|“The first time you sit on the Rido it feels, well, weird. It’s immediately obvious that you’re using a different part of your behind. It’s not uncomfortable though, your weight is just supported a bit further back, and after a few rides you get used to the position. You do notice that there’s no pressure up front, and the bits of your rear that you are sitting on are well suspended by the dual density base and padded sections. It’s a lot more comfortable than it looks.
The main aim of the Rido, though, is to eliminate pressure where it’s not wanted. I have to say I’m impressed, and convinced that it’s an improvement: even on long rides there’s no issues with pain or numbness. I’m not a big sufferer in this regard anyway, but if you are then the R2 is definitely worth a punt: it’s not an expensive unit and could be the answer to your prayers.
Verdict: The Rido is designed to relieve the pressure on your parts and it’s a success. If numbness or discomfort is an issue for you, you should check out the R2. Weight weenies might want to wait for the Carbon version, as the heavy R2 is more suited to commuter or leisure bikes.”
“Easing yourself back slightly while climbing does allow you to use that rear saddle height to push against and the lack of flex means there is no loss of power. The same is true when you are using your handlebar drops; the saddle allows you to get the power down because you have a platform to dig yourself in against. The 40mm nose width shouldn’t see any rubbing for those with sprinters’ thighs either.
The build quality looks very good and after 700 miles of use there isn’t a single mark on it. The titanium rails are standard diameter and will fit pretty much any seatpost clamp, as you’d expect.
Verdict: I’m really impressed with the R-Lt and taking everything mentioned above, plus a price of £69.99, it’s a bargain. If you suffer from numbness or saddle discomfort give one a go. If you don’t suffer in this way, well, it’s still worth giving it a go. It’s perfect for any style of performance riding.”
“Winner: Best Folding / Commuting Saddles 2016 – RIDO is not just a company that makes saddles. It is a company that truly understands saddles. It is this innate passion for making better products that resulted in RIDO being known as an innovative company which engineers saddles that are both good-looking and ergonomically-designed. These are the key reasons why riders from the folding bike and commuting bike communities favour RIDO saddles over any other saddle brand.”
“I found the saddle to be very strange at first. The angle at which I set the saddle was not correct for me and after a couple of adjustments I was able to set myself up with a position that provided the optimal comfort.
Furthermore, there is a space between the two angled parts at the back of the saddle, which has meant that I felt no pressure on the perineum whatsoever, and I’ve had no discomfort or numbness since.
“This is a relatively new company, offering a completely new product. Using your sit bones as opposed to your perineum or crotch for support makes sense, but often saddles designed to support only the sit bones look odd, because they have no nose. This presents problems when you need to turn sharply and support the bike with your thigh.
The Rido looks conventional while doing a grand job of supporting the correct part of your anatomy. It’s definitely worth checking out if your suffer from perineal pain or just want to spend more time in the saddle.”
|“The best in comfort”
Coverage of the Dahon Curve D3 and the RIDO R2 saddle in major Singapore newspaper
“The saddle is quite unique and I found it to be very comfortable! Another thing which is pretty cool is since there is so little contact on the saddle you can relieve any pressure by staying seated and locking one leg out which slightly raises you off the saddle. The design looks like it’s well made and will hold up to daily abuse. This saddle makes a great commuter saddle and would probably make a great touring saddle. Any of you out there having trouble finding a comfortable saddle may want to give this a shot.”
“Our 40-mile test route gave the (Sublime) CA1 the opportunity to really show its qualities, and it proved to have an impressive appetite for speed. Topping off the whole package is the RIDO Lt saddle that has curvier flanks than a typical tri perch. It puts you a little higher than you might be with a flat saddle but is fantastically comfortable, even when you’re pitched forward on the aerobars for long periods.”
“The RLt is the sleeker performance version of Rido’s R2 saddle. It shares the R2’s ‘Pressure Shift Geometry’ (firmer, more arched flanks that support your sit bone and raise your perineum to reduce pressure and any accompanying numbness), but fortunately not the bulky appearance and weight. The RLt is a lot better looking and tips the 220 scales at a competitive 226g.
More importantly, the RLt is remarkably comfortable. Parking yourself on it feels odd at first; you don’t feel planted, as you don’t sink into it like you would another saddle. Instead you’re propped up on just your cheeks. But, despite how it sounds, it feels good. And it keeps on feeling good. You expect to experience some discomfort but on the RLt it never materialises, no matter how far or hard you ride.
In short, the RLt is amazing: a race-worthy saddle with titanium-alloy rails and sublime comfort all for less than 70 quid. RB”
“An hour or so later I’d cycled and made adjustments and experienced a funny lack of pain or discomfort. Could this be the answer? Next day I took the saddle to Wycombe for a hilly three-hour sportive to test the manufacturers’ claim that the design improves your climbing. Once again, I was impressed and pain-free after two hours, soaked to the skin and still impressed after three.
The key aspect of the RLt is that the rear of the saddle, rather than being flat like most designs, features two raised mounds designed to cushion your sit bones and reduce pressure on the perineal area. The Rido website explains the science – for me, all the proof I needed was those first couple of test rides.
“First impressions were good; in fact, for a new saddle, they were excellent. Why? Because we didn’t notice it, which in many ways is the best review you can give a saddle.
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