TESTIMONIALS AND REVIEWS
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I always seem to have trouble with my saddle. I usually just tolerate them for as long as I can. I have gone thru about 6 seats in the past 2 years. About 2 weeks ago, I purchased the Infinity seat. In these last 2 weeks, I have done two 3 hour rides with it. Like a swaddled baby being rocked in a cradle. Unbelievable how safe “it” felt. So yesterday I thought I would be smart and ride what was supposed to be only a 2 hour ride but turned into a 5 hour ride, without any cycling or tri shorts. Yep, you read that right. Absolutely no padding whatsoever. I just had on a cute pair of UA shorts like I would wear to crossfit. Soooo, after awhile I was concerned about the nether region and if it was going to survive. Wow!! After 5 hours, it. was. all. good. Total confidence that I will be completely comfortable riding for 116 miles at IMCHOO. Baby in a cradle people. Baby. In. A. Cradle.
Side note…I am sure there are many others like me that after time in the saddle, there is some tenderness and any thoughts of intimacy are not welcomed. This may be the end all be all selling point of the Infinity seat…after 5 hours and no padding, I was totally welcoming to some intimacy with my husband without reservation or hesitation. Bravo Infinity!!
I’m 52 years old and on a path towards a more active lifestyle. I took up biking in 2016 and gradually upgraded my gear along the way including a number of expensive seat options, proper bike shorts, a proper bike fitting, etc. None of the seats I had purchased were comfortable and I had assumed that would be the “norm” until a cycling friend of mine called and asked if I had ever heard of this crazy looking seat, Infinity. We reviewed all the online video’s and testimonial we could find and pulled the trigger on a pair of new Infinity L2 seats. What we read and heard made complete sense; I had to try one!
When my L2 seat arrived I quickly mounted it; made a few course adjustments and away I went. WOW was the first thought I had. My rear end was well supported with ZERO PAIN POINTS. I didn’t feel like I was losing any ability to power through my ride either. I made a couple of fine adjustments around seat angle and distance from the front stem and I have not stopped talking about this seat to anyone who’d listen. Ive got about 800 miles on it so far. 30-40 mile days without squirming, without having to take a “rear-end” break and without ending my ride crippled.
I love this seat because it helps enable me to be a better rider, go further and get fitter. Amazing, Amazing, Amazing !
Žiga Sernec, finisher of DOS-RAS Extreme – Race across Slovenia, 1200km (2nd place), one time 24h (2nd place) and one time 12h UMCA European Championship (2nd place) finisher at Slo24Ultra race and finisher of 12h Schinderei race in Austria (2nd place).
I started participating in ultra cycling races in 2016 and in 2017 I started using the Infinity seat on all my bikes. I cannot say one bad thing about it. If I compare this season to the last one, I have no problems with saddle sores or other pains in my ass. If I didn’t have this seat on this year’s Race across Slovenia, the result would not be the same for sure because open sores was one thing we didn’t have to worry about while racing and that is extremely important. Even after the competition I didn’t have any problems whatsoever. Priceless!
I recommended the seat to all of my friends and many people are asking me about it when they see it. I think the Infinity seat already has many many fans in Slovenia! 🙂
A saddle is possibly one of the most individual parts of a bike we all use and in my opinion the comfort we experience doing the thing we love most should be prioritised above all else. I’ll start off with the headline, For Me and my body, THIS SADDLE IS EXTRAORDINARY!
I bought the infinity saddle in February 2017, the day after I visited my local hospital suffering from bad bruising to my perineum. The Dr told me that the likely cause was using a hard slim saddle for long repeated efforts on the indoor trainer over winter. He reccomended a saddle with a cut in it and low an behold I found the Infinity website. The science just makes sense. Your body is not designed to sit on the perineum or worse! The infinity saddle simply takes away all that pressure and moves it onto your more padded regions, and I can honestly say it works! The first time you sit on this thing, you’ll be amazed, there’s an instant feeling of genuine comfort! After about 50km of riding indoors adjusting the saddle with trial and error just slightly I found that perfect position and I haven’t changed it since. It does take several hours of riding to get used to it and you may find yourself riding a bit differently but trust me it’s worth it. After about 2 hours on my old hard saddle I had to stand up and take a break, I had no feeling ‘down there’ and the maximum I was capable of riding was 4 hours before having to ride home. Now, I frequently do 6 hour+ rides, I never, ever have pain anywhere in that region! Nothing! It’s AMAZING!
I like riding fast, but I also like riding slow and enjoying the thing that made me fall in love with this sport and that’s just riding my bike! I feel I have the saddle in an endurance position, I say that because, when I go into my aero/on the tops position I find I feel some slight discomfort as my gentleman regions have shifted forward onto the front point of the saddle. If you spend a lot of time in that position, then all you have to do is adjust the saddle too be comfy in that position, this saddle can work for all types of riding!
Everyone is different, so whenever anyone asks me about this saddle, and trust me they’ll ask! I say ‘For me, it’s superb’ that’s because I can’t realistically tell someone it’s going to be right for them. I recommend they try one and if they’re tall enough to get onto my bike lol, I let them sit on it and feel that instant feeling of ‘wow that’s weird!’ It’s a good weird! Because it’s so different to what they’re used to! But you can buy one and clearly it may not work for you! What you’re buying is comfort and some people like different feelings of comfort when riding their bike! But there’s no harm in trying!
Ill be honest there are some small negatives.
1) The N Series is not comfy to ride without a chamois pad. I can only talk from a male perspective but guys if you just wear running shorts or something casual you can find that parts of your body get trapped in places there shouldn’t be lol!
2) The prong at the back is key to how this saddle works and is really comfy to sit on, however, when I said you have to get used to this saddle and it’s a bit weird, one reason is because this prong thing bounces you about a bit on non smooth tarmac and when I first rode with it I kept thinking I had a puncture!
3) Infinity states ‘Free Shipping Worldwide’. However if you live in the UK (I don’t know about other countries) you will have to pay a fairly hefty customs charge which I wasn’t expecting from that statement.
4) For some reason on my bike I have found that I am having to tighten the seat bolts every couple of weeks, which I hardly ever had to do with my other saddle. Not a big issue but you instantly recognise when that position slightly shifts.
These are 4 very small and minor negatives to some enourmas positives! Don’t be put off by these but I wanted to give my honest review. There is no doubt in my mind that if I want a saddle and I have the money, I’ll ONLY be considering Infinity in the future!
I bought this saddle to help me fall deeper in love with cycling and this saddle just lets me ride my bike all day long with a huge smile on my face! Try it, Trust me! Just look at my photo!
Thank you Infinity!
In September 2016, I had my prostate removed. I had concerns about post-surgical adaptation to cycling and specifically, cycling saddle pressure and the repeated impact by cycling on the perineum area.
The concerns for saddle sores and cycling discomfort are widely discussed. More recently, the impact of cycling and ED have become a common men’s health topic. ED is a particularly acute concern for those who lose their prostate and still want to ride. My research concluded that maintaining good blood flow and minimizing repetitive nerve damage to the perineum area were important points to minimizing ED after a radical prostatectomy.
