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Selle Italia Gelflow ??(5 posts)

Selle Italia Gelflow ??flybyvine
Jan 24, 2002 11:41 PM
Anyone seen or tried the new Gellflow range from Selle Italia ? I was interested in the Flite and Prolink versions for my case of numb nuts. They seem to be Transam versions but with an all over Gell layer.

Failing this, any comparisions between the Flite and Prolink Transams ? Is the rail of the Prolink really carbon ? I read somewhere that it was "carbon effect" vanadium ?

re: Selle Italia Gelflow ??schills
Jan 25, 2002 9:20 AM
Haven't tried the gel flow, but if numb nuts are your problem, a gel saddle may actually make that worse. Your problem is probably more directly related to bike fit.
Jan 26, 2002 1:41 PM
I have a Maxflite trans am on my mnt bike, and I love it. So I put one on my road bike. Not so good. The Trans am seats tend to break down in the center of the seat causing you butt to sit oddly between the nose and platform of the seat. This was causing some numbness for me. I just bought the Prolink (not the gel flow) and I love it. Yes, the rails are carbon. You pay a weight penalty, but the seat is pretty sexy and very comfy. It will take a couple of long rides to get it broken in and set up. It seems the rails are a bit more steeply angled than most.

If your numbness continues, then I agree you have a set up problem...
Jan 27, 2002 6:09 PM
Thanks for the feedback.

I agree that the normal "Genuine Gel" saddles tend to creat more numbness problems than non gel sdalles but "for me any way) that is due to the fact that the gel is in the centre of the saddle creating more bulk exactly where I don't need it. The Gelflow ones seem to be modled on the Trans am with the cut out where I don't need pressure and the gel in an even layer everywhere else (where it can absorb vibration without cutting off blood to the nuts).

Its not a bike fit problem. Just been fitted for the 3rd time to a new C40 and the fit doesn't change (minor differences for different geometries between Merlin, Lemond and C40). The bikes feel good I I have no problems with "normal" rides where I am moving around a lot. Its just the long drags like time trials or long straight grinds that creat problems (I have become a better climber in the meantime !!).

Branford tell me they have the Flite & Prolink gelflows in 6 weeks. Just need to see what the cost differentials are.

Selle Italia SLRColnagoFE
Jan 28, 2002 7:50 AM
I have been using the Flites and Flite Gel saddles for a while now and this weekend picked up a SLR because I found it on sale at Performance and had heard it was comfortable. Well the thing looks like it'd be a brick up your a$$ but darned if it isn't as comfortable as my Flite Gel--at least in the first ride. I think it flexes more than the Flite gel and maybe that makes it a smoother ride. Durability remains to be seen, but if a 135 gram saddle can be as comfortable as one that's nearly twice as heavy why not use it? By the way...I'd NEVER use one of these for MTB use. The TI tubes must be VERY thin.