Bike Saddle (Seat) Demo Program
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We have over 60 distinct models of road racing and triathlon seats - RENT OR BUY YOURS TODAY!
New!  Seat Pressure Analysis in the Lab:
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Believe it or not, your bike saddle can be CRITICAL TO YOUR CYCLING SUCCESS!
The saddle you choose is more than just a matter of comfort: with the majority of your weight on the saddle, it's also important to achieving balance and power.  If you are off-balance or uncomfortable on the saddle, your legs will start to push your buttocks around... hunting for a "better" position; and if your legs (or arms) are involved in balancing you on the seat, they cannot properly pedal the bike -- leading to fatigue, foot problems, cramping, etc.  And you've probably read about the health consequences of cutting off blood flow to your genitals, which can show up as numbness during cycling.

If you ride in aero (triathlon) position, the saddle is even MORE important.  To properly achieve an aerodynamic position, you must be able to tilt your pelvis forward, so you can reach the aerobars without strain.  In this position, your groin is pressed into the front (nose) of the saddle, making saddle fit critical -- especially in the front.  Without the right saddle, you will lose comfort, circulation, aerodynamics, and power.

DON'T ASSUME THAT DISCOMFORT OR PAIN ARE NECESSARY, NOBLE, OR INEVITABLE IN CYCLING!!  Although we all get a little saddle sore after 50-100 miles, you should not be fidgeting in your saddle every time you ride.  If you are -- SEE US FOR A NEW SADDLE!

Saddle comfort is a very personal thing -- no two riders have the same shape of pelvis and buttocks.  Saddle recommendations from friends (or the internet) may be well-intentioned, but are rarely helpful.  Our new Gebiomized Saddle Mapping System can show pressure points and help you find the proper fitting saddle, but we still recommend any saddle for several rides before making your final decision.  It takes time (and mileage) to REALLY test a saddle.  That's why we have so many test saddles, and give you a full two weeks to decide.

Now available ONLINE! Visit our ONLINE STORE, select your saddles, and receive them by mail. Test them for two weeks, and get credit toward your purchase! See details and Saddle Selector below. Or call the Lab 1-855-760-1350 for help choosing saddles.


How Does it Work?

Local:
  • Stop into the Lab and pick out a saddle (or two or three). [Please call ahead so we can work with you by appointment].
  • Borrow any demo saddle for $15 each per week (up to two weeks). If you decide to purchase a saddle from us, we’ll credit your demo fees (up to $50) toward the purchase.
  • Not sure which saddle to borrow? Try any saddle on our Dynamic Fit Unit cycle, or bring your bike and try it on our Computrainer ($25/hr. fee).

Online:

  • Not local (VA/DC/MD)? No problem: call us (1-855-760-1350) to have one, two, or three demo(s) mailed to you anywhere in the continental U.S., or select from our ONLINE STORE.  Rent one saddle for two weeks: $35. Rent two saddles for two weeks: $55. Rent three saddles for two weeks: $75.  We pay shipping both ways. Then receive $20-50 credit toward your saddle purchase (maximum $70 credit for multiple rentals).
  • Our Cobb Cycling saddles come with a 60-day (you read that correctly) comfort guarantee!  Terry saddles offer a 30-day comfort guarantee.
  • Need help choosing demos?  Call the Lab at 1-855-760-1350, or see our handy saddle selector below  ↓
     
  • Just looking to buy at a great price?  Visit our ONLINE STORE for our selection of Selle SMP, ISM-Adamo, Cobb, Terry, Selle Italia and Koobi saddles.

New Saddles in the LAB!   

With Fizik's new VS line, we've added their race-proven shapes to our test fleet.  Starting with the Arione (unisex or Donna women's model) and Antares, we'll be working with Fizik saddles to suit every rider.  We've also added the new Mistica triathlon saddle, which improves on the Tritone shape for triathlon racing.  Shimano's PRO line is looking better and better, with the new Stealth leading the way.

Check out the new models from ISM -- the PN 1.1 and PR 2.0 are popular with both triathletes and roadies.

We've added two of Selle SMP's larger, cushioned saddles: Plus and TRK.  Plus is from the road line, with the rich Italian leather; TRK is from the touring line, aimed toward recreational riders or those needing extra cushioning.

Koobi now offers the 232K, a mid-padded saddle that hits the sweet spot between the 232T (firm) and 232Sprint (soft); and also the new Fusion with a wider cutout. Triathletes rejoice!

See also the new Tri saddles from Selle Italia (Iron Flow), Prologo (TGale), VO2 (Evolve), and Profile Design (Vertex).

Fizik Arione VS
FIZIK ARIONE VS - we've always shied away from saddles by Fizik, despite their Italian race history, because their shapes didn't protect vital soft tissues. Now Fizik's new VS line has added central channels to eliminate numbness and nerve damage.  So, we present the race-tested Arione, in VS form.  With moderate padding and narrow width, the Arione is great for aggressive road cyclists.
Fizik Antares

FIZIK ANTARES VS - The Antares features a little wider base than the Arione, which makes it more suitable for less aggressive (more upright) road bike positions.  The new VS model offers the nerve-sparing central channel, for better long distance comfort. Fizik saddles are available with several types of rails, including manganese, Ki:um (lighter), and carbon (lightest).  cushioning.  It features the large central cutout and "beak" shape that defines SMP -- and leaves soft tissues free of pressure and numbness. Our demo saddle is the "Man" version (160mm wide), but suitable for either gender to test.  It's not a lightweight, and uses a synthetic cover, but at $80 is one of SMP's least expensive models.

Stealth saddle
Shimano-Pro Stealth: This new saddle from Shimano is already getting great reviews. Somewhat similar to the Specialized Power, the Stealth is a balanced road saddle with moderate padding, a semi-curved shape, and a great big cutout in the center.  Although a little wider in the nose that traditional road saddles, it still gives plenty of leg room, while providing awesome relief for genitals.  Available in 142mm or 152mm widths -- we recommend the larger size for larger or heavier riders.

Fizik Mistica
Fizik Mistica Triathlon - New for 2017, the Mistica takes the best of the Tritone saddle -- short nose, relief channel, built in hydration clip -- and adds significant improvements.  Many found the Tritone hard, and too sharp at the front corners: the Mistica adds much-needed front padding and rounded edges -- now you can sit on the nose through that 112-mile bike leg!  The saddle comes standard with a full hydration mounting system, ready for bottle cages or other accessories.


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