I am a regular mountain biker (hard-tail, shoe clips, rides on roads and soft trails). For an entire year, I was dealing with terrible pelvic pains, which I had assumed were caused by my "regular" bike seat. So I bought Ergo the Seat, hoping that this would solve the problem. Long story short: my pains turned out to have nothing at all to do with my bike. (The leg press machine at my gym was the major culprit).
Having bought The Seat, I decided to use it anyway, as a preventative measure. It is well constructed, and it certainly takes weight off of your groin area. Earlier, I had tried the Hobson Easyseat, which was exceedingly uncomfortable -- it felt as if I was leaning against a kitchen counter! The Ergo is definitely more comfortable than the Hobson.
Unfortunately, as other reviewers have discussed in depth, you will sustain a huge performance hit with seats such as this. The redistribution of weight will go to your arms, as well as your legs. I suppose the good news is that one can eventually adapt to it, to a point. After a few rides, my arms were definitely becoming used to the added stress. However, the extra strain on the legs will mean that cycling becomes noticeably more strenuous. It is almost equivalent to riding while standing up, except that you don''t benefit by using your body weight during peddling, as one would while going up hill. The new strain on my legs and knees was very noticeable with the Ergo.
I eventually reinstalled my old seat, and it felt as if cycling was twice as easy.
For some people''s physical issues, Ergo The Seat may mean the difference between cycling and not cycling. In my case, it turned out to not be beneficial for me. That being said, I cannot knock it as a product, because it does exactly what it claims to do. I recommend to be sure that it is going to be a solution for you, before investing in one.
Reviewed by: Shaun B. from .