Selle Royal Lauches First E-Bike Specific Saddle
POZZOLEONE, Italy – Selle Royal is releasing its new saddle eZone, its first saddle on the market specifically designed for modern commuter, leisure, touring, off-road and urban e-bikes.
“The eZone is the result of the first comprehensive study of e-bike users, which we conducted in collaboration with leading designers at BMW Group subsidiary Designworks,” explains Selle Royal Marketing Manager Lara Cunico. “The study identified a number of performance characteristics from e-bike users that could benefit from an e-bike-specific saddle design.”
Zonal design for more control
eZone uses patented technology and has a range of e-bike specific features such as eFit Design, an elevated rear section to prevent backward sliding and shorter nose to aid in mounting, Acceleration Control, a zonal design to enhance control and balance for added safety during acceleration, and eGrip, a fiberglass integrated handle for easy maneuvering. The saddle is padded with 3D Skingel, a tridimensional gel structure that reduces pressure peaks by up to 40%.
Particular usage characteristics of an e-bike
“Until recently, saddles marketed specifically for e-bikes have included a handle to aid in movement or other cosmetic considerations, but the design of the saddle itself has essentially been the same as a traditional bicycle saddle,” says Lara Cunico. “Before eZone, no other brands have conducted a study on what are the particular usage characteristics of an e-bike and how these affect saddle comfort and support.”
Road safety studies have identified excessive throttle application from a dead stop or when shifting to a higher gear to be the number one cause of e-bike accidents, partly due to the slippage factor from ‘flat’ traditional saddles. It logically follows that the speed and thrust generated by the e-bike motor requires a specific shape to secure the rider’s position and ensure safety.
Selle Royal’s eZone designers understood that sudden forward movement produces a wave-effect, which requires performance zones to address acceleration, sitting comfort and handling. For the new design, the designers raised the rear portion of the saddle and added wings with which the rider can steer and adapt thrust with precision.