Chromag Lynx DT Saddle - Review

Jul 13, 2016 at 14:29
by Vernon Felton  
Chromag Lynx DT

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.

Lynx DT Details
• Seamless synthetic top
• Chromoly rails
• Dimensions: 280 mm x 135 mm
• Weight: 285 grams
• Price: $80 USD
www.chromagbikes.com / @Chromagbikes


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.

Chromag Lynx DT
Just a bit more cushion and breadth than what you typically find on an all-purpose saddle. It's something you appreciate on steep, techy climbs that require you to shimmy forward on the saddle to maintain traction.
Chromag Lynx DT
Not feeling the red? The Lynx DT comes in a variety of colors. According to Chromag, sexier graphics are on the way for 2017, as well as a new synthetic top that they say feels a bit more supple.

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.

Chromag Lynx DT Saddle
Wondering what sets the Lynx and the Lynx DT apart? Never even gave it a thought? Fair enough. Well, the Lynx (white saddle in foreground) sports a genuine leather top, whereas the Lynx DT (in red) features a synthetic upper..
Chromag Lynx DT Saddle
Working class saddle rails. Nope, the Lynx does not feature carbon or even titanium rails. Instead, it's a straight up chromoly party down here. Haven't bent a set to date and I ride like a clown, so that's saying something.


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.

Chromag Lynx DT

Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesThere 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



