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A DEBYA custom bike saddle, but for what purpose?

The DEBYA bike saddle is designed to fit any kind of cycling: road, gravel, triathlon, time trial, track or mountain biking, since your footprint is made on the bike you intend to use your saddle for.

How much does a DEBYA custom bike saddle cost?

The price is €499 incl. VAT for a custom bike saddle, adapted to your morphology: €449 for the design and manufacture of the saddle and €50 for the impression taken by a partner health professional.

Where can I buy a DEBYA bicycle saddle?

DEBYA bicycle saddles are available directly from our e-commerce site.

Why is the DEBYA saddle not padded?

We have chosen not to have any padding, because the saddle is perfectly adapted to your morphology. The padding on a "standard" saddle is only present to compensate for the fact that its shape is not adapted to your morphology. This choice has been tested and approved by our testers on rides of over 200 kilometers and up to 1000 kilometers.

Where can I have my impression taken?

At one of our partners, licensed healthcare professionals with postural study certification. Consult our map to find a partner near you. What's more, we'll be present at a number of events (cyclosportives, trade fairs, etc.).

Is my custom bike saddle UCI-approved?

If you are a UCI competitor, your DEBYA custom bike saddle will be designed to be installed in full compliance with articles 1.3.008 and 1.3.014 of these regulations governing saddle dimensions, inclination and setback. Our saddle has no lumbar support and scrupulously complies with UCI technical regulations.

What materials are used to make a DEBYA saddle?

Three years of research and development enabled us to select the ideal material to meet our specifications: a high-performance 3D-printed polymer. This material combines a certain suppleness (to accompany the micro-movements of the pelvis and filter out road irregularities) with sufficient rigidity for good power transmission.

How heavy is a DEBYA bicycle saddle?

Most bicycle saddles weigh less than 200 grams. As each saddle is unique and adapted to your morphology, the weight can vary by a few grams.

How long does it take to receive my DEBYA saddle?

Your custom bike saddle will go through several stages: 3D design, then printing and finally finishing. This process takes 30 working days. As a result, from the date of your DEBYA impression, expect to receive your saddle in less than a month and a half.

Are there any customization options available for DEBYA saddles?

Your saddle is made-to-measure, and can be customized in over 20 different finishes, in all RAL colors. You can also choose from two titanium rail colors (more coming soon...), and have your saddle engraved with your name. You'll be able to match your saddle to your bike and/or your desires.

Are DEBYA saddles suitable for several types of bikes?

DEBYA saddles are suitable for all types of cycling, including road cycling, track cycling, time trials, leisure mountain biking, cyclocross, etc. However, the saddle is adapted not only to your morphology, but also to your position on the bike on which the print is made. So for the same cyclist, the saddle will be different for a time trial bike and a mountain bike, for example.

What are the characteristics of the material used to create a DEBYA saddle?

Hundreds of thousands of kilometers accumulated by our beta testers and laboratory tests have enabled us to select the ideal material to meet our specifications.

This high-performance 3D-printed polymer combines a certain suppleness to absorb road irregularities and accompany the micromovements of your pelvis, with sufficient rigidity to transmit power while guaranteeing exceptional durability.

Are there any testimonials or reviews from cyclists who have used the DEBYA saddle?

After more than 150 saddles sold in France and beyond, you can find all the testimonials here (link to go to: Ma selle DEBYA sur mesure) at the bottom of the "because their opinion counts" page.

How is the impression taken for the DEBYA saddle?

It is essential that the recording is carried out in the optimum pedaling position. This means making sure you're well positioned on your bike, ideally by carrying out a postural study beforehand. Once these prerequisites have been verified, a dynamic recording of the cyclist's perineal envelope is made.

To achieve this, a self-developed and patented impression tray is positioned on the cyclist's bike, which is itself placed on a home-trainer. On this impression tray, we add an impression material (a silicone used in dental prosthetics, ensuring very high precision and lasting dimensional stability). The cyclist is invited to pedal during the polymerization phase, which lasts around 8 minutes. The impression is therefore global and dynamic.

