April 2019 R2 Development Update
We're writing today to update you on the status of R2, the newest saddle from Selle Anatomica. Many of you have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of your orders and some have reached out asking when to expect them. So here is an update on what is happening this week.
We have been back and forth in development with our rubber manufacturer here in California with changes to our mold design and those changes are now finalized. We have modified this first mold and shipped it back to the rubber supplier to begin producing parts. Additionally, in the interest of getting saddles to you as quickly as possible, we are cutting a second mold that uses a different process to produce parts which is much faster and more efficient. That mold will be completed here in our machining facility at the end of this week. We will ship it to the rubber manufacturer first thing next week which is when production will truly ramp up. Once we start receiving parts from the rubber manufacturer, we will begin final assembly immediately here in San Diego. The moment saddles are complete, we will begin shipping them directly to you, our riders. We expect the first shipments to leave our facility the week of April 15th.
We realize that is a full 2 weeks beyond our self imposed deadline of March 31st and that missed deadlines are frustrating for everybody, especially the customer. Rest assured we are working as hard as we can to improve on that April 15th date and if we can, we will.
Finally, we want to take a moment to tell you that the feedback we've gotten from our testers has been phenomenal. They have all reported that the saddle is extremely comfortable. We can't wait for you to check it out for yourself.