ERGO SHAPE: the solution to the unwanted effects of wide saddles on cyclists' performance
Anatomy and ergonomics. The comfort of the Repente saddles comes from the combined study of the morphology of the human body and its interaction with the saddle.
In addition to the session “Close Fit”, which prevents compression of nerves and blood vessels, as well as the relieving in the perineal area and to flattened shape of the front, in the design of the 142 mm wide saddles, Repente has provided the ERGO SHAPE design, the result of our synergy with Alessandro Mottola, one of the leading experts in biomechanics applied to cycling.
«A saddle with too wide a "delta" area creates some tightness in the inner thigh area, where the biceps femoris and the other hamstring muscles are located - explains Alessandro Mottola -. If these muscles do not have enough space to move, some residual tension may be felt even after the end of the athletic performance. The cyclist automatically tries to adapt by moving forward, looking for points to relieve stress in this area. Moving forward implies the alteration of all the biomechanical data detected in the tests. The femur won't work in optimal conditions, which has an impact on efficiency. Major pressures could end up being applied to the knee joint, which could eventually cause localised pain and also a considerable loss of strength».
«In conjunction with Selle Repente - says Mottola - we have worked around these issues creating a large seat with an adequate support surface, larger than traditional models (for a more powerful thrust uphill), while reducing the internal “delta” area, resulting in more freedom of movement for the legs. Efficiency is improved, thanks to a more natural pedaling motion and increased number of pedal strokes per minute; the result is a more intense feeling of well-being».
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