We were asked if the eBay MantaB is “about the same” as production MANTA


No, but they are the same shape. We use our saddle every day, and we do not wish that anyone is sold stock as if it were production standard if it’s not – we care about our design and its reputation. Nearly two decades involved in design and manufacturing development. This particular page, with lax product support, ‘incomplete’ description and crazy pricing, seem to be more about damage to MDSL than in trading openly, giving the wrong impression of ‘MantaB’ suitability. We often support their customers, but our parts no longer fit. All this and varying defamatory statements, instead of accurate product detail, makes us wonder what is the intention.

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Unified Sport (US) MANTA (worldwide) & Germany/Europe below


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We cannot approve of sales made on the basis that B-grade, is production standard. ‘MantaB’ has its place; no static should be without the design. It’s fine for demonstration, and trial – randomly, they are unlikely to last long on the road, without instant spares – this is our concern, our so-called “narrative”. 

MANTA’s Soft-Grip™ was also designed by Jon specifically for the MANTA, from years of experience. It’s unique and far better than
neoprene tubing, it is revealing to suggest otherwise.

The grey tubing, incorrectly described as “the latest”, was just adequate in 2009, and was quickly replaced with a soft, and tough silicone tube – this material, developed during 2018-2019 into the Soft-Grip™ – it’s grippy, cushy, and yet bulletproof. After our 2019 updates, the grip no longer rotates, as the MK1 could. Evolution!  


“The MANTA is a great saddle!”  eBay seller says, yes it is…


All Manta saddles, including the ‘MantaB’ will be comfortable, but we don’t expect B-grade stock to withstand regular, outdoor cycling wear and tear.



Some of The Latest Changes


Soft-Grip© MKII, soft, grippy

MANTA’s unique 2018 Soft-Grip™

Super tough, super soft silicone design for 2018, optimised for 2019

Old v Soft-Grip©

Grey neoprene from 2016, and the 2019 Soft-Grip™, a big difference in performance, longevity and feel

Soft-Grip™ at the top


Soft-Grip© MKIIa

Soft-Grip™ unique to MANTA – little bumps inside, make for a perfect fit

The saddle body and elements are produced in an advanced grade of polypropylene, light and strong/ PPHP P NAT N AS MFI 35. RAL8022 black with bronze highlight


Below: two upper rearmost elements, black 2019 Soft-Grip™, compared to the B-grade neoprene

MANTA Soft-Grip™ v B-grade
2019 Soft-Grip™ - 5mm deep Shore-A5, compliant silicone, the ridges provide a soft, grippy top, replacing 1mm Neoprene tubing.
MANTA Soft-Grip™ v B-grade
Optimised, still a natural seating, support area, better grip, and softness for ischials, Soft-Grip™, with added strength and lightness.


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