Infinity Bike Seat Review: Pre-ride Impressions
Why I bought the Infinity Bike Seat
For the last 18 months or so, I’ve been dealing with pain in my ischial tuberosity (or sit bone) on my right side. My physical therapist has diagnosed it as ischial tuberosity pain syndrome. I experience the most pain when I ride my road bike. I speculate this is because on the road bike, in comparison to a full suspension mountain bike, I don’t move around on the saddle as much, I am not out of the saddle as much, and there is nothing to cushion any impacts, other than my butt. When I sit on my saddle, I experience a sharp, stabbing pain that makes riding intolerable. I have tried a variety of saddles, bought a standing desk for work, and a bunch of other stuff, but the pain persists and it has been quite frustrating.
The idea with the Infinity Bike Seat is to take the pressure off the hard points in your butt and move the contact areas to the softer parts of your butt that are more cushioned. From the Infinity Bike Seat website:
“The revolutionary Infinity Seat not only protects your sensitive perineum/pubic-bone area, but completely relieves sit-bone pressure as well. Rather than smashing those areas like a conventional bike seat does, the Infinity Seat moves the anatomical contact outward—to areas that are less sensitive to compression, and more capable of ‘providing their own padding’.”
The Infinity Bike Seat sounded like an interesting option, and if it gets me back on the bike, that would be great.
Ordering and shipping of the Infinity Bike Seat
Ordering online was easy, and the company’s shipping was quick. I appreciated the minimal packaging used. They just wrapped the saddle in some flexible corrugated cardboard-colored paper and tossed it in a box. It arrived just fine and all of the packaging was easily recyclable.
The Infinity Bike Seat – Appearance
Two seats are currently available: one with a leather cover and one without. I opted for the leather cover because it looks substantially more traditional than the bare model. The leather is available in red, blue, black or tan leather. The black looked like it had a heavy grain to it, and I thought something smoother would look better on my bike. I therefore opted for the tan. I think it will look nice with the traditional silver Campagnolo components on my bike. I may change out my black handlebar tape for something tan, maybe some Cinelli gel cork.
The tan leather looks very nice and upscale. Looking down on the seat, it looks pretty normal. The side profile view is a little odd. Most seats are fairly flat across the top, but the Infinity Bike Seat is shaped more like a hammock. Nevertheless, there are many stranger looking saddles on the market.
The Infinity Bike Seat – Construction
The leather cover is nicely trimmed and neatly glued over most of the saddle, except for a small spot at the rear. As you can see, there is a large notch cut out of the rear of the saddle, which appears to be solely for aesthetics, and that notch makes it very difficult to wrap the leather around. This results in a less than stellar glue job in that area. I would make that notch much shallower, so the leather can wrap around more easily.
A concern I have is how well the leather will wear over the little plastic protrusion of the frame that goes up the middle from the rear. Only time will tell.
The construction otherwise looks solid. The rails appear to be sturdily mounted, and are quite long to provide plenty of adjustability. The saddle weighs 251 grams on my scale.
The saddle looks good, and I am excited to try it. I just got it, so haven’t had a chance to actually get it on the bike for a few rides, but as soon as I do, I will post another review with my riding impressions.