I considered nose-less and cut-out saddles when I came across the Infinity Seat. I placed a call to Dr. Vince and was impressed with how he developed the Seat by considering the human anatomy and the mechanics of cycling activity. I also visited Infinity Seats headquarters and had a lengthy discussion following our phone conversation. It seemed to me that the Infinity Seat could have been developed with prostate patients in mind.
I installed the seats on my road and mountain bikes and began riding them 90-days post-surgery. Six months later I’ve returned to my 10 hours a week pre-surgical cycling activity and have been free from any pain or discomfort.
Using the Infinity seat did not require any adaptation on my part. All my bodily functions have returned to normal. I believe I am sparing the nerves and maintaining good blood flow. No numbing, no pain points, no adaptation period. Periodically I try riding on a conventional saddle and I feel acute pain in the perineum area in a matter of minutes.
My hypothesis is this: on a conventional bike seat you are seated “On” it with sit-bone and perineum oriented pressure points. With the Infinity Seat you sit “IN” it. Your body is supported by your entire pelvic structure and surrounding soft tissue areas. Pressure points are eliminated. For me it worked immediately after a proper setup.
I recommend the Infinity Seat to anyone with saddle pain, anyone who is concerned about cycling related nerve damage and blood flow in the perineum or who has concerns about prostate health (or lack of a prostate) and wants to continue cycling.
I’ve been cycling for close to three years. I’ve always struggled with cardio, running just wasn’t my thing. That’s how I found cycling and as it has done many I got the bug. I’m a tech kinda person and not afraid to try something new especially if I can feel like I’m getting in on it early before the whole world discovers it. I’m 5’11” about 215 pounds, so one can imagine the pressure I put on my saddle. I discovered Infinity a couple months back and said hmph that’s different. I recently had an airline mishap where my bike was damaged so I sent it off for repair. Decided to change things up and that’s when I started searching for a bad review of infinity yes yes I was looking for the worst. Human nature I assume, BUT could not find any I say hey let’s give it a shot so I purchased the L2 saddle in Pink. Im also a member of Ridgesupply RSarsenal a sock brand in which fits well with my new cutting edge, loud, bright saddle. Customer service with infinity is superb as I spoke with Kathy multiple times trading some good info.
NOW enough about my background, as the included instructional stated I rode my old saddle one last time with bibs then I changed back into regular shorts. I wanted to give the saddle a real hard initial test.At first I felt like I was just giving it too much credit and that I was still acclimated to my other seat and that the pain would kick in at some point. I mean it must I don’t even have riding shorts on. Never did I rode a couple miles no nothing. So the next couple days I rode fully fitted with bibs and all, when I say everything every review stated about ALL discomfort disappeared it’s unreal how the ingenuity and technology put into the design of Infinity saddle takes all that discomfort we all feel and threw it out the window. I wasn’t able to clock an extended ride yet due to my work schedule but I can’t wait to put 60mile ride it’s definitely heaven at 40 so I only look forward to the best of the future. Now GO GET an INFINITY SADDLE …I don’t think I’ll ever ride any other one!!!!!!!
I started road cycling when I was in my mid twenties. At first I rode by myself, then with friends and then I started riding with a few different cycling clubs. As my cycling improved, I wanted more of a challenge and started riding with an “A” group. We did an average of 60-75 mile rides every week. Amongst the cyclists, discomfort on the seat became the number one topic we all shared. One guy would say try this seat or another, so I tried Specialized, Selle Italia Bontrager, and a hand me down Brooks. We thought the pain was just something we had to suffer through and that the more we rode we would just get used to it. But, we never really did!
When I met my girlfriend, Kathy I was 35, we started riding together. We rode The Covered Bridge’s Tour in Bucks County, Pa. We did the 63 mile ride and we were both sore for days. She would always say, I wonder what kind of butt day it’s going to be every time we went for a ride. We rode The 40 mile NYC Five Borough’s Ride and Kathy vowed she would never do an organized ride again because of the pain she was in. She began a search for a comfortable seat and tried woman specific seats, thick padded seats and wore thick padded shorts and would still be uncomfortable and would be sore for days after.
Then it was like a miracle happened! Kathy came home from a visit in California with her sister, Diane and showed me a bicycle seat that her husband Dr. Vince, a chiropractor and triathlete designed. She said that when she sat on it for the first time it was like WOW! There was no pain at all! In all honesty, I looked at the seat and thought what kind of seat is this? She simply said, SIT ON IT!! I couldn’t believe it, it was like sitting on air, no pain no pressure! That was back in the fall of 2014, (I believe) and we have not only been riding Infinity Seats ever since, we were also some of their earliest test riders, supporters and promoters of this incredible invention.
Now Kathy and I road ride and mountain bike together all the time. We can cycle all day with no discomfort what so ever. I used the N-series with light padded shorts and was very happy and content. I was sure there could be no other seat as comfortable. Kathy started using the L2 which is padded and wrapped in leather and said I had to try it. I finally did and it was incredibly comfortable. I still use a light padded short & Kathy wears no padding at all up to a 30 mile ride. I’m 52, 6’3 and 215 lbs. and Kathy is 59, 5’9 and 150 lbs, we are feeling better than ever! Thanks to Dr.Vince’s brilliant invention and Diane’s love and support and both of their unending hard work, the revolution of the bicycle seat has begun!! GO INFINITY!!
Hi. I’m John.
When I was in college long ago I rode up the hill to class every day on a hard smooth plastic saddle. Kinda hurt. We didn’t know any better back then. The advances in saddle design had not happened yet. I rode on it for miles out in the country. Stupid kid. But riding kept me in real good shape.
When I decided to get back on my bike I realized that it didn’t have to hurt so much and went looking for the best of the best to sit on. A HA! The Infinity Saddle. As soon as I saw it I knew my search was over.
In the process of my research about modern bicycling I came across the World Naked Bike Ride. I looked at some videos of the events from around the world. One thing in common was that all these riders and observers were hooting and hollering and having the time of their lives. This piqued my curiosity. Could I have so much fun riding my bike naked through the middle of a big city with hundreds or thousands of other people? Maybe. But not on that old hard saddle. And, at my age now, nothing but super-comfortable would do. I found the Infinity saddle and had to have it! My old bikes never were right for me anyway so I got a great new rig and put the Infinity on it. . . Jackpot!
I started looking into this “naked bike riding” thing and found out that it’s not all that uncommon. So I was too late for the WNBR last year but there was a naked bike riding event here around my home town. Lots of nice people and everybody was curious about the Infinity. I let some of them ride it. (We put terrycloth towels around our saddles.)
It turned out to be a two-for-one for me. I got the best saddle I could hope for and now I have a bunch of new friends who just like to hang out naked together and ride bikes sometimes. Try it. It’s fun.
Riding naked isn’t really a primary way to go – and we don’t. Especially for men it’s a bit of a challenge to get on the saddle just right when starting. Balancing “the boys” across the saddle is a little awkward. But, it can be done. I recommend trying this only on nice smooth pavement.
But, for the most part, wearing at least some biking shorts is the way to go (girls don’t have this problem). Nothing I have found is more comfortable than the Infinity saddle. I wouldn’t ride a mile on anything else.
