|Mesh saddle wins ISPO award||Mellow Yellow|
Jan 7, 2004 10:46 AM
|This is an interesting read I came across today.
Tuesday 6th January 2004
Mesh saddle wins ISPO award
The Saddleco saddle from California, already a winner of design awards from Fortune Magazine and ID Magazine, has now scooped a pre-show award from ISPO, the international outdoor equipment trade show staged in Munich this February. Saddleco - fronted by US bike trade vet John Neugent - gets a free expo booth to publicise the award.
Saddleco's Flow saddle is the winner of the Coolmax Hardware Accessories Award. Other prize winning products in ISPO's BrandNew-themed awards, now in their ninth year, include a golf-cart, a new form of wetsuit, a ski binding, and a GPS-equipped cell-phone.
The Flow saddle uses a thermoplastic elastomeric mesh - think trendy Swedish furniture - that is encapsulation molded into the perimeter in a hammock-like suspended surface.
The Ti model weighs 255 grams with a suggested retail of $150, the cromo railed version is 295 grams and has a suggested retail of $130.
It is distributed by MSG Bikes in the UK, AreaB in Italy, PC Sportech in Hong Kong, Bike & Hike in Singapore, and Mizutani Bicycle Company in Japan.
US bike-test website roadbikerider.com wrote:
"We´ve been numbed by countless claims from saddle makers promising magic throne comfort. We can't say that we´ve tried them all. But we´ve ridden a lot of the new-generation saddles and the Flow comes the closest to provide a numb-free dismount at the end of the day."
|re: Mesh saddle wins ISPO award||dave woof|
Jan 7, 2004 3:30 PM
|If you're numb at the end of the day you have an incorrectly adjusted saddle.
|If you're numb.....||Dave_Stohler|
Jan 7, 2004 9:29 PM
|...get a Brooks!!!!!!|
|I wonder if it will eat my shorts (nm)||tempeteOntheRoad|
Jan 7, 2004 7:25 PM
|re: Mesh saddle wins ISPO award||Saddle_Sore|
Jan 8, 2004 4:31 AM
|It looks like a good idea - sort of like a string-vest saddle, but I'd be worried about a tear in the elastomer fabric - potentially this could compromise the entire saddle?
Price seems a bit steep as well if you ask me :-|