103 Comments

  • 61 2
 "evil anal flossing device" lol , brown leather trailmaster on my trail bike and brown leather overture on my DH, chromag ftw
  • 18 3
 Trailmaster LTD for me as well. Full cowboy, no chamois required
  • 23 2
 Brown leather Trailmaster for me too, it just gets more comfy and looks better the more worn it gets. Bless you Cromag, from the bottom of my bottom.
  • 4 0
 Ltd is great, mines been in a few crashes and still looks and feels great.
  • 1 0
 I am still rocking my trans-am from 10 years ago but have gone threw a few others in during the same time period.
  • 2 2
 yup agree entirely. looks and feels the tits.
  • 5 1
 +1 for another brown leather Trailmaster. Chromag ftw.
  • 4 1
 how else would tartar get removed form those hard to reach areas though?
  • 1 1
 @bradwalton:
Me too, love it. No more bulky, ass chaffing diaper to worry about anymore
  • 33 0
 I'm going to bet that hole in your backside was there when you started the ride...
  • 4 0
 Maybe this saddle tore him another one?
  • 6 0
 who knows? maybe vernon felton is a pseodonym for kim jong un
  • 15 1
 radness is not a word!
  • 3 0
 Scrolled all the way down here just for this.
  • 1 0
 @RoboDuck: I appreciate that!
  • 1 0
 No shit sherlock
  • 1 0
 @Beez177: You didn't even get the joke. Better hire Sherlock.
  • 1 0
 @colincolin: hilarious (not) , better hire a new joke writer..
  • 13 1
 Because chromag.
  • 5 0
 Because Chromag could make a seat shaped like a dick and balls, cover it in some cool fashion shapes and bears and still be able to sell it to most of you. Best seats out there for sure.
  • 2 0
 @jflb: Lol, they even put the seam vertically right at the tip, don't tell me that's a coincidence.
  • 12 2
 I don't know why but I can always recognize Vernon Felton's writing. Articles written by Vernon are the best articles
  • 4 1
 Word
  • 2 0
 He writes like he's sitting on the couch drinking a beer with you shooting the shit. Awesome
  • 1 0
 I like his use of the word loathe So dramatic.
  • 7 1
 Cool seat. My Overture has been the go to seat for all my bike builds. My legs will never hug another seat. This is a good time for me to say the latest Liason/overture saddle top graphic sucks this year.
  • 2 0
 i preferred the older ones graphics i would still buy the new ones though given the need to buy a new seat.
  • 4 0
 I just bought the Chromag Lynx and so far I have adjusted it fore and aft 10 x and up and down 11x. I cannot find a single position that doesn't hurt my arse. I should have know...I have a flat ass so I should stay with the flat saddles.
  • 13 1
 Rides bikes... Has flat ass. Ehh?
  • 17 1
 @therealtylerdurden: maybe he has an e-bike
  • 1 0
 @therealtylerdurden: Need to do some squats, bro...
  • 7 1
 Half of the photos are of the old lynx dt (red) and the photo with all the colors is of the new ones. I've ran both seats and they're great. Just pointing that out.
  • 7 3
 i know seats are a very personal preferrence but this is by far, the single most uncomfortable seats i have ever sat on, and ive tried plenty.
  • 4 0
 Me too, even though I love Chromag.
  • 6 0
 @viatch I guess they really are I love the Lynx. It's my favorite saddle.
  • 1 0
 I had this seat on my first DH bike, I called it the gooch chapper. The Overture is THE seat for me, however. Everyone should buy an overture.
  • 1 0
 @anchoricex: Love Overture, have two, on my dj and dh bikes. Would never run one on the trail. It's not a saddle you sit and pedal on.
  • 4 0
 I managed to break a Trailmaster in a weird crash (and a bruise the size of my hand on my thigh), but picked up a new one the next day. Love it!
  • 2 0
 I have a lynx saddle, the one with leather top and Ti rails. It's pretty comfy, but half a year of use and it looks pretty beat up, not to mention that I bent one of the rails slightly. Like I said, really comfy but I'm kinda disappointed with the durability.
  • 2 0
 Maybe you landed on it?
  • 1 0
 I've had a leather Lynx for about a year and I'm already wearing holes in the leather.
  • 4 0
 I had the trailmaster ltd the one with Ti rails and leather top and broke it. I loved it till it broke. Like most things.
  • 1 0
 @jflb: I probably did, and honestly I can't fault it for that, but the leather top is pretty banged up for the time it has.
  • 2 0
 Gone through a lot of seats in my time- it really becomes a hit an miss affair. Last year I purchased 'on sale' (serves me right) a MTB rated Prologo X10 Nack which looked flash, had all the titanium fruit and was great at wearing holes in my skin where my legs meet my butt cheeks. Anyway swapped over to the Chromag Lynx DT and my Butt has been happy ever since. Nice work Chromag!
  • 2 0
 I made that same mistake, bought a prologo X15 Ti. Used it for one ride and got rid of it. Back to WTB rockets or even the stock Giant Contact seats. Weight loss is pointless if it's uncomfortable.
  • 1 0
 My Devinci came with a Prologo. very not impressed, nor was anyone else I know (a lot of my bros ride Devinci.) My particular problem was it cut off all bloodflow to my nethers, ended up with my bits being completely numb over any significant climb.

Usually, it's just a matter of seats working for some riders & not others, but I gotta say, I haven't met the guy Prologo's seats work for.
  • 2 0
 @groghunter: Demoed the same on a Norco Revolver, couldn't tell if I liked the bike, because the saddle was un-ridable.
  • 2 0
 I've been on a Chromag Lynx for at least 5 years. I replaced my old one this year because the stitching on the nose of the old one was starting to fray... that's it, no real reason! Talk about durability! I will only add that somewhere in those five years, Chromag changed the shape of the nose. It's now more angled and has a little less padding. I liked the old nose better, it was less painful when scootching forward to make those steep climbs. Not a deal breaker, but something I noticed right away.
  • 3 0
 Been rocking a Lynx DT for 5 years and it's looking a little haggard but still going strong. Chromag saddles are the best out there bar none....I simply won't allow anything else to tickle my taint.
  • 3 0
 I've had my lynx on three bikes and it's still going strong. Best saddle I've ever owned. 2014 graphics were better than the newer models. My opinion anyway.
  • 3 0
 I just wish they made them in multiple widths. I have ridiculously wide sit bones, so the lynx is just crawling up my asshole.
  • 1 0
 Try a WTB Rocket. Comes in a three different widths. I ride the widest one. Its sweet on my meat.
  • 1 0
 Definitely enjoyed reading this review. Even though it's well written it's pretty useless for people trying to figure out if this saddle would work for them. I've had good luck sizing saddles based on the width of my seat bones.

