these features:
Xsilite rails for shock absorption
Nylon U-shaped shell
Nice shape that keeps you in a fixed position, good material choices, and nice and sturdy.
Does what it says, keeps its shape and has a good non-slip cover.
No signs of wear so far, and manganese-infused rails should increase durability.
Lighter than more expensive saddles in Selle San Marco's range, and lighter than most others at this price point.
For me the saddle proved very comfortable – if your sit bones are narrow you may struggle to get a groove, though.
Impressive features for the price.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well, keeping me comfortable and in position for hours.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The cutout, which allowed me to get into a nice groove.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing springs to mind.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
Serious racers might find this saddle a little too squidgy, and the cutout won't work for everyone, but if the shape suits then the Shortfit-C Racing is an excellent performer: a comfortable all-rounder at a great price.
About the tester
I usually ride: Road bike (currently Specialized Tarmac) My best bike is: Ridley Chronus TT bike
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, triathlon races
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.