Traditional curved saddles such as the Fusion Freeride, Street, and Slim support the entire sitting surface with a padded, curved profile and wider mid-section. This feels secure and stable. We still recommend curved saddles for first-time riders and riders who typically do not hold the front saddle handle.
But the curvature and wider mid-section that initially feel secure can cause increasing discomfort, chafing, and loss of blood circulation on longer rides. And most riders grip the front saddle handle most of the time for offroad or road riding, reducing the need for a radically upturned saddle nose.
The Fusion Zero features a slim mid-section, foam cutaway, and flatter profile that places your weight back on your sit bones (“ischial tuberosities”). While it takes some getting used to, this reduces the chafing and loss of blood circulation that can occur with traditionally curved unicycle saddles. The approach is similar to modern bike saddles, where the “hammock” shaped saddle has virtually disappeared in favour of flat profiles both front-to-back and side-to-side.
Unicycle riders also frequently shift from sitting to partially or completely standing while pedalling over bumps, drops and climbs. The Fusion Zero's lower front nose increase standover clearance when standing, and the slim mid-section and vertical sides reduce chafing when shifting from side to side during a climb.
- Color: Black with blue - Fitting tool: 5mm Allen Key - Fits only for pivotal seatposts. - Nylon 12 + fiber composite material is exceptionally stiff, strong, and impact resistant - Pivotal seatpost interface is strong, simple, highly adjustable, and eliminates exposed bolts - Saddle shape supports the "ischial tuberosities" (sit bones), reducing soft tissue pressure - Low front nose provides a comfortable handle position - Slim profile and clean underside make it easy to grab for trials and tricks - T-bar touring handle compatible for comfort on longer rides - Weight: 810g
Important: Compatible with Kris Holm and other pivotal seatposts. Not compatible with traditional 4-bolt unicycle seatposts.
Saddle angle: We recommend starting with a saddle angled moderately down towards the back. This shifts the weight off the soft tissue onto your sit bones and prevents you from sliding forwards. After a few rides, adjust to personal preference. For more infomation on setting up your Zero saddle please click here.
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Cons: isn't compatible with multiple styles of seatpost. I believe it could be, even if that required another bracket such as a stiffener plate. The mechanism to attach the saddle is unconventional. It works though, just a pain that no standard multitool can fit down in there, and lugging a big allen key on a longer ride could be annoying. There are only 2 or 3 usable settings for the angle. It is NOT compatible with the stiffener plate because the saddle sticks out more in the front than the standard fusion saddle. This is compensated for by using a different plastic in the base that is stiffer, but I have yet to use my handlebar with it.
Pros: This is the single alternative to a standard unicycle saddle that is practical and affordable. There are flat carbon saddles, custom jobs, cutout saddles, etc. and they are either expensive, or don't meet the mark. If you are ordering this, you already know what your getting into, as you should. It's an alternative that may or may not work for you. The majority of reviews are positive, and personally I think it's well worth the price for that chance. It worked for me, and I'm happy with the amount of comfort it's added.
If you're riding 5+ miles in a go, and haven't tried a flat/thin saddle, give it a go. If you don't like it, you can always sell it on the forums and lose next to nothing. (Posted on 23/01/2015)
After trying several different combinations of saddle angle and handle bar positions my uni is finally Zeroed, meaning that I've found the Zero zone, a place where I feel comfort and performance are optimised. A place off bliss, lol !
The Zero is so comfortable once your set up is correct. With my set up zeroed in I've been able to cycle until my energy runs out with no saddle discomfort. Riding on road camber has become so much easier. I can now lean into the camber without my saddle pushing outward against my inner thigh. With wider saddles I found that I had to lean and twist my back more to overcome the outward pressure of the saddle against my inner thigh which was throwing me off centre.
I've also noticed that after a long session on the zero, I don't feel pressure on my hips as with a wider saddle.
Thanks to Kris Holm for his continued pursuit of quality and advancement in unicycling, He's a true pioneer. (Posted on 05/08/2014)