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 compliance without compromise on weight
Made to last
All of our saddles are handmade in Italy by a skilled partner with over a century’s worth of experience in saddle manufacture
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)
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Hi, will the ovalized rail work with a Canondale SAVE carb seat post ?
Hi! What’s the weight limit for the rider on these saddles?
I prefer shorts to bibs. I use the classic shorts, size large. Which saddle works with those?
do you have test saddles? I'm not near a Clubhouse.........
Hi will the rails on the seats fit a standard seat post bracket. I have a trek domane sl6 pro which has aluminum rails on the seat.
I wear both classic and pro team bib shorts on the same bike - would the classic saddle be suitable for both shorts?
I have the Core bib Shorts from 2017. Which saddle works best?
What is the length of the saddle?
Thank you for your request. We’ll contact you when your Classic Saddle - 145mm is available.
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