Look out World Naked Bike Ride! I’m gonna smoke you guys on this thing!
I am an adult onset athlete. I am 6’ tall female, 50ish years old, with hips and at the time weighed 195 lbs. I’ve been cycling 4 years. In 2016, while training for my first Ironman race, I realized my current saddle was not going to work. I’d been able to complete a couple 70.3 distance triathlon races on the bike without issue. However, the longest bike ride I’d completed at the time on that saddle was maybe 65 miles. I was now looking at a 112 mile ride. I tried a variety of saddles including models from Cobb, Selle, and ISM Adamo with no luck.
A triathlon friend had been using the Infinity N series and talked with me about it. The first time I saw it, I thought what the heck?? My butt will fall through the gaps in that seat, thanks but no thanks. My training partner, decided to try it. Her hips are slightly larger than mine. When she gave it rave reviews and I’d had a couple 60 mile rides on uncomfortable saddles, I decided to give it a try. I was in luck. I’m born and raised in Los Angeles and was planning a visit. I reached out to Dr. Vince since the shop is in El Segundo. He and Diane welcomed my visit. I stopped by and test drove a few models (N and L1). I couldn’t believe how good my butt felt. I decided to buy the L2.
Upon returning home, I followed Dr. Vince’s installation instructions and set out for a ride. Oh my goodness, not only does it look bad ass (can I say that) but it felt great. I don’t know the mechanics behind how it works, but it does. Long story short, I completed 3, century training rides (100 mile distance) using the Infinity saddle. Due to various reasons, I didn’t complete my Ironman but that’s ok. I will continue to ride my bike in total comfort with the Infinity saddle. Thanks Dr. Vince!!
I was first introduced to the infinity bike saddle by a fellow triathlete on an early morning ride. She swore by it, but I still wasn’t convinced. Meanwhile I was suffering on my current saddle. Being like most triathletes, I felt like I had to have the saddle that everyone else did. My LBS got me setup on a traditional tri saddle and I completed my first half Ironman. By mile 30, I was getting restless and couldn’t stay on the saddle for any length of time. I knew if I ever wanted to complete a century ride or even a full IM I needed to change, and quickly. After that race I started to look and research all sorts of different saddles. I drove to several different shops to try out demo saddles. I final made the big leap, ordered the Infinity N saddle. I couldn’t wait to get it on the TT bike and try it out. For our maiden voyage knocked out a 56 mile ride with absolutely no chaffing, no soreness, nothing. I then purchased the L1 for my road bike, and WOW! Next thing you know I’m riding in the L-2 on the TT bike. Happily completed my first 100 mile ride and never got antsy in the saddle or had rubbing. Even on a challenging half IM course this year my saddle was the last thing I was worried about. Thank You Dr. Vince!!!
I entered the 2017 Ironman Texas on April 22nd sporting my new red leather L2 Infinity seat. Prior to this day I had done rides of 15 miles (around my neighborhood the day I received it making adjustments), a 17 mile Zwift ride, 45 miles (one more adjustment) & 78 miles on Texas Gran Fondo 2 weeks before the race. Most of my adjustments were made to angle and height to match dimensions of my previous saddle set up. The height needed to move up 3/4″ (which is a lot), and I angled the nose down 2 degrees more than previous set up. I am 59 years old and have been riding road bikes since I was a young lad. I have never been more comfortable during or after a ride as with the Infinity seat. When I finished my 112 mile ride and started the run it felt like I never rode (except for my quads which pushed through a strong headwind the last 25 miles). The next day I had zero discomfort. Friends and family thought I was crazy for buying a new seat so close to an important race. My decision was overwhelming confirmed as the right one!
My experience –
I have been riding since 2012 and have finally found a sport in which I can say will last a lifetime. With that being said, as I have progressed from no drop LBS rides on the roadie, to technical trail rides on the MTB to the endurance events on the TRI. During this time I have started to realize one important thing…. That a comfortable saddle is worth its weight in gold. I have always found myself getting some small saddle sores when riding for 4+ hours. I was lucky enough to have a saddle that came with my TRI bike that made a world of difference. I was able to train and complete 5 triathlons last year with no effects of saddle sores. It was a blessing and an awakening. If I can do this with my TRI bike, why not my roadie. I knew that just purely from the different positioning that is involved, I simply could not take my TRI saddle and put it on my roadie. This thought led me to the Infinity Saddle. I saw one of these weird looking saddles at Ironman Cozumel last year. I stopped the rider at the transition area before the race and asked him about it. “It is the most comfortable saddle I have ever owned, hands down!” That was a bold statement and I realized I could not say that about any of my Roadie saddles that I have tried. So I made a mental note to order one of these when I got back home. A month or so passed and I decided to register for the RAAM Texas 200 Challenge – 214 Miles with 10,000+ feet of climbing. After a few weeks of training, I decided it was time. I ordered the Infinity Saddle and got to work. It felt weird and good all at the same time. You can see my first review below…
My first review –
For the inquiring minds out there. Keep in mind I have only used 4 different saddles in my cycling history, so I don’t have many comparisons here. I have had around 500 miles in this saddle to date. I have found there are some different positions you can move into on this, but the need to move around does not seem to be there. I move around when I change my hand positioning (ie: hoods, to top, to drops). The support in the middle has some flex, so it is not as rigid overall as I had originally thought it would be. I have a little soreness after 9+ hours in the saddle yesterday, but nothing compared to what my old saddle would have caused. I was also wearing leggings over my bibs (it was cold out there at 6am) and I think that caused my chamios to stay in one spot and move around with my body as it normally does. Biggest issue that wasn’t – the width of the seat. I thought when I originally put this on it was going to be too wide. There is some friction on the outside, but nothing has come from it. Overall, I really like this saddle. I can say that after my first 100+ miler in this I came home and thought about the ride and how the saddle was. I came to the conclusion that during my ride, I never really thought about the saddle. So, that means it didn’t cause any issues for me and is a win in my book. Base on that, I am sold.I spent $170 on the saddle from Infinity. They make this saddle in leather as well, which I would suspect would be even more comfortable. I think that is the way to go on this, and probably worth the extra $100.
RAAM Texas 200 Challenge –
This was by far one of the hardest things I have ever done physically and mentally. Highs and Lows and everything in between. Crash on mile 17 (small road rash, busted bar tape, broken rear hydration system, and front brake issues). dropped a bottle twice out of the sole remaining slot on the rear hydration system after that and had to turn around and get it, couldn’t eat (consumed less than 4,000 calories), had to hit the bathroom in between every aid station and at every aid station (by the way Luckenbach has a new building with nice new restrooms), apparently my front wheel skewer was knocked loose on my crash because I got the speed wobbles doing 40 down a hill (barely avoided a huge crash and was ready to bail into the grass on the right), got stopped by race officials saying my tracker wasn’t working and had to take off my shirt and move it into an outside pocket, since I was carrying 4 bottles and my rear hydration was toast I just threw the extra 2 bottles in my jersey back pockets – this made the jersey extra tight and the zipper broke, had to stop and walk at least 7 low water crossings (didn’t want to wreck again), crossed at least 25 cattle guards, had a blast on the 3 mile dirt/gravel road at mile 180, cautiously road through 3 herds of cattle, forgot to put on some more butt paste (only applied at the start), but no worries there as I did not get any saddle sores (the infinity saddle is doing well – but will probably upgrade to their all leather version). Long post I know, but wanted to share the experience.
