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SLR, SLK or ASPide(9 posts)

SLR, SLK or ASPidekomatiite
Jan 8, 2004 3:08 PM
I am looking at getting one of these seats. I jsut wanted some input on them. I want a seat with anatomical cutout for pressure sensitivity reasons and like both of these seats (even though the SLR doesn have cut out).

Selle Italia SLR


Selle Italia SLK

or Selle San Marco ASPide

re: SLR, SLK or ASPideJimP
Jan 8, 2004 3:31 PM
I am a long time Flite user. I switched to Terry for 3 years - a new model each year and each one was trash at the end of the season. The Terry seats with the cutout (actually a Selle Italia seat with a Terry cover) deformed like a swayed back horse. That was uncomfortable. I have switched back to the Flite - a standard Flite on the wind-trainer and the SLR on the road bike. The SLR is still good after a year and seems like it will last a few more years.

Jan 8, 2004 4:52 PM
I find that SLR "fits" best of the saddles that I've used. I have 3 of them for road and CX.
That SLR is one hard saddle..Shylock
Jan 8, 2004 6:07 PM
...I can't see you wanting one if you're thinking you need a cutout. The SLK is pretty comfortable, but I'd really suggest you look at an Aliante. I've never been so comfortable on a bicycle in my life since getting this saddle for Christmas. ( And my wife seems to think it will keep her smiling longer as well)

feel the gin
aspidewooden legs
Jan 9, 2004 1:37 AM
.i ride the aspide, but you definitly want a decent pair of shorts with a nice chamois, and you need to hit the sweet spot just right to be able to ride all day. but in the right spot it's very comfy for it's size.
That SLR is one hard saddle..laffeaux
Jan 9, 2004 10:54 AM
I recently installed an SLR on a bike, and actually think it's pretty comfortable. It's definitely more comfortable than a standard Flite, IMO.

One word on saddles with cut-outs... If you ride the bike off-road (MTB or CX) be aware that when you cross creeks, parts of you that normally don't get wet are going to get soaked. I have one saddle with a cutout on a CX bike, and last spring I hit a stream crossing while moving prettty quickly, and the cold mountain water hitting me unexpectedly was an eye opener.
I have an SLK, I had an Aspide ...HouseMoney
Jan 9, 2004 9:26 AM
Gave the Aspide ~ 400-500 miles and it didn't work for me. I could never get settled on the sweet spot for any length of time, assuming there was one. I like the SLK much better (~700 mi), although it's still not the holy grail. If you're concerned about comfort, the SLR comes in an XP version (extra padding) which is supposed to help.

The Fi'zi:k Arione will be my next saddle. The Aspide will be posted on eBay shortly (hoping the demand for bike stuff increases as spring nears). The SLK may end up with the same fate, or I'll put it on my spare/trainer bike since it's not that bad.
re: SLR, SLK or ASPideBroomwagon
Jan 9, 2004 1:12 PM
I have the SLR XP Trans Am and find it surprisingly comfortable. The Trans Am has the cutout. I suspect the regular SLR XP model will be just as comfortable. That XP (extra padding) seems to make all the difference.
SLRDerrick VL
Jan 13, 2004 10:16 AM
I used Flite Ti a long time and changed to SLR last year (-100 g). I was surprised, it's more comfortable than the Flite. The SLR is however very vulnerable. Putting your