About the Manufacturer
With the likes of Specialized Roval and Trek’s Bontrager breaking the mould with what people thought of own brand accessories and parts, Shimano have started entering the aftermarket and upgrade party with their own Pro brand. The brand covers a huge range of parts and accessories across cycling disciplines (including Tri and MTB) as well as workshop and travelling equipment. Of course, all of this is made with Shimano’s regular quality and attention to detail.
About the Saddle
Shimano have quite a few options in their road saddle line up, catering to both men and women, racing, recreation and those who need a bit more comfort and support. Like Fi’zik, Pro also have a saddle selector that asks a number of questions around your flexibility, riding duration and riding purpose to help you choose across the range. The Turnix is aimed at those to with medium to high flexibility and who are using for endurance riding, out on the chaingang or some recreational racing.
The Turnix comes in 6 versions (women’s, carbon, cromo) and can also be available with a cutout. For the purposes of our test we’ve got the Turnix Carbon with a cutout.
Positives and Negatives
Ever since I’ve had my Emonda ALR that came with the Montrose Elite – the first saddle I’ve had with a cut out – I’ve had a strong preferences for saddles with cutouts. There’s of course very little science in my analysis, but I’ve certainly but more comfortable over the last year riding and testing than I was on my previous main saddle (ProLogo Kappa). That being said with the Turnix having such a familiar shape, I instantly got on with saddle – I’ve been testing for 8 weeks in a variety of different conditions, surfaces and uses and I’ve been very much at home. There’s not too much padding and there’s a decent amount of flex in the shell to keep you comfortable.
My only gripe is that the nose is a bit bulbous for my tastes – can feel a bit too much when I’m on the front climbing. It’s not as pretty as my Montrose either – not everyone’s a fashion victim though.
A very good saddle at a good price for those with a bit of flex and like getting miles in their legs.
- Rails: Carbon 7×9
- Shell: Nylon + Carbon
- Cover: Microfiber
- Dimensions: 272 x 132mm, Rail Dimensions: 7x9mm
- Weight: 199g
- Plenty of support
- Bulky Nose