I love being different, but I also love being pain free.
When I turned 40 I was on a mission to lose 40 lbs. Then I went on to lose 100 lbs and wrote a book called FatToFitat40.com Then I decided to do an Ironman. I learned to cycle and loved it, except I was always squirming. I thought everyone squirmed, because most people do. My uncle is a lifelong cyclist and knew I was new to the sport. He said he had a closet full of saddles over the year but finally found one that worked for him. It was the Infinity. What did I have to lose. I literally through it on my bike before a 70 mile ride and the rest is history. I never even got a proper bike fit with the seat. It’s just always worked. I’ve done several century rides, and am proud to say I did Ironman Louisville on my infinity seat. Everyone laughs until they try it. I can ride long distances in just running pants and no icky creams and thick pads. I love being different, but I also love being pain free.
It is by far the best investment I have ever made.
Tampa, Florida, USA
I started my triathlon career in 2005. I had been a runner for many years, and my friend challenged me to an All-Female sprint triathlon in Orlando. I instantly fell in love with the sport, and never looked back. The bike portion has always been my favorite of the three disciplines. Do not get me wrong, I love the swim and run, but the bike is just an incredible amount of fun. I have had three different tribikes during the past eleven years. This year, I completed my first Ironman. Leading up to the race, I noticed that my “training century rides” were quite painful, and I was starting to lose my love for distance on the bike. I can now say, with confidence, that the third try is the charm since I found the perfect saddle- my Pink Infinity Bike Seat! While unique and conversation worthy, it is by far the best investment I have ever made. It was made for just us; females that want to still feel girly and comfortable! Thank you Infinity! You have made my ride so much more comfortable (and fast).
…Only saddle that doesn’t case me pain, sores or numbness
After cycling for many years and trying numerous saddles, I can honestly say that the infinity saddle is the only saddle that doesn’t case me pain, sores or numbness!
I have completed a cycling holiday in the canary islands and a couple of sportives since I purchased it and couldn’t be happier. Finally today, the Scottish highland weather finally allowed me to attach it to my summer bike!
This is going to be the final solution for me.
Got to try the saddle on a 20 mile ride today, wow, what a difference I could not believe how comfortable it was and for some reason I seemed to have more power.
I think I still need to do a little tweaking of the position, might be to far back, as my previous saddle was an ISM saddle with no nose, they tend to be set a lot further back than most saddles.
Anyway after a first real ride I’m impressed I think this is going to be the final solution for me. For some reason just the shape of the saddle makes it more secure feeling and I like the fact that it has a little flex.
The one lesson I did get from the saddle is that the quality of the chamois pad in your shorts makes a HUGE difference in the comfort. Yesterday on my trainer I had used an older pair of shorts so I noticed the saddle more. Today I used a new pair of shorts and it was light years better, felt like I was sitting on a feather cushion.
Kudos for a great saddle, I’m sure it is only going to get better over time as I dial in the exact right position, but after just the one ride today I’m impressed, congratulations!
Attached is a photo of me with my bike and the saddle (little hard to see the saddle)!
Back in April a package arrived at my home in Devon, upon opening the box I got my first look at an infinity saddle in the flesh and I had a dubious feeling. The thin leather cover barely disguising the largely cut out and scooped out frame below, I was also struck by the high and wide tail! After a quick spin to get the position right the bike was locked away till Saturdays epic Cycling weekly Dartmoor Demon ride a very tough sportive rated 9/10 for difficulty. As well as riding the sportive my team captain(Matt Stanbury) and I planned to ride to and from venue, this baptism of fire for the saddle would involve 140 miles of cycling with 14000 ft of climbing starting out at 5.30 am in -3 conditions!! I’m glad to say that the sun soon warmed the day up and the saddle was a revelation over this distance I suffered no soreness no numbness in fact no discomfort of any kind, the eccentric shape that caused initial concern proved to give a perfect platform to push against on dartmoor’s cruel 20%+ climbs!! I was converted after just one ride, after lots of years and lots of money trying to find a saddle that worked for me not to hard not to soft, good starts that led to pain and discomfort at the tough end of century rides I had found the perfect saddle for my 910 mile lands end to John o groats charity ride, 3 months and 3000 miles later hours of hill repeats, wheelies:) lots of hundred mile + training rides, lots of time explaining to curious riders on the road and on social media that this quirky looking saddle could be the answer to their prayers!! Unfortunately on a 160 mile training ride for another challenge due to take place the weekend after my lejog ride, I was involved in a head on collision with a car on a narrow country lane. I walked away with very minor injuries from the 60 mph combined speed crash!! My beloved canyon Aeroroad was not so lucky and was completely written off snapped in multiple places back wheel destroyed, it looked like the saddle got away with a few scuffs and bent rails. Diane from infinity hooked me up with some new rails in record time and the saddle was ready to go on my new giant tcr pro 2!! Sadly on the first day of the ride I noticed a creaking noise and upon thorough inspection I discovered a tiny hairline crack in the frame of the saddle so I had to complete the ride without my infinity.
I am currently saving for a replacement and still recommend the saddle to anyone who tells me they are struggling with there current saddle, I can’t praise the infinity saddle enough. Give it a go, your butt will be eternally grateful!!
I just wanted to drop you a line to say how pleased I’ve been with my Infinity Seat. I first learnt of the Infinity Seat through your Kickstarter campaign. Despite having tried numerous saddles of all hapes and sizes, I (like many) have always suffered the dreaded ‘saddle sore’. Your revolutionary design of seat would seem to solve the common issues that most cyclists experience. On receiving the seat I’ll admit I did initially wonder how a hard plastic seat could be at all comfortable.
Its first proper outing was Ride London 100 (August 2015), an Olympic legacy cycling event that sees riders cycle a 100 mile loop from London
and back. With just standard padded cycling shorts, the seat performed flawlessly and enabled me to concentrate on my riding, and achieve a personal best of 4hrs 37mins.
Since then I’ve done mainly training rides of circa 50 miles and I guess the biggest compliment I can give is that I just don’t notice it’s there. Most recently I have just completed cycling the entire len
gth of the United Kingdom (John O’Groats to Land’s End), averaging pproximately 100 miles per day over 9 days. To begin with my six fellow riders mocked me, and many questioned whether I’d survive a day on the seat, let alone over a week. They were so concerned they even brought along a spare seat for me! How wrong were they. By Day 4, several cyclists were in discomfort and by the final day I was the only one not in pain. Not bad when you think many of the riders were on top-end manufacturer seats.
So I just wanted to say a big thank you for all your hard work. Switching to the Infinity Seat really has been a revelation and I look forward to many more years of comfortable riding.
Do not look at this bicycle saddle!
We are creatures that thrive on familiarity. “That looks good to me” is a review many give with little thought for how subjective it is. “I don’t like the looks of that” is another phrase we toss out like it means anything more than an initial visual impression… a book being judged by its cover.
