The eZone is the result of a study into e-bike users, which identified that a number of performance characteristics could mean that they benefit from a saddle specifically for use with e-bikes.
Selle Royal conducted the research in collaboration with world leading designers at BMW Group subsidiary Designworks. This isn't the first e-bike saddle, there has been others that have a handle on the back for making an e-bike easier to move around; however Selle Royal say theirs is the first to actually consider a difference in saddle design. The eZone draws on research that suggests accidents involving e-bike users are often because of excessive throttle application from a dead stop or when shifting to a higher gear. This is partly due to slippage from flatter saddles, so the eZone is raised at the rear to prevent this, called the 'eFit' design. There are also 'wings' at the side supported with rubber inserts for greater feel and tractability.
The saddle is also padded with 3D Skingel, a tridimensional gel structure that reduces pressure peaks by up to 40%.
The fibreglass eGrip handle is integrated into the sadle rail, for easy manoeuvring while maintaining increased battery and accessory access.
Selle Royal will first present the new eZone saddle at the Eurobike show in Germany at the end of August. The SRP will be £80, and it will be available to buy through Selle Royale retailers from October this year.