So, uh, Vernon, maybe you could measure your butt and get back to us?
  • 4 0
 This feels like a trap....
  • 2 0
 @vernonfelton: Super awkward? Absolutely. Not intended as a trap though.

I did a fair bit of road riding when I lived in an area with meh trails accessible from my house. Getting my sit bones measured took the guesswork out of finding a saddle that didn't destroy my nether regions. Here is a link to a measure at home guide: www.artscyclery.com/learningcenter/measuresitbonewidth.html

And yes, that's for roadies. And yes, saddle fit isn't as critical for most of us mountainbikers since technical climbing naturally has us moving around and relieving pressure a lot more than roadies and if you're not descending mostly out of the saddle you're doing it wrong.

Knowing my sit bone size eventually led me to finding a new wider (+/- 145 mm works for me) MTB saddle as well. And while I don't notice the difference most of the time, this one doesn't cause any issues when I find myself on long fireroad climbs. And that is awesome.

On the other hand I'm pretty sure the job qualifications for Pinkbike editor didn't read: "Must be willing and able to ride bikes, drink beer, complain about ever changing wheel/hub/bb standards, sit in front of a computer for an extended period of time, occasionally lift objects up to 50 lbs, and publish the dimensions of various body parts."

So, if you don't want to measure your butt I think you get a pass.

Thanks for replying and keep up the good work.

