STYX - SADDLES

Styx Saddles are ergonomic, noseless bicycle saddles designed to reduce the problematic pressures placed on the body by traditional saddles. The hybrid 3D printed and wooden rod construction allows for a wide range of customisation, accommodating personal anatomy and riding styles. Selecting the material of the printed frame, seat width, timber species and thickness of the rods allows the suspension, comfort, ergonomics and aesthetics of the saddle to be fine tuned. Accessories to complement the Styx Saddles include a magnetic smart light, adjustable gel cushioning modules and lockable storage pods. Customise, accessorise and personalise your ride with Styx Saddles.

  • DATE- Oct, 2014
  • SOFTWARE-Solidworks, Keyshot, Photoshop
  • HARDWARE- 3D printer, electronics

STYX PROTOTYPE

The Styx prototype is constructed from 54 oak dowels held in tension by three frames of 3D printed ABS plastic. The sweeping dowel underside of the saddle requires multiple insertion angles into the frames, making it difficult to produce with injection moulding. 3D printing however is suited to this form and offers the use of various materials that can alter the suspension characteristics, facilitate tailored sizes for different riders and accommodate dowels of different thicknesses.

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