Monday, November 7, 2016

ICE Carbon Seat Hard on the Hip

So far the rides on my new ICE Sprint 26 FS have been short. The carbon fiber seat is hard on my right titanium hip. After about 5 miles my right hip starts to succumb to the hard shell seat. It seems like the hardness of the seat and the upswing at the bottom edge of the seat piriformus muscle. My left titanium hip is fine but the right side has been compromised by calcification of the tissue (Heterotopic Ossification) around the hip joint. On the positive side it only bothers me when I'm pedaling. Oh well.

The mesh seat on my Catrike 700 is very comfortable and causes me no grief. So my next step is to take a closer at the ICE mesh seat. Although when I took my first (very short) test ride on a ICE mesh seat awhile back I felt like I was going to slip off the seat. I'll check out the ICE mesh seat again before making any hard decisions. 

Dang, the comfort of the Catrike seat has spoiled me. I hope I can find that same comfort with an ICE mesh seat. 


  1. Mark, sorry you're having trouble with the seat. I had the mesh seat for a couple of hundred miles and eventually got it adjusted so that it was comfortable. After my carbon seat arrived, I had a couple of issues with it. Although I don't have hip replacement issues, I had to fiddle around a bit with the foam inserts they give. (Be careful not to permanently glue them until you've test ridden them for awhile.) At first, I found the carbon seat to be painful on my backbone, but I was able to use the foam inserts to elevate the area around my spine. Now it feels good, but I was a bit discouraged at first. I hope you can adjust yours so that it become comfortable.

    1. Thanks for the information and advice. I'm going to give the inserts a try. Headed to the garage right now.