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The SQlab brand has set itself the task of designing saddles, steering elements, seat cushions and soles, as well as all bicycle parts that influence the correct position on the bicycle, according to the best health standards. In order to achieve this, SQlab works with experts from the medical field to develop the products. In the course of the cooperation, the seat pads SQlab-Pad M and SQlab-Pad W were integrated into four newly developed bike shorts models for women and men.
The result is a product line that meets the high ergonomic demands of cycling. The seat pads keep their shape over medium and long distances. They consist of a dense yet breathable foam, which comes with a thin layer of TPE gel on the underside, making them an ergonomic alternative to our existing seat pad portfolio.
The shear forces caused by the pedalling motion cause pain in the periosteum — even more so than the pressure. The slight but constant movement of the pelvis on the saddle creates painful shear forces at the periosteum. This gel was specially developed to absorb medical-grade shear forces. Because high-quality foams with better shock absorption properties have a higher density and lack breathability.
Using a patented process, SQlab has managed to break up the structures of this high-density foam. NeW Bike shorts expert meets Ergonomics specialist. Compare products Remove Product. By comparison, the relatively slack seat tube angle of a bike like Marin's Wolfridge is much better suited to the Ergowave. The first step of the Ergolux is the rear shelf which provides great support when climbing a bike with a steep seat tube angle and an upright riding position.
It feels like there is something solid to push against. The second step is the more padded compared to the Ergowave seating position. Historically I could adapt to a wide range of saddles, from couches to ass-hatchets, but with a steep seat angle and more upright riding position, I've become much more discerning about getting the right combination of support and pressure relief for my sit bones.
On the Satori the Ergolux was the obvious choice. On my over-forked Honzo the Ergowave is the sure winner. The last step is the dropped nose. When the going gets truly steep and I drop my elbows and lean forward, the nose of the exerts very limited pressure. At the same time, the long saddle provides lots of room to move around when climbing and plentiful contact area when descending.
The nose shape is the human-specific feature I mentioned earlier. It's designed to relieve pressure on both men's and women's "sensitive structures". At the back of SQLab's active-shell saddles, the rails attach to a central pillar instead of directly to the base of the saddle. This allows the 'wings' to flex as I'm pedaling. With the added padding of the Ergolux saddle I suspected I'd like the active-shell function to be firmer but after months of experimenting, I'm back where I ended up with the Ergowave.
Of three elastomer supports included with the saddle, I'm running a fourth option. The active-shell saddles mount the rails to a center post allowing the wings of the saddle to flex. Three different elastomer supports are available to tune flex but I prefer to run the saddle without them. It's fairly quick and straightforward to swap the elastomers. They are a tight fit which I appreciate on the trail but that could make a rider less likely to experiment.
I recommend starting with the softest elastomer option, which is white, and then stepping up to the medium grey and finally firm black if more support is warranted. If the white elastomer feels wonderful I'd also suggest thanks Kenny! It's the winner for me. A specific concern for riders pedaling up to ride down steep and technical trails is the relative girth of this saddle's rear end. There's a lot of junk in that trunk to keep everything comfortable on the climb.
This compounds the need for a longer dropper post on bikes with steep seat tube angles since the saddle is right beneath me whenever I stand up. I have historically been happy with 5" droppers but between steeper seat angles and this saddle, a mm post makes perfect sense to me. If this saddle makes climbs and traverses significantly more comfortable it's likely most riders will adapt to it for descending.
Descending steep technical trails the shape and volume of the back of the Ergolux are apparent but I feel it can be mitigated with a longer dropper post getting the saddle further out of the way. For most bikes, and riding situations, I'd purchase the active-shell version of the SQLab Ergowave. I like the increased support from the firmer padding and the shape works for me, especially since my personal bikes don't have cutting-edge-steep seat tube angles.
For bikes with steep seat angles and more upright positions, the active-shell Ergolux works great. It would also be my first recommendation for riders who prefer a softer saddle but are looking for the comfort and performance benefits of the saddle's wing movement. Hit me with any questions below. Please log in to leave a comment.
For example, my Deva has a fairly short nose so I prefer it on my bike where I stand up on steep climbs. I only did fireroad climbs up Sumas and fromme, but I found it really nice to still be sitting on my ass as the pitch steepened instead of my taint. I recently bought the active carbon model when it was on sale.
I did all my sitbone measuring, and to my surprise, I had narrower sitbones than I thought I would. I opted for the 13cm saddle based on this measurement. So far I have been happy with the SQlab saddle. Its shape takes a bit of getting used to, but once you find the 'pocket' where everything feels right, it is more comfortable than previous saddles I have tried.
I am on the medium elastomer right now, but might give the soft one a try. The literature I was given with the saddle warned NOT to ride it without an elastomer as it will cause too much flex in the wings and could lead to failure. If you were informed otherwise by SQlab that would be interesting to know. Thinking of getting one for my wife to replace her Terry saddle, but I am not sure just how 'unisex' these saddles will actually fit. My dad currently has it on his commuter and loves it.
When bike brand's first started down the road of shrink-and-pink they were putting WTB Deva saddles on everything. The problem is that for women - in my experience - the Deva is one of the most polarizing saddles on the market. Either it's awesome or it's abusive. I needed a saddle one day when I was running very light on cash so I gave one a try and the rest is history.
Love the Deva. Tapered headtube, thread in BB, really nice frame hardware, easy to swap frame pivot bearings, and it pedals really well with smaller chainrings so it's a prime candidate for a 1x conversion with a 22tt ring up front an a or t cassette out back. I covered it more in my two pieces on the , but it was at SQLab's recommendation that I tried my saddle without the elastomer.
I think it's fair to say the saddle will probably wear out faster run like this - for example, my favorite road saddle the Specialized Romin relies on a lot of wing flex for comfort and they would only last me a year - but I've been using the for a long time now and there's no shell fatigue sagginess yet. I know women who love the Chromag Mood Moon and use it for Shore-XC epics and I know women who mountain bike with the biggest saddle that Terry offers on their DH Bikes which informs my belief that anyone searching for their most comfortable saddle should ignore labels and try everything until they are either comfortable or have exhausted what they can find to demo.
The good news is that, in my experience, many a rider has been there in the search-for-a-perch and aside from shops and brands offering saddle demo programs your wife's friends are probably happy to loan her saddles to try until she finds her fit. Deva was my saddle choice for a few years. Measured up the same length as the Fiz:ik saddle on my road bike. Really itching to try a SQLab on my G Did you try the Fizik Gobi? I bought the 16 degree SQ-lab handlebar based on your previous review, and love it.
That being said, I ordered them through one of the bigger online retailers from the states and just accepted the ass pounding at the border, since I couldn't easily find an accessible shop. Are there any local shops lower mainland, island you know of selling SQ-lab stuff? I stopped in at Cowichan Cycles last Saturday, got measured up and walked out with a Ergowave active. They have quite bit of SQlab stuff in stock. Great bunch of guys. Now my only excuse is fitness.
The bent down nose overs a very comfortable perch for climbing and never snags on your shorts if they droop. It takes two to tango. In my experience, NSMB is always into testing interesting products with interesting backstories. Hell, I tested magnetic clipless pedals! Personally, I've experienced a couple of SMP saddles on the road and neither of them worked for me - even sporting a high-end chamois. Have you ridden the road saddles?