How does the DEBYA saddle manage to be comfortable despite the absence of foam?

It's the perfect adaptation of the custom-made saddle to the rider's support surfaces that makes the use of liners unnecessary, if not counterproductive. The foams that usually cover standard saddles are there to compensate more or less effectively for this lack of adaptation. Our saddle does away with this, because you'll be at one with it: its surface, an exact replica of your functional support surfaces recorded during the imprint, follows you through every micromovement of the pelvis associated with pedaling, eliminating the risk of overheating or irritation. No risk of your DEBYA saddle sagging after tens of thousands of kilometers!

What are the steps from ordering to delivery of a DEBYA saddle?

You take your impression at a DEBYA partner, a health and bikefitting professional, then your impression is sent to be digitized using a 3D scanner at our premises in Breuvannes-en-Bassigny (52), where we design your saddle using CAD software. Your saddle is then manufactured using 3D printing, and the manual finishing stages are carried out in our workshops. Finally, your saddle is delivered to you ready for installation on your bike.

Are there any guides or recommendations to help you install your DEBYA saddle?

When your saddle is delivered, we provide you with a summary sheet (height, recoil and inclination) so that you can precisely reposition your saddle on your seatpost. After that, you'll need to make a neuromuscular adjustment during your first few rides, so that your body understands that you're using areas of support that you're not used to.

What influences or collaborations contributed to the design of DEBYA saddles?

To find all this information, visit our About us page.

Does DEBYA offer accessories or equipment to complement the saddles?

Yes, DEBYA has developed and designed a range of textiles to match saddles perfectly. Find out more about our products here!

What are the reasons why cyclists opt for a DEBYA saddle rather than a traditional saddle?

There are many reasons for this, depending on your use.

  • Saddle durability
  • Greater comfort
  • Improved posture
  • A gain in performance
  • Customization options

Is the DEBYA saddle suitable for cycling activities other than competition, such as cycle touring or velotaf?

The DEBYA saddle is suitable for all types of cycling activities and for all levels, whether you're riding at 10 kilometers per hour or 50 kilometers per hour, the DEBYA saddle will meet your requirements.

Is there a guarantee associated with DEBYA stools?

DEBYA goes far beyond the legal two-year warranty: the DEBYA saddle is guaranteed for life!

What's more, DEBYA also offers a complete cosmetic coating repair service (paint, hydrodipping and varnish). You can also use this service to change your look!

Why don't DEBYA saddles have a central recess like many of its competitors?

The pressure distribution provided by the anatomical-functional imprint allows us to do away with the central recess that has become common on commercial saddles, but which is counter-productive in the case of a custom-made saddle, since by reducing the bearing surfaces, the central recess "solution" increases pressure in the remaining areas, i.e. the lateral ones, where eminently sensitive anatomical elements such as the pudendal nerve in Alcock's canal pass through.

Our anatomical-functional footprint, created by healthcare professionals, records the optimal support surfaces, thus avoiding deleterious compression.

I suffer from pudendal nerve problems. Is your saddle suitable for this type of problem?

We work with healthcare professionals who are qualified to assess pudendal pathologies, and who are able to transmit all the data needed to create ideally placed discharge zones if necessary, in addition to the dynamic recording of your support surfaces, which already enables optimal pressure distribution.

Isn't there a risk of compression of the pudendal nerve on a full saddle?

Confusion has arisen from the common use of the singular to refer to the pudendal artery, the pudendal nerve or Alcock's canal. It's easy to imagine that these are medial structures, all the more so as the manifestations of compressive syndromes are medial. But this is not the case! All these anatomical elements are even and symmetrical: there is a right pudendal artery and a left pudendal artery, etc... The course of these anatomical elements is essentially lateral, in particular along the medial surfaces of the ischial tuberosities and ischio-pubic arches. It is therefore primarily narrow stools that cause compression of these anatomical elements, whose purpose is the vascularization and innervation of the external genitalia, leading to downstream symptomatology, i.e. anterior and medial to the points of compression.