Innovative, comfortable, durable e-bike saddle
Ah, the simple pleasure of straddling two wheels, feeling the rhythm of the trail beneath, and conquering every challenge Mother Nature throws our way – it's an experience that can only be accentuated by the right saddle. And it appears the Devo saddle by WTB is set to rewrite the rulebook for e-bikers.
We've all grappled with the heft of an e-bike – whether it's hoisting it onto a rack, maneuvering it around a crowded garage, or carrying it over gnarly trail sections. The Devo's patent-pending Pickup handle is an elegant solution to this very problem. It's a subtle but significant design innovation, making those cumbersome tasks a lot more manageable without causing an ounce of discomfort while pedaling.
The Fusion Form base technology is another noteworthy feature. The blend of fiber content and the fine-tuned flex profile makes the Devo a testament to comfort and durability. But comfort isn't merely about the right materials; it's about the right design. The medium thickness padding and the gradually increasing width contour are thoughtful touches that ensure your posterior is always comfortable, even on those rides that extend into overtime.
The wider nose of the saddle is another well-considered feature. It keeps that front wheel anchored during those steep, adrenaline-pumping climbs. These are the moments that remind us why we chose e-bikes in the first place.
While the Devo was conceived with e-mtbs in mind, I'm delighted to hear it's finding a fanbase among urban riders. The Pickup handle isn't just a trail tool, it's a godsend for city-dwellers who rely on their two-wheelers to ferry groceries or other hefty loads.
The saddle's availability in a Medium (142mm) width makes it versatile, catering to riders with sit bones that are 100-130mm apart. The choices between cromoly, stainless steel, or titanium rails, and the option of HLX or DNA padding, cater to a range of preferences. Whether you prioritize plush comfort or weight savings, there's a Devo for you.
In essence, the Devo isn't just a saddle; it's a testament to thoughtful design and a nod to the diverse needs of the modern rider. It’s a fusion of comfort, utility, and durability, and it's set to make your e-biking experience a lot more enjoyable. This saddle isn’t just about sitting; it’s about conquering trails and city streets with equal panache.
- Innovative Pickup Handle: The patent-pending Pickup handle makes handling and transporting your e-bike easier. This is a unique feature that sets it apart from other saddles in the same price range.
- Comfort and Durability: With Fusion Form base technology, medium-thickness padding, and a carefully designed width contour, this saddle prioritizes rider comfort and durability.
- Versatile Design: While specifically tailored for e-mountain bikes, the Pickup handle is also beneficial for urban riders who need to carry heavy loads on their bikes.
- Options to Suit Preferences: Available with a choice of cromoly, stainless steel, or titanium rails and HLX or DNA padding, the Devo saddle caters to a variety of rider needs and preferences.
- Wide Nose for Better Control: The wider nose design helps maintain better bike control during steep climbs.
- Limited Width Options: Currently, the Devo saddle is only available in a medium width. Riders with narrower or wider sit bone measurements may not find it as comfortable.
- Potential Durability Concerns: Despite the promise of Fusion Form technology and the innovative Pickup handle, the saddle's durability may still need to be tested over time and under strenuous conditions.
- Possible Comfort Concerns: While extensive testing ensures the Pickup handle doesn't interfere with pedaling, some riders may still find it uncomfortable or prefer a traditional saddle design without this feature.
- Price: Although the Devo saddle offers unique features and versatility, at $95.95, it may be considered a bit pricey compared to more basic models in the market. The perceived value will depend on how much a rider values the unique features it offers.
Remember, the best saddle is the one that fits you and your riding style the best. Trying a saddle in person, if possible, will give you the best idea of whether it's the right fit for you.