AX Lightness is softening things up a bit with a padded version of their full carbon Endurance saddle. Called Endurance Plus, it adds two leather swatches to the rear. Technically, they’re not pads, they’re just leather covers to add a bit of softness and make the shell less slippery. The shell’s mold is grooved and relieved so the pads sit flush with the rest of it.
It maintains the same finished shape and 135mm width as the original and only adds 9g to the scales, coming in at a claimed 85g (+/-5%). Click through for more pics, color options and specs…
It’s available with green, blue, black, white and red leather coverings. Custom colors are also available for a bit more coin. Rails are full carbon fiber, shell is carbon/kevlar. Dimensions are 279mm x 135mm x 64mm (L x W x H).
They also modified the design a bit to increase the max rider weight limit. It’s up from 85kg to 100kg (220lbs) and, they say, suitable for both road and mountain bike use.
Despite the additional labor involved in these, the price is €39 lower than the original. AX’s Neils Weidemann told us that’s because they expect to do higher volume with these, so they can get better economies of scale. Retail is €259.