66sick Espacio Libre Saddle Review

by Brian Mullin on October 29, 2013

Lucha
libre (“free wrestling”) is Mexican wrestling which is characterized by
colorful masks, rapid sequences of holds and maneuvers, as well as
“high-flying” maneuvers, some of which have been adopted in the United
States. 66sick honors that sport with the comfy and tough All-Mountain Espacio Libre saddle.

66sick
is a German bicycle component company that makes ergonomic All-Mountain
specific grips and saddles. The company is the brain child of Sasha Meyenborg,
whose racing pedigree includes BMX German Championship titles and the
1996 overall BMX World Cup, along with racing in dual slalom, Dual
Eliminator and 4cross. They utilize technology from SQlab
but apply their own wildness and flavor to their own product lineup of
saddles, grips and accessories. The result is the aggressive oriented
Espacio Libre, and the lighter race oriented El Flaco saddles. Radsport USA,
the North American home of the premium German brands of Syntace,
Liteville, SQlab and Haberland, recently added 66Sick to their lineup.

The
66Sick Espacio Libre saddle comes in two widths (seat bone width
specific), with good support surface contact for maximum pedaling
performance and riding position, and it’s thickly padded for aggressive
and rough usage on the trail. 66Sick uses SQLabs stepped padding design,
which pushes the riders weight to the sit bones rather than sensitive
soft tissue.

The
saddles feature a Carbon fiber reinforced shell, and Kevlar edges, a
central ergonomic trough, a long padded nose and chromoly rails. It
comes in 129mm and 144mm seat widths, orange, green and black/gray
colors, and retails for $139.

Measured weight – 276 grams

Bottom Line

I
love the graphics of the saddle, and it definitely sets it apart from
most anything on the market, though some might find it garish. I found
the seat comfortable and easy to move around on, and the nose had lots
of padding for those climbs and maneuvers on steeper terrain. I got the
widest 144mm version, since my SQLab size comes in at 14, which is
pretty close to a match. It felt nice when my sit bones got up on the
rear of the saddle, and it was well padded, offering comfort while
pedaling or bashing down through rough terrain. I found the front
portion of the saddle to have an ideal length and width and subtle
roundness, which made longer seated sessions more tolerable and less
injurious. I did a massive ejector after my handlebars hit a tree, and
the bike and I tumbled quite a distance, and the rear of the saddle got
smashed pretty hard, and there wasn’t any damage outside of some dirt.
The Kevlar edges really helped with the durability, and along with the
more stout chromoly rails, this should be a long-lived saddle.

The
well-padded 66Sick Espacio Libre is comfortable and tough, and all the
SQLab technologies really make this a winner in the All-Mountain saddle
category.

Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Durable and tough
  • Stepped design
  • Nose is nicely padded
  • Two widths
Cons
  • Moderately heavy
  • Colors and patterns are a bit wild

MSRP: $139
Overall Rating: 4.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers 

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