FAQ 1: Why SQlab?
Simple: To eliminate pain and discomfort - increase performance!
If saddle pain and discomfort is limiting your riding time or even making it less enjoyable you owe it to yourself to check out the SQlab saddles. SQlab offers a unique, simple, and effective system which measures the riders sitbones for a perfect fit in just a few minutes. Riding a poorly fit saddle is a pain in the you-know-what, which is why SQlab makes ergonomically designed saddles in multiple widths.
SQlab has introduced new concepts to saddle design which create a better fit for more performance while eliminating pain and discomfort such as numbness. The exclusive Stepped Design of SQlab saddles distributes body weight in the right places, mainly the sitbones, while reducing pressure on soft tissue in the perineum area with the SQlab Pressure Free Zone. SQlab also offers its exclusive Active Design with T-Beam Technology which allows the saddle shell to follow the bio-mechanical movement of the pelvis on each pedal stroke. This results in a decrease of pressure on the sitbones and a mobilization of the spinal discs. Saddles are available in both active and standard designs.
SQlab also offers ergonomic and fitted grips which reduces the pressure on the Ulnar nerve thus increasing performance and comfort. Our easy fit system helps you choose the right size in just a few minutes.
FAQ 2: What is the SQ lab 'saddle width system'?
All SQlab saddles come in three or four different widths. SQlab dealers are trained by us and are able to measure your seat bone distance and will calculate, depending on the seat position and riding style, the optimum saddle width.
FAQ 3: What is SQlab's 'Step Design'?
SQlab's Stepped Design offers a lowered saddle nose for more support to the back which improves the biomechanical pedalling efficiency and a provides pressure free zone to relieve pressure on the sensitive genital and perineal areas.
For more detailed info on the Step Design CLICK HERE
FAQ 4: What is SQlab's 'Active System'?
Our exclusive award winning Active system with T-Beam allows the saddle to rock slightly with the hips when pedalling. This dampened lateral tilt allows the saddle body to follow the biomechanical movement of the pelvis on each pedal stroke. The result is a decrease of pressure on the sit bones and a mobilization of the spinal discs. The Active feature can be fine tuned according to personal preference with the enclosed elastomers of three different densities. The elastomers are simple and quick to exchange. Recommended for cyclists that experience pain in their back, hips or knees or are known to have one leg slightly longer than the other.
For more detailed info on the Active System CLICK HERE
FAQ 5: What is SQlab's Ergowave® design:?
The new shape – a new era for SQlab! Developed in a research project and in collaboration with the University Hospital of Frankfurt and the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences. Government funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. For the first time, we were able to calculate the forces occurring deep within the structures of the body and the maximum load between the cyclist and the bike saddle. The final result is the new ERGOWAVE saddle shape for a more ergonomically agressive seating position on the road and mountain bike, with the top marks among the maximum load in all tests.
For more detailed info on the Ergowave® design CLICK HERE
FAQ 6: How to measure your sit bones and select the correct saddle?
Dealers are trained to do this. You can measure your sit bones your self too.
But for best results and selection of correct and suitable saddle we recommend
you see a trained dealer. If you chosse to measure your self, proceed as follows:
1) Sit on a stool or chair with a piece of measuring paper, with the back upright and shoulders back. Slightly elevate your feet by placing them on a few books or the chair rail. Pull yourself down onto the stool to create more pressure to obtain an imprint of your sitbones.
2) Draw a circle with a cross in the middle to help find the middle of the imprints. Measure the sit bone distance from center to center of the imprints. You can also be measured at your local SQlab dealer with the SQlab knob plate or with measuring cardboard.
3) Select your right sitting position from the positions shown in the next FAQ and add the corresponding value to the measured sitbone distance.
4) Choose a suitable saddle in the correct width.
The following special regulations apply to 621 City/Comfort Series saddles:
Sit bone distance less than or equal to 12 cm >> Saddle width 18 cm.
Sit bone distance greater than 12 cm >> Saddle width 21/24 cm.
For sensitive sit bones we recommend the active series.
Sitbone imprints with different sizes, left and right, indicate pelvic malposition.
In these cases the active series is the clear recommendation.
We recommend measuring the sit bones and purchasing ergonomic products from SQlab dealers.
FAQ 7: How to select the correction factor?
The below correction factors are a guide but may vary slightly from person to
person (eg. one rider may have a further forward position on the road bike than
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