I finally had the opportunity to try the new KH Velo saddle for an extended period of time on two different rides. One was a trail ride on mountain bike trails outside Jackson, MS and the other on a paved road through a civil war battlefield park in Vicksburg, MS. Both were with Lewis Beard (Animation) and Christopher LeFay (rhysling).
On the trail ride, the KH saddle was attached to Chris’ Yuni MUni frame with ALEX DX32 and 24x3 Gazz combination. The saddle was one of the handled versions. The handle was extremely comfortable to grab and yank on and the handle/saddle interface seemed stiff and tight to me. I think others have complained about too much flex here. The saddle width was comfortable for me and it was on a stock post so there was no tilt adjustment. The handle contour is more comfortable than the Kinport or the stock Miyata, and is much stronger than the Miyata but is definitely not as stout as the Kinport.
In the park, we went on a 13 mile ride during which Lewis rode his 29er (Nanoraptor tire) with 5" (125mm) cranks. That is a smooth, fast ride and excellent for flats. We had it in some moderately hilly terrain and Lewis, even though unaccustomed to the short crank-big wheel combo, ran up and down some pretty steep ones. Chris and I traded off between Blue Shift in 29" mode with 5.5" (140mm) cranks and Chris’ 24" frame with the KH saddle on it and with a Hookworm tire and 5" (125mm) cranks . I rode maybe a third of the route on the KH saddle in cruise mode, weight on the seat riding. It was a real joy for an extended period of time and I experienced no discomfort whatsoever. It was infinitely superior to a Viscount saddle and noticeably more comfortable than the unconverted Miyatas. This is undoubtedly the best unconverted saddle on the market. I still think that an airseat is more comfortable but I am no longer positive. I will definitely buy one or two of these puppies and get rid of all of my Viscounts and try one at least once on a grueling, non-stop ride.
Hopefully, Lazy LeFay will report further on the saddle since he put in 8-10 miles on it. Also, he and Lewis can tell you the names of the parks we went to and correct all the errors I made describing their frames, wheels, tires, cranks, and pedals. The Mississippi boys are a very hospitable pair. As unicyclists, we are all part of an incredible community. I hope to meet even more in Minnesota this summer.
P.S. Chris and I both wore MUni Militia T-shirts at one time. Everytime we got close to each other the temperature went up as if there were some sort of critical mass thing going on. What’s up with that?