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Selle Italia SLR v Fizik Aliante, $, gms, comfort, lifespan?(6 posts)

Selle Italia SLR v Fizik Aliante, $, gms, comfort, lifespan?jjdbike
Mar 12, 2003 7:22 AM
I want to replace my saddle.
I am on an old Selle San Marco Concore light. Its wearing like iron but its too bulky & too heavy. I like how well its lasted but it feels like a sofa.
I have had SLRs. They were comfey for all but the most epic endevers, but they wore out way too quickly. But I really liked the lack of mass.
I was looking at the Fizik Aliante, vs another SLR. I am trying to figure out if the Aliante's extra $100 and 25 grams or so are worth it. Can anyone offer any input? Is the Aliante noticably more durable than the SLR? How does the all day comfort compare w/ the SLR?
THanks for any advice!
JD
re: Selle Italia SLR v Fizik Aliante, $, gms, comfort, lifespan?MarcB
Mar 12, 2003 10:32 AM
I also have used the Selle Italia SLR. Pretty good saddle overall and more comfortable than one might expect it to be due to its apparent lack of padding. However, its flex and shape seem to compensate enough to make the SLR a fine saddle. However, since I am always seeking even more comfort on the bike, I just purchased a Fizik Aliante from Performance Bicycle. The Fizik Aliante is a very nice saddle. Definitely more padding, more "give" in the carbon shell than the SLR. I suspect it will be somewhat more comfortable in the long term. However, do note that the Fizik Aliante weighs somewhat more than the Selle Italia SLR--about 45 to 55 grams more to be exact. The weight of the Fizik Aliante came in at about 195 grams (or so) with carbon rails and the black leather seat surface. So, this may not be the ultimate saddle for "weight weenies." Certainly, it was quite a bit heavier than the advertised weight of 160 grams.
By the way, Performance Bicycle was excellent to work with and delivered the product promptly, in excellent condition, and on time.
re: Selle Italia SLR v Fizik Aliante, $, gms, comfort, lifespan?Colorado Ron
Mar 12, 2003 1:46 PM
I have the ti railed version. Advertised weight is 180 gms I think.

It weighed 233 gms on my scale. If you remove the scuff guards the weight drops to 203 gms.
Studies claim hard seats can cause erectile disfunctionMaartin
Mar 12, 2003 2:11 PM
This possibility is enough to warrant a slightly more compliant seat in my opinion. Go with the Fizik Aliante. It is really more forgiving.
re: Selle Italia SLR v Fizik Aliante, $, gms, comfort, lifespan?MarcB
Mar 12, 2003 4:40 PM
I believe that the previous poster is correct. Removing the scuff protectors from the Fizik Aliante saddle will reduce its weight by about 30 grams. My saddle, with the scuff protectors removed weighed in at approximately 165 grams, which is reasonably close to the advertised weight of 160 grams. All in all, a very lightweight saddle.
Thanks very much. Q. durability of Aliante vs SLR?jjdbike
Mar 13, 2003 7:00 AM
Thanks for the replys. You fokls are very knowlegable and helpful. Does anyone have any experience with the durability of the Aliante vs. the SLR? The SLR does not last me one season. What can I expect from the Aliante?
Thanks again.
JD