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Selle Italia Turbomatic gel vs. Flite gel(11 posts)

Selle Italia Turbomatic gel vs. Flite gelPaulCL
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 gelEric_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.
Thank youPaulCL
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 hideousDaveG
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 hideousDINOSAUR
Nov 16, 2002 1:51 PM
It will dial right in with the paint scheme of my Colnago Robobank...
then you got a bargainDaveG
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 bargainDINOSAUR
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...
Glory CyclesPaulCL
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
Glory CyclesDaveG
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