At ISM, we use the latest science and technology to ensure maximum health, comfort, and performance for all cyclists. ISM's patented design results in superior blood flow, no genital numbness, and optimum rider health.
Blood Flow Testing
Using industry-leading equipment and standards, we perform rigorous testing of blood gas levels while cycling. The chart below compares several ISM models with four competitors' bicycle saddles. Note that all ISM saddles measure at least 100% blood flow, which is the baseline number for a rider standing at rest off of the bike. As the rider begins to exercise, blood pressure and pulse rise, causing blood flow to exceed the 100% baseline. Note how the traditional saddles are all significantly below the ISM standard.
*NOTE: All test runs shown with a 60-degree rider back angle, or a standard road riding position
In addition to our stringent in-house testing, there is a large body of independent research showing the dangers of riding tradtional-style bicycle saddles. Please check out these links and citations below for further information on why it's important for both men and women to preserve genital blood flow, nerve function, and remove pressure from soft tissue areas.
National Geographic Adventure, April 2003 – Riding Rough: New Evidence Continues to Link Biking to Impotence by Jim Thornton
Bicycling Magazine, August 1997 – The Unseen Danger by Joe Kita
Cycling and Penile Oxygen Pressure: the Type of Saddle Matters
Dr. Frank Sommer, Department of Urology, University Medical Center of Cologne September 2001
Does Bicycling Contribute to Erectile Dysfunction? Examining the Evidence
William O. Brandt, MD, The Physician and Sports Medicine April 2009
Genital Sensation and Sexual Function in Women Bicyclists and Runners: Are Your Feet Safer Than Your Seat?
Dr. Marsha K. Guess, et al, Journal of Sexual Medicine 2006
The Vicious Cycling: Bicycling Related Urogenital Disorders
Ilan Leibovitch, European Urology 16, November 2004
Bicycle Riding and Erectile Dysfunction: A Review
Dr. Frank Sommer & Dr. Irwin Goldstein
Type of Saddle and Sitting Position Influence Penile Oxygen Pressure while Cycling
Dr. Frank Sommer, Cologne University, March 2003.
“Impotence and Nerve Entrapment in Long Distance Amateur Cyclist”
Andersen K.V., Bovim G.
Laboratory of Clinical Neurophysiology, Trondheim University Hospital, Norway.
“Does Bicycling Contribute to the Risk of Erectile Dysfunction?”
Goldstein I., Marceau L., Kleinman K., McKinlay J.
“Pressure Distribution on Bicycle Saddles” (a comparison between normal “flat” saddles with gel and saddles with a “hole” in the perineal area)
Renato Rodano, Roberto Squadrone, Massimiliano Sacchi, Alberto Marzegan
Centro di Bioingegneria, Milan, Italy – November 2002.
“Ergonomics of 2 Bicycle Saddles” (Pressure at the Pudendal Area in Women of a Normal Saddle with Gel and of a Saddle with a Hole)
Dr. Ingo Froboese – Deutsche Sporthochschule, Cologne, Germany
Dr. Luc Baeyens – Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Brugmann, Brussels, Belgium.