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Offline tonythomson

Spongy Wonder cycle seat
« on: November 09, 2008, 01:30:00 pm »
Has anyone had any experience of these new type seat, The Spongy Wonder Seat.  I have just bought one and haven't had chance to try it out before setting off on the Southern Tier. I know, I should know better and this is probably the worst bit of prep anyone could do.  That is why I am now panicing as to whether to go with it or not?

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Offline whittierider

Spongy Wonder cycle seat
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2008, 05:47:47 pm »
I tried one at a bike show and got in my normal low position that I maintain comfortably all day, and I could not stay on this thing-- just slide off the front.  I've read about problems with less control of the bike without the nose too, but I can't comment on that from personal experience on the road.


Offline staehpj1

Spongy Wonder cycle seat
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2008, 07:48:12 am »
Personally I like a regular racing type saddle, but in any case starting an XC tour on an untried saddle is probably a really bad idea.  I would have someone ready to mail a different one (the one you have been using?) to you via general delivery just in case.

BTW: Is this for real?  It is hard to imagine anyone setting off on an XC and making a radical change like that without trying it for a few hundred miles first.

This message was edited by staehpj1 on 11-10-08 @ 4:49 AM

Offline tonythomson

Spongy Wonder cycle seat
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2008, 08:32:22 am »
Thanks guys, yes it is for real - I can't beleive I am doing it.  My excuse - it took weeks to arrive from Canada, by which time I had shipped my cycle out to Florida.  And yes have my old saddle out there with it.  Just wondered if anyone has tried these, but will carry the old one until I decide.

Thanks

This message was edited by tonythomson on 11-10-08 @ 5:58 AM
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Offline paddleboy17

Spongy Wonder cycle seat
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2008, 11:50:01 am »
I have a friend who rode with one for a season.  Lots of urological relief, but you hands take a beating.  Without the nose on your saddle, weight gets transferred to your hand.

If you have urological issues, go to MCM
I think the modified Brooks B-17s are more comfortable, but a buddy of mine prefers the Wisconsin made ones.  I have both.

No release date yet for the Brook Imperial cut out saddle.

Danno
Danno

Offline staehpj1

Spongy Wonder cycle seat
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2008, 12:12:40 pm »
I hope all goes well for you.


Offline Westinghouse

Spongy Wonder cycle seat
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2008, 04:57:57 pm »
The worst things that can happen are that it will not be comfortable, you will have to stop at a bike shop or department store, buy another saddle, and ship that old saddle home.


Offline jeffdixon

Re: Spongy Wonder cycle seat
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2012, 08:39:16 pm »
Hi everyone! My name is Jeff Dixon and I am the owner of Spongy Wonder inc. and the inventor of the Spongy Wonder Bike Seat. I appreciate the opportunity to make a couple of comments about posts I have seen here and elsewhere. One gentlemen remarked he had purchased one at a bike show and did not like it. He is quite obviously confusing us with someone else as (a) we have never been participants at any bike show and (b) we do not wholesale to any bike shops, sports distributors etc.

My second comment is concerning "control issues." Several people keep remarking that "noses" on seats are absolutely necessary. If that is the case why have we never received any reports of riders "going down" with our product and (b) we have been in business 13 years and if control was an issue riders would be "wiping out" all over the place and we would have been sued out of existence long ago. None of this has ever happened.

My nest series of comments is on our foam. The foam is (a) Not super "plushy." It has a durometer of 7.5 lbs. per square inch which makes it a medium firmness. You do not "bottom out" on it, you do not lose power by "sinking into it", and it is neither hard as a brick. It is true that previous incarnations of our foam have not been everything I ever wanted and for that let me say "I wish we had had a better foam earlier." The material we use now deifies what I call the "foam barrier." It is incredibly long lasting as it has a compression set of 5% which means that over its lifetime - which we estimate to be 7 - 10 years per set - it will never lose more than 5% of its total volume. yet at the same time it is very comfortable. Foam should not be both but this material has only been around for approx 1 year and it is what I have always been searching for! It is encased in a smoothly contoured high friction material so riders do not slip forward as some have speculated.

