In the fall of 2010 we introduced the SQlab active saddle technology with the 611 active MTB saddle. In 2011 we expanded the selection of active saddles to at least one active version for every application area. These days one in every two SQlab saddles sold is equipped with our active technology.
The construction of the saddle allows a degree of movement of the pelvis in the horizontal plane. The natural pelvic rocking movement evident in walking is now possible while cycling.
By providing for the rocking movement, we allow our musculoskeletal system, which has evolved over millions of years, to perform a physiologically correct pedalling motion. As the pelvis has the freedom to move with the natural pedalling motion, the risk of developing discomfort or pain in the lumbar spine, the pelvis and the hips, is minimised. Pedalling becomes more relaxed and premature fatigue is prevented. The pedalling motion also becomes rounder. This is advantageous, as our skeletal system is not perfectly symmetrical.
The dynamic saddle construction compensates for discrepancies such as leg length differences.
The saddle has a degree of freedom of movement in the horizontal plane. This means the spinal discs can align themselves and will not experience an asymmetrical load. The spinal discs are therefore less exposed to potential injury. Lastly, the possibility of a slightly unstable, dynamic seat allows for continuous change and variation in sitting positions. This is an important factor in preventing damage to spinal discs and facet joints caused by an uneven pressure distribution due to an imbalanced and one-sided sitting position.
SQlab's active saddle technology enables a physiologically correct movement of the pelvis. A round pedalling motion is achieved which provides for reduced pressure to the lumbar spine and facet joints. This can contribute to less fatigue and prevention of pain in the lumbar spine.