When I met the fine folks at Infinity Bike Seat, who indeed have one of the most radical “looking” saddles around, I thought to myself right away that this is one crazy looking saddle. I still think that but I knew I was going to miss out on something cool if I judged this one by its cover.
Dr. Vincent Marcel is a smart guy. They don’t just slap that “Dr.” onto anyone’s name and it only takes a few minutes with “Dr. Vince” to realize he is very serious about the science involved here. He uses impressive visual aids, medical charts and a shit-load of data to back up his reasons for building these saddles. None of that helps you get over the startling appearance. We have seen tons of versions of the cutaway, cutout, channels, grooves and holes from the early Body Geometry days all the way to modern designs. This saddle however is quite different and far more radical than anything I have ridden.
Being comfortable on your bike is important. Being a big guy, 260lbs as of today, saddle comfort is of the upmost importance. Being a cyclist my whole life I have tried everything from way too lightweight saddles that look great on the scale but punish you on the bike to overly cushy saddles that bounce and shift you down the trail/road.
Dr. Vince installed an Infinity L1 saddle on my bike, made some adjustments as I rode it on the trainer and then it was time to test the saddle on my rides, in my gear. He chose the L1 for me based on my size. The full leather cover is less radical looking than the open cutout model and is supposed to be more comfortable for big dudes so I did not argue. He is a doctor after all.
“Here’s how it works: The revolutionary Infinity Seat design relieves 100% of the pressure on your sit bones and pubic bone, making this a saddle like no other. All points of contact are with areas of your anatomy that “provide their own padding”. Although it may look a little strange at first, after one or two rides most people are totally convinced, and NEVER GO BACK.” – Infinity Bike Seat Website
The saddle is installed on my Coastline Cycle Co Belt Drive Single Speed and it is really an ideal test sled for just about anything short of a new chain or derailleur system. It lets you focus on pedaling, steering and stopping, no other distractions.
My first ride was 7 miles on a 60/40 pavement/dirt loop I ride a lot. Right out of the gate the saddle was surprisingly comfortable unlike most first rides on a new saddle. Instead of shifting around to find the sweet spot, the Infinity Saddle begs you to toss a leg over and ride. The sweet spot on the saddle presents itself and leaves no wondering if you found it. It’s just there. My first slide off the back during a little dirt descent had me concerned with the pronounced tail wanting to prevent me from getting back on but it did not present a problem in baggies and was more of a visual issue than an actual issue. As I pedaled back towards the mothership I did feel like the nose was a bit high and my tender bits were advising I look at the adjustment. I realized the play in my dropper post was indeed letting the nose lift beyond level and that was the problem. A few turns of the seat post clamp bolts and I dropped the nose just a tiny bit, which ends up being level in use.
On my second ride I did 10 miles on pavement. Right out of the driveway the small adjustment made a big difference. No shifting or juggling required. My whole bike seemed to fit better with my arse anchored in one spot. No sliding around, no shifting, no seeking the sweet spot. I felt more efficient on the bike and after 10 miles my south 40 felt like it could easily do another 20 miles.
My 3rd and 4th rides with in a garage on a trainer due to rain, which sucks, so we are not going to talk about it and that’s all I have to say about that.
Ah the fifth ride on my Infinity Bike Seat… A quick 5 mile zip around the neighborhoods to shake off the rain delays and I was further impressed. It just feels right even though it looks so… unfamiliar.
My final ride before writing this review on the Infinity Bike Seat was an 11.6 mile ride on mostly pavement with a little dirt. The saddle was so comfortable I almost forgot I was supposed to be paying attention. I pedaled away without a care in the world and came to the conclusion that this saddle works. It is as simple as that. I am more comfortable than I have been on my bike in quite some time.
I am still not used to the looks of the saddle but I came to a very important realization.
You, nor anyone else, can see your saddle while you ride so what it looks like could not be less important. On the other hand… your butt is wholly aware of your saddle, the entire time you ride, so the question of function over fashion becomes a no-brainer.
Starting at $170.00 for the N series, these saddles are not inexpensive. The model I tested was the L1 which tips the retail scales at $245.00 and they run up to $295.00 for the L2. All models are lightweight and come in your choice of red, black or white leather and SEVEN choices for rail colors! With a 30 day money back guarantee, it’s worth the total lack of risk.
In conclusion, I would encourage anyone who has not found the perfect saddle to take a look at… er… scratch that… DON’T LOOK AT THIS SADDLE…. Go ride one. Give it a try, find a way to demo one, and you may find your first class seat to comfortville.
I decided to bike across America as a fundraiser for Richstone Family Center; a child abuse center in Los Angeles, California. One of my biggest concerns when training was being able to handle that much time in the saddle. While training my pelvis would be sore and my performance the following day would always suffer.
I heard about the Infinity Seat two months prior to leaving for my cross country trip. I had read great things about it online and in meeting Dr. Vince felt confident in his product. Dr. Vince not only donated his saddle, but provided wealth of knowledge when it came to nutrition and health prior to leaving. We talked about my diet, daily stretches, vitamins, and strategic ways to keep my body working for me not against me during my trip. I was excited about trying this all out, but was still a bit skeptical about using the Infinity Seat as most of the testimonials were all from men. I knew that the Infinity Seat worked well for men, but could the same exact seat really work for a woman too?
The seat and his nutritional tips seemed to work while I was training, so I decided to go all out and put them to the test! I was so nervous I had 2 other seats with me for back up starting my cross country ride. The first week of the trip we had gone 598 miles and completed 26,825 feet of elevation- I was feeling great.
By the third week I was beginning to feel a little guilty that others in my group were experiencing saddle sores and I had none. In fact, I rarely needed to use chamois butter! We had logged 1,764 miles and 72,650 feet of elevation and I felt stronger each day. I was implementing all the nutritional tips Dr. Vince had suggested and my body was responding well. I was able to focus more on building endurance and strengthening my legs than others and needed less recovery time. With no butt bone or pubic bone pain I could really push myself to my limits. One week I rode 7 consecutive centuries in a row, two were over 120 miles. I climbed over 6,000 feet in elevation three times, while passing the Rockies, Adirondacks and the White Mountains. We had cold rainy days and hot smoldering heat days. Seven weeks and 3,700 miles later we reached our destination in Portland, Maine.
I’d like to think that it was all my doing to get me across America by bike, but I know it’s simply not true. It took having all the right components to get me to the finish line: gear, nutrition, mind, and body strength. I can honestly say I don’t know if I would have made it to the end if Dr. Vince hadn’t donated his Infinity Seat and nutritional care. Even if I did; lets face it; having done the whole thing without saddle discomfort made my entire journey that much more enjoyable. As a woman, an athlete, and a skeptic, I can sincerely say the Infinity Seat gets two thumbs up!
I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of making history in the cycling community. Since being home I’ve had the privilege of working with Dr. Vince weekly on some much needed rehabilitation. He has been a wealth of knowledge and has dramatically changed the way I think and treat my body. I can’t wait to see how much farther I can push myself now that I have the Infinity Seat and his guidance as my secret weapon!
