It takes all kinds.
As bikes get more and more travel-happy, components and accessories
have to evolve to keep up. Saddles, though, are largely immune to
changing bike design — a saddle's a saddle, right? WTB disagrees, and so
it teamed up with Chris Cocalis, the founder of Pivot Cycles, and Dave
Weagle, inventor and namesake of the DW-Link suspension, to designed the
High Tail Team Saddle specifically to accommodate
long-travel bikes that might otherwise buzz your saddle when the
suspension is fully compressed.
By shortening the saddle to
255mm and including a rear cut-out, WTB made sure the High Tail won't
get buzzed on bikes with compact rear frames, big wheels, and plush
suspensions. A shorter tail also makes it easier to get your weight off the back when you're descending,
and WTB's signature DNA padding and
responsive-but-comfortable Flex-Tuned shell provide personalized and
At 200g, the Team isn't as light as the carbon-outfitted version of the High Tail, but it will leave your wallet a whopping $100 heavier and it still checks in at 25g lighter than the cromoly-railed High Tail Pro. While the High Tail was made with DH and enduro riding in mind, it's
light and comfortable enough to work as a trail or road saddle, so don't
hesitate to throw it on your ride of choice.