Saddles are not sexy. They lack S-shaped leverage curves, twiddly damping adjusters and the overt sex appeal that so many other products bring to the table. And yet, a crap saddle is something that makes itself known. Quickly. I remember getting just one ride in Ashland on a Fizik saddle, only to discover that the sleek instrument of torture had worn a hole in my backside. So, yeah, although saddles like any overt sense of “radness,” these things matter. And, yes, for that guy in Germany who is annoyed that I am making up English words as I go along, “radness” is a word. Deal with it.
I ride plenty of saddles and most of them fit squarely in the blah range for me. Not bad, but not doing anything particularly positive either. One exception: Chromag’s Lynx DT ($80) saddle.
For starters, the Lynx DT isn’t either so skinny or so fat that it limits you to any specific discipline. Cross-country purists still pining for their 125-gram, Carbo-Keramic railed Selle Italia Flite might find the Lynx too broad in the nose and the saddle entirely lacking in titanium or carbon (its rails are working-class chromoly). At 285 grams the Lynx DT is not a featherweight, true, but then again, it isn’t shaped like some kind of evil anal flossing device. I’ll go with the Chromag.
Chromag is loathe to pigeon hole the Lynx DT, saying instead that it’s “an excellent saddle for light all-mountain setups.” That sounds about right. It’s a good, all-purpose saddle that's rugged as all hell. I’ve spent most of my time on the ($90) Lynx and, more recently, this Lynx DT. The difference between those two saddles? The Lynx is a natural leather job while the Lynx DT features a synthetic cover. Between the two, I prefer the more compliant feel of the leather-topped Lynx, though Chromag tells us that the 2017 Lynx DT saddles will feature a new, mores supple, synthetic top and will be available in a variety of new colors. As for overall durability, I’ve yet to bend the steel rails on this or any of my previous Lynx saddles and though the leather on my old Lynx saddles looks beat, they’ve never torn.
The Lynx DT features a fairly wide nose that gets a decent dose of padding—it’s not overstuffed like a LA-Z-Boy chair, but if you have to scoot up and hunker down on the nose in order to clean particularly steep climbs, you’ll find the Lynx DT far more comfortable than 90 percent of saddles out there. The rear section of the saddle is fairly slim and features rounded edges that don’t grab at baggy shorts during those occasions when you suddenly have to drop your arse back behind the saddle and let it roll.Pinkbike's Take:
|There are plenty of lighter, swankier saddles out there. The Lynx DT, however, strikes a smart balance... It's light enough to serve on a featherweight trail bike but far burlier and more comfortable than almost any saddle that comes spec'd on a bike meant for racing. For that matter, you'll see plenty of them on gravity rigs. The right saddle choice is always, ultimately, a personal call--your anatomy may be far different than mine, but if you're looking for an all-purpose saddle, you should check this one out.- Vernon Felton|