Designworks was commissioned by Selle Royal to design a saddle specifically for the needs of e-mobility. The result of this collaboration is eZone, a saddle with a unique gesture that improves e-bike safety, comfort and riding performance.
In the course of the research our team discovered that the characteristics of e-bikes are in many ways distinctly different to those of non-electric bikes. Additionally, road safety studies have shown that slipping off of ‘flat’ traditional saddles is the number one cause of e-bike accidents. These insights led us to re-think the product in its entirety: Enhancing confidence and therefore freedom during the ride were two of the main desires that crystallized during the consumer research process. Our design concept enabled Selle Royal to develop a completely new type of saddle, different from any other product on the market.
The rear zone of the saddle was raised to prevent backward sliding and a shorter nose was introduced to make mounting easier. Wings were added with which the rider can steer and adapt thrust with precision. An integrated fiberglass handle allows for easy maneuvering. The saddle is padded with a tridimensional gel structure that reduces pressure peaks by up to 40%.