New tri sad­dle from the top-end bag brand

220 Triathlon Magazine - - KIT ZONE -

The bat­tle for the most ex­trav­a­gant pack­age is edged by Scicon, as our Elan sad­dle came with a sleek Elan 210 car­bon sad­dle bag, com­plete with an in­ner tube, tyre levers and a C02 adapter as part of the lim­ited-edi­tion pre­sen­ta­tion box that costs £219 (the sad­dle on its own is £180). Scicon re­cruited pro­fes­sional bike fit­ters and used plenty of biome­chan­i­cal data from ath­letes to cre­ate a one size, uni­sex sad­dle weigh­ing just 199g that’d suit as many riders as pos­si­ble. They claim the Elan is suit­able for mul­ti­ple rid­ing styles, but was orig­i­nally con­ceived to re­duce pres­sure on long rides in ag­gres­sive/aero po­si­tions.

Al­though it’s short com­pared to most road sad­dles at 248mm in length, it’s not quite as stubby as Fizik’s Mistica (240mm) and is about 10mm nar­rower at the nose. Yet it gets wider where the cut-out sec­tion be­gins, and we achieved a comfy tri-bar po­si­tion with some fore/ aft ad­just­ment. For road rid­ing the wide cen­tral chan­nel pro­vides plenty of pres­sure re­lief, and the grippy con­tact sur­face pre­vents any numb­ness on mul­ti­ple long rides. The shell is car­bon fi­bre re­in­forced poly­mer with braided car­bon rails and, for such a light sad­dle, the build qual­ity is im­pres­sively ro­bust. uk.sci­con­

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