A new heat-moldable saddle: Landyachtz Reform

Plug in saddle, pedal on a trainer, let it cool

Heat-moldable shoes have been a thing in cycling for a few years. Now we have a heat-moldable saddle, thanks to the folks at Landyachtz, a Canadian longboard company that has branched into bikes.

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The Reform saddle comes in three styles with the same technology: heat-activated segments that are sandwiched between a lower carbon shell and a leather-covered foam upper. 

When a Reform saddle is plugged in with a USB cable, the segments underneath the sit bones heat up. Next, the rider pedals their bike on a trainer for a few minutes in their normal riding position. The last step is to climb off and let the saddle cool and form.

Landyachtz has three Forum saddle shapes
Landyachtz has three Forum saddle shapes
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Most saddle companies operate on the theory that most of your weight is supported by your sit bones, the lower protrusions of your pelvis. A number of brands offer multiple saddle widths, as sit-bone width varies like any other part of the human body from person to person.

But no company has ever produced a saddle (at least to my knowledge) that can adapt to left/right discrepancies as well. 

Electricity flows into the saddle via the USB port
Electricity flows into the saddle via the USB port
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The Reform comes in three shapes for $299, and Landyachtz, for now, will only be able to offer the heat-molding service through participating shops, a list of which has not yet been specified. Perhaps in the future, a DIY kit could be included with the saddle.

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Landyachtz does claim that the Reform saddles can be molded and remolded several times, although a single session should suffice.

The carbon base and leather cover look high-end and standard enough, but the heat-moldable segments are anything but
The carbon base and leather cover look high-end and standard enough, but the heat-moldable segments are anything but
Ben Delaney / Immediate Media