INTRODUCING THE SWITCHGRADETM
A GAME CHANGING NEW BIKE COMPONENT THAT LETS YOU CHANGE YOUR SADDLE ANGLE AND EFFECTIVE SEAT TUBE ANGLE ON DEMAND.
Born on the trails, crafted in a garage, tested on rowdiest dirt on the planet.
Developed and refined over 3 years, the patent-pending SwitchGradeTM ushers in a new era of innovative and disruptive thinking. Engineered to withstand the world's most demanding terrain, the SwitchGrade was conceived on the fabled North Shore mountains, tested in Whistler, and proven on the slabs of Squamish and loamers of the Fraser Valley. Burly and bold just like the trails found in beautiful British Columbia, Canada.
LEVEL THE CLIMBS
Tilt the saddle nose down to create a level platform to counter steep grades and offset ever-slackening seat tube angles caused by suspension sag.
Instantly improve traction, keep the front wheel weighted, and spin up in comfort.
Pivot the saddle nose up like pro downhillers and enduro racers for added control and more room to maneuver your bike underneath you.
Steer with added precision through berms, in the air, and down gnarly lines.
ROLL WITH IT
Keep the saddle level for rolling terrain and be ready for anything. Say goodbye to numbness and pain.
Change saddle tilt on-the-fly: up for the steeps, down for the climbs, level for good times.
Power, efficiency, and comfort on the way up. Room to get rowdy on The Way Down
Mountain bike trails, paved roads, and gravel paths aren't flat so why should your saddle be?
Ever wonder why DH racers tilt their saddles nose high while trail and XC riders don't? It's all about optimizing your riding position. As riders we tinker with suspension settings, tire air volumes, handlebar roll and yet neglect a critical aspect associated with performance - saddle angle. The SwitchGrade let's you discover a new dimension of riding performance, efficiency, and comfort, no matter what discipline of cycling you love.
So Many Challenges.
One Simple Solution.
Research1 shows that climbing is easier when the angle of your bike saddle is adjusted in a nose-down position.
SwitchGrade benefits for climbing:
Generate more power by improving biomechanical efficiency
Offset incline grades, effectively rendering climbs flat
Counter the effects of suspension sag, especially for long-travel bikes in the 150mm+ range.
Riding with more open torso and hip angles provides increased mid-stroke power and efficient spinning while relieving pain and discomfort
Have a stable platform, support, and 'push-point' to maximize pedaling efficiency and reduce fatigue
1 "Adjusted saddle position counteracts the modified muscle activation patterns during uphill cycling", Fonda, Panjan, Markovic, Sarabon
Tired arms from trying to stop dreaded backside slide
Exhausted core caused by bending over, trying to keep weight over bars
Back pain experienced on long extended climbs
Burned out legs and knee strain from inefficient and exaggerated pedaling downstroke
Front wheel lifts off the ground due to short rear centre or chainstays
Numbness experienced in groin region due to increased pressure on perineum
Saddle related pain caused by sustained pressure on the 'sit bones' or ischial tuberosity
Discomfort caused by sitting on the pointy nose of the saddle while attempting to increase rear wheel traction
Loss of wheel traction due to forward biased centre of mass leading to inadvertent unweighting of rear
Getting hung up on shorts on re-entry
Rear portion of saddle causes interference leading to abrasions and unwanted contact
Seatposts and saddles with high stack height means difficulty getting the saddle out of the way for descents
Tall seat tubes hamper the ability to slam saddles down and out of the way
Interrupted seat tubes makes it impossible to insert long travel dropper seatposts far enough into the frame meaning lots of exposed post and less clearance
The gravity set: pro downhill, enduro, and slalom racers, along with the aerial artists competing in slopestyle and freeride events, all know that a nose-up tilted saddle gives them a distinct advantage because of the extra clearance they gain by having the saddle completely out of the way, not to mention providing an effective safety barrier. They also know that a bike saddle tilted nose high helps with increased steering precision allowing them to manipulate their saddles between their knees and thighs for carving berms and piloting their bikes in the air.
SwitchGrade benefits for descending:
More room to maneuver over and around your saddle
Easy exit and entry off and on your bike saddle as you shimmy down rock gardens, steep chutes and root-filled lines
Perfect solution for riders with shorter inseams who want the benefits of a long dropper seatpost but are limited by interrupted seat tube design
Angling down provides a measure of protection and effectively safeguards against accidental brushes with the rear of saddle
The Buzz is Building...
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