Custom-fit saddle ergonomics for riding fun without sitting discomfort

A woman and a man are cycling along a path.

Gender-specific saddles for every requirement

Sitting problems are the most common complaints about cycling. Because women and men are anatomically quite different, especially in the seat area, Terry develops gender-specific saddles in the ergonomics lab - for every need, for every bike. So that every ride is a comfortable experience. Without sitting discomfort, without unpleasant feelings of numbness.

Terry expert Dr. Kim Tofaute explains the Terry saddle to test person on bicycle

The female anatomy

In addition to the external characteristics of the sitting area, the shape of the female pelvis also differs from that of the male pelvis.

Photography of the female pelvis

The pelvis of women

The female pelvis has a birth canal, which anatomically causes the pubic arches to be at a flat angle to each other. As a result, the cartilage junction between the two halves of the pelvis at the front (pubic symphysis) is very deep. In addition, women's pelvises tilt further forward than men's. 

Graphic of the female pelvis

Sensitive genital area

The problem: Conventional saddles put a lot of pressure on a woman's external genitals. The reason for this is the low pubic symphysis, which, due to the high pelvic tilt, exerts a lot of pressure on the genital area, squeezing it between the pubic symphysis and the saddle surface. 

Lateral view of the female pelvis

Our solution:

Female-specific relief in the front saddle area

Protects the soft tissues of the genital area

Terry women's saddles have a wide relief channel running out to the front. This takes the pressure off the genitals and reliably transfers it to the sit bones, which are significantly less sensitive to pressure.

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Graphic of a Terry saddle for women with relief channel drawn in

The male anatomy

Compared to women, the male pelvis is less flexible. As a result, men sit more upright in the saddle, putting more strain on the ischial tuberosities.

Photography of the male pelvis

The pelvis of men

In contrast to the female anatomy, the male pubic bone is much steeper and the symphysis is much higher. 

Graphic of the male pelvis

Sensitive perineal area

Men often experience unpleasant numbness in the genital area on conventional saddles with a closed saddle surface. This is caused by too much pressure on the sensitive perineum. 

Lateral graphic of the male pelvis

Our solution:

Male-specific relief in the rear saddle area

Prevents numbness

Terry men's saddles have a rear relief opening. This takes pressure off the perineum and transfers it to the much less sensitive ischial tuberosities and parts of the pubic arch.

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Graphic of a Terry saddle for men with relief channel drawn in

Always the right saddle width

The distance between the ischial tuberosities varies from person to person. In order for the load of the upper body to be optimally distributed over the sit bones, the saddle must fit the individual pelvis - otherwise problems are inevitable. That is why Terry saddles are always available in two seat widths - for men and women.

Terry expert Dr Kim Tofaute on the cycling tester

What to look out for when fitting your saddle

It is important to adjust your saddle correctly to avoid discomfort and ensure an efficient ride. Here we explain what to look for and how to check and adjust the necessary settings yourself.

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Terry expert explains a Terry saddle

The Terry Saddle Technology

The Terry 3-zone comfort principle

Terry has optimised the 3 zones of each saddle. The relief opening (1) relieves pressure on the perineum and genital area. Smooth transitions (2) around the opening prevent edge pressure, and the shape of the seat (3), which is adapted to the distance and position of the ischial tuberosities, distributes the body weight optimally.

The Terry saddle from above shows the 3-zone comfort principle

Step-free sitting - without tilting moment

Cyclists intuitively change their sitting position to reduce the individual sitting pressure in the saddle - this happens quite intuitively and without thinking about it. With step saddles, however, this natural movement is almost impossible. The Terry 3-zone comfort principle with its relief opening enables step-free sitting for optimal pressure distribution with a high range of movement from the rear to the saddle tip.

Grafik eines Beckens auf einem Terry-Sattel beim stufenfreien Sitzen Grafik des Beckens beim stufigen Sitzen

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