Whilst surfing Kickstarter one day I came across the Infinity Seat and although it was fully funded, I was intrigued enough to fire off an email to see if I could purchase one.
I had been having increasing issues with pain and tilt angles, and as a newbie to the world of triathlons was not looking forward to the expensive Cinderella seat stories you so often read about. My intention was to prepare and race The Brutal Extreme Triathlon double IM distance in 2015 with a bike leg of 360km, so I needed to be as comfortable as possible for this event.
Received L and N series seats, and immediately noticed the difference with the L series. I was living in Tasmania and training for IronMaori in New Zealand. The biggest difference was nil seat bone pain and the tilt angle the seat put me in. This made riding long distances comfortable and I felt refreshed transitioning into the run. As with anything new and different I did have a few sore spots around the inner thigh and had to adjusted my riding style as the flex in the seat made me splay my thighs. Two weeks later I was riding as if nothing had changed—albeit, i had a comfortable bottom.
After IronMaori my next event was Ironman Cairns 2015 and began training between southern Tasmania, Alice Springs and Darwin. The seats have had a lot of attention interstate (I work away from home and travel with my bike to train), especially at Ironman Cairns with lots of photos and Q&A from registration staff and athletes at the bike racks. I have taken the seat with me twice to NZ as I have an old bike I use when visiting family and attracts the same attention there. I have since been sidelined with injuries and will not compete until 2016.
When traveling interstate or overseas I opt to remove the seat and stem from the frame with the current setup on my bike, as the curvature of the seat makes it sit too high in the EVOC bike bag.
The N series seat I modified and played around with by adding padding and wrapping the seat with handlebar tape. Since I was happy with the L series, I lent the seat out to various riders wanting to test the seat out here in Tasmania. A friend with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia tested it out and found that the seat’s configuration has greatly reduced pain and toilet stops when riding.
He has since adopted the seat and refuses to give it back!
Has the seat worked for me? YES.
Do I recommend it to anyone that will listen? YES.
Have I been able to go back to the other styles of seats? NO.
Enough said really.
Marko Baloh of Slovenia, cycling coach, six time RAAM finisher, three time PBP finisher and multiple time ultra-cycling World Record holder took 3rd in this year’s RAAM with the Infinity Seat. He is the only cyclist in the World who cycled more than 900km in 24 hours (24h Indoor Track World record is 903,75km) on the upright bike.
Marko states, “The Infinity seat has saved my butt (not only figuratively) in this year’s RAAM. Hadn’t I got it, it would be very hard for me to finish the race, let alone finish in the 3rd place.
I am so looking forward to my next RAAM, at which I will ride the Infinity from the start. It will make a World of difference! Thinking of it, what comes to mind is that every RAAM racer would kill to find a solution to the saddle sores problem. And now, you don’t have to kill anyone, all you have to do is try out the Infinity seat.
Thank you Dr. Vince!”
Yes, I have ridden half of RAAM 2016 on Infinity Seat, but never a full 24h race. It is the whole different ball game. When your goal is 500+ miles in a day, you have to push it all the way. No excuses! So, how did the Infinity Seat do? Absolutely nothing to report! The first 24h race in my career that didn’t leave any marks on my behind. Thank you dr. Vince for inventing the perfect saddle for ultra-cycling!
I just wanted to write and give you an update as to how I’ve been going with my Infinity saddle – it’s AWESOME!!!!
The photo is after just under 11 hours in the saddle during the 3 Peaks Australia cycle ride 4 weeks ago (235km and over 4000m ascent) – and I’m still smiling (even though my legs were just a tad weary…) I then managed another epic cycle ride a week later called the Orange Newcrest 170km with 2000m ascent.
I am super impressed with the comfort of the saddle. I have been promoting it whenever I can, and especially when I get the strange, quizzical looks (similar to the guy’s in the back ground in the pic below).
I don’t suppose you guys are looking for any form of brand ambassador by any chance? I complete a fairly broad spectrum of events each year including representing Australia in the age group world championships at both long and short course triathlon, I complete at least one Ironman triathlon a year (my record has been 4 in a year) as well as numerous other qualifying triathlons, cycle rides, and most recently off-road triathlons (similar to Xterra). I would love to fit Infinity to all my bikes 🙂 I look forward to hearing from you soon.
New Guinness World Record Holder – Kajsa Tylen achieves her Goal!
Nottingham, United Kingdom
“I began my attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the furthest distance cycled in a year by a woman on 1 January 2016. I was happy with my kit – I had all the right gear, or so I thought. My bike was great, my shorts were fantastic, my saddle was well used and proven to be comfortable. That is, proven under normal riding conditions… After a couple of weeks of riding I started having issues with pressure sores, with infection under the skin where there was pressure from the saddle. I went to see my doctor who suggested I put plasters on to try to keep friction to a minimum but this only helped a small amount. After over 5 months I was at my wit’s end with discomfort (it was very really painful, just uncomfortable), and tried breaking in a Brooks saddle that I’d previously tried to break in to no avail. This attempt was no better, and I went back to my original saddle – better the devil you know, as they say…
I had come across the Infinity Bike Seat through Kickstarter a couple of years ago, but I thought it was just a marketing ploy – if the saddle was so great, why hadn’t any of the big bike manufacturers thought of it?! It looked great, but was pricey and, at the time, I was not happy to part with such a large sum of money without guarantee that it would be any good. But in August of my world record attempt I had had enough, and decided to contact Infinity to ask if they would provide me with a seat to try. After all, it would be great publicity for them if I liked it.
It arrived at the beginning of September and the first time I sat on it, I wanted to cry – it was so comfortable!! By this point I had gone back to get the pressure sores checked out by a nurse who had given me some adhesive pads to try, which started the healing process. And they never returned, thanks to my new saddle. You have no idea what a difference this saddle has made to my cycling experience! If anyone asks me what I would have done differently if I could go back in time – the one big thing would be to have had the Infinity Bike Seat from the beginning.
Yes, yes, I know it looks weird, and it’s expensive, but it really is worth it.”
All perform like a dream.
North Hampshire Road Club, England
We all do it…..We spend a fortune on expensive bikes, bike fit’s, cycling clothing and everything else bike related.
So it seems strange to me that we are told it is OK to suffer on an ill fitting saddle and after our average 80 mile club run hobble gingerly home. Safe in the knowledge that we are tough cyclists
I have bought enough saddles over the years to fund at least two top end bikes, all in the name of comfort.
Finding the Infinity saddle has changed my cycling life and removed the pain in the rear that distance riding often becomes.
What a fantastic saddle. Forget about its unique looks and simple design, because finally somebody has redesigned the traditional saddle removing the trouble areas and leaving a seat you can literally enjoy for mile after mile.
On top of that it promotes great posture you loose nothing in terms of performance
Forget the traditional pitfalls that every other manufacturer seems to continue to fall into, trust me this is the future and the single most important cycling purchase you will ever make.
I have three of these saddles for my carbon road bike, my winter training bike and my CX bike. All perform like a dream.
Take a little time to dial in the riding angle and you are good to go….on and on and on.
