Meld Saddles

Anatomy first

Designed by you

Made in California

  • We are still making saddles! Stay healthy, keep pedaling!
  • Test saddles are now available!
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We have restructured our operations to work around the Covid-19 situation after checking with our (US-based) suppliers. At this time, we do not have reason to believe that there will be any significant impact.

For existing orders: we will notify each user if there is a delay.

For new users: the estimated time-to-manufacture on the order placement page is updated accordingly.

As always, questions can be directed to .

We believe that in order to fully realize a person's potential, their environment needs to be customized to them.

Mass production got us pretty far till now, but, sometimes, not far enough. Our goal is mass customization.

Saddle-making is one step to meeting our goal: it illuminates key aspects of mass customization. We gather feedback and experiences from cyclists, and translate them into corresponding user options and design algorithms. With the availability of cloud computing resources and the well-connected world that is the Internet, we can scale easily and have everyone benefit from this feedback.

We create body-customized road, triathlon and time trial bike saddles based on your anatomy's pressure map.

Design centered around your anatomy's pressure map ensuring fit from the start.

  • you get a comfortable saddle,
  • no need to buy and test multiple saddles,
  • saddle-related issues eliminated.

Control over some aspects of the saddle design.

  • you get the riding experience you want,
  • you get the saddle aesthetics you want.

A flexible saddle supporting a range of postures, distributing pressure over a larger area thereby improving comfort.

੦ Upright on the tops.
੦ Hips rotated forward.
੦ Aggressive on-the-nose.

Our saddles are customized not in the sense that we make whatever is requested for, but that each is made to fit a specific rider's anatomy.

We do not modify our saddles based on how they are installed by riders. It is the other way round: it is the riders' responsibility to ensure that our saddles are installed and used according to our instructions in order for them to function as designed.

We neither design nor test our saddles for off-road applications, including and not restricted to mountain-biking and gravel-riding. Usage in such scenarios will void warranty.

We do not have a "no questions asked" replacement policy. If an issue is encountered, we will always gather information via questions and photos. These help us troubleshoot and determine the root cause(s). We are aware that a small number of riders regularly get their equipment replaced without charge and questions at their local bike shops, at the expense of the other / majority riders. We do not support such unfair behavior.

1. You sign up for the saddle-making process.
2. After payment, we'll send you an impression kit.
3. Your anatomy's pressure map is captured.
4. You return the kit.
5. You alter your online saddle model to your satisfaction.
6. You get the saddle that fits you.

The background behind our test saddles (Rudolphs) can be found .

Rudolphs are not intended for testing comfort. They are only used to check that a rider's bike allows for proper fore/aft installation of the saddle so that the latter can function as designed. Any Meld saddle (except those with short rails) can also be used to test this.

The process for renting a Rudolph test saddle is as follows:

  1. Sign up for an account here on our website.
  2. Send an email to , with subject "Request for a Rudolph Test Saddle". In the email, state your username and indicate whether you are willing to be placed on a waiting list if a test saddle is not immediately available.
  3. If/when a saddle is available, we will let you know that the deposit of US$200 can be placed, as well as the window of time available to do so.
  4. After receiving your deposit, a test saddle will be shipped to you. You have a week to test and return the saddle.
  5. If you decide to continue with an actual saddle, US$180 of the deposit will be put towards the purchase. Otherwise, that amount will be refunded upon return of the test saddle.

Pricing starts at US$280 with normal carbon shell + metal rails
with carbon rails +US$90
with Alps carbon shell +US$20
with triathlon/TT carbon shell +US$10
E.g. price of Alps carbon shell with metal rails = $280 + $20 = $300

Please contact us before placing an order if you:

  • have a medical condition requiring an asymmetric saddle
  • need expedited processing

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