Never tried it or even seen one on a bike. The concept looks good though. The saddle looks weird but if it works, then it's well worth it.
We put that seat on a semi-recumbent, with success. There are several models, and we got the firmest seat for long rides. I can't imagine being able to use this seat on an upright, because you need a nose to help with steering.
What are you hoping to accomplish, comfort? There are better options.
Comfort yes. What are other options? Thanks for the feedback.
It depends on what you're trying to accomplish. If you want to go on long rides you need a firm seat, if you want to go on short rides, a soft/gel seat will seem most comfortable. Short rides are 3 miles, long rides are over 30 miles. Firm seats are Brooks leather saddles. I haven't tried them. I ride around the 30 mile range and have a Specialized Body Geometry saddle. More info needed...
Looks like for hybrid and recumbent only. Wonder if it eliminates the need for padded bike shorts
Tried it. Couldn't stand it. It may work for a hybrid or comfort bike. One where you are riding with a very upright posture. But for a road bike the nose on a seat is there for added stability. By pressing your legs on one side of the seat or the other you gain additional ability to steer the bike with something other than your hands.
My bikes: 2001 Litespeed Tuscany---2015 Cannondale Supersix EVO carbon
I disagree, I advocate firm saddles at all times and in all situations. I do agree, though, that Brooks, Specialized Body Geometry, and Terrys are all good saddles.Originally Posted by Redrom
Safe, efficient, and comfortable transportation.
Is that all a nose helps with? its essential?Originally Posted by Redrom
Would inserting a seatpost backwards give you a good indication of riding without a seat nose would be like?
Haha, that sounds like a few minutes of amusement. I might try it this afternoon, but please report back your experience.Originally Posted by godspiral
Safe, efficient, and comfortable transportation.
OK, you're right, I could have worded that better. Gel seats won't annoy the hell out of you as long as you keep your rides to as short a length as possible (3 miles or less).Originally Posted by GTcommuter
No, wait I'll try again. Gel seats suck, but you won't realize why until you're riding more than 3 miles.
Now this is just getting fun... A gel seat on your bike just shows that you live more than 3 miles from a bike store.
Man, I know the perfect one is out there... any help?
No you don't. You don't even need a seat. They work fine on uprights.Originally Posted by Redrom
Yes you can, it just feels that way at first, you can get used to it. I can ride no handed with no seat.Originally Posted by LóFarkas
I know 5 or 6 ladies that use a simlar saddle on uprights. One of them has two on different bikes. They eliminated the need for shorts for them. The problem area is not touching anything.Originally Posted by vrkelley
The Easy seat is used around here for people with lots of seat problems, mostly ladies. All on upright bikes.
Google "Easy Seat" the pads on the Easy Seats tip up and down with your legs.
I've never tried a noseless seat, even though it looks rather skethcy to me, but I'm sure one could get used to one if necessary. Nonetheless, even though I'm not really a trendy sorta guy, they just look way too goofy for me and I'll stay away from them for that reason alone.
Regarding looks... There is no cooler loooking saddle then the "easy seat". I just can't imagine it working better than a traditional 'cept for short, slow rides under sensitive people. Which is what the situation of the "ladies" may well be.
Actually, a messenger rode one. Less padding than the one pictured here. The bike won a "show us your ugly crap bike you messenger on, we'll give you a shiny new one" contest.
I bet you a dollar it's not as comfortable as a broken in brooks...Originally Posted by BikeLite
I could have entered that contest.Originally Posted by LóFarkas
They feel terrible at first, it feels like you are falling forward. It takes time. The woman who has two seats does centuries on hers. I have seen it with my own eyes. If one likes them they are great on long rides.
Ready for this..................are you sitting down?...She has one on her Litespeed. I know a guy who loves his but can't bear to see it on his best bike, so he does not use it on both bikes.
They look funny! They are heavy. It's love em or hate em.
I have one of the Ergo seats on my old British 3 speed. It's the firm one. It forces you to sit properly -- on your sits bones. If you sit like this on a seat with a nose, you won't have a problem. However, people with a weaker back/abdomen will have a tendency to roll their pelvis forward when they get tired, causing pressure in the wrong places. In a seat without a nose you simply don't have the option of supporting your weight in places that you shouldn't.
It took me a while to get used to the seat. I tried different heights and tilts and was pretty patient until I found the best position. Maybe this took a couple of weeks. I don't know how you could judge the seat with less than a dozen hours of experience. It's different, you'll have to make adjustments. As for looks, I don't care; but I really don't think it's ugly, certainly not compared to a lot of biking gear and clothes out there.
I have another bike with a standard seat. However, since getting the Ergo seat for the 3 speed, I'm more conscious of how I'm sitting and don't let myself get into bad habits. So there has been a happy spillover. For some people, then, it could be sort of training thing, a temporary form modification intervention.
There are some interesting split seats and other designs that have the same goal. There are some threads on them -- Spiderflex, Spongy Wonder, ISM, etc. I have no experience with them, though. Check out the threads.
Nashbar is selling 'pre-softened' brooks saddles, any idea how those would break in?Originally Posted by aadhils
I tried riding one of those 'the seat' seats on another bike, was totally brutal on my arms (bend over to drop bars, basically all my weight on my arms). Two friends do love it, but they use it in a truly bolt upright seated posture.
Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg
Much as I like Nashbar and the cleverness of the good folks at Brooks, you are sitting on the ideal device for breaking in a Brooks saddle. Unless the looks of the distressed saddle are important, using your sit bones for the break-in is the better way to go. I like Brooks saddles a lot and have several, but I won't go so far as saying they are the best thing bar none. But they are very good.
I suggest you give the saddle a little nose-down attitude if you don't like the horn too high. A good seatpost is almost as important in getting a comfortable fit. The beauty of a Brooks is that once broken in it feels almost like nothing, no pressure spots, no after-ride soreness. And it stays that way. You will never get that in a gel saddle.
PRe aged brooks is different from pre-softened. I have a pre-softened team pro S because that was the only type they had in stock in black. I cannot really tell the difference in it and the B17 regular and my champion flyer S(I mean except for the regular differences in the three saddles)