My next comment is to those who say they have only ridden it a few times and it was uncomfortable. When you ride a dual platform seat you are placing your "bum" muscles under pressure and asking them to work at the same time. This will be a new sensation for some and as you would expect, when you ask a set of muscles to work in a new way this can mean a little soreness at first. Well we have all heard people say "I started a new exercise program and discovered muscles I did know I had." For some riders a little soreness can be expected at first. If you only ride it twice how can you expect to ever become comfortable on it? Let us be reasonable here. As an example: "If you have always had a dog and have never had a cat do you expect to completely understand a cat if you get one and have only had it for two days?" Of course not. A little bit if soreness (in some cases for some folks) for a short time is infinitely preferable to sitting across the desk from a urologist and/or neurologist and hearing them say something to the effect of "Sure we can do something, but the operation is dangerous, expensive and uncertain of success."

My last comment at this time is to remind the readers that when they look at the posts they are almost exclusively made by riders who have never even seen our seat let alone ridden it. Their comments are not objective. In addition, if you have looked at a number of these posts you will notice that they come from people who are responding from a die-hard traditionalist perspective and are usually so angry is some way that you would think they were convinced I was out to destroy cycling.

Please go to our testimonial page and see a fraction of the riders who are absolutely delighted with our seat. I have not added any new testimonials for over 6 months which means that all of the testimonials are from people who bought our bicycle seat before we were able to acquired our fantastic new foam!

Thanks For Taking the Time to Read This,

Jeff Dixon
Spongy Wonder Inc.

Offline DaveB

Re: Spongy Wonder cycle seat
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2012, 08:53:10 am »
My last comment at this time is to remind the readers that when they look at the posts they are almost exclusively made by riders who have never even seen our seat let alone ridden it. Their comments are not objective.
You are correct that many of the comments are made by those who have never actually ridden your saddle.  But, your design is not new or unprecedented and very similar designs in the past have been failures or have very limited appeal due to the objections reported above.   

Offline rockermike

Re: Spongy Wonder cycle seat
« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2012, 03:54:43 pm »
I rode for a couple of years with a spongy wonder.  I had a problem with extreme prostrate pain at the time and could not ride at all with a regular saddle. The pain problem has since been solved (eating too much soy it turns out - but that's another issue) and I've since gone back to a cutout brooks saddle.  Overall I was happy with the SW. You definitely have to get used to it. You feel sort of like you are perched on top of a post at first and a little out of balance. But after a month or so I stopped thinking about it and was happy. Definitely no numbness. Yet despite SW's comments above, you do lose a bit of control. Maybe its not critical but you notice it. Riding without hands is impossible, and even rising one hand to make a turn signal requires a bit of extra care. It turns out that on a regular saddle you actually pinch the saddle nose between your legs when doing things like turning or drinking water.  That's not an option with a no-nose.  Still, it kept me on my bike when otherwise I couldn't ride - so I was happy. If they weren't so heavy I have even thought of taking one along as a "spare" saddle on long trips for those days when my butt is worn out in all the wrong places and I'm in pain. I figure a day or two on a completely different saddle would be quite a relief.

Offline jeffdixon

Re: Spongy Wonder cycle seat
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2013, 12:10:39 pm »
Hi to paddleboy17!

It is true that dual platforms seats change your weight distribution and for some this will mean getting higher at the front. I am the inventor and I had to install a 3 inch riser on my Trek 8000. This was a small price to pay considering the urological and neurological benefits and as it turned out... WOW! being higher was less aerodynamic but this was offset by easier breathing and the pressure on my spine at the neck was reduced so i started getting and still have much better rest at night.

Additionally someone said they slid on it. The new foam system we have has a fabric with a high coefficiency of friction so that has eliminated that.

Thanks,

Jeff Dixon
Spongy Wonder Inc.

Offline jeffdixon

Re: Spongy Wonder cycle seat
« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2013, 12:12:54 pm »
Hi to Whittierider!

Spongy Wonder has never been to a bike show so I think it is possible you have us mixed up with Hobson (Easy Seat) or Spiderflex.

Jeff Dixon
Spongy Wonder Inc.