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by Anne-Marije Rook
October 5, 2016
In this edition of Women’s Product Picks, we take a look at Specialized’s women’s helmets and top-end shoes, Bontrager’s Meraj shoes and race-specific saddle, as well as Prologo’s women’s endurance saddle.
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Bontrager introduced the race-specific Ajna Pro Carbon saddle last year and it quickly became a favourite of mine. As of August 2016, they have released an updated model featuring some subtle refinements to accommodate road and mountain bike racers alike.
The lightweight, race-ready saddle features a wide cutout to alleviate soft-tissue pressure, limited padding, a carbon fiber-reinforced shell, and is engineered specifically for an aggressive riding posture.
The updated Ajna keeps the same general shape and characteristics of the original design but now offers increased stability at the nose and better pressure distribution throughout. Suspended oversize carbon rails increase compliance for ultimate
comfort while keeping the saddle feather-light.
What we like:
Despite the limited padding, the saddle provides stable sitbone support. I’m a fan of cutouts in general and the contoured cutaway on the Ajna takes all pressure off the sensitive soft tissue areas.
I find myself moving very little while in this saddle, which is a good thing, yet the shape does allow some pelvic rotation to switch between being in the ultra aggressive drops position to a slightly more forgiving position while being on the hoods.
The saddle comes in three different widths – 144mm, 155mm and 164mm – and the standard black and white colours. At just 166 grams (in 144mm width), the Ajna is among the lightest women’s saddles on he market.
Saddles are very personal, but this one works for me and I now have it on three of my bikes.
The oversized saddle rails requires specific seatpost ear clamps that are not compatible with all seatposts.
Price:$199.00 USD, $249.00 AUD, £149.99