Bent Seat Options?

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Bent Seat Options?

Postby cpcnw » 15 Apr 2018, 1:29pm

Anyone doing off the shelf hard shells (or in fact any seat options) in the UK?

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Re: Bent Seat Options?

Postby pjclinch » 15 Apr 2018, 3:39pm

ICE presumably get theirs from somewhere. Aside from them, I'd guess any 'bent dealer that deals with manufacturers which use hard shell seats would be able to source you one as a spare.

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Re: Bent Seat Options?

Postby cpcnw » 15 Apr 2018, 3:47pm

Cheers- found these guys and am waiting for a ballpark figure from them...

http://oceancycle.co.uk

as long as its not an arm and a leg - have lost too many of those and I need to ride my bike :)
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Re: Bent Seat Options?

Postby hercule » 15 Apr 2018, 9:37pm

I've got one of their GRP seats with cushion... solid and pretty similar to the one on my Nazca. I fitted it to my Pashley PDQ but then reverted back to the original mesh seat. Sold the PDQ (to lingering regret) but still have the seat... PM me if interested... it has been drilled for fitting to the PDQ but otherwise fine.

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Re: Bent Seat Options?

Postby nigelnightmare » 16 Apr 2018, 11:46pm

Have a look on Ebay, search for "recumbent" under cycling.
Their are a few on there with or without "ventisit" pads.

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Re: Bent Seat Options?

Postby Loomis » 17 Apr 2018, 7:48pm

Recumbent Parts.com in the Netherlands seem to have the hard shells for the Optima bents available. I have not dealt with them personally, but prices look good.

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Re: Bent Seat Options?

Postby fossala » 17 Apr 2018, 8:04pm

Ice do two hard seats, both the same but one is carbon fibre. The cheaper one is £355 and the carbon is £470.

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Re: Bent Seat Options?

Postby StephenW » 17 Apr 2018, 9:36pm

I bought one directly from Novosport. They had one with slight cosmetic defects, so it was a reduced price.

On a related note, I have been wondering how many different hard shell seats are out there. I think it may be less than might be supposed, because Novosport supply seats to lots of bike manufacturers. For example Nazca "sport" and "comfort" seats, and Raptobike seats, and Metabike seats are all made by Novosport I think.

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Re: Bent Seat Options?

Postby StephenW » 17 Apr 2018, 9:45pm

Here is the price list:

http://www.novosport.de/files/9/sitze-polster.pdf

I got the "Liegeradsitz, glasfaser". (Recumbent seat, fibreglass). The first one on the list. I think it was reduced to €100 because of the cosmetic defects (which can hardly be seen).

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Re: Bent Seat Options?

Postby Tigerbiten » 18 Apr 2018, 6:26am

I did a part-ex mesh seat -> hardshell seat with Kevin at D-Tek around 7 years ago.
I've just had to buy a new ventasit cover for it this year after ~40,000 miles covered.

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Re: Bent Seat Options?

Postby BrownBear » 19 Apr 2018, 9:56pm

The wide shoulder back on the ~Thor carrier was interesting. I do feel that a back wider than the shoulder blades wouldbe good. The exotic http://synthetictransport.com/railgun/ is similar in this respect, but designed for far low seat angles, I'd like something in between.

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Re: Bent Seat Options?

Postby Tigerbiten » 20 Apr 2018, 2:41am

It depends if you want the seat to lock your upper body in place or do you want to lean into the corners.
If you want to lean into the corners then a narrower seat is easier because you can use the groove between your shoulder blades to hook the edge of the seat and that helps to hold you in place against centrifugal forces.
I've even padded my seat so it slightly convex at that point to make it even easier to do.