After trying to find a more comfortable seat than the KH street gel, it turns out that the Street gel is one of the most comfortable and best saddles there is for trials, yet still it wasn’t comfy enough for me.
I was thinking of getting the most comfortable seat- the KH Freeride, but it turns out that they’re not as good for trials riding and are heavier, and it seems to me the only thing better about them is the centre channel (and stiffer foam I think).
So I decided to cut a channel down the centre of my Street Gel using nothing more than a Stanley knife, and scissors.
I just used the knife to cut two (sort of) parallel lines from the front, through the gel insert, then all the way to the back. I cut the foam right down to the plastic base and removed it (by hacking it with scissors and then tearing it off). This channel wasn’t as wide as the gel insert so parts of the gel insert (which is only about 1cm deep) were still there on the sides of the channel. Those bits of gel were pointless there so I removed them and the foam under it.
Seriously, this job was done completely hacked and terrible by me, the cuts were not sharp, but bits of foam were torn away, and the lines are not straight but wobbly. Trying to chamfer the edges of the channel at the top with scissors only resulted in more foam being torn and hanging off.
Because the black KH cover is so thick and just tight enough, when you put it on the seat, it actually looks quite good- the lines appear straight and the channel is nice and smooth.
Here are some pics (I’m only pressing down since I can’t exactly sit on the seat and take a photo showing the cover settling into the channel):
This worked really well, and now the seat is so comfy, I can ride for hours on it now.
Another thing, that was more painful than annoying, about the Street seat was the pointed corners on the rear bumper sides. They rub against you’re inner legs and hurt (a lot) when I hop SIF.
So, using a hack saw, I removed the corners of the sides, just enough to remove the vertical side, no more. It was easy, 5 minute job, and was finished to a much higher quality to that of my channel cut-out above.
It now does not at all hurt a bit when I hop SIF.
Here it is:
I’m just sharing these two mods with you because they’re relatively easy and simple to do, and so, so effective. Riding with an uncomfortable seat really deters you for riding for long periods, so for me these mods were worth it. Oh, and it saves a few grams :D.