Comfortable Bicycle Seats
ISM Saddles are engineered to ensure health, comfort, and performance for all types of cyclists.
Whether you're a casual rider, a bicycle police officer riding on patrol all day, or even an elite triathlete, ISM Saddles has the ideal seat for your needs and situation. Our saddles are in use by hundreds of police departments, thousands of professional and amateur athletes, and countless casual riders around the world.
Until you've had the chance to feel our saddles for yourself, the next best way to evaluate their quality is to listen to our previous customers. These are people who have ridden on them, in some cases, for dozens of hours or more each week! See what they have to say...
Your saddles saved biking for me! I tried all kinds of others and they didn’t work. I was thinking I might have to give up biking. Then I tried ISM, and I’ve been biking 60-100 miles every week since! I will never ride anything other than ISM again, and have them installed on my both of my bikes!
I figured all seats are pretty much the same until I was introduced to yours. If anyone is considering recreational or competitive bike riding, they need to invest in purchasing one of your seats. The discomfort and soreness experienced previously is gone. Trust me...you will not be disappointed!
Since switching to ISM, I have noticed a drastic increase in my power output because of the way the saddle provides proper alignment to a riders pelvis and sit bones. Their technology has opened the eyes of riders who have been sitting uncomfortably and losing power.
NoTubes Pro Cycling Team
A friend had an ISM saddle that looked like it might be a solution, so I found a bike shop and I was able to demo a road saddle. After the ride, I bought it. A few weeks later, I bought a Century and I’m about to buy another road saddle for my latest bike. I will never ride anything else!
Salt Lake City, UT
What makes ISM saddles different?
Everyone claims their saddles are the best. They can't all be right, so let's take a minute to look at how our technology, materials, and craftsmanship truly separates our saddles from everyone else's.
ISM saddles are proven to have 100% blood flow for the rider due to their unique, patented design. Saddles based on traditional designs cause numbness and loss of blood flow to the genitals. We'll show you why this is the case, and how the setup of your ISM saddle must be different than a traditional saddle.
When the rider sits on a traditional saddle, the curved shape and narrow nose cause compression of the pudendal nerves and arteries shown here. Professional riders and coaches know that rotating your hips forward can increase power production, but this only worsens the nerve compression and loss of blood flow as the athlete rotates further onto their soft tissue.
In contrast, ISM saddles eliminate numbness and allow for 100% blood flow. The front arms of our saddles have a patented design and deep center channel, which supports the rider's pubic Rami bones, rather than putting weight on soft tissue areas.
There is no nerve impingement, even as the rider rotates their hips forward. Because of the unique design of ISM saddles, they must be set up differently than traditional seats. We'll outline these simple steps for you.
With traditional-style saddles, the rider tends to sit towards the rear with the saddle nose in between the rider's legs. ISM has eliminated the front two to three inches, or five to eight centimeters, of saddle nose, so the front of the saddle must be set up this much further to the rear.
If the saddle is not installed far enough back, it will feel too wide at the front. If you look at a front view, you'll also notice that ISM saddles sit slightly lower within the pelvis, compared to traditional saddles. Your ISM seat needs to be about five millimeters lower, in order to maintain the same body height.
As you can see, although the ISM saddle is further to the rear, and slightly lower than the traditional seat, the rider's position has not changed. ISM saddles simply move the seat to a more optimal location under the rider's body.
Which saddle is right for you?
Each of us are unique. We come in all different shapes and sizes, and we ride bikes for different reasons, so a one-size fits all approach to bike saddles simply doesn't work. Let's help you find one that's made specifically for your needs. Which best describes how you bike:
Our performance saddles are engineered to give athletes an edge to outperform the competition.View Performance Saddles »
Our comfort saddles are specifically designed to make riding easier and more enjoyable for casual riders.View Comfort Saddles »
The ISM Story
ISM is the brainchild of Steve Toll, an avid cyclist and swimmer living in Tampa, Florida. In the winter of 1997, following yet another painful bike ride with his wife, Laura, Steve sketched out a design for a seat he thought could eliminate the discomfort most riders experience on a traditional bike saddle. By 1999, with some assistance from his family, the concept was patented.
Over the years, ISM seats have helped propel Ironman wins, Olympic medals, Road Racing podium appearances, and countless age group victories. Pros and amateurs alike are finding riding and competing enjoyable again due in large part to riding the world's most comfortable bike seat.
Flash forward to present day—through hard work and tenacity, Steve has not only created a state-of-the-art bike saddle, he is also being sought out by experts in the cycling industry who want the opportunity to test and ride the ISM.
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