The combination of speed and ease, force and grace
Designed from the ground up by Rapha, our range of saddles has been two years in the making. We’ve been designing the world’s finest bib shorts and chamois pads for over a decade, yet we’ve never had control of their interaction with saddles. Until now. Building on that expertise, we have designed the Classic Saddle to work in tandem with the chamois pad in our Classic Bib Shorts II for the most comfortable ride.
Combining timeless styling and contemporary materials for a refined look, the saddle’s curved profile is ideal for riders who prioritise comfort. A shell constructed of a carbon-reinforced nylon is strong and lightweight without compromising on comfort. A lightweight one-piece carbon rail supports the shell via fixtures at the nose and rear. The extended distance between these fixtures allows for a degree of flex and greater comfort. At the rear, a laser-etched metal plate fixes the rail in place. The classic aesthetic is completed with a fully perforated cover, with seamless pleating where it meets the shell for a frictionless finish.
Fit and function redefined
No two riders are the same, yet most saddles are made as if they were. To challenge conventional wisdom on saddle fitting, our Classic Saddle works with the Classic Bib Shorts II for complete comfort. The width and foam density of both the Classic Saddle and the chamois pad in the Classic Bib Shorts II vary according to size. When paired together using Rapha’s fit calculator, the width of the saddle perfectly matches the chamois pad in the bib shorts. The foam density of the pad and the saddle are tailored to provide a degree of compression and support optimised to the rider’s weight. The result: a saddle and pad combination to suit your size and weight for ultimate comfort.
The fully perforated cover is seamlessly bonded to the shell for complete comfort.
One piece carbon rail provides support and flex without compromise on weight.
Made to last
Rear metal brand plate fixes the carbon rail in place.
Details and Materials
- Density tuned foam
- Designed to work with Classic Bib Short II
- Weight: 179 grams (+/- 5%)
- Cover: Water resistant microfibre over polyurethane foam
- Shell: Carbon reinforced nylon shell
- Rails: 100% carbon one-piece rail (ovalized 7x9mm)
Classic Bib Shorts II
Will this saddle be ok with an alloy seat post clamp?
Will these saddles fit specialized road bikes?
Where are the saddles made?
Classic? Where is the leather? Foam in saddle matched to foam in one specific bib short? For a rider that weighs 150 lbs or 220 lbs? Come on Rapha, I love some of your gear but this is marketing mumbo jumbo at its finest.
Frictionless? Have you managed to somehow circumvent the laws of physics? And, who makes these for you? Looks like a Selle Italia saddle?
Will my metal seat post clamp work with the carbon rails on these new saddles? My frame is all steel, but I love the new saddles and want to make it work. Worried about metal on carbon vs. carbon on carbon. Thanks.
Thank you for your request. We’ll contact you when your Classic Saddle - 130mm is available.
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