Los Angeles, CA
I have ridden road bikes for 50 years and have always wanted “the seat.” Being a patient of Dr. Vince gave me an “inside view” of the Infinity Bike Seat. I signed on with his original Kickstarter program a couple of years back, and then purchased seats as soon they were available.
I’ve since purchased seats for everyone in my family who rides. They’re loving the seat as well!
Best invention since slice bread!
Sandy Spring, Georgia
Omg Diane, I just completed my Century Ride 112 miles and I’m so happy because I didn’t have any issues or pain, I could of kept riding.
This is the BEST. Thank you
I’m so glad my girlfriend Halima Mason referred me.
Best invention since slice bread!
Infinity Seat is the greatest innovation in bicycle seats in our generation.
Dr. Vince spent countless hours and loads of money creating something he needed for himself, and when he realized it had a market, he brought it to KickStarter.
I live within an hour drive of Dr. Vince, creator of the Infinity Seat. I was fortunate enough to have the Doc install and fit my seat, which took a bit of time. If you read the comments and updates by those who have really used the seats the majority are extremely positive. For those who are not, I believe their seats just need to be adjusted.
I was so impressed with the seat, I took my wife in for a seat and fitting. After her first ride she instantly knew that she could ride with less pain and more comfort.
Infinity Seat is the greatest innovation in bicycle seats in our generation.
3rd Place, RAAM 2015 with the Infinity Seat
I took the Infinity Saddle with me to the 2015 Race Across America. I had previously studied the issues and problems that so many hours in the saddle could cause—saddle sores being one of them. It was therefore important to carry a saddle which could both prevent and relieve the problem which has been synonymous with failure to complete the course.
Unfortunately I didn’t completely avoid saddle sores, because for the first days I went with another seat. This is when the Infinity Saddle showed itself to be invaluable. I was able to ride for hours more while the irritated areas were spared.
The unique feature of the Infinity Saddle is that it relieves the places that other saddles normally chafe. It has a comfortable fit while also being very resilient.
For extreme amounts of time on the bike, I recommend Infinity either for relief or as your primary saddle.
(translated from the Danish)
Kipling P. Sharpe, MD
It is the most comfortable I have ever been on
Gilbert, AZ, USA
I have been riding fairly seriously for about 8 years anywhere from 50 to 200 miles per week. I have ridden solo and tandem with my son. We’ve recorded 13 centuries and 4 multi day trips from 200 to 400 miles. I have tried many different saddles, with varying levels of satisfaction, but always with pain where I sit and almost always genital numbness by 50 miles or less. I recently bought an infinity saddle. It arrived the night before the Couer D’Alene Grand Fondo (108 miles with 6500 feet of climbing).
I took a gamble and rode with the brand new saddle. It is the most comfortable I have ever been on a bike and for the first time completed a century with no genital numbness. I also noticed that I didn’t get “hot feet” which I usually get by 75 or so miles—not sure it is saddle related, but it may be. I am looking forward to more miles on my new favorite saddle.
Kipling P. Sharpe MD
The IronCowboy, 50 Ironmen, 50 States, 50 Days
The Infinity saddle is by far the best saddle I’ve ever used!
Dr. Vince has been fantastic to work with, and he truly understands how the body is actually meant to sit on a bike comfortably. Discomfort has been completely eliminated and I can now ride for hours on end with no numbing or discomfort.
Biking has become fun again! I can’t possibly thank you enough. In fact my wife had hung up her bike because she simply could not get comfortable on any saddle… then I put the infinity saddle on her bike and pleaded with her to try it knowing how big of a difference it made for me.
We set out on a two hour easy ride and my wife was in complete disbelief. She could not stop smiling and denounced her retirement stating she could easily ride for 5 more hours. Thank you Dr. for giving us back the gift of cycling together.
Is it without a doubt the best, most comfortable saddle I have ever ridden on? Unquestionably, YES.
Springfield, PA, USA
While reading Roy Wallack’s book “Bike for Life”, he mentioned a really unique bike saddle. If a good saddle supports you where you need support, does not cause you any pain, and does not cause the rider to experience any numbness, then this is without a doubt a good saddle!
Actually the Infinity Bike Saddle is a GREAT saddle. Of the eleven saddles I have tried in the last three years it is positively the most comfortable saddle I have ever had.
At first glance it looks like nothing on the market today. But after talking to Dr. Marcel and looking at the seat, it all makes complete sense. Now understand I do not know the proper medical terms, but I think you will get the picture. The Infinity supports the part of your body that needs it, your butt. The shape is contoured perfectly for the rider’s body and its design incorporates the natural padding we all seem to bring with us. Because of the large cutout, the “sit bones” have nothing under them to cause pain. But after a couple of hours riding you start to realize, this seat is really comfortable. It is easy to make long distance rides with this saddle.
Because of the unique design, the seat causes the rider to start using muscles that will not get used with other saddle use. Yes it takes a period of a couple weeks to get used to because it’s different from any other seat. But after a few weeks you will start to notice a significant increase in the power you are putting to the pedals and it is because of the Infinity Saddle. Just to be sure it’s all about the saddle, the best thing to do is pull off the Infinity and replace it with an old favorite. I can guarantee that the old favorite will not be your favorite anymore.
Now I am not a renowned road racer, or an acclaimed Iron man. I am just a guy who rides everyday. I’m 6’3” and weigh 220 lbs. In the last two and a half years I have had both knees replaced. The last 750 of 7000 plus miles are on Infinity Saddles. Is it without a doubt the best, most comfortable saddle I have ever ridden on? Unquestionably, YES. Will I be using it when riding from Philadelphia to Key West, FL in 2018? Absolutely.
I’m very happy to say that my saddle has arrived, and I must say it is AMAZING!
Appleton, Oxfordshire, UK
It is far more comfortable than I had hoped. I have had lots of trouble with Piriformis pain in the past two years which had got me to the point where I was almost about to give up cycling. I’m very passionate about cycling and really didn’t want to throw in the towel—the Infinity Seat was my last attempt at hanging onto a sport that I love…
When I got home last night I only had enough daylight left to do a short 10 mile time trial ride so although this praise may seem a bit premature, it’s not. Having fitted the saddle to my bike it became apparent within half a mile of riding that this was much more comfortable than anything I have ever ridden before.
Usually when I purchase a new saddle it will take a week to two weeks to get familiar—and even then you often don’t find the perfect sweet spot you are looking for. But with this saddle it was obvious straight away.
I cannot thank you enough for saving my cycling, and please give your husband a pat on the back for a job well done.
I am now going to take the saddle down to the south of France for some testing, and on my return will let you know how I got on.
My family would also like to say “thank you” because they like a happy Dad around the house, and not one that’s moaning about aches and pains all the time.
If you ever find yourself looking for a distributor for this saddle in Europe, then consider me if only to get those delivery times and charges down. I love this product so much and would be more than happy to be part of something that helps people like me.
Well done both of you.
Many many thanks.
It was like instant relief! No squishy soft tissue pain. No more back ache.
By the time I heard about the Infinity Seat, I was on my fifth bike seat so was ready to try anything. I had previously done the ‘fit’ at my local bike shop and actually found the process embarrassing. There was no woman to explain the discomfort to, to describe the location of the discomfort and the backaches I was getting after my rides so I felt they didn’t ‘get’ that the seats they recommended were more than likely going to feel the same (which they did).
