Press Release: SQ Lab
First, the ‘Made in Germany’ saddle: 6OX Infinergy Ergowave is active
The 6OX is the optimal saddle for long, steep climbs on EMTB while providing optimal relief, even on an engine-free bike. This means that riders no longer have to take up power-consuming protective positions, leaving all the energy available for propulsion.
It is suitable for both women and men
It’s no secret: the saddle has to fit like a pair of shoes! Because if the saddle is too narrow, pressure is applied where it shouldn’t. In 2002 SQlab was the first saddle manufacturer to invent a system for measuring the distance between seat bones and calculating the optimal saddle width. All SQlab saddles are now available in four different widths. This ensures that the sitting bones lie flat in the saddle. This is the only way to lighten the sensitive perineal area in men and the female pubic arch is usually deeper. The new 6OX Infinergy Ergowave active ‘Made in Germany’ saddle comes in four different widths (13/14/15/16 cm) and therefore offers an optimal fit for both men and women.
The SQlab active function, which allows the saddle to easily follow the pedaling motion, becomes softer and smoother. Lateral motion, which increases comfort and convenience of the intervertebral discs, is one of the functions that has resulted in many test wins for the SQlab saddle in recent years. This damping strength can be adjusted from very gentle to almost clogged and adjusted to body weight using the three elastomers included in the delivery coverage. The shell consists of a new plastic / carbon fiber mixture and allows active functions through flexible materials. Dr. Med. Markus Knöringer, specialist neurosurgeon, intervertebral disc and spine surgeon, sports doctor, says: “The SQlab active saddle technology enables physiological movement of the pelvis. This ensures rounded pedaling motion, which can relieve the intervertebral discs and facet joints. on a more fatigue-free ride and prevention of complaints in the lower lumbar spine area “.
Pressure distribution according to medical aspects
The SQlab Step Saddle shape, which has been tried and tested for twenty years and continues to be improved in detail, ensures the distribution of pressure is according to the medical aspect – away from the perineal area and towards the sitting bones. The saddle nose, which is to a lesser degree, ensures a better distribution of pressure on the sitting bones and ischial branches and therefore puts less stress on the sensitive structures of the perineal area. For both men and women, a dip in the middle of the saddle is sufficient to ensure an excellent supply of blood and nerves.
Perfect grip on E-MTB
The SQlab saddle shape with an elevated seating surface is perfect for uphill riding and delivers more power to the pedals even on straight routes.
Quality and comfort
Its trademark is the foam on the saddle, which is no longer made of classic PU foam but from the BASF Infinergy material that is known from running shoes. This material is very strong, almost indestructible and takes comfort to a new level, especially in off-road use, due to its faster recovery. The cover is not pulled across the saddle surface as in classic saddles.
SQlab founder and managing director Tobias Hild looks to the future with gusto
Since the inception of SQlab – nearly twenty years ago – we have thought about the production technology for each new product and discussed and worked a lot with experts from our region.
Until recently, the high percentage of manual labor had always been a big problem in returning production to Germany. In addition, in Taiwan, “production knowledge” has reached a very high level. Much of the work is now automated there too and is carried out according to strict environmental, safety and social guidelines. But what still sets us apart in Germany is the world’s leading and strong mechanical engineering, especially automation and robotic technology. So we just need to bring together the best experts from materials research and manufacturing, which we managed to do with Oechsler and BASF. It is now possible to bring production back to Germany. This is just the beginning, but much more is possible. We look forward to short distances, short delivery times and a much higher pace of innovation. “
Manufacturing technology – Made in Germany
The 6OX Infinergy Ergowave active saddle has been around for 2 years, but not in this version: Made in Germany. What is special about the new Infinergy Ergowave 6OX active ‘Made in Germany’ is the foam on the saddle, which is no longer made of classic PU foam, but from the BASF Infinergy material known from running shoes. This material is very tough and takes comfort to a new level, especially in off-road conditions, due to its faster recovery. The cover is not pulled across the saddle surface as in classic saddles.
There are only ‘tapes’ in important places. It automatically adheres to the Infinergy foam without glue. The production technology was developed with great success by the well-known automotive supplier Oechsler in Ansbach / Germany, for a large sports goods manufacturer several years ago. SQlab and Oechsler then jointly optimized this process for the saddle.
While the main production of SQlab saddles remains in Asia, the 6OX Infinergy Ergowave “Made in Germany” active saddle is the start of an exciting project SQlab has been working on over the years. The benefits are not only obvious to customers, but also to the environment. Access to the latest materials and production methods also enables SQlab, in collaboration with leading experts in materials research and production, to improve product functionality, durability and quality. The local source of the SQlab product „Made in Germany“ means from an ecological point of view not only that long transportation routes are eliminated, but also production is very efficient and subject to strict German guidelines for hazardous substances.
Local production, quality assurance and longevity are crucial for the SQlab project.
More information: www.sq-lab.com