Broken seat (Qu-ax trial)

Hi,

I’ve just broken the plastic frame of the saddle of my qu-ax trial (a Kh seat if i understood well). It broke in the thiner part, where there are the 2 front screws of the post.

I have already read the “KH Seatbase reinforcement” tutorial on unicycle.2ya.com but i think it’s too late for me as my frame is nearly parted.

I need your help to find the best option for me. I ride street/trial : the original seat was fine to me, a bit fat for holding on sif hops but so comfortable to ride from one spot to another without tiring me too quickly.

  1. [35€, zero effort]
    I may buy the same seat : http://www.einradladen.net/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=8&products_id=30 but i could take advantage of this incident to improve it.

2)[60Eur, zero effort]
I could buy another saddle, the koxx one gel seat seems less fat than the kh one and as comfy or more : http://www.einradladen.net/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=8&products_id=254

3)[60Eur, some efforts that could lead to any result]
I could simply buy a carbon fiber base which will allow me to re-build the original seat but more solid, using the foam and cover i have : http://www.einradladen.net/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=52&products_id=204

What do you think of each solution wether you have already experimented it or not. Has anyone ever tried the third one ?

Thanks for your answers

Manuel (I live in Spain/France)

Re: Broken seat (Qu-ax trial)

FYI, The Kris Holm Gel(www.unicycle.com) or UDC Gel (www.unicycle.uk.com) are less expensive and better than the Koxx Gel. All three are similar, but the the Kris and UDC Gel seats have the sturdier kevlar fabric side panels material.

I have to update my post, I just rechecked, and on the 360 Coker it turns out I don’t have a ‘Kris Holm’s Gel’, it’s a ‘Kris Holm’s STYLE’ seat which is why it is exactly like my UDC gel. I don’t know for sure, but I’d bet the Kris Holm and UDC gel are the same. Sorry about confusing your issue.

Thanks for your answer,

So you think, buying a udc gel seat would be interesting for me ?
Should/could it be reinforced like that : http://gallery.unicyclist.com/album334

Manuel

Reinforcing the seat as in the link you point to is no good since it doesn’t entirely strengthen for the high stress between the seat base and the handle lever. I expect that seat will soon crack somewhere else.

It would be better to reinforce with: http://www.unicycle.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=607 I’ve read it will fit a KH seat(double check this), and somewhere I’ve seen a KH version for sale.

I haven’t taken a seat apart. Me, I’d buy a new gel seat, but you play harder than me to break these things. So it may be better for you to strengthen a seat with steel. It’s a tough call. I hope someone with more experience also answers your post.

Did your seat last long before breaking?

edit: Oh, and the carbon base, I haven’t tried it. Sounds like the surest and most expensive answer.

No, it does not fit a KH seat. The KH seat has a different contour, and different bolt holes. Kinda like how you can’t use a KH seatpost with a Miyata seat, and vice versa.

Sorry that I was wrong about the ‘GB4 Stiffener Plate’ would fit the KH seat, (glad I warned about double checking). But now it looks like I was wrong about a KH version stiffener being available. Anyone find a KH seat stiffener is available? (Not the carbon fiber seat base, I found that.)

I now have two gel seats which need stiffeners, these seats have gone flimsy and creaky, and I expect the plastic will soon break all together if I keep using them the way they are.

I have chosen to buy a udc gel seat. I think i’ve done a good choice, the seat out hops are easier and less stressfull for my fingers. It is a little bit less comfortable than my kh seat with the thick foam but still acceptable.

My previous seat last 4 months. If the second breaks less than twice lower, i will choose the carbon fiber base.

Another thing :
Mounting my new seat, i noticed that breaking the seat i had twisted the seat post (where the seat is screwed) in a significant angle. I fixed it with a some hammer blows and spinned it (a 180° on the vertical axis of the post) so the part i most stress on it is not the already weaked one.
(I hope my sentence means something)
Had you any bad experiences doing such a thing ?

Manu