Italian brand Selle Royal is releasing its new saddle eZone, the first saddle on the market specifically designed for modern commuter, leisure, touring, off-road and urban eBikes. This new saddle is the result of the first comprehensive study of eBike users, which Selle Royal conducted in collaboration with world leading designers at BMW Group subsidiary Designworks. The study identified a number of performance characteristics from eBike users that could benefit from an eBike-specific saddle design.
Selle Royal will be presenting the new eZone saddle first at Eurobike later this month at the Selle Royal Group stand (A5-301).
eZone uses patented technology and has a range of eBike-specific features such as eFit Design, an elevated rear section to prevent backward sliding and shorter nose to aid in mounting, Acceleration Control, a zonal design to enhance control and balance for added safety during acceleration, and eGrip, a fibreglass integrated handle for easy manoeuvring. The saddle is padded with 3D Skingel, a tridimensional gel structure that reduces pressure peaks by up to 40%.
Until recently, saddles marketed specifically for eBikes have included a handle to aid in movement or other cosmetic considerations, but the design of the saddle itself has essentially been the same as a traditional bicycle saddle. Before eZone, no other brands have conducted a study on what are the particular usage characteristics of an eBike and how these affect saddle comfort and support.
Road safety studies have identified excessive throttle application from a dead stop or when shifting to a higher gear to be the number one cause of eBike accidents, partly due to the slippage factor from “flat” traditional saddles. It logically follows that the speed and thrust generated by the eBike motor requires a specific shape to secure the rider’s position and ensure safety.
Selle Royal’s eZone designers understood that sudden forward movement produces a wave-effect, which requires performance zones to address acceleration, sitting comfort and handling. For the new design, the designers raised the rear portion of the saddle and added wings with which the rider can steer and adapt thrust with precision. To guarantee comfort, the wings are made to flex, supported by rubber inserts, for greater feel and tractability.
The result is eZone, the first saddle specifically developed to optimise, support, and unleash the full potential of today’s eBike.
Features of the eZone saddle:
Intelligently placed Royalgel
A tridimensional gel structure that reduces pressure peaks by up to 40%, placed intelligently to reduce overall saddle weight
eZones for added security
Three zones with specific shapes and dimensions, featuring flexible wings for enhanced control and balance, for added safety during acceleration
An elevated rear section to prevent backward sliding and shorter nose to aid in mounting
Integrated handle for carrying
A fibreglass handle integrated into the saddle rail, for easy manoeuvring while maintaining increased battery and accessory access