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Selle Italia Prolink(7 posts)

Selle Italia Prolinktexbaz
Mar 4, 2002 4:09 PM
I'm trying to decide whether or not to get a new saddle for this season. I
have a Selle Italia Flite gel version which is pretty good but lacks the
true fit feeling. I have seen the Selle Prolink gel versions at some of the
LBS but the one I'm thinking of buying is the non gel,which has a fairly
smooth leather cover instead of the perforated synthetic, such as the GEL
type plus it's much lighter.anyone tried this saddle, or the Gel
version wish to comment.

Thanks
Mike
re: Selle Italia Prolinkboneman
Mar 5, 2002 12:22 AM
I have a ProLink TransAm which I no longer use. Previously I used a Brooks Pro for about 13 years followed by various Selle Italia Turbomatics for about 11 years. These saddles are not the narrowest around towards the rear

I rode the ProLink for about 300 miles before deciding that it really didn't fit. It's not that it's that wide in the back but towards the back, the sides of the saddle don't roll down enough, in fact it's a rather sqaure edge, where the backs of my inner thigh meet the saddle. A problem I've never encountered with other saddles.

FWIW, I currently ride a Selle Italia XO TransAm (cheapo saddle that happens to fit) and a Flite TransAm.

The ProLink is very comfortable no doubt due to its cradle construction and suspension. In truth, I found the ride comfort to be too much although if I had a harsh frame, I probably would love the saddle if it fit.

If there's someone out there who lives in the UK and wants to swap a Flite TransAm for a ProLink TransAm, now's the time.
re: Selle Italia Prolinkpaul3d
Mar 5, 2002 8:12 AM
I have the same opinion as boneman. The ride of the saddle is great and felt good on the first ride. However the fit along the back just never felt like I am at one with it. Im thinking about switching back to the turbomatic. Its not as soft but the shape is dead on.
re: Selle Italia ProlinkLen J
Mar 5, 2002 5:06 AM
I rode the Prolink for about 1000 miles. I think, due to the construction, that it gradually changed shape & became more of a saddle form from front to back (The center became noticably lower than the nose or tail). This created pressure (For me) on the "Boys". The first 500 miles were wonderful, I thought I had found the perfect seat, but by 800 miles the discomfort was becoming noticible. Eventually I gave up & got a Max flite Trans Am. So far (400 miles)it's great, but I'll wait this time.

Len
Interesting...Geof
Mar 5, 2002 7:58 PM
I had the same trouble with my Max-flight trans am. The center broke down too much. So far my Pro-link gel is holdind up nicely. And I seem to have a better feel on the saddle. Whatever that means... I like mine so far...
re: Selle Italia ProlinkBeaver
Mar 5, 2002 5:38 AM
I had Flites on all my bikes until I got my TCR1 back in 2000 which came stock with the Pro Link. Tried it for a few hundred miles and I liked it so much, I bought 2 more.

A bit more cushion than the Flite and I've never been a proponent of the gel technology. I had a Flite Gel on my cross bike that didn't last too long.

Only time I get numb is when I am riding the trainer for more than 45 minutes, but that's due to the fact that I am not moving around. Sometimes I just forget to get out of the saddle.

If it fits you, I say buy it. I haven't noticed the problems listed by the other posters.
re: Selle Italia Prolinkstoutga
Mar 5, 2002 12:26 PM
I had the same experience as LenJ. I rode my ProLink for over 500 miles before I could not take the rise in the saddle from middle to nose. I lowered the nose of my saddle to try and ease my perineal area to no avail due to the lower craddle in the rear of the saddle.