WHAT IS IT? An aftermarket seat foam replacement
that is lighter than air.
WHAT’S IT COST? $259.99 (seat foam and two Ti seat
bolts), $289.98 (with hump), $49.99 (Think seat cover),
$349.95 (carbon fiber seat base), $24.99 (titanium seat
CONTACT? www.thinktechnology.us or (949) 444-4916.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that
stand out with the Think Lite seat foam.
(1) History. You probably have never heard of Think,
but Think parts can be found on the bikes of Ryan
Villopoto, Justin Barcia, Chad Reed, James Stewart,
Trey Canard, Broc Tickle, Jake Weimer and Josh Hill.
What does Think make? Ultra-lightweight seat foam.
And we aren’t talking about a tad lighter, a little lighter
or even significantly lighter—we are talking about
( 2) Lite seat foam. Think Lite seat foam was
created from foam originally designed for use by NASA.
The blocks of proprietary closed-cell polyolefin foam are
CNC-machined into shape and hand-finished. Each seat
takes one hour to complete.
( 3) Weight. We weighed the stock seat foam from a
2014 KTM 450SXF. It weighed 1 pound. The Think KTM
seat foam weighed 3 ounces. The Think foam was 13
ounces lighter. You read that right! Although Think Lite
foam is expensive at $260, it is cheap when you realize
how much it would cost in titanium bolts to save that
( 4) The future. Since Think makes the seat covers for
the factory teams, they have more tricks up their sleeves.
There are Think carbon fiber seat bases, titanium seat
bolts and special seat covers that can save almost 2
pounds over a stock seat. How much would a complete
Think seat cost? For the foam, seat base, cover and Ti
bolts, the price could easily exceed $600.
( 5) Performance. The MXA wrecking crew has a
lot of experience with lightweight seats, because we
have ridden virtually every works bike made. But, riding
factory bikes with lightweight seats isn’t the same as
living with them, so we installed Think Lite seat foam on
our KTM 450SXF and started racing with it. It held up
much better than the stock KTM foam and showed no
signs of sagging after three months of racing.
( 6) Downside. Most motocross racers want to buy
anything that the factory riders use, but will they buy a
part that is hidden under their seat cover? Even when
MXA showed the Think seat to its test riders, we had to
take it off the bike and hand it to them. They couldn’t
see how lightweight the foam was, but they could feel it.
Will local heroes spend the money on an invisible part?
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? We aren’t bothered by the
price. This is a works-bike part and if you are in the
group that can afford it, you get your money’s worth.
The factory teams have been using these
ultra-light seats for several years. Now they are
available to the public. Kudos to Think.
THINK TECHNOLOGY LITE SEAT FOAM
MXA TEAM TESTED