Initially I was apprehensive about buying a product overseas – what if I paid my money and the product never arrived, what if I had issues and didn’t receive responses to my emails. What if there was no actual bike seat?!
But I emailed Infinity, and much to my surprise received a response within a few hours. I ordered a seat and was even more surprised when it arrived the next week from the US!
It was like instant relief! No squishy soft tissue pain. No more back ache. I’m so in love with the seat I now have one on my road bike as well. I get so many comments, questions and jokes (is it female specific? where’s the rest of the seat?) and lots of people wanting to test it out. I’ve found most people either love it or hate it within the first few seconds. The most common comment I get is “it feels a lot more comfortable than it looks”. It’s definitely a very personal choice. I’m so glad I took a chance. Thank you, thank you, thank you Infinity Seats.
Above and Beyond professional help!
Naples, FL, USA
I was first introduced to Dr. Vince at the Race Across America (RAAM) in 2014. I was a crew member forracer Mike McClintoch. Vince had provided Mike a seat before the race and he had great results. So as I prepared for Race Across the West (RAW) this year I decided to try the seat for myself. I had two bikes for the race and used the seat on one bike for practice and during the race. It worked great! Vince met me before the race and provided me another seat for my second bike. I chose to keep my existing seat on that bike and regretted it. I now have the Infinity Seat on both of my bikes.
Unfortunately during the race I had an accident, a dislocated shoulder, and could not continue. Vince put on his “doctors hat” and over the following month provided advice and assistance to my wife Kay, an occupational therapist, in putting together a therapy plan that quickly got me back in the saddle. Thanks Vince for your great product as well as your “above and beyond” professional help.
YOUR SEAT SAVED MY RAAM
I guess you have seen the official results of this years edition of RAAM www.raceacrossamerica.org. For my part I can say it was exactly as I imagined it would be: very long, tough and beautiful at the same time.
Of course, I am not entirely satisfied with my (I should say our, Team Sveta Nedelja) finish time—I planned to cross the finish line in Annapolis on Friday at 3 pm, but it did not go as planned. We spent too much time on the bike during the day (and not enough for sleep).
After some 36 hours in the saddle, i developed saddle sores that a couple of days later turned to open wounds. Nothing helped, so I changed bikes and to the Infinity Seat.
It took me two days, but I found the position that worked for me and YOUR SEAT SAVED MY RAAM. Thank you so much for all your help and your seats. I finished the race with no sores whatsoever! Even the wounds healed, and i was able to return to Oceanside.
Now that we can ride over roots and rocks and jump logs with no discomfort, we ride as much as we can!
Monmouth Beach, NJ, USA
I have been cycling for years, mostly road and some beach cruising. But I always had a problem—my butt would be so uncomfortable, actually in pain from the bicycle seat. I tried so many different ones and they all caused the same pressure and pain. Every little bump in the road would send that pain right up through my body. It took the pleasure out of riding.
My sister, Diane Marcel, started telling me about a bike seat her husband, Dr. Vince Marcel designed for his own comfort. With his background as a chiropractor and triathlete, I thought that was really cool, but I didn’t really get the concept until I visited them a couple of years ago and I sat on the Infinity Seat for the first time! Now I understood the concept of the cut-out design! There was no pressure on my butt (sit bones) and no shocking jolts through my body going over bumps or off curbs.
Dr. Vince sent me home with a new Infinity Seat for me and one for my boyfriend, Steve, an avid cyclist himself. He was blown away with the comfort of the seat too! We started riding more often and going for longer rides. We were so amazed and happy to ride all day with no soreness at the end of the day.
Recently, a friend asked us to show her the trails at our local riding spot, Hartshorne Woods, NJ. We took her a few times and were hooked! I never would have guessed i would start mountain biking at the age of 57! In 3 months, I’ve lost 20 lbs and feel great! My friends ask how I did it and when I tell them I mountain bike 3-4 days a week, they can’t believe it,
Now that we can ride over roots and rocks and jump logs with no discomfort, we ride as much as we can! On the trail, other riders are like, “Hey, what’s that seat you have there?” and we hook them up!
Roy M. Wallack
So, move over SMP. For all-around sit-bone comfort and sex-organ safety in a familiar, cycling-friendly form, suspended designs like the Infinity could well be the wave of the future.
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Short noses. No noses. Some with cut-out center sections. One shaped like the letter C, another like the number 8 turned sideways. The impotency issue spawned a cottage industry of imaginative pressure-relieving saddles over the years, with all the aforementioned styles reviewed in one of my Los Angeles Times gear columns in 2007. The one I’ve used on my road bike ever since is the Selle SMP, the beaked, bifurcated Italian masterpiece pictured earlier in this chapter. After riding the airy SMP, I’ve found that other seats make me feel like I’m being impaled on the tip of a spear.
Nothing came close to the SMP until January 2014, when I tested the most radical cut-out saddle I’ve ever seen: The Infinity, pictured here.
The Infinity is literally the edge of a saddle, with nothing but air in the middle. That’s because inventor Vince Marcel, a chiropractor from El Segundo, California, decided that the only way to truly relieve pressure on everything down there was to remove the hard seat structure not just under the soft, vulnerable-to-squishing, artery-dense perineum, but also from under the hard “sit bones” (at the base of the pelvis) that surround it.
A traditional saddle leaves the skin and the tissues around the sit bones swollen from the body-weight compression and side-to-side rubbing of each pedal stroke. “A seat with a hole or channel in it helps spare the perineum, but puts your weight squarely on the sit bones,” said Marcel, a 51-year-old father of two and a budding Ironman triathlete. “You need a seat that will suspend the entire area. I realized that on the day that i was all black and blue down there after I rode 75 miles following six months of no riding. So I went back to my office and used my orthotic (foot) shaper to make a plaster-of-paris impression of my tush.” With a facsimile of his delicate undercarriage in hand, he took a saddle and cut away almost everything.
The result—a striking, minimalist, air-conditioned work of art that depressurizes your entire at-risk zone—was dubbed Infinity by Marcel, and it was given a ringing endorsement on the world’s toughest test track in June 2014: The 3,000-mile Race Across America (RAAM).
Mike McClintock, an electrical contractor from Wooster, Ohio, who dropped out of the 2011 RAAM after 2,200 miles due to saddle sores, was so frightened of the same thing happening in 2014 that he did something considered heresy: used brand-new equipment on game day. Paranoid about her husband’s tenderness tendency in the days leading into the race, his wife Robyn scoured the internet and found Infinity, which was not yet for sale. Marcel sent the 56-year-old McClintock a prototype, which he test-rode just once before the race. The result: a pain-free private area for 11 days, 20 hours, 27 minutes, good for sixth in the 50-59 age group. He was ecstatic.
“I had no saddle sores; no time off the bike tending to those sores, and no reduced speed due to not being able to get comfortable on the bike.” said McClintock. “This saddle was not only instrumental in making my attempt successful—it may have been one of the primary reasons why I succeeded.”