No pain, no pressure, no sweat. A tiny company with a big idea

Manta saddle & the Manta ray share kinetics

Manta Design development is based on Skye, an island off the Scottish Highland’s west coast, a supremely varied cycling environment.

“We are cycle obsessive. The bicycle is sublime fun, at the same time a supremely efficient transport machine; the future for cleaner, safer cities” – this was motivation to seek a solution to the [frankly] awful seating. Jon likes his bikes, he also likes the ancient cobbled streets of Edinburgh, he reckons there’s only one way to do both.

Manta Design Ltd is a proudly Scottish company that has created a world leading bicycle product. One Manta saddle has been 50,000km around the world, with the amazing Dominic Luther so far. Others are on their way.

Want a Manta saddle to do your bum a big favour? go get one here

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The idea for the Manta Saddle came riding on Skye in the late 1990's. Inspiration for the design came from the time following the end of a job building footpaths heading up into the Cuillin ...as it turns out, this particular design challenge required a great deal of time, and meticulous development due to the complexity of forms in motion.

I had long been dissatisfied with how saddle pain impacts endurance - the legs are good for more miles, the backside isn’t. The designer in me felt I should attempt to find a better way to support the human body, on a bike.

So-called comfort saddles were not, because they are compromised. That is no good. The priority wasn’t temporary perception of comfort but an absence of pressure - not quite the same thing. The problem needed turning round.

Mock ups of what I thought might work led to prototypes that began to show promise. There was a breakthrough. Then we headed into a long product development for manufacture, primarily in-house but with vast assistance from friends and the likes of DuPont, to Taiwan and back to Fife. It took about 8 years, and a scary amount of money.

What kept me going - and still does, along with a ride like a flying sofa - is increasing evidence about the damage conventional saddles cause to blood vessels and soft tissues - the 'seat nose' is exactly where it shouldn't be. They’re grossly unsuitable for human anatomy, just wrong. So the mission was to get old, busted saddle design left in the garage, and replaced with Manta saddles.
” - Jon

The Manta is developed, manufactured, assembled and shipped from Scotland, worldwide
They all go over here, bye!

each Manta saddle begins it’s travels crossing over to the mainland ~ ¡Buen viaje!


Manta Design Ltd [Reg. 04399997 VAT: GB939610796]
Manta Design Scotland Ltd [Reg. SC0355993]
5-6 Herebost
Isle of Skye
Western Isles, IV55 8GZ

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