« 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,
Spongy Wonder Inc.