|Selle Italia Turbomatic gel vs. Flite gel||PaulCL|
Nov 15, 2002 11:52 AM
|I currently use a turbomatic III - gel, yellow, embroidered saddle. Regrettfully, it is starting to show some serious wear and tear....OK, more tear than wear. Time for replacement.
I am having a hard time finding the same saddle short of spending $80 overseas with about $20 in shipping. But, the SI Flite gel in yellow is readily available in retail stores or on ebay for about $50-65 depending upon some luck.
My question...anyone ridden both? Do the saddles have the same "feel"??? I've been riding turbos for years...so I hate to change, but if I can't buy what I want.....????
|re: Selle Italia Turbomatic gel vs. Flite gel||Eric_H|
Nov 15, 2002 2:40 PM
|I do not use the Gel inserts, but I have successfully switched between the Turbomatic 3 and Flite saddles. I find they are very similar in width and curvature, even though the two saddles look vastly different.
I think if you like the Turbomatic 3 Gel you will likely find comfort with the Flite Gel.
Nov 15, 2002 5:22 PM
|You may have saved me about $40!|
|The Flite Gel isn't much better...||DINOSAUR|
Nov 15, 2002 5:31 PM
|I don't think you will do much better as far as wear with the Flite Gel. Mine is 6 months old and starting to show some wear. I don't know if the plain Flite (non-gel) is any better. The Flite cost less and I really don't think the gel inserts do anything. The best thing about these saddles is the shape. Check ebay and you can find good deals on saddles. I have a San Marco Era on my other bike and it is holding up a lot better. I'm looking into having my Flite Gel recovered by a friend who makes custom saddles for horses. My main complaint about Selle Italia is they don't hold up, but I case that is the price you pay for a lightweight saddle. I would think they would last longer than 1 season....|
|If price is an issue..||DINOSAUR|
Nov 16, 2002 9:39 AM
|And money is always an issue for me...Price Point has the 2001 Selle Italia Max Flite on sale for $19.98. It's a no frills, no gel, no ti rails, no cut out version of the Flite. It's a tad wider than the Flite and Flite Gel. Mine is supposed to arrive Monday and I'll see how it works out. For $27.00 (including tax and shipping) you really can't go wrong. My only concern that it is a full leather cover the way advertised or I will send it back. I shall soon find out....ebay has the same saddle ("buy it now") for $35.00..|
|yeah, but its hideous||DaveG|
Nov 16, 2002 11:49 AM
|I don't think I could deal with the orange and black. FYI, Glory Cycles has a variety of Flites in different colors for under $30|
|I like hideous||DINOSAUR|
Nov 16, 2002 1:51 PM
|It will dial right in with the paint scheme of my Colnago Robobank...|
|then you got a bargain||DaveG|
Nov 16, 2002 2:52 PM
|If it matches your frame, then $20 for a Max Flite is a great deal|
|then you got a bargain||DINOSAUR|
Nov 16, 2002 4:57 PM
|Yeah, I was thinking that if I couldn't live with that color I could slap one of those black Selle Italia saddle covers on it.....might make it last a lot longer also...|
Nov 17, 2002 8:12 AM
|I wished I'd seen this webpage before bidding on ebay. They have great deals on saddles. Hopefully, someone will overbid me......thanks for the input. Paul|
Nov 20, 2002 3:58 PM
|I've bought a couple of things from Glory (Flite saddle, Campy seatpost) and think they are a good outfit to deal with. They also auction stuff on ebay. Its funny because usually the ebay high bid exceeds the price you could just buy it from them directly|| |