The Builder is slightly porky but the price is decent for a quality, durable all-mountain saddle
One of the longest saddles on test, Joystick’s plush Builder also has a unique, centre-stitched nose with a sharp hook.
This pointed-down shape keeps it out of the way when descending, and provides support when balanced on the tip trying to winch up steep technical climbs.
Cranked forward on its rails, the design is a neat solution for getting weight over the front on a bike with a slack seat angle.
The shell has a large cutaway underneath to encourage downwards flex, and this combines with thicker padding to make one of the comfiest seats tested.
This comfort is especially noticeable at the mid zone, where it’s thicker than most, and features a deep central channel that extends right along the length of the saddle.
This means the Builder offers a broad range of positions, either to relieve pressure points or to get the chest down when laying down the power on a tricky climb.
Joystick is shaping into a brand with some well-thought-out gear for real mountain bikers — it’s clear a lot of rider input has gone into this seat, and that has paid off in terms of usability.
The Builder is slightly porky but the price is decent for a quality, durable all-mountain saddle.