Landyachtz's Reformable Carbon Fiber Seat - Interbike 2017

Sep 20, 2017
by Mike Levy  
Interbike 2017

Interbike 2017


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.


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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.


Interbike 2017
Interbike 2017


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.






80 Comments

  • + 34
 that is rad except for when you get fat and have to explain to the bike shop why you are gaining weight and need your seat remolded.
  • + 51
 Actually this is rad for that exact reason.
  • + 5
 @seraph: if you could remold at home then you wouldnt face the shame of walking into the shop when you gain weight.
  • + 20
 Getting fat doesn't move where your sit bones are. So wouldn't the seat still work just fine?

Disclaimer: I've been blessed with a pretty consistent weight for a long time, so I may be totally wrong.
  • + 9
 Just more motivation to ride your bike more and get un-fat.
  • + 23
 Seat designed around people getting fat? f*ckin' ebikes man!
  • + 6
 Not an issue as gaining weight doesn't change your sit bones.
  • + 4
 They knew why when you walked back through the door.
  • - 9
flag mhoshal (Sep 21, 2017 at 6:15) (Below Threshold)
 @maxyedor: I love how losers can turn anything on pinkbike into a "e bike" hate comment. Its just too bad you don't have lives so you have to wait on pb for the next article to pop up so you can bash something that yet again has nothing to do with these articles!!

PS.

E bikes are here to stay whether you like it or not!!
  • + 28
 Seems excessive? But hey, if you need help spending your money, having a custom molded seat isn't a bad way to go.

Still cheaper than a pair of high end flat pedals from CB.
  • + 6
 Ouch CB...
  • + 7
 It is expensive, but if you're a roadie, you spend 2-3 hours a day in the saddle. Thats a part time job every week! Comfort like that really adds up. The ski boots are a good analogy. People don't think twice on spending $300 for a pair of molded ski boots, heck its a steal at that price!
  • + 15
 @hamncheez: where are you getting 300 dollar ski boots that are half decent?
  • + 1
 @adrennan: Pro deal, now that I think about it! And the heat treatment is extra!
  • + 5
 @hamncheez: ski boots don't have a heating element in them at all times should the need to reshape them arise. With this seat if its ever a bit chilly you could hook the remolding element up to a portable charger and have a warm ass during your ride.
  • + 8
 @hamncheez: like a said, not a bad way to spend $300 if you have it laying around. I do think you should be able to find a quality saddle that fits you for half the price, but I imagine they won't have trouble selling these to people who love custom fitted items.

And skiing is ridiculous. A winter season pass at my local mountain is ~$1000. That's for a few months of lift service without any idea of how good of a winter it will be. And I'm complaining while also contemplating which credit card to put that season pass on....

I'm picking up trail running as my next hobby I think. I can't handle all of these expensive hobbies.
  • + 7
 @JaredHarzan: until you need to buy your $400 trail running shoes, the goofy shorts with the slits in the sides, the tech shirts, the sweat caps, the running specific shades, the heart monitor, the GPS watch, etc. Then, you and your trail running group is planning trips all over the place to run other tails...

There is no such thing as a cheap hobby if you are the type of person to always go all in.
  • + 1
 @hamncheez: Good deal. Retail on a pair of high end ski boots (alpine or touring) including basic fitting is gonna run ya $700-900CAD. Add in another $200 for custom fit Intuition liners. Or you can go all out at a place like Surefoot for $1,200+.

Makes a custom saddle fit look cheap.
  • + 1
 @JaredHarzan: As a skiier I cannot like this comment enough
  • + 2
 @JaredHarzan: thank god colorado is on crack when it comes to pricing season passes. get a couple mountains on a pass for 400 bucks. you just have to be willing to deal with I-70...
  • + 2
 @Dethphist: Related: Addidas just sent me an email about UltraBOOST running shoes.