p.s. I rode a Fizik saddle once as well. Just once.
  • 1 0
 @isilverman: Ah, I was just joking, man. One day, I get around to measuring my ass bones, it's on the to-do list. Not at the top of the list, mind you, but somewhere on the list. Cheers.
  • 3 0
 @vernonfelton: You can put the details of your ass on your little reviewer bio!
  • 1 0
 I swung by the chromag facility last week during my trip to whistler. Super friendly crew and super informative. i highly recommend swinging by the shop on your next trip to whistler (don't forget to check the bargain bin for last years bars seats and other parts at retarded low prices)
Top notch parts and bikes
  • 1 0
 I have a black Chromag Trailmaster and a brown LTD on order but for absolute comfort, you can't go past a Brooks. Pity they're just too wide for a trail bike and not user friendly if you need to get off the back with baggy shorts. Pretty happy with the Trailmaster @Chromagbikes, Claire is the reason why I'm riding one though!
  • 3 2
 Bought an XC bike that already had a Lynx on it. Put it on my AM rig and it essentially pegs the G-spot in my anus (sphincter?) when I'm on it for too long, so I climb quite a bit.
  • 1 0
 My Trailmaster DT is great for control and easy hold with my legs during some rough sections but for long climbs it gets a bit uncomfortable. Not a bad seat but I've been happier with some options from SDG.
  • 2 0
 I switched over to a Lynx DT a year and a half ago and it has been bombproof. Comfortable for all day rides and trouble free.
  • 1 0
 Your good on Language, it's Co Created and used. Think of accents or words in old timee 1930 tv shows. Words come and go and have been created at some point in time. There fore, Make words and new meanings up. UPgrade!
  • 2 0
 I went with a selle smp. Best money I have ever spent on any bike part. Period. They look funny, but give it a go. Your taint will thank you.
  • 3 0
 Love my Chromag leather saddle. Makes me feel like a cowboy
  • 3 1
 I have 6 of them on all my bikes and love the green one from 2011 the most. Huge fan of everything Chromag4life
  • 3 0
 also love the new graphic side logo
  • 3 4
 I enjoy my trailmaster DT. The leather is getting stained etc, but still stylish as hell and suits my Rootdown frame. The design is not theirs, though. I had an On-One BigNose which was identical in design, just finished with shittier materials. If Chromag is gonna re-wrap off the shelf stuff, I wish they'd give the Trailmaster DT treatment to a WTB Pure saddle. Maybe these are different. Chromag saddles treat my ass pretty well, but nothing has ever felt as good as a WTB saddle in my opinion.
  • 17 0
 Hi Jesse, Thanks for your comments but on the shape, the Trailmaster is definitely our own. There are similarities but you can easily see the differences where they run the relief channel well into the nose area, and the the tip of the 'big nose' is more of a bulbous shape. There are other subtle differences with the platform shape that are hard to see once you cover it. I know this because I am familiar with the mold On One is using. I shaped the Trailmaster model by hand and had our own mold created around 2006. Regards, Ian
  • 7 0
 @Chromagbikes: Hey, appreciate the comment, Ian. Happy to know it's all yours. Times like this remind me that the internet can be great.
  • 1 0
 Tried a Cromag Moon saddle, looked sweet on the bike, very uncomfortable. maybe too narrow for me, but even with chamois it kicked my ass, pun intended
  • 1 0
 Love to see a direct comparison with like saddles -- how does this compare say to a like WTB/Fizik/Fabric/Specialized/Bontrager models of similar width and function?
  • 1 0
 Chromag saddles on all my bikes and i am well-pleased with all of them; Trailmaster on the DJ, Lynx Ti on the hardtail and a Mood DT on the trail bike
  • 1 0
 This seat came on a used trail bike that I bought. I was suprised at how comfortable it felt! So I just bought another cromag seat for my other bike!
  • 1 0
 Literally just bought this saddle today since I've been putting buying one off for too long. Hopefully my nutson will appreciate it.
  • 2 0
 My Trailmaster is very comfortable and seems strong.
  • 2 0
 What's the big difference between the lynx and the trailmaster?
  • 1 0
 @xTwoSnakesx: Trailmaster is longer and wider, the nose of my Trailmaster is relatively flat compared to what the Lynx pics show.
  • 2 0
 Best saddle I've ever ridden since 1990
  • 2 2
 Got one ony Chromag and I'd have to agree that this is the best saddle than I've ever had. Better than my previous Seller Italia Flite.
  • 1 0
 The Axiom dirt jump seat that came with my bike originally was absolutely awesome, but it bent to shit regretably.
  • 3 3
 So I'm the only person that thinks this is one of the ugliest things to ever be stuck on a bike, right? I'll just into the corner and mutter on my own.
  • 3 1
 It's a fairly traditional saddle and comes in a variety of colours, how ugly can it really be
  • 1 0
 the cover photo one is hideous. Other options are alright.
  • 2 0
 older Trailmaster DT's all the way..but hankering after a LTD
  • 2 2
 285 grams for an ugly couch is not too bad, although I rather go with my slim and ultra-comfortable WTB Volt Carbon at half the weight.
  • 1 0
 Cromag sells these direct through Amazon for cheap. Lynx DT on fs, Trailmaster for hardtails.
  • 2 0
 still riding a lynx on a 2009 knolly endorphin great product!
  • 2 0
 great article. i was on the edge of my seat the whole read
  • 1 0
 Got a lynx dt in green, best saddle I've ever had. Don't notice much chromag in the uk which is a shame
  • 1 0
 Dimensionally speaking, how would this compair to a pure v?
  • 2 0
 The Lynx is a pretty long saddle. It'd definetely be longer, and that's the only reason it deters me really... like it takes up a substantial amount of room. Its actually fairly narrow and not robust in the back though, as I think the review notes. A bit narrower than the pure v I believe.
  • 2 0
 Best saddle made.
  • 1 0
 It's worth noting that the saddle is fairly long.
  • 1 0
 I really dig my Lynx DT. It's been my favorite saddle by far.
  • 1 0
 I like Chromag frames.
  • 1 0
 Love Mine!
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