Which is the best bike saddle for cyclists?
Posted On July 10, 2021
A new study from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that the best saddle for bicycle riders could be a mix of two different materials.
The researchers looked at the characteristics of different saddle materials, including their stiffness, shock absorption, shock load, and shock energy distribution.
They found that while a high-quality saddle is probably the most desirable type, the best choice could be one that is made of materials that are both stiff and absorbent, but also low-tension and low-energy.
The results suggest that while saddle materials that absorb shock energy tend to be better at absorbing shock loads, they are more expensive.
What’s the downside of using high-energy materials?
The researchers suggest that the downside to using high quality materials is that it can also be a bit more expensive than a high stiffness material, which could potentially limit the overall performance of a bike.
This is because a high energy load can also lead to increased vibration and impact forces, which in turn can affect the way the bicycle handles and the way it rides.
The researchers also noted that the saddle itself may be the key factor in the performance of the bicycle saddle, and that the stiffness of the material may affect how it performs.
The stiffness of a saddle material is measured by the number of contact points, which is measured in millimetres.
These contact points are where the material contacts the skin.
High stiffness materials absorb shock loads and, consequently, tend to absorb more shock energy than low-stiff materials.
A high-stability material absorbs a lot of shock energy, so a high amount of stiffness is needed.
A low-sustainability material, on the other hand, absorbs less shock energy and has a lower number of contacts, so it is less likely to absorb shock load and also is less prone to absorbing vibration and impacts.
This study is part of a broader research project on the benefits of different types of saddle materials and the performance characteristics of the various materials.
In addition to these saddle materials there are different types, shapes and colours of saddle components, the amount of tension and how many contact points there are in a saddle, as well as how much shock energy is absorbed by the material.
It is not yet known how much of the benefits that these saddle characteristics provide can be gained by the rider, but the researchers suggest there could be substantial benefits to riders who are more likely to ride in a range of riding conditions.
The research is ongoing.