Downhill Mountain Bike Seats
Thinking about mountain biking brings to mind all of the rugged, rutted road a bike must travel over. Trek mountain bikes, Cannondale mountain bikes, Raleigh mountan bikes and Specialized mountain bikes must be so strongly and superiorly built to withstand jolty, tubulent rides like that! But, what about the rider? What sorts of protection are available for them to make the ride more comfortable and less of a bumpy nightmare? Front and rear suspension are options that reduce the discomfort of the ride, but what about the seat? It must be so nucomfortable to sit on a downhill mountain bike seat and absorb bump after bump after bump - what can be done to change this?
True, many downhill mountain bike riders stand on their pedals while cycling - allowing them greater control over their speed, direction, and, should it come to this, their dosmount - but what about those times when you are seated? Bike, seats, or saddles, are essential for providing as comfortable a ride as possible, over all sorts of terrain and distance.
An uncomfortable saddle can be the worst thing in the world. For women looking for the right downhill mountain biking seat, it is important to find one with a width that accomodates, comfortably, hip bones and hip width; a seat that is too small can actually cause osteoperitic damage after it is used for an extended period of time. Men must make sure that their downhill mountain bike seat allows enough blood flow and circulation through their crotch - anything less can be extremely painful, and can leave behind functinoal damage!
The only real way to test a seat properly is to try it out for a few rides. Some bike shops - the really nice ones, that is - will let their customers do this, as they understand the importance of finding a proper saddle. Some bike shops also have mounted bike frames that you can fit your seat to to give it a test cycle in the shop. In the end, it is important to go with the model that felt the most comfortable to you, as you will be sitting on it, jolting into it, and bumping up and down with it for miles to come.