Contact Point Saddle
Pressure Mapping System
Types of Load
Possibilities of Improvement
The factors influencing the pressure on the saddle described thus far depend on the anatomy or the discipline and are accordingly hardly changeable. Two more readily adjustable parameters are the bike and the saddle. It is relatively easy to change the pressure pattern by making adjustments on the bike. For a Pubis-Loader the saddle could be slid to the front to get more support from the saddle’s rear, thus reducing the extreme pressure values on the nose.
In total, however, the choice of the saddle is most decisive. Currently an uncountable array of forms, materials and stiffness is available on the market. Additionally, there are different approaches to obtain an optimal pressure distribution. Whether leather, foam or gel; whether hard or soft; whether one piece top, with holes or with steps; whether cushioned lightly or strongly – the quest for the optimal saddle is highly individual. That’s not to say that every rider should opt for an individualized saddle but that each rider’s specifics – concerning anatomy, seating position, distance and riding time – should be taken into account.