I’ve tried a number of different saddles some with cut outs, some without. I’m now pretty happy with my usual seat, a Charge Spoon. Happy enough that I’ve got them on three different bikes. It’s simple, cheap and as comfortable as anything I’ve tried. That’s not to say it’s perfect. On a long ride I still find myself a little sore from the constant pressure. I notice that I stand up on the pedals as much for relief of my backside as for a different pedalling motion.

If you’re not so comfortable, I should point out that there are a lot of things to adjust before changing the saddle. Huge improvements can be made in most cases by tilting the saddle a little or adjusting the bike to balance weight between hands, hips and feet. I’ve done all the bike fit tweaks and still suspect there’s room for improvement on my longer rides.

So I thought I’d try something different. Really different in fact. The Infinity L2 Bike Seat is a very unusual shape. At £295 it’s also more than ten times the price of the Spoon. So I found a UK supplier willing to hire them out. Even that is £55 including postage. However, if I’d paid the full price I’d probably be convincing myself it was a great saddle so as not to feel I’d wasted my money!

Black leather saddle with large Y-shaped cut-outI won’t give a long description of L2, but direct you to the seat’s science page. The idea is to remove the two main points of pressure, your sit bones. Instead they’re cradled in the space within the outer frame. The official set up video, like all US instructional videos includes the phrase “go ahead and…” about six times per minute. It rushes through some vague measurements and suggests moving the seat post down when fitting the saddle. Oddly, I had to move mine up about 20mm as did other reviewers. I suspect the video is more about promoting the saddle than helping people to adjust it correctly.

Trying it out

I tried the saddle for a week, at first on my turbo trainer, only for about ten minutes. My legs ached. This is probably because I needed to move the seat post up.

That seemed to help and over the next two rides I moved it up a little more and felt more powerful again. I guess a proper bike fit would be needed to get this spot on.

Black infinity saddle on road bike in country laneThe first good thing I noticed was that bumps and rough ground hurt less. Normally I’d wince or lift myself off the saddle. At first I thought my rear tyre had gone soft, but it was fine. The Infinity bike seat seems to provide more suspension, or maybe it’s simply that I’d feel these bumps threatening to bruise my sit bones and the Infinity’s large cut-out meant my sit bones weren’t in contact with the saddle. I did feel a bit of extra pressure where the inside of my upper thighs rubbed the outer edge of the saddle. I can’t say for sure if this would turn into a painful bruise on longer rides nor whether tweaking the angle would improve things.

I don’t have any power measurements, but I’d say I rode about as fast as usual for similar effort.

Conclusion

For the two relatively short rides I used this saddle for, I’d say the Infinity L2 was the most comfortable saddle I’ve tried. Though for reference I’m not a professional reviewer and I’ve probably only tried about ten different saddles, six of them recently. Secondly, while the Infinity claims to be suitable for a wide range of body shapes, saddles tend to be a matter of personal preference, so your experience is likely to be different to mine. I thought the seat gave comfort where it was needed most, more like being in a hammock than on a seat.

On the downside, the price. Including postage it’s over £300 from UK supplier Ten Point. You can buy a basic bike for that. There’s nothing obvious in the construction of this seat that would justify that. There are no carbon nanotubes woven with unobtainium. It probably wasn’t made in zero-gravity out of unicorn tears. The plastic and leather materials seem similar to those of saddles less than a quarter of the price, that are themselves considered to be premium saddles. What you’re paying for, no doubt is the research that allowed this unique design, which was presumably extensive.

A more salient question for the consumer is simply whether the extra comfort is worth it. When riding LEL a cyclist might say they’d pay anything not to have saddle sores and perhaps this saddle would help. But there are many cheaper saddles to try, especially if you take the approach of buying an old one on eBay to see if it works for you and reselling it if it doesn’t.

If the Infinity L2 cost £60 I’d already have bought one. As it is I’m still thinking about it.

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6 Comments

  1. Hi, I am a massive fan of these seats, they work for me,& comfort wise nothing comes close! I have have bought & used 3 over 4& half years. Mine were all “N” model I guess that means “naked” as no padding or leather cover. Having clocked up approx 9000mls (all 3 combined) on these saddles I never had any pressure on soft tissue or sit bones, I mean zero!!. But, unfortunately all 3 snapped, (just outboard of where end of rails go into sockets at rear). I was gutted the first time this happened as I had gone through 6 other saddles & as you mentioned e-bayed the lot, I had just found cycling heaven!! & this happens. I have been in touch with Infinity, trying to find out if saddles have been strengthened. I am 5ft11in & 200lbs so no climber but not exactly super heavyweight. Can’t seem to get a straight answer from Infinity. I am currently doing my own research as to whether saddles have been improved/modified/strengthened, (there is no weight limit) & and on Infinity’s own sites testimonials there are guys substantially bigger,taller,heavier than myself, apparently having no problem with these saddles, my 3 saddles were used only on road, my policy is “buy good gear & look after it”. That is my bitter sweet experience of the Infinity seat. P.s. should I find that the problem with seats failing has been resolved I wouldn’t hesitate to buy another, for what it’s worth.

    1. Hi Anthony,
      Thanks for your comment. I’m also keen on buying good things which should last as you’ll see from my posts on customer-service. I’m surprised that Infinity didn’t offer you a replacement, even if the product is out of warranty. With such a niche market they have to rely heavily on their reputation. I believe this is the reason that Hope, Brompton and Rohloff have offered free repairs in a lot of cases where other, larger companies would not. Obviously you are very impressed with the comfort that you got from these saddles, but if it was me I wouldn’t buy another without a warranty. I don’t think it’s acceptable for a saddle to break as quickly as that, especially as it’s so expensive.

      Good luck finding an alternative. I’m currently riding the Specialised Power Expert. It does give some pressure on the sit bones, but soft tissue pressure is negligible, even in the lower, more aero positions I’m now using.

      1. Hi James, yes Infinity give you 30 days to send seat back. That’s plenty of time to “dial seat in” at which point I was ecstatic with result. After my 1st saddle broke I emailed Infinity, but got no reply. My 3rd seat broke at beginning of lockdown, I contacted Infinity again & after exchanging polite emails back & forth they sent a copy of an email which they apparently sent to me after contacting them about my 1st seat breaking. The email offered me a new saddle as long as I covered the shipping cost $25 at the time (so not much at all, i would have jumped at the chance) also, their records showed that I had paid this & they had sent me a replacement!! Firstly I never received this email & secondly I didn’t send them $25 for shipping costs!! How could I if didn’t receive email in the first place?. Anyway, maybe email was sent but I certainly never got it. Quite odd that according to their records they replaced my seat & I’d apparently paid the shipping!!!. Anyway here’s hoping they’ve sorted problem so I can get comfy again! Ps looked at Specialized Power range but plumped for Bontrager aeolus in the end. It’s good over 60 miles & no soft tissue pressure but over 60 miles it starts feeling too hard, so still experimenting in the meantime. Anyway happy cycling James, cheers.

  2. I have had my first infinity snap and they have just sold me another one with a $75 disocunt but I had to pay FedEX £77 in customs which I never knew and was never advised about. The seats are major comfy but if this one snaps I wont ever get another one. Thye assured me they have changed the structure but lets wait and see.

    1. Mark,

      I hired one from Ten Point. They now seem to do demos as part of a “Guru bike fit” which wasn’t what I tried. I paid full-price for a demo saddle, then got a partial refund when I returned it. It was still very expensive and their customer service was not especially friendly and helpful, so I’m not sure how strongly I could recommend them.

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