Prologo Nago Evo X15 Saddle
Prologo is a big name in road cycling, being an integral part of many of the major Tour teams. I'm not a road bike fan, so thankfully for us mountain bikers they now have a saddle designed for enduro racing. How do we know of its specificity? The name is in the title, of course, with X meaning 'Offoad' and 15 relating to the bike's wheel travel of 150mm. There are also X8 and X10 models of saddles which are suited to the kind of riding you would encounter on 80/100mm travel bikes. Prologo say the X15 has a half-round shape and better support for forward hip rotation and encompasses features learned from their road saddles. The X15 is 280mm long by 135mm wide to match your out of date rear hub. The 'Nack' carbon railed version we tested weighs in at 208grams, and the base is made using a carbon-fibre injection mould with a Microfibre and CPC (Connect Power Control) covering. The CPC is the where the technology is hidden (probably most of the expense too) in the thousands of tiny 'volcanoes', these little hollow rubber shapes could change your life according to Prologo, "The CPC system uses the kinetic power produced by the athlete to stimulate blood flow and eliminate tingling or numbness." They will also help you stick to your saddle by creating a vacuum effect to suck you down on to the seat; finally the CPC, "protects muscles, tendons and soft tissue stress, shock, vibration and oscillation that results from continuous pedalling, this reduces muscle fatigue, improving recovery time after riding" and, "it can improve airflow in that precious area." Wow! That's a lot of technology from tiny rubberised volcanoes. You can choose from black with red accents, or white with black and red. MSRP $302 USD / €249 Euros www.prologotouch.com
The CPC system uses hollow rubber 'volcanoes' to provide additional grip, and according to Prologo, helps protects muscles and tendons from excess shock and vibration created by pedaling.
|Well, to start with lets get that $302 price tag out of the way. For a saddle it's a lot of money, nearly as much as a hydraulic dropper post might set you back. But, if you have an 'Enduro Specific' frame, wheels, bars, spokes and training program, then why perch yourself on something designed for another purpose? Many people don't blink at a $4,000 frame so why should a top-of-the-range saddle be any different? The construction is of the highest quality and its injection-moulded, lightweight construction will match the optimised carbon layup in your downtube. Prologo offer a fitting service called MyOwn, and if you visit your local dealer, they will input the measurements of your ischial bones (ass-bones), lumbar flexibility, body mass index, riding style and price bracket in to a computer, after-which, out will pop the recommended saddle for you. I found the X15 really comfortable, it suited my derriere perfectly, and has been swapped onto most of my recent bikes. The CPC system does grip the crotch, even when it gets muddy, which helps prevent the slipping and sliding that can occur during seated pedaling. Through a pair of under-shorts and some thick winter mtb shorts, I couldn't feel any other benefits from this wonder material - like improved blood flow, better recovery or less tension on my tendons, but the post-purchase lighter wallet should relieve some lower back strain on a long enduro day. - Paul Aston|
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