I have been riding the Velo Angel TT road bike saddle for a few months now both on my Felt road bike and my Scott indoor training bike. I swapped the saddle between bikes to give it my honest opinion for a variety of bikes. While the name implies the use on a time trial bike, and the shape with a shorter nose also lends the bike seat to the forward aggressive position of a time trial bike, I’ve found I prefer a shorter nose saddle nose for a few reasons.
Often when I am riding indoors I am hunched over at a raised desk multi-tasking with Zwift up on one computer monitor and work emails up on another. This puts me in a more aggressive position and the shorter nose of the saddle makes this more comfortable.
The textured of the Velo Angle is mostly aesthetic but adds a little bit of grip to the saddle as opposed to a completely smooth saddle. In the picture above you can also see that the rails are a Crn/Ti-Alloy for light weigh, and strength.
The saddle on top is a Prolog saddle just to give you a comparison in the overall length of the Angel TT. YOu can also see the less aggressive overall shape of the saddle in comparison.
Velo has been making saddles for over 40 years for various types of bikes. The Angel series of Velo saddles are all 241mm in length. A standout look the saddle is the patented Y-Cutout. It releases stress on the sensitive areas, but also allow just the right amount of flex in the saddle to stay comfortable on long rides in an upright position.
Retail price for the Velo Angel TT is $198 to $290 depending on the Carbon or Alloy Rails. The Velo Angel TT only comes in one width 143mm.
There was some noticeable getting use to riding a shorter nose saddle on an endurance bike. I’ve probably ridden over 20 saddles in my lifetime, and always seems to be hunting for the next best thing. In my experience the answer to everyone’s saddle dilemma is that it depends. I may prefer one saddle over another depending on the ride I’m planning. My preference for using the Velo Angel TT is for rides in the 25 to 75 mile range. I have had almost no numbness or discomfort in that range.
The saddle mounts to all seatpost the same, and with the patented Y cut out it makes fine tuning adjustment even simpler.
The oveall ride quality is very comfortable when paired with a quality chamois. The foam used in the saddle is very dense and preferred for a high end saddle. It always makes me laugh when a non cyclist feels a saddle and complains about how much that hard seat would hurt their back side. After explaining the dynamics of long rides and chamois I usually just have blank stares.
While the saddle is shorter in length, I wanted to show what is looked like with a standard size bike seat bag. With enough room for a few air cartages, a tool, and extra tube it looks a little oversized but better than being stranded on the side of the road.
Overall, the saddle rides very well, it’s standouts for me were the Y-cutout; I feel like it releaves even more pressure that other cutout saddles I’ve used as well as offering just the perfect amount of flex making it one of the most comfortable saddles i’ve used. It will be staying on my bike for the next year and I’ll make updates to this post as issues or other thoughts come to mind.
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