If there was a detectable trend for saddles at the tradeshows this year, it seems to be all about foam. Specifically, Ifinergy expanded TPU foam from BASF. Probably best known for its use in Adidas Boost shoes, the foam has been popping up in bike saddles from both Ergon and now SQlab.
Over the course of Eurobike and Interbike, we saw two different prototypes, both with a foam core made from the expanded Infinergy foam. The prototype on display at Eurobike showed their concept of customizeable covers, though both saddles were still well in the prototype phase. We didn’t get any more details as far as when it might be available, but they’re working on it.
SQlab also used Interbike to show us some prototype lock on grips in various levels of ergo. Still 3D printed hard plastic, the shapes were fairly close to finished and they will vary from just a tiny bit of an ergonomic shape for aggressive riding to the full paddle, but each felt pretty comfortable in the hand.
Adding another model to their prodigious saddle line, the new 610 Active Ergolux is meant for a more moderate seating position on MTB, touring, and general riding.
Looking at the saddle from the side, it has a fairly wavy profile which is supposed to better match the ischial rami. Demonstrated with a pelvic model, the upper photo shows in an exaggerated way how the saddle is meant for a more open pelvic position for upright posture. Available in 13, 14, 15, and 16cm widths, the 610 Active Ergolux will sell for $129.
And since summer is only a state of mind, SQlab has an Endless Summer ltd. Edition 611 Ergowave active S-Tube saddle for €149.95.
There’s even a German-made Endless Summer slackline kit to keep the summer going all year long. Measuring 20m long and 50mm wide, the kit includes a professional ratchet lever, tree loops, and heavy duty shackles for €89.95.