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Selle Italia SLR(19 posts)

Selle Italia SLRmwood
Feb 15, 2003 4:49 PM
Does anyone ride one in a non-racing application?
I tried one on a very short ride today, seemed to fit my axx well, but wonder if it is a reasonable choice for an everyday (or everday I get to ride)saddle. I'm used to no padding or gel or whatever, but am not sure if the SLR is too "minimalist"...
re: Selle Italia SLRrogue_CT1
Feb 15, 2003 5:45 PM
I use the padded 135 gram SLR for everyday riding. I have used it for up to 4 hour rides and it is great. I think it's pretty durable too, I weigh 220 lbs. and it has no problems supporting me. It also survived the 2nd crash in a month on Thursday. My only concern is the thin leather cover seams to be wearing rather quickly.
re: Selle Italia SLRse7en
Feb 15, 2003 8:28 PM
this seat is the best, I use it everyday and even on 6 hr+ rides. It has a little bit of flex in it, which i think makes up for being minimalist. I've found that the quality of shorts (chamois) makes a bigger difference in comfort over having some gel/cut-out/thick padded seat. The Castelli shorts are great.
re: Selle Italia SLRJuanmoretime
Feb 16, 2003 4:25 AM
I've been riding SLR's for over a year now and find it to be one of the most comfortable saddles I have ever had. I've been on it for over 4 hours in a day and no problem. My saddle still looks good, about once a month I use leather conditioner on it.
I've got 3 them all...SS_MB-7
Feb 16, 2003 5:47 AM
I have 1 on my road bike, 1 on my singlespeed MTB and 1 on my singlespeed 'cross and I love them all. I've been a long-time Selle Italia Flite Ti saddle user (6-yrs), but I've found a new favorite.

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
I've got 3 them all...scorpionking
Feb 16, 2003 6:30 AM
Weight weenie special product used by those who think saving 60 grams somehow makes them faster???? If this saddle weighed 215 grams you would not find a single person using it or endorsing it's use. Weight weenies are good at convincing themselves that all their gram shaving products are the best. But then again, most of these guys live in a dreamworld where they honestly believe lightening your bike by a few ounces really does more than make it a tad easier to lift your bike off the car rack, so it should be expected. Oh, I just lightened my bike by 50 grams, now I'll climb faster, hehehehehe. LOL
Feb 16, 2003 7:41 AM
True, true. It's even funnier when you see chubby guys obsessing about the weight of their bikes. The SLR has it's place, hell I have one, use it for races. But long rides and everyday use, hell no.
Feb 16, 2003 5:12 PM
if you have nothing constructive to say - and you don't - then don't say anything.
just my 2c worth. I usually answer the question and THEN criticize people. you skipped answering the question and went straight into blasting people.
stop crying about imaginary trolls crybabybobobo
Feb 16, 2003 6:33 PM
Stop whining about your deluded perception of what constitutes a troll, you remind me of a crybaby. You sound like an old lady and should be embarrassed. LOL
Troll Police, Troll Police,steelfreak
Feb 16, 2003 7:33 PM
Thank goodness for the Troll Police. The Troll police protect the people who lack common sence or are otherwise not in touch with reality. Thank Goodness for the troll police.
Just wondering...Rom12_1
Feb 17, 2003 5:33 AM
Have you (scorpionking, bobobo, steelfreak, carpe-podium) ever ridden an SLR?
Just wondering...Woof the dog
Feb 17, 2003 10:26 AM
I think everybody except for you and me in this thread are one and the same person


Dog the woof.
Have you tried it?ColnagoFE
Feb 17, 2003 6:54 AM
It looks like a torture device and, yes I was attracted by the fact that it was 135 grams, but it is comfortable for a lot of people. Believe it or not, but don't critisize something before you try it.
Yep, got six of 'em ....12x23
Feb 16, 2003 10:16 AM
I have them on all my bikes, and before rode Turbos, Flites, and Era Pros. I rode the Natchez Trace in four days last summer and back-to-back centuries in May on this saddle. It fits my bum perfect. It ain't about weight for me ... it's about satisfying my butt. And, my butt's happy with the SLR.

That's my experience although I would no more recommend a saddle to someone than suggest what size shoe they wear.
Even better than SLR issteelfreak
Feb 16, 2003 7:52 PM
Cutting the seat post off at the clamp. As long as it's a really light seat post you will be O.K. Imagine how happy your butt will be then. Ohhh la la
Even better than SLR isanzoni
Feb 17, 2003 4:58 AM
How stupid to critize the SLR because of it's weight! It don't cost that much more in comparison to Flite and comfort is not all about padding. Using a seat with a lot of padding does not always make it more comfy . Like riding an old sofa. I like sportseats in my car which are firm and some don't because they are too hard. And if they wanna same some weight; how can that be stupid? For God's sake, say something based on experience and not based on how you think the seat is based on it's minimalistic padding. There are also a lot of models; XP and Transam to name a few.
Feb 17, 2003 6:51 AM
I switched about a year ago from a Flite and haven't looked back. Great saddle once you get it dialed in (which is a little trickier than other saddles in my experience). Just carry an allen key to adjust your saddle while you ride. It took me a couple of weeks of fiddling to get it right. I eventually settled for almost level with a VERY slight downturn at the nose.
same here12x23
Feb 17, 2003 9:48 AM
I got mine dialed on the second ride and I haven't looked back. Four consecutive days (~430 miles) on mostly chip-seal should indicate it to be a comfortable saddle, at least for this rider. It appears some others around here know better what saddle we all should/should not be riding. I only wish I were so damned smart.

I bet they get their chamois in a knot when they see >1cm of spacer on a 1-18" steerer, too. ;-)
re: Selle Italia SLRJimP
Feb 18, 2003 12:19 PM
Yes, I stopped racing 10 years ago and now have a SLR saddle. My rear seemed to fit on the original Flite but I wanted a more comfortable saddle so I tried 3 Terry saddles, one per year. Each of the different Terry's ended up with the cutout area caving in - maybe 195 lbs is too much for that kind of saddle. I too have tried saddles with more padding and find that they aren't as comfortable as one that fits and supports the butt without sinking in. I have only had the SLR - 135gm with padding - for a few months but it seems to fit well and is as comfortable as the original flites.