This Charge Bucket Saddle 2011 is no longer available although you may find similar or newer versions below:
Bucket saddle - inspired by 80's saddle design, the Bucket saddle has been created to fuse maximum comfort and style into an affordable seat ready for any fixed gear aficionade or retro style cyclist.
|Use:||On or Off road|
Well padded for great comfort, 7mm cro-mo rails, coloured bases which compliment the graphic. Durable covers in black leather, perforated white, perforated brown and green.
Also available in Wiggle Orange.
Performance saddles are narrower than the models designed for shorter ride comfort. They're intended for riders who have a committed riding style with weight on hands and feet so they're narrower and lighter. High tech padding materials and flexible body designs keep your pressure points comfortable and lightweight chassis components keep the weight down. Most have some kind of ergonomic design to reduce pressure on nerves and allow unrestriced blood flow to your sensitive areas. Womens models have a wider design to suit their naturally wider pelvis. Saddle widths vary across the ranges from narrow (upto 130mm), medium (upto 138mm) to wide (upto 146mm). Narrower saddles are the popular choice for longer distance riders as they do not cause the hips to be placed in an unnatural position. Wider saddles will often feel comfortable initially due to their greater surface area but then progressively decrease in comfort as the miles increase, the correct choice of saddle is a case of getting the balance between initial comfort and overall comfort.
Charge is a small UK based rider owned bicycle company specialising in simple yet functional hardtail frames and bikes with a distinct and contemporary styling.
Charge Bikes products range from Cross Country to Dirt Jumping, from budget to high end. We are not a dirt jump company, or an XC company, we are simply a UK bike company. Charge products are designed to encompass the ultimate in weight, strength, performance and ride characteristics of any product available.
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If you saw last week's CW you'll know that the Charge Bucket is a reworked Selle Italia Turbo, made in Taiwan for the UK company Charge and available in black, white, brown, pink and green(now also ltd edition Wiggle orange too). But is t as good as the original Italian saddles, like the San Marco Concor also reviewed, which has been newly revived for the retro craze?
Charge's coat of arms is sewn onto the top of the perforated vinyl cover, right where you plant your backside - a nice, self mocking joke. The cover is stapled to the underside of the shell in a fairly rough and ready way.
You're not going to care about the weight if you fit a retro saddle, but for the record the Bucket weighs 324g.
You could buy three and a half Buckets for the price of one Concor.
Hipsters, BMXers and fixed aficionados have long been seeking out nice looking retro perches and the Selle Italia Turbo has always been high on the list. The Charge Bucket is basically a new Turbo, made on the same last, and is none the worse for that. And at sixteen quid a pop, you can have two of these for what an original Turbo fetches on Ebay these days. And they make 'em in pink.
The saddle itself is a no-frils steel-railed, plastic-bodied, vinyl-covered, foam-padded affair and though it's nothing special it's solidly made with decent attention to detail. The cover is fairly hard wearing and resists scuffs pretty well, and the padding is generous and fairly firm. If you've got a seatpost with a side-access bolt you may well have trouble fitting the bucket as the sides extend down over the rails, but with a standard 'post it's not an issue.
We've used the Bucket on the daily commute and short rides, and I also did an hour of Cyclocross racing on it â€" that's normally a fair indicator of whether a seat is comfortable for me or not. I'm pleased to report that it's been very agreeable - with thicker padding than a race perch it's better for more general riding but it's not a heavyweight. The shape is less extreme than some of the Turbo's contemporaries (the Concor, for example) but it still slopes down when set with horizontal rails, which tends to put more weight over the front of the bike. This is amplified by the fact that the rails are fairly short and a long way back compared to a modern saddle: if you like a laid-back saddle position then the Bucket isn't for you.
The Bucket definitely is for you, though, if you're looking for a well made, good value new seat with a retro look. I can't vouch for everyone's backside but I found it very comfortable (though not as comfy as Charge's excellent Spoon) and it's kept its good looks despite some mud-and-roots-based abuse.
Great value retro perch with some modern colour options
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