Selle Anatomica is working with UC San Diego (UCSD) to develop a carbon fiber road saddle with the comfort of its leather saddles at less weight. Selle Anatomic is trying to raise $30,000 through crowd funding to get the saddle into production.
The saddle would have a carbon fiber top attached to a carbon leaf spring, which in turn is attached to a titanium rail for use with standard seatposts. The design is projected to weigh less than 200 grams, which is 300 grams lighter than the company’s comparable leather saddles.
UCSD’s composite engineering department is measuring the comfort properties of the brand’s current leather saddles, and they will use the data to tune the carbon spring and shell to produce similar performance.
The company said it would use the proceeds to support research into a “comfort algorithm” to translate the benefits of leather to carbon. It will also support mold design and machining, and the purchase of parts and equipment necessary for production. Production models are anticipated in January 2016.