E-MTB specific VOLTURE saddle and Enduro/Trail/All-Mountain GRIFFON and TURNIX saddles launch at Eurobike 2017.
For 2018, PRO’s new mountain bike saddle line includes collaborative research from Bikefitting.com utilized for the development of the all-new saddle designs that better suit the needs of mountain bikers. The new models for 2018 include the E-MTB specific VOLTURE saddle and enduro/trail/all-mountain GRIFFON and TURNIX saddles. The company also makes a wide range of competition-level saddles also for TT, Road, Cross-Country MTB disciplines.
For the development of the new MTB saddles, PRO engineers used research from a pressure mapping study with Bikefitting.com to create new saddles designed to meet the specific demands of the enduro/trail/all-mountain and E-MTB riders. Through the study, they found that mountain bikers are often sacrificing comfort and restricting their performance by choosing multi-purpose saddles without proper consideration to where padding is necessary in relation to their physical characteristics.
Mountain bike saddles must withstand rough environments and big impacts while still being lightweight to meet racers’ demands. Pressure mapping studies in the Bikefitting.com laboratory showed how different riders ride in different positions on a mountain bike saddle, regularly changing position across different terrains and gradients.
GRIFFON and TURNIX MTB Saddles
Based on these laboratory results, PRO created MTB-specific versions of its Griffon and Turnix saddles with broadened nose and mid-sections, high-grip covers, and increased padding, adding 2mm of thickness on the front of the saddle to 5mm on the rear.
The wider nose area is designed to give the rider a more supportive platform at the front of the saddle for hard efforts on steep climbs while the wider mid-section improves handling and cornering stability. The saddle uppers feature a PU material with a more grip to reduce rider movement around the saddle. Meanwhile, the side material on the Griffon and Turnix saddles has a durable and rubberized feel to protect the saddle base and padding from damage.
PRO Griffon Saddle
The padding is a shock-absorbing, waterproof and ultra-lightweight Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate weighing 30% less than standard PU, which brings the overall weight down to 216g for the Griffon and 222g for the Turnix.
The saddle bases are made from a carbon-reinforced polymer, designed with long carbon fibers for stiffness and an Anatomic Fit cut-away pressure relief channel, which is covered at the bottom to prevent mud and water ingress. Rails on the GRIFFON and TURNIX are made from corrosion-resistant INOX steel alloy (AISI 304, 18% Cr and 8% Ni). The saddles also include integrated accessory mounts allowing additional accessories such as race plates, fenders and cameras to be securely attached.
PRO Turnix Saddle
The PRO Griffon saddle has a flatter profile with a narrower tail section with a deeper side wall for less flexible riders who tend to move around more, while the PRO Turnix saddle has a contoured profile with a wider tail for more flexible riders moving less on the saddle. Both GRIFFON and TURNIX saddles come in three widths: 132mm, 142mm, 152mm.
VOLTURE E-MTB Saddle
Studies with e-bike riders also revealed interesting findings. Riders using e-bike motors generally spend less time getting out of the saddle to push hard through steep sections and because they are pushing less force through the pedals, they are putting more weight into their saddles. Therefore the Volture was conceived to offer more padding and greater comfort to e-MTB riders.
PRO Volture Saddle
Studies conducted by Bikefitting.com and PRO with e-bike riders also revealed interested findings. Riders using e-bike motors generally spend less time out of the saddle pushing through steep sections and because they are pushing less force through the pedals, they are putting more weight into their saddles.
Therefore, the Volture was conceived to offer more padding and greater comfort to e-MTB riders precisely where they need it: additional padding for more comfort in the rear of the saddle, a wider nose design for additional stability and better handling, and a higher tail for better power transfer.
The Volture also comes with a saddle accessory mount. The saddle weighs 235g (142mm) version and comes in widths of 142mm and 152mm.
The new PRO mountain bike saddles will be available in January 2018 and MSRP is $119.99.
PRO Simplifies Saddle Selection
PRO has always recommended different saddle types in relation to a rider’s flexibility, riding position, sit bone width, gender and riding type, which can be determined via its online saddle selector.