Body-specific seat shapes came on like gangbusters a handful of years ago, and for good reason: our behinds are all a little different, especially when it comes to the span of our sit bones. A lot of companies offer seats of different widths for this reason, and there are even a few options out there to have a seat molded to match your rear end.
Landyachtz, the Vancouver company well known for their longboards and urban bikes, is taking it to another level with their Reform heat-moldable seat.
From the outside, the Reform looks a lot like any other high-end seat - it has a classy looking leather cover, a carbon fiber base, and feels pretty damn light when it's in your hand. It is only when you flip it over and see the large open reliefs in the carbon shell, and then the tiny, magnetized USB port under the nose, that you start to think something else is going on here.
Hidden between the beeswax-treated leather top and the carbon fiber shell is a lightweight electronic coil system that's hooked up to that USB port, and when your certified local bike shop plugs in the heating element, it takes just five minutes for the coils to heat the internals enough for them to be molded to your ass. The idea is that you'd have your bike on a trainer in the shop and spin on it for a few minutes for the seat to take its shape, then wait fifteen more minutes for it to cool down and retain that imprint.
Landyachtz says that you will be able to reform the seat a handful of times, although it should only take one go to get it right, and they equated the process to having a pair of ski boots fitted. Weights run from 215-grams to 245-grams depending on the model and, as you probably guessed, these Vancouver-made seats are not inexpensive, costing $299 USD. They're just down the road from Pinkbike's HQ, and I'll be visiting them for a fitting and to see how the process goes down, so stay tuned for a look at how they do it.