Recently I received an Infinity L-series test saddle in awesome brilliant pink. I had heard about the saddle before and was eager to try it. Perhaps this would be the one to finally end my search for taint-bliss?
My first moment in the saddle can only be described as
（O。O!! HOLY WOW!!!
This thing cradles your butt. Literally cradles. It’s like resting your butt in a gentle hammock that suspends you over your bike, but that’s not all. The Infinity saddle did something for me that I never expected a saddle to do: it stabilized me on the bike.
What does it mean to be stable on a bicycle? First of all, think about if you’ve ever ridden slaloms or a fast, tight descent where you had to whip the bike left to right underneath you. If you’re a mountain biker you can also imagine those moments when you have to get out of the saddle for a gnarly downhill section and then sit down and pedal quickly when the terrain turns up again. Basically any time that you have to adjust your center of gravity relative to the bicycle is what I’m talking about.When you sit back down, it’s almost obvious to say, but you’re sitting on top of the saddle and the bike.
With the Infinity, somehow I feel like I am sitting inside my bicycle frame. I feel very connected with the bike. Cutting into hard corners I feel like I can lean in just that much further because my sensation of the bike and the road are so much more solid than they’ve been on any other seat I’ve ever ridden. I never thought a bike seat could actually affect my handling of a bicycle, but here I am proven wrong!
The Infinity bike seat actually makes bike handling easier and more secure than a typical sit-on-top saddle.
In addition to the handling, which honestly is by itself worth this entire review, I also found that the leather and the shape of the saddle worked in perfect coordination to return me comfortably to the ideal position every time I sat back down again. I thought that perhaps, since it’s so wide, that sprinting might be awkward as I found it was with the ISM Adamo[^1], but it was nothing of the sort. On the contrary, it ate up road vibrations that I would usually have to use my legs for to baby my poor abused taint, and it freed up my concentration during those moments to think about my pedaling and my power input. In that sense I have to agree that the Infinity let me “focus on the ride” like no other saddle ever has.
When I first received the saddle, I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to find the right position and angle. I’m not the type to take precise measurements of my bike set up and do mostly all of my adjustments by feel. Other reviews said that the saddle is a “one position” saddle in the sense that you can’t really move forward or backward like you could on a more traditional saddle and that if you don’t get the position perfect that you will be uncomfortable. The instructions that came with the saddle said to
- Take one more ride on my old saddle
- Measure from the stem to the widest part of my saddle
- Attach the Infinity and then measure to the nose of the Infinity
Honestly, I was more than a little confused. Probably a typo there somewhere. I just lined the Infinity up against my normal saddle and attached it at the same fore-aft and angle. I got pretty damn close just like this. However, as I was riding (2+ hrs), I started to notice that the saddle was pitching me forward. I tend to ride low and aero and my hamstrings are more flexible than my lower back so my pelvis prefers to be tilted forward TT style. Saddles that don’t have a sufficient cutout just put all of my body weight right on top of my clitoris/labia minora and cause pretty awful pain. The Infinity did not do that, but the plastic near the nose pressed hard into the front of my pelvis. I tried tilting the angle backwards to see if I couldn’t get my weight more on my sit-bones, but it seemed that no matter what I did I could not relieve this one pressure point. After a 4-hour hard workout, this area was tender to the touch and stayed that way for another day.
These are just my first impressions based on a 2-hour cycling session and a 4-hour workout on my race bike, Kookaburra. Next I’m going to put this gorgeous baby on my cyclocross/commuter Pikuro and see how she likes it on a day-to-day basis.
[^1] Review to come.