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Saddle Roundup: FlexCy and 3 West offer a different take on how you sit on your bike

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One saddle does not fit all. Like shoes, they come in different sizes, shapes and styles. The longer you ride your bike, the more important your saddle becomes and it may be one of the most important pieces you consider. If you’re not comfortable, you won’t want to ride your bike as much. Then there is the whole *eh hem* “I got issues” factor.

Check out what 3 West came up with, that might pump you up (literally) for your next ride, and one of the more unique concepts we’ve seen with the on-the-fly adjustable FlexCy… nose dropper?

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3 West

The last thing you want to experience on a long ride is pain or your bits making like Linkin Park and going numb. So many factors play into this but what if a saddle allowed you to customize it’s ergonomics just enough to suit your needs? This is what 3 West came up with.

3 west drop air

In an extreme need, you have up to a massive 3/4 inch drop from where your sit bones go. By using the included pump, you can adjust the height of the “active surface” to right where you need it. There have been other similar “stepped” saddle designs but none that are adjustable that we know of. Though it is a bit odd looking, check out the video below of how it works. It might be worth considering.

The pump only needs to be pumped a maximum of 6 times and is also used to let air out.

Flexcy 1

FlexCy

Another odd unique design is the FlexCy saddle system which has a lever that allows you to adjust the angle of the saddle while riding. They claim it allows you to adjust it to relieve pressure in the perineal area as well as improve climbing performance. To keep weight down, it has a carbon post with a pretty fragile looking seat cap.

Flexcy angles

The saddle can be tilted down as much as 10° and up as much as 3°. While this seems far fetched, (and frankly quite silly), I can see this possibly putting a rider in a more optimal position during steep climbs while seated. I don’t see how tilting it up past the starting point would help in any situation but being able to adjust the saddle a little every half hour or so might improve your overall comfort level towards the end of your ride. According to their “clinical tests by Government Authorities” the saddle adjustment  actually results in a lower heart rate and lower muscle fatigue during climbing. Interesting.

The FlexCy has an infinite amount of adjustment within its range. No word on weight. Are nose droppers the future of saddle ergonomics?

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morenos1
morenos1
8 years ago

That adjustment lever sticking out like that, smells like danger …..

Rampa
Rampa
8 years ago

I’ve wanting a saddle that lets me drop the nose without changing the angle for a long time. To get that that much lower a nose with a standard saddle, the sitting part ends up to steeply angled.

Emily
Emily
8 years ago

Not as worried about that adjustment leve as I am the inevitable snapping of the post cap(is that what it’s called? No clue). That thing is sharp like a fresh #2 pencil.

And who else was humming the Jaws tune when the guy comes in with the saddle?✋✋

Why not find some good crap that folk might actually be interested in?

DJ
DJ
8 years ago

The inflatable seat might be a good solution for a few, but it is no magic bullet for everybody. I could see some value in the adjustable seatpost for a bike fitting session if it doesn’t snap off its narrow top.

Drew Diller
8 years ago

I’ve happily ridden on Rido saddles, only thing I don’t like are the wide wings. The shelf or “step” design does indeed work for that BPH “I got issues problem”. So, in that sense the 3 West looks interesting. Only criticism I have for it is the tech notes made in the video about the bladder care, those are something of a turn off. Could be as simple as finding a more durable bladder material.

DE
DE
8 years ago
Reply to  Drew Diller

And there was the Campagnolo Electa in 1986.

Matty
Matty
8 years ago

something something Topeak Allay saddle. 2008.

swhite02015
8 years ago
Reply to  Matty

I have had exactly the opposite experience with my vasectomy. No lingering issues of any kind. Had it done 19 years ago.

kestrel
kestrel
8 years ago

I am curious about the inflatable saddle.
About 3 years ago I got fixed and ever since then I have been in pain. Constant pain from a vasectomy. So I can’t ride or run or anything. If the inflatable one is low enough and out of the way of the junk, I might be able to ride.
What ever you guys do, DONT get a vasectomy. It has absolutely ruined my life. And there is no guaranteed fix to stop my pain.

TheKaiser
8 years ago
Reply to  kestrel

Thanks for the tip kestrel…OUCH!

jmarce2
7 years ago

Hi Kestrel, 3 West Design here. We’re new. We’ve got a great design that works as it doesn’t put immediate pressure on your parts. The air is then adjustable. We’ve never seen the description you mention, but I’d be happy to send you a tester. I’d love the feedback on whether it works. Call us up and let me know 214-973-2191.

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