Switching this damper for the soft version on subsequent rides, I then really began to feel the benefit of the setup. For more information visit http://reviews.mtbr.com/sqlab-interbike-2016 Finally I came to the 612 Carbon – currently the only saddle in the SQlab range to run carbon rails. how would you explain the exact same Canyon bike now being approx £500 cheaper in Ireland than in the UK? This is made from an injection moulded plastic. On the road, and with the medium damper in use, the 611 Active didn’t feel too much different from the 611 Race. Thanks for your review on the SQlab 611 Race saddle! This is a titanium-railed model and utilises the SQlab ‘Stepsaddle Concept’, which is what creates the striking appearance of the SQlab saddles as they lower the nose portion of the saddle to maintain support and alleviate pressure. Review: SQlab 611 Active and 611 Race Saddles. This is the lightest in the SQlab range until the Super6.1 comes to market (which is due after the 2015 EuroBike show). Some low-profile saddles are also cut away at the tail to provide extra tyre clearance when the saddle is dropped – useful for long travel 29ers with slack seat angles. Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product? It’s worth noting that SQlab suggest you should expect their saddles to feel firmer as, once your sit bones are used to this, it helps your sit bones relieve pressure from other areas. If you have challenges getting comfortable or regularly swap between aerodynamic and general riding, it could be the one saddle you need. Take a moment to see what others have to say about SQlab saddles and products. The revenue from adverts helps to fund our site. This was also on a less-than-pristine road surface, although my setup of 28mm tubeless tyres and 150mm of exposed 27.2mm diameter seatpost provides reasonable damping by itself. In addition, all SQlab saddle models are also available with active technology, which provides more comfort and efficiency and is back-friendly at the same time. Riding around the parking lot before a 41-mile hilly road ride, I was worried that I was in for a long day, as the 612 saddle certainly felt different over my favorites from Fabric and Fizik. This is enhanced by a dip in the centre of the saddle. Ergonomic solutions. See what others are saying about our Saddles. Your subscription will help us to do more. And since the official guidance in any case opens up... Terry saddles used to have a great reputation regarding its women's saddles. Perhaps more specifically, going back to one of my normal saddles no longer felt as comfortable as I remembered. The wave-like shape and raised rear section provides perfect rearward support and an optimal pressure distribution which reaches deep into the body structures resulting in improved power transmission. Tech, reviews: tech [at] road.cc If the Super6.1 continues this theme in a light weight, shiny carbon finish when it comes to market then I might have to sack the expensive and jump onboard (pun intended) – the most recent versions of it look incredible. Jump to Latest ... Case in point the Ibis Mojo HD4 that I did the majority of this saddle test on. If you don’t want to subscribe, please turn your ad blocker off. Perhaps the only downside here is the saddle weight – but (despite my own general love of light weight carbon saddles) this really is not the part of your bike to be cutting back in that respect, especially if you suffer with ‘normal’ saddles in any way. BUY IT ON SALE ️ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MXF4PY8?tag=lurker0c-20 Main Features: Material Rails S-Tube Ti. To the Road.CC team. The SQ Labs Ergowave 612 Active saddle has seen a large amount of invested time into researching regarding optimal pressure distribution in saddle design. Given the width of the rear of the saddle I believe this to be an excellent bit of design execution, and I struggle to understand how so few saddles manage to achieve this. I’m used to a firm saddle so this still isn’t a major concern for me but, having come from the 611 Active, it was definitely noticeable. Most notably the 'step' where the rear is visibly higher than the nose. Definitely not the lightest, but a fair comparison with similar tech is hard. As a subscriber you can read road.cc ad-free, from as little as £1.99. 5. SQlab Ergowave Active 612 and 611 Saddle Ride Impressions. The 612 Ergowave Active Carbon Saddle is its top-line (and hence top-money) offering, for 'stretched to moderate' positions. Price as reviewed: £134.95 . From Cycle EXIF’s technical correspondent, Richard Gearing. Like this site? Sit bones are sit bones, and women have as much need for pressure relief as men. The flat but slim SQlab MaxContact® saddle nose and the firm padding of the 612 were both specifically designed for the needs on the roadbike. Available in four widths ranging from 120-150mm in 10mm increments, and with a 100kg weight limit on this carbon-railed model, there's a likely fit for all but the largest-boned. I thought our deal was that I subscribe and the adverts go away. I ride through there regularly, the driver must have exited the carpark at the west end of the Serpentine and taken a wrong turn. SQlab Ergowave Active 612 and 611 Saddle Ride Impressions. Best Cycling Website, BikeBiz Awards 2018, SQLab 612 Ergowave Active Carbon Saddle 2018, in: Le Col Pro Blackout Therma Bib Shorts, in: Have your say on rat-running in London’s Royal Parks, in: Cycling responsibly in a time of pandemic, in: Jeremy Vine films motorist driving down Hyde Park cycle path, in: New VAT rules see EU brands stop online sales to UK shoppers. Yes, Would you recommend the product to a friend? On a slower, longer ride I swapped midway for the softest (white) insert, and immediately noticed increased comfort. I'd probably like to have more range in the insert stiffness to try three options – the hardest was too hard to contemplate. Discover the perfect bike saddle for your body & riding style. After some solid miles on the 611 Race, I moved onto the 611 Active – essentially the same shape saddle as the Race, but with the rear portion of the saddle having been designed to move with the rider’s hip movement. Under advice from Krischan, the first of the the saddles to try from the three he sent me was the 611 Race. My previous saddle is a 10 year old San Marco Ponza which eventually broke where the rail connects to the shell. Also (and possibly to fit UCI rules) they often feature short noses, further reducing weight. SQ Lab 612 Ergowave Saddle user reviews : 5 out of 5 - 1 reviews. Saddles have different heights between the rails and the seat, and low-profile saddles let you run longer dropper posts. The longterm comfort afforded by great design and padding. SQlab has been in the saddle scene since 2001, gathering information, undertaking scientific studies and even writing a book on the subject, literally: 'The Path to the Perfect Saddle.' German design. With the different widths and variations available in the SQlab range (the three saddles tested here are each available in four widths) I really believe there could be something for everyone. All material © Farrelly Atkinson (F-At) Limited, Unit 7b Green Park Station BA11JB. Ensure that the seatrail clamping mechanism of your seatpost is compatible with oval shaped seatrails. Yes, Use this box to explain your overall score. The tested 'Size 13' saddle measured 143mm at the outer edges. Terms and conditions of use. Material Cover C84 Kevlar. Mehr Komfort für den Hintern - der SQlab 6OX Ergowave active im Test 29.01.2019 07:00:00 Noch bis vor rund 10 Jahren war das Wort Ergonomie eher Trekking-Fahrrädern vorbehalten und hatte ein etwas verstaubtes Rentnerimage. I tested two of their Race Series saddles, the 611 active MTB and the 611 Race. The purpose of the SQlab design is to sit right back on the saddle – it can be challenging remembering to shuffle back initially but the shape of the saddle helps encourage this, and the benefit of the stepped design becomes immediately apparent when you do. No tools needed for getting the tyre on and off the rim, which is probably a benefit because of the suppleness of... Firm yet comfortable all-rounder with some impressive elements for its price – one width only though, Very comfortable short-nose saddle that works for a variety of riding, Versatile and comfortable with lots of width options, but won't change cutout-haters' minds, Editorial, general: info [at] road.cc SQ-Lab 612 Ergowave Active saddle review. I just have a couple comments on your review and some recommendations for fitting the saddle so that you don’t get that “sliding forward” feeling. *Ritchey is a registered trademark of Ritchey Design Inc. Material Rails Carbon fibre (oval shape 7 x 9.6 mm), active Technology 3 different elastomer dampers (can be interchanged). In the case of the *Ritchey WCS 1 Bolt Mast Topper the item that you would need is the 1 Bolt Clamp Kit 7x9.6mm (denoted by the letters DF). The SQ Lab 611 Ergowave Active is a mountainbike saddle that many people consider the best saddle in its class.It is packed with features like the Active Technology, the Ergowave, some mysterious elastomers and more.In this review we will dive deep into a high quality mountainbike enduro saddle and find out what the included technologies can offer. Having previously dismissed concepts like this on the grounds of being gimmicky I had to swallow my pride as I realised the movement of the rear end, the stepped design and the narrow shape of the nose all worked brilliantly together to offer incredible comfort. But if it works for you... Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose. The SQlab active technology allows the saddle to follow the biomechanical motion when pedalling resulting in increased comfort, mobilisation of the spinal discs and reduced pressure to the sitbones. The gap is filled with an elastomer, which can be easily changed for a softer or harder version to change the damping and movement that the saddle offers (the saddle arrived with the ‘medium’ damper installed). In addition, it may also be necessary to move the saddle slightly forward of where you might normally run it to help encourage you to sit right on the back of the saddle to make the most of the ‘Stepsaddle’ design. SQlab Ergowave 611 Reviews Feb 19, 2018. SQlab Saddle Reviews Aug 01, 2017. It’s a comfy unisex saddle but it’s not my holy grail. The other visibly distinct feature is the 'Adjustable Active Technology' at the back of the saddle, in the form of three differently coloured rubber inserts that you plug in, to adjust the amount of movement the saddle has when pedalling. Having since also ridden on one of my more typical light weight carbon saddles there is still a clear benefit of the Stepsaddle shape used on the 612 Carbon, despite this extra firmness. Again, the excellent SQlab shape and support is present here, as is the Stepsaddle Concept design. If you’ve enjoyed this article, then please consider subscribing to road.cc from as little as £1.99. The ability to tune the saddle based on your ride duration, purpose (all-out speed vs slow and steady), your weight and general comfort preference make the 612 Active a good option to consider in your search for the perfect perch. Not initially comfortable, but once you settle in it's like it's not there. The lowered nose in combination with the dip provides optimal pressure relief for the perineal area. Positioning the saddle takes a bit of time as the lowered nose means you have two different levels on the saddle to measure from. You will not only find the perfect saddle, grip, bars and other components here, but also many tips and tricks around ergonomics and how to correctly fit and adjust the SQlab-products for the three contact points. Tell us what you particularly liked about the product. I could go further and faster in more comfort. Krischan of EightyOneSpices.com.au – the Australian distributor for SQlab – sent me the kit to do this, and on feeding back my findings to him he was able to send me the correct width saddles. This all-out aero effort was made on the medium (grey) insert. The first thing to do to identify which saddle width I should be riding is to measure my sit bones. Base. © 2008-document.write(new Date().getFullYear()) GARAGISTA MEDIA, PO BOX 668, WARKWORTH 0941, NEW ZEALAND. Again, I took some time to get the saddle position right – this time using the position and angle of the 611 Race as my start point to get it dialled. Riding around the parking lot before a 41-mile hilly road ride, I was worried that I was in for a long day, as the 612 saddle certainly felt different over my favorites from Fabric and Fizik. There's a ton of science on the SQLab website covering the thinking here, and as the first saddle company to introduce sit-bone measurement and variable-width saddles (it claims), its designers clearly know their stuff. SQlab Saddle Reviews Feb 13, 2018. Our mission is to bring you all the news that’s relevant to you as a cyclist, independent reviews, impartial buying advice and more. The SQLab 612 Ergowave Active Carbon Saddle is expensive but packed with pressure-relieving, customisable tech. It's for riders who want to go fast and far, with the ability to get as comfortable as possible. SQlab Ergowave 611 saddle review by MTBR Aug 01, 2017 The three levels can be used for different seated positions and they stop sliding back on steep climbs. 1) Firstly, just wondering if you measured your sitbones with the SQlab Fitkit to … At an actual 210g for the 13 with the medium insert, the carbon-railed 612 is toward the heavier end of the £200-plus saddle-weight spectrum (the Prologo Dimension Nack that Stu tested recently is 157g, for example). Don't disagree. SQlab is a German component maker that pioneered sit-bone-width saddle measurement and most of the technological improvements that have become standards for modern saddle design. As a saddle for riding fast and long, it's a cracker, but that £200-plus pricetag and less-than-svelte weight does mark it down. There are several distinctive features on the 612 saddle. I forget how I came across the SQlab ‘Super6.1’ saddle , but having seen it I had to know more and, as a fan of carbon saddles and the surprising comfort they offer, was keen to give it a try. Advertising, commercial: sales [at] road.ccView our media pack. As with all metal-carbon interfaces, check your saddle clamp is free from any sharp edges or burrs that might introduce a stress-fracture point in the carbon. These are two different matters though: a rocking pelvis due to excess saddle height is clearly wrong and means your muscles aren't as efficient as they should be, but allowing the pelvis to move slightly while retaining correct leg angles apparently reduces pressure on your spine and sit bones. Right from the start, SQlab was and is the most successful saddle brand in tests conducted by German trade magazines and has been awarded several times as test winner. Official site for SQLab's bike products in the USA & Canada. The best way I can describe this range is that they offer the comfort of a worn-in Brooks saddle that has spent years conforming itself to the shape of your backside, but without the lengthy bedding in period. The SQ-Lab 612 saddle features a very wide and flat rear section that’s designed to offer more support and optimal pressure distribution for sit bones. © 2008–present unless otherwise stated. Finally, I found I needed to tip the nose of the saddle up slightly to feel less like I was falling forwards (SQlab suggest tilting the nose up as much as to be in line with the rear – i.e. horizontal across its whole length – if necessary). SQLab covers a range of sizes, but doesn't offer men's/women's options, which is in line with other brands who have dropped 'female-fit' models after realising there's no scientific basis for many of the assumptions made that women's bodies differ notably from men's in terms of proportions. SQlab Saddle Reviews MTBR review of Ergowave 611 NSMB.com review of Ergowave 611 Red Kite Prayers rev In some cases, specific seatrail clamps are available seperately to allow the fitting of saddles with oval shaped rails. Tel 01225 588855. But the cable isn't a hassle, it's a convenience, because it's already there. But we also don't expect you to just take our word for the superiority of our saddles. Fantasy Cycling: game [at] road.cc To my mind prolonged comfort is far more of a performance aid than fretting about 50g, so I'd say for the tech involved the 612 Active is a more than acceptable weight. The carbon rails enhance the look of this saddle over the two 611 options, but they do also seem to firm up the ride a little. Now being approx £500 cheaper in Ireland than in the insert stiffness to try three options – the hardest too. 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