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New Bacchetta seat: B3 fine-tunes recumbent comfort
Bacchetta has expanded its seat selections to include a new style that mixes and matches the designs of the existing Recurve and Euromesh seats. Recumbent riders wanting the upper width and general shape of the Recurve upright seat, but in a more reclined angle used by Euromesh riders will find a comfortable option.
Until now, Bacchetta has offered two primary seat styles [Note: there is a third carbon seat for performance bikes, but we will leave that for a different article]:
- Recurve: has a wide seat back, a defined seatpan to sit on, and a sharply-defined relatively high angle between them
- Euromesh: has a narrow width and the lower part (seatpan) blends with the seat back at a shallow angle and no sharply-defined transition
For riders wanting the width of the Recurve, and a shallower seat angle, there has been no option until now. Riders wanting the seatpan of the Euromesh with a wider back support have also been given a new option.
The new B3 seat has a tight-stretched mesh similar to the Euromesh combined with a defined seatpan and the wider seatback of the Recurve. The angle between the seatpan and the seatback is in between the angle of the Recurve and the Euromesh.
The pictures tell the differences. In general, Bacchetta riders will choose between the seats as follows:
Recurve: most upright riding position, wide and contoured seat pan, wide seat back with upper shoulder support
B3: allows middle upright to medium reclined riding positions, medium-sized but defined seatpan, wide seat back with upper shoulder support
Euromesh: most reclined riding position, narrow and loosely defined seat pan, narrow (spinal) back support
The three seat styles are largely the same price and each has its strengths, so it's just a matter of personal needs for the recumbent rider.
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