The MANTA Saddle

  • Ride as far as you like without ‘that’ saddle imprint
  • Kinetic support to encourage efficient 360° pedalling
  • Adaptive Ray Tech™ equals fluid riding experience
  • It’s comfortable, natural support when seated



Rear of MANTA Saddle

Why MANTA?

Cool & Dry & Comfortable

The MANTA saddle was developed, researched, tested, then tested extensively in the wild without supervision, this provided uncompromising feedback to drive the design evolution. The geometry remained the same, that element was right from the start.

Prototyping and production development were meticulous, about 11 years or so. Collaborations with leading technology, and manufacturing companies such as DuPont™, Lola F1, Velo Ent, IMAR (Dundee University), many others, several world-class-riders, lead to an optimized ride.

The focus has always been exceptional support, ventilation and comfort, removing potentially harmful, and inevitably uncomfortable “nose”, removing the chafing under the thigh, from padded ‘comfort’ seats.

The MANTA saddle is designed to suit all riders, male and female, from 10 years-up (smaller ones soon), all riding disciplines, from leisure and commuting, competition, to road and off-road riding.

Whether you use your bike to commute to work, you’re heading cross-country, or on a mountain, your butt will be at home on a MANTA – reassured that you can continue for mile after mile without pain, or numbness. Staying cool and dry.

It is unique because it has to be, in order to support the human form naturally whilst riding. Everything being quite radical, any challenges with fitting or acclimatization, to get to the next level, rewards a little patience. Embrace the difference, your body will thank you!

 

No other design can offer MANTA levels of support.

Traditional saddles rely on a seat ‘nose’ to support a proportion of the riders weight, any pressure there is too much pressure, they have not changed since the 1800’s, 99% are still basically the same.

With advances in medical technology we have a greater understanding of how we are affected over time, or even by one big bump. With cycling increasing in popularity as a carbon-neutral, or a convenient ultra-low impact e-bike method of transport, for leisure, and exercise, much research has been conducted on the effects of cycling on riders, with a focus on the saddle as the weakest link in an otherwise healthful and joyful activity.

Numerous studies link the use of traditional saddles with even long-term damage to areas involving the perineum, which were not evolved to take a human’s bodyweight – up to 7x that bodyweight – riding over potholes, kerbs, speed bumps…

Riders are beginning to be more open with the problems caused by saddles, and much more aware of the health risks that have existed for too long with traditional saddles – carbon fibre cutouts, insets, and 3D printed seats are much the same, under the shiny details.

Radical design, born in the mountains

Seat comfort and performance go hand-in-hand

MANTA Design, Unified Sport, and the MANTA saddle is a product of diversity in engineering. Born in rugged NW Scotland, Western Isles, developed in and around Edinburgh, with amazingly specific support, followed by R&D assistance from Edinburgh Business Gateway, the Department of Engineering University of Cambridge, Addenbrookes hospital, a saddle manufacturer in Taiwan, DuPont, and others inspired by a potentially destructive design, setting a new standard for a great machine, with one flaw.

MANTA pays close attention to the manufacturing process, we use local suppliers for the main parts and components. We have excellent partners in the production loop, all,  MANTA products supplied here, or from a connected distributor is the latest, the only production quality version of this design.

A lot of tech in a saddle design, it was developed to an exacting standard in the ruggedly diverse environment of NW Scotland. They are made in Scotland too, which enjoys a long tradition of manufacturing and history of innovation – for e.g. pedal propulsion c1839 – to rely on.

Please ensure you are getting a genuine production model, made by, and supported by MANTA, or our European partners. Your ride is worth it.

The MANTA saddle consists of a body-adaptive surface: Adaptive Ray Technology™ – with an action comparable to the wing of a manta ray in motion, a dynamic moving surface, in harmony with the rider – multiplying the supported area, alleviating high pressure points, and providing an increase in groin bloodflow unique to cycling, from this there are beneficial side-effects, even off the bike, plus, your butt won’t know you had been on a bike. These are effects from more than just a reduced decrease in flow, in comparison – claimed by many modern designs – we provide a measured, and significant increase in blood flow, such as found in sports other than cycling.

The MANTA compliments body and bicycle functions, a kinetic adaptive support surface interface, between rider and bike.

By optimising the connection between rider and bike, it’s possible to improve performance without the drain of pain. A must for e-Bikes. Forget enforced recovery sessions on any length of ride.

Now you have a genuine alternative to discomfort.

challenging conventions of cycle design, formed by function