LEOMO Launches Remote Saddle-Fitting Service in Japan

This first-of-its kind service supports saddle selection based on motion data in collaboration with Japan’s top retail bike shop
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Boulder, CO (Dec. 1, 2020) —LEOMO Inc. and Tokyo-based Nalsima Friend Co., Ltd., which operates Japan's premier bike specialty shop, have jointly launched the world’s first remote saddle-fitting service. This service is aimed at helping cyclists and triathletes select the optimum saddle by combining the rental saddle service provided at Nalsima Friend’s Jingu store and the technology-enhanced remote bike-fitting service LEOMO recently launched in Japan.
 
A cyclist will receive rental saddles and a LEOMO rental kit at the Nalsima Friend Jingu store. The LEOMO rental kit includes the TYPE-S Sensor Kit Pro that has already been setup, so no initial settings are required. To go through the measurement process, the cyclist will be asked to perform a simple riding test on their own bike equipped with five motion sensors and a rental saddle.
 
The data collected from the test quantifies the movement of the cyclist’s feet, legs and pelvis while pedalling based on LEOMO’s advanced Motion Performance Indicators. After it is shared on a cloud platform, LEOMO’s sports science team will conduct a data analysis and provide feedback and suggestions about saddle selection and the cyclist’s position on the bike.
 
The Nalsima Friend store has about 50 saddles available for rental at all times, including models from Specialized, Fijik, SMP and gebioMized. Customers will take the LEOMO rental kit and two rental saddles home for the test ride based on the width of their pelvis and the width of the saddles with insights from staff recommendations.
 
“I tried this remote saddle-fitting service myself, and I was very impressed,” says Atsushi Suzuki, CEO of Nalsima Friend. “Until now, it was difficult to define ‘optimal’ and it required various interactions between shop staff and customers. But with the LEOMO saddle-fitting service, that point was evaluated very objectively as a number. By combining the knowledge of shop staff and LEOMO's technology, we can provide customers with more satisfying and accurate advice than ever before."
 
”Our TYPE-R, TYPE-S and LVS have been used by coaches and athletes around the world, including World Tour teams, for training and racing, and have been highly evaluated,” says Kunihiko Kaji, CEO and co-founder of LEOMO, Inc. “Particularly, many bike fitters are paying attention to our technology that adds a completely different analysis method to their fitting service. We have already launched a remote bike-fitting service in Japan, and many cyclists are experiencing it. However, this time we have started a new saddle-fitting collaboration with Nalsima Friend, which is not only completely remote, but we are confident that we can provide a more satisfying service by cooperating with the store.”
 
LEOMO’s debut of the saddle-fitting service in Japan follows the successful launch of its remote bike-fitting service in September. LEOMO is planning to launch its remote bike-fitting service and remote saddle-fitting service in the U.S. and Europe in late 2020 or early 2021.
 
Plans
 
Regular Plan: For those who want to see if a particular saddle suits them

Service Contents
  • Remotely analyze and compare data for each saddle / Up to 2 rental saddles (3 in total, including the saddle you are currently using
  • Remote bike-fitting Basic plan (advice on saddle height) for 1 saddle
Price: ¥ 12,800 (excluding tax)
 
Additional Options
  • Remote bike-fitting basic plan (advice on saddle height) + 1 / ¥ 3,800
  • Upgrade the remote bike-fitting plan / ¥ 3,800
    • Basic Plan (advice on saddle height) → Standard Plan (advice on saddle height and saddle front / rear position)
Peace of Mind Plan: For those who are looking for a saddle that suits them or who want to solve some problems
 
Service Contents
  • Remotely analyze and compare data for each saddle / Up to 2 rental saddles (3 in total, including the saddle you are currently using)
  • Remote bike fitting basic plan (advice on saddle height) for 2 saddles
Price: ¥ 15,800 (excluding tax)
 
Additional options
  • Upgrade the remote bike-fitting plan / ¥ 3,800
    • Basic Plan (advice on saddle height) → Standard Plan (advice on saddle height and saddle front / rear position)
 
 
About LEOMO TYPE-S
LEOMO’s TYPE-S is available in two kit configurations. TYPE-S Sensor Kit ($449 excluding tax), which includes two LEOMO motion sensors, is for beginners in the realm of motion analysis. TYPE-S Sensor Kit Pro ($799 excluding tax) includes all five LEOMO motion sensors for advanced and professional applications.
 
 
About LEOMO, Inc.
LEOMO, Inc. founded by Kunihiko Kaji and Taizo Son (serial entrepreneur) in 2012, is headquartered in Boulder, CO, with a satellite office in Tokyo, Japan. LEOMO's core business is to sell, design and manufacture devices and related services that contribute to advancements in sports. For more information, log on to www.leomo.io or join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram
 
Contact: press@leomo.io