The saddle simply must be proper. As such, SQlab don’t simply supply the 6OX Infinergy ERGOWAVE Lively 2.1 saddle in numerous sizes. The ergonomics specialists have additionally resorted to a newly developed materials for the padding, hoping to place an finish to sore bums. Learn on for our impression of the saddle after 6 months of testing.
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A snug saddle is crucial for lengthy rides. Many riders are glad with the usual mannequin that comes with the bike, however hardly any element advantages as a lot as from being tailor-made to the rider as this contact level. Searching for consolation, we examined the SQlab 6OX Infinergy ERGOWAVE Lively 2.1 saddle for six months, driving trails and excursions. The revolutionary factor about SQlab’s newest saddle is the fabric the padding is fabricated from. It consists of so-called Infinergy foam, which BASF developed and likewise will get used for the soles of trainers. As well as, SQlab have gotten rid of the saddle cowl, solely making use of strips of tape to the areas which can be notably uncovered to put on and tear. By doing so, they will cut back materials waste and defend the surroundings, and it seems to be cool too. The seat stays are fabricated from metal.
The saddle is obtainable in 4 totally different widths from 13 to 16 cm. SQlab don’t supply a particular males’s or girls’s model – it ought to match men and women equally effectively, so long as you select the best measurement. To find out the right saddle width, you may both have your sit bone distance measured at your native supplier or SQlab will ship you a bit of measuring cardboard and a paper ruler freed from cost. The sit bones of our tester Manne measured 14 cm and he felt most comfy on that width.
One of many saddle’s standout options is the Lively system, which refers back to the damping mechanism that enables it to comply with the motion of your hips as you pedal. The extent of damping might be adjusted utilizing three totally different elastomers, that are included within the field. The elastomer will get clamped between the rails and the saddle shell, which is a bit fiddly to do, however you normally solely must do it as soon as. The mushy, white elastomer is appropriate for riders as much as 70 kg; the gray, medium, is supposed for riders as much as 80 kg; the black, onerous, ought to swimsuit riders from 80 kg and up. There’s a noticeable distinction within the flex of the saddle, relying on the elastomer you employ – we primarily used the black one. The 14 cm mannequin on take a look at topped the scales at 271 g.
After all, the consolation of a saddle relies upon closely on the individual utilizing it. If we had had 10 riders take a look at the saddle, we’d have gotten 10 totally different opinions of the experience consolation. It’s a great factor that SQlab give all their on-line prospects 30 days to check the saddle. They help you return the saddle should you’re not glad, even when it’s acquired indicators of wear and tear. Our tester Manne discovered the saddle to be comfy, although it took a short time to get used to. In keeping with SQlab, the exchangeable elastomers ought to enable the rider’s pelvis to maneuver laterally whereas being mild on the intervertebral discs, thus relieving the pressure positioned in your again. Manne doesn’t normally carry a computed tomography system when he rides, so he can’t affirm this, however he didn’t expertise again issues both. The saddle supplied a lot of assist when driving in barely hilly terrain. The primary purpose for that is the so-called ERGOWAVE form. The raised rear finish stops you from slipping off the again of the saddle, particularly on steeper climbs when the eMTB is pushing you up the mountain at full energy. The dips on the entrance distribute the stress evenly and relieve delicate areas.
Lively riders who prefer to lean their bike into corners or get their weight over the rear wheel on steep descents might be restricted of their freedom of motion because the SQlab saddle is kind of lengthy on the entrance and extensive on the again. The tape defending the saddle offers a superb interface between the saddle and the rider and the saddle dealt with all of the abuse we may throw at it over the course of the take a look at with out struggling any harm. Even after 6 months, each the tape and the uncovered areas of the padding present minimal indicators of wear and tear, though Manne repeatedly leaned the ebike unmindfully in opposition to tough partitions with the saddle. Pouring rain and the ensuing mud couldn’t do something to blemish the 6OX Infinergy both – each little bit of dust and dust might be utterly eliminated. Priced at € 199.95, the saddle isn’t low cost, but it surely’s SQlab’s first mannequin to be made solely in Germany, decreasing the environmental affect.
The SQlab 6OX Infinergy ERGOWAVE Lively 2.1 is a cool trying saddle. Nonetheless, it doesn’t simply look good, it’s very comfy too. The so-called ERGOWAVE form presents a whole lot of assist, the tape on the floor prevents you from slipping round and the adjustable damping is straightforward in your again. Because of the home-measuring equipment, SQlab additionally make it simple to search out the right saddle width. The one draw back to this wonderful saddle is the hefty price ticket.
- high-quality workmanship
- very comfy
- solely made in Germany
- comparatively costly
- restricted freedom of motion on the path
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Phrases: Mike Starvation Photographs: Thomas Weiss