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Gelu Carbon Creations – The lightest saddle in the world

Gelu Carbon Creations is a company that was created in 2013 by Anghel Ivanof. Anghel has been connected to the composites industry that, for over 30 years In the early 90s, he began his nautical adventure with the manufacture and repair of numerous carbon components for racing boats, including sports such as canoeing, rowing, windsurfing, and surfing. In 1999 he entered the world of advanced aeronautics composites. Anghel has begun to apply the knowledge gained in this area to the world of cycling since the year 2005. 

Gelu Carbon Creations can be customized estimated delivery time 6-8 weeks. All customized items must be paid in full in advance.

How to create the perfect cycling saddle.

For reasons of economy and ease of production, the structure of modern saddles has been designed in plastic and steel and is being used by most brands since these cheap materials allow massive production at a low cost. However, the plastic is very malleable and does not support the weight of the cyclist without deforming and so the solution found was to move the ends of the rails in the back to coincide with the tips of the bones of the basin, the ischia*, and in these saddles, this is the only non-flexible area. All the rest of the upper part is pliable and is usually sponge-and-napped and operates according to the “cushion logic”, where the “tips” of the ischia are supposed to be accommodated in the same sponge, and the choice of the right saddle is directly related to the distance between these two points. This upper part in most cases is flat and does not have any ergonomic shape, since it is supposed to “sink” with the weight of the cyclist and mold to the bones of the basin.

One of the great problems of these saddles is that after a few tens of kilometers, the sponge is flattened in the only non-flexible zone of the saddle making the tips of the ischial ones against the plastic base, literally to bear much of the weight of the cyclist in about 3 mm on each side. The remaining bone structure will simply never find the necessary support because the plastic, with the pressure, will be in constant deformation.

Another major problem of common saddles with little or no opening in the frontal part is the pressure in the pedestrian zone (prostate) and this is one of the problems faced by cyclists, especially men, causing various problems of the urological lining. This is the result of constant pressure on the pedal vein, which passes in that zone at 15 mm on either side of the axis of the body. Even next to this vein passes the nerve that has the same name and when pressed, usually responds immediately, causing dormant legs or back pain easily confused with sciatica.

So, what is the logic of our saddles, and what makes them different?

Our saddles are the result of many years of research, testing, and feedback from a number of cyclists who have simply never been able to fit into any type of “normal” saddle, and along with the valuable indications of our orthopedic doctor, we have come to the conclusion of which the great reason for the discomfort in these saddles lies in the fact that the top is flexible between the front and rear supports of the rails.

So, we risk challenging logic, and we develop a new saddle concept, which makes us unique.

For manufacturing, we have chosen a pre-impregnated carbon of the latest generation of this material, which is commonly used in the aerospace industry, to have unique characteristics such as excellent rigidity, high vibration absorption capacity, and very low weight.

The configuration is different from the usual because it implies fitting the saddle into the bones of the basin following its inclination at about 3 to 4 cm on each side while leaving the tips of the ischia without any pressure. To achieve this, we had to draw the side flaps of our saddles with the same curvature as the bony structure of the basin, and at this point, it was crucial of the intervention of our orthopedic doctor (all our models are orthopedically certified).

Up to now, we have designed six different models, all with lateral flexion capability of about five degrees, and from G (the most inclined) to K (the flattest) we can cover practically all types of bone configurations in the basin (angle and/or curvature).

Our rails are also different, and around ​​the back glue is parallel. This is a key detail because it allows a slight flexion in the lateral flaps of the upper part that can thus follow and also compensate for the angles of the bone structure as well as any type of asymmetry of the same.

Another feature that distinguishes our saddles is the generous opening in the pedestrian zone, and with more than 30 mm between the upper edges of the central channel, all our models eliminate any type of pressure completely, and this detail is significant because it avoids or helps to solve, various urological or physical problems of urological or physical.

Our priority has always been comfort, and therefore we bet on the development of something completely innovative, using top materials, which also allowed us excellent performances in weight and quality of our saddles. The reduced weight on a saddle has a direct influence on the performance of a bicycle, especially when standing, sprinting or climbing, as it almost eliminates the pendulum effect and helps lower the center of gravity, making it much more stable above all with the wet floor.

Finally, we are proud to say that, thanks to the work of a team of excellent professionals, we have managed to create something new and recognized worldwide: one of the most comfortable saddles and at the same time the lightest saddles in the world!

Order Procedure

When you are interested in ordering, keep in mind that we may not carry stock, please check with us first. Once you reach out to us, we can check with the manufacturer if your desired model is available or if it needs to be made.

In best case scenario, the manufacturer has your model in stock and can ship it within a few days. The entire order procedure can still take around three weeks. It takes a few days for the manufacturer to send an invoice, get the shipment out, etc.

If your desired model is not in stock with the manufacturer, it can take 6–8 weeks, and if you wish a special design even longer depending on how sophisticated your artwork/design is. Thank you for your understanding. In any case, the wait is worth the while, as you will then own a unique piece of carbon that will bring you joy for many years if you take good care of it.