ANVL Components Forge Saddle - Review

Jul 24, 2014
by Mike Kazimer  
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ANVL Forge saddle review

ANVL Components Forge Saddle

Based in the Pacific Northwest, ANVL Components offers a full range of mountain bike accessories, including direct mount stems, pedals, grips, and saddles. Their Forge saddle is available with either carbon, titanium or chromoly rails, and is meant to be able to take on everything from XC to DH usage. The saddle's profile is quite thin, but the base has been designed to be flexible enough to offer comfort for multi-hour excursions. Constructed from EVA foam with a leather cover, the Forge also has Kevlar patches on each side to protect it from rips and tears. Dimensions: 278 x 138mm. Weight (titanium rails): 196 grams. Price: $119.99 USD. www.anvlcomponents.com

ANVL forge saddle review

The Forge's flexible shell combined with an indentation in the center helps keeps the pressure off of those sensitive areas.



Pinkbike's Take:

bigquotesAlthough the Forge saddle's thin profile may not immediately look it, the combination of the foam padding around the sit bone area and the flexible shell ended up being quite comfortable, even on five hour rides with countless steep dirt road grinds. The back of the saddle, where the majority of your body weight rests, is well supported, while the middle of the shell has a good deal of compliance, allowing it to conform to the body's contours rather than making it feel like you're sitting it on a 2x4. On the descents, the Forge's shape made it easy to shift my weight rearward without needing to adopt the stance of a bowlegged cowboy. This saddle has been in place on everything from long XC rides to rowdy downhill runs, and it's held strong, with no bent rails or tears to be seen. For their first foray into the world of saddle design, ANVL have done an excellent job with the Forge, achieving that elusive blend of light weight and comfort many other saddles fail to attain. - Mike Kazimer





40 Comments

  • + 108
 It's funny because if you flip the v in anvl upside down it says anal
  • + 8
 haha nice observation
  • + 14
 Haha - I have this saddle and now I can't get that name out of my mind. Thanks! I must say its quite comfortable. Easy to move around on it
  • + 22
 Anvl to anal... Nice transition.. Wink
  • + 9
 Well its a hidden warning for don't angle your saddle to high up.
  • - 3
 That's the first thing I found out when I saw the name like months ago. Now this brand finally get the right product for their name!
  • + 7
 Hole in one
  • + 8
 HA! It will be interesting to see if they can gain market penetration. (too far?)
  • + 1
 Can one really go too far on PB comments?
  • + 1
 Lmao, all these after comments just made my day
  • + 8
 Did you flip the saddle over to see if it said Velo underneath at least ?
  • + 5
 @mike Do you guys ever ride the same seat but on a different bike and get a totally different result?
  • + 6
 I've found that if a seat works well on one bike it'll typically be just as comfortable on another. The actual positioning of the seat - the angle and where it's clamped to the post - may vary from bike to bike due to the seat tube angle and the reach of the bike, but the comfort level should remain the same.
  • + 1
 Will you be reviewing their pedals soon?
  • + 1
 You ride a bike for 5 hrs? On purpose?
  • + 3
 Loving this saddle have it on my all mountain and road bike for a combined 1000 kms. $60 for the chromoly can't go wrong.
  • + 1
 I put one on my new bike and it as as comfortable as my old Chromag. Pretty good for 2 hours of climbing. We'll see how it holds up.
  • + 2
 Good to see a company other than specialised making phenom saddles now.
  • + 1
 You can get this saddle for 50$ with steel rails... I don't think the phenom is that cheap, I haven't looked around for a price properly but that's a great deal.
  • + 1
 In a glance i saw a phenom profile too(that i like and still using). But the material and the cutout in the middle make it clear they're different, not to mention anvl seems has a thinner profile.
  • + 1
 Sounds a bit cheaper than the silverado carbon I've been looking at
  • + 1
 still more expensive than pretty much every non-ti Charge saddle, though.
  • + 1
 Yep the one in the review is the Ti model, but they have a cheaper steel one too (or a more expensive carbon if that's your thing). I have the Ti one too, it's f*cking sweet: www.ridemorebikes.com/anvl-components-forge-saddle
  • + 1
 138mm? Do they make saddles for big boned gals like myself? Or do I need to go to Lane Bryant?
  • + 1
 The best saddle for the money I've found is the Charge Spoon which has served me well on many all day epics.
  • + 0
 Absolutely home run product! I'm rocking about 7000 km on mine. No chamois needed.
  • + 2
 I hate chamois. They just fuck with my junk too much.
  • + 1
 Specialized? I smell a lawsuit...
  • + 1
 Why a lawsuit?
  • + 1
 That was tongue in cheek
  • + 7
 Oh, come on... Simple explanation - probably Specialized and Anal are made in the same chinese factory Razz
  • + 5
 I like how you've just resorted to calling this seat the Anal.
  • + 6
 I think old man Freud would have an opinion on all this business
  • + 2
 looks exactly like their saddles
  • + 1
 opps didnt see kat a pat had been responded to damn mobile pb with the smalll screen
  • + 0
 Wonder how my anus will hold up on this Anal..
  • - 1
 Looks a lot like the classic Stella flite.
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