We were asked if an eBay “MantaB” is “about the same” as a current MANTA. They are not.

 

We use the design every day, we appreciate it more each day, and we hate to think anyone could be disappointed – not knowing what they are buying – we care about which seat goes where, it’s very personal to us.

 

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The eBay stock is not “genuine Manta stock” or “surplus stock” – we binned thousands of fragile parts – half survived for giveaways and trials.
So, the batch we binned is for sale on eBay, which would be OK if they were “sold as described”. They are not. It is irresponsible marketing – at a loss for seller & buyer – which we assume is aimed at damaging the architect.
They are: suitable for restricted use – ideal for static bikes (no static bike should be used without this design) – suitable for demonstration, or trial.

Soft-Grip™ was designed by Jon specifically for the MANTA after years of experience, it is unique, immeasurably better than off-the-shelf tubing. It is revealing to suggest otherwise.
The neoprene tube: implied as being the latest” – was barely adequate in 2009 – and was quickly replaced with a deep, soft but tough plain silicone tube – this developed over 2018-2019 into the Soft-Grip™ – which is also grippy, and bulletproof. It no longer rotates, not even a little bit.
Both products are the same shape of course, however, a production MANTA is by far the best saddle to trust your butt to, and remains in one piece.

 

“The MANTA is a great saddle” – yes, of course!

 

Every Manta, including the ‘MantaB’ will be comfortable – just don’t expect the B-grade stock to withstand regular, outdoor cycling wear and tear, without extra care – depending on the application.

 


 

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 compliant silicone, the ridges on top, provides a soft, grippy ischial zone, replaces B-grade 1mm Neoprene tube from 2009
MANTA Soft-Grip™ v B-grade
Optimised support and grip under the ischial bones, compared with grey B-grade tube - would you take the padding off your car seat? We moved weight to the ischial Soft-Grip, adding both strength and lightness to the main assembly.

 

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