Handmade saddles: For a Superb Riding Experience
Handmade by Terry means that each saddle cover on select models is applied by hand to the seat foam—delivering the finest comfort possible. In the past the saddle shell and the seat foam were connected together using a vacuum compression method.
Important: The foam is not glued to the saddle shell, but precisely adheres to it—reducing the tension between the two supporting components.
Innovative padding foams for the best possible pressure distribution
Terry utilizes high-performance PU or EVA foam padding to ensure an even pressure distribution of the sit bones on the saddle when riding the bike. The true quality of the foam lies in its composition. The cyclist’s sit bones should indent the foam without compressing it completely. Only the perfect degree of reset force prevents the rider from depressing the padding excessively – which could cause the sit bones to touch the underlying saddle shell – negating the foams supporting properties.
PU (Polyurethane) is an organic foam, which is inherently stable and elastic at the same time. The saddle is comfortable without deforming too much, preventing the sit bones from sinking in too deeply into the padding.
EVA (Ethylene-vinyl acetate) is a synthetic foam with even better damping and comfort properties. It is also lighter, making EVA foams perfect for suspending the rider from vibrations and shocks from rough road or trail surfaces.
These two foam technologies prevent pain and numbness in the genital and perineal area, increasing the fun of riding and improving comfort of the bike saddle.
More differences are found in the production process.
In the Air Cell® process the EVA foam is first manually glued to the saddle shell and the cover is applied on top. This way of manufacturing is used with the older Arteria GT saddles.
The ComfortFoam process uses PU foam for the Handmade Fisio, Figura GT and GTC seats. The Vacuum method is employed with the current versions of the Arteria and Exera Handmade seats
Improved relief through Comfort Gel
Many Terry saddles in the Race, Sport, Fitness, Touring and City category use specifically tuned ComfortGel inserts which distribute pressure in the sit bone area differently than foams and also ensure very good shock absorption. Combined with the anatomically shaped saddle shell this results in great comfort when seated and also reduces the saddles overall weight.
Shock Absorber – HiComfort made in Germany
Effectively reducing strain on your back and an extra plus in increased comfort is our shock absorber inspired from the automotive field.
In select models from the Touring and City category we use Cellasto® Microzell inserts. They offer excellent damping characteristics, are durable and easy to care for. Depending on the shock, they are compressed up to 75% of their own material thickness, which illustrates how effective their damping and comfort really is.
Extra: All Terry saddle models with shock absorber also feature a mount for QuickClick™ saddle bags and accessories.
Models with shock absorber and QuickClick™ saddle bag mount are: Fisio GTC Gel, Fisio GT, Fisio Flex Gel, and Anatomica Flex Gel.
Terry saddles are easy to care for and weatherproof. At Terry we have two different elastic cover materials: DuraLux Microfiber and WeatherMax DuraSilk.
The Terry seat rails
Terry bike saddles are durable, reliable and strong. One reason for this is we use saddle rails made from FeC or CroMo steel alloys. With FeC steel the rails are made from a thick wire. The CroMo rails, in contrast, are tubular and are lighter. To ensure the strength of the CroMo rails the steel is refined with alloy additives during production.
In some of our Terry saddle models we have integrated a wind and spray protection into the saddle shell. This keeps dirt and water from penetrating through the relief opening.
Models with wind/sprax protection: Figura GTC Gel, Figura GT, Fisio GTC Gel und Fisio GT.