It's starting...
  • + 1
 @JaredHarzan: In college, I was a sales rep for ski resorts in Park City and Snowbird. I got a free pass (sometimes two if I sold well) every season. I was an officer in the Skiing club so making sales took almost no effort. Since college is a joke, I was on the mountain 55+ days a winter.
  • + 23
 Why does nobody leave comments on vital?
Legit question.
  • + 71
 They're too busy riding
  • - 2
 @b1k35c13nt15t: they just have less traffic. There has to be a certain level of traffic for critical mass to make something go viral. I've been involved with a few websites that almost hit that cusp, then they died completely.
  • + 6
 I find vital's comment architecture clunky. Thats why i dont comment there as much
  • + 8
 Because most people are older than 18
  • + 1
 Because they are illiterate.
Why do you think vital content is only videos and pictures ?
  • + 12
 If your friend has one of these, i see a good prank right before a race with a lot of pedaling. Find a donor ass that is really boney and borrow it for a few minutes to deform the saddle.
  • + 1
 Please f up the only thing that makes me happy anymore.
  • + 12
 Someone needs to tweak the heating elements and market this toward winter riders as a hemorrhoid prevention device.
  • + 10
 Do I really want a seat that is molded to my butt? Wouldn't that create more rubbing and friction?
  • + 4
 Ya totally. I don't think the seat that's the right shape for somebody is actually the exact shape of your ass?
If it yields where the hard spots pressure the carbon that just means the other soft spots that don't make the carbon yield start to take more pressure than they should.
I think I'll trust seat companies for seats and I'll trust skaters for... very little actually. Being dicks to bikers at the skatepark?
Ya I can definitely count on them for that.
Chromag moon all the way.
  • - 2
 @jflb: STAY THE FK OUT OF THE SKATEPARK WITH YOUR DAMN BICYCLE. It's a 'skate'park, get it?
  • + 1
 @ProSpeedRacer:
Oh hahaha
You're one of those a*sholes hey?
Remember when skateboarding was a crime?
Do you see the irony in you excluding other user groups from enjoying a publicly funded facility like a skate park now that they're being built everywhere?
They're just called skateparks. But the fact is everyone can and should enjoy them.
Sounds like bullshit segregation to me.
You wanna raise your kids that way?
  • - 1
 @jflb: I imagine you didn't do too well in school, so I will refrain from such name calling as 'f*cking retard' and the like. But let me help you: they are called skateparks for a reason, because they are purpose built facilities for SKATE BOARDING. You wouldn't ride a skidoo in a hockey rink just because it's cold, well maybe you would. Go ride your bike at the pump track or BMX track or trails etc. shit head.
  • + 6
 Finding the right saddle is like finding a good woman. You hang on for life. Like my WTB SST Team Issue saddle. Old as fuck like me but the best saddle for my ass. I've tried them all. Now I just mine Ebay for NOS ones that pop up.and always have a spare or 2.
  • + 10
 Damn first e-bikes and now e-saddles! Frown
  • + 8
 USD port is right. You just pump $ into it.
  • + 8
 ok cool I'll still get a Chromag though
  • + 3
 Cromag ftw
  • + 4
 What happens when you're transporting your bike in the hot sun, you unload 'er, and you lay the bike on the ground while you're loading your beers and gummy bears into your pack?
  • + 5
 Had to read the headline twice, I had no idea that Landy made bike related goods!
  • + 3
 Check their urban bikes, they're super sick I almost bought one then I realised I'd never ride it, it would stay on my wall or as a "modern art" piece in my living room
  • + 6
 E-BIKES ARE MOPEDZ!!!!111!!!
  • + 0
 I agree. There is no such thing as an "e-bike" - there are bikes and mopeds.
  • + 2
 Surprised they haven't come up with something that can be moulded at home. I have heated and moulded several pair of ski boots--shells and liners. Pretty easy to do at home; they make the stuff so a stoned 19 year-old can do it without much drama at the shop.
  • + 2
 Why put the heating elements in the seat? Why not have a heater/heat gun/ low temp oven. When ski boots are form fit they don't have their own heating elements. Is it that hard/crucial to get all of the foam to the exact right temp to go through the hassle of building in heating elements.
  • + 3
 Despite being somewhat well connected in the longboarding community, and knowing multiple people that worked at Landyachtz. I never knew they had any hand in the bike market, weird.
  • + 2
 They have a really cool shop where they are welding custom frames too. No mountain bikes as of yet but some pretty nice looking road bike frames.
  • + 3
 To spend $299 for a seat it would have to come with a built-in artificial vagina...
  • + 3
 Perhaps I'll be able to plug it into my e-bike and it will form as I ride....
  • + 3
 Not sure if this is 29er enough for me to buy it...?
  • + 4
 does it vape tho?
  • + 2
 I saw a guy downtown where I live vaping, rollerblading and with the gucci wraparound shades on. Vape-charging e-bike seats are the next step...
  • + 1
 Epic product but are we going to get a dealer network in Ireland/ UK/ Europe or will we have to wait for a holiday to Whistler to get one moulded?
  • + 1
 So does this heat up the carbon and make it malleable? Or is there another type of material that it's heating up?
  • + 5
 No, just the foam. Not the carbon. Sorry, I wasn't clear on that in the article.
  • + 3
 that is not a usb port
  • + 1
 this looks like an e-bike or commuter bike accessory...to each his/her own, i guess..
  • + 1
 Maybe I can ditch the hot uncomfortable chamois by using one of these seats.
  • + 2
 TIL that Landyachtz makes more than just longboards
  • + 1
 They've been into hand made road frames for a few years now. They are gorgeous bikes.
  • + 2
 Seriously! What's next Blank Stare
  • + 1
 This is a somewhat surprising departure from longboards. Is this their first foray into saddle design?
  • + 1
 In my experience shape is just part of the equation... foam, shell and rails, combined are just as important
  • + 1
 I think what I'm reading is.. Heated saddle in the winter..
  • + 1
 They do make nice longboards!
  • + 1
 They make cool bikes too. And sweet skate boards. Very cool shop.
  • + 1
 I'd get one if I was rich, cool idea
  • + 0
 If I want to buy it I have to pronounce the brand at the shop... ok a selle Italia then!
  • + 4
 It's not that hard? Land-yacht. It's not an ocean yacht it's a land yacht.
  • + 2
 Never mind ????‍♂️
  • + 1
 put it in the oven at home, same idea
  • + 1
 Thank you, Assmaster
  • + 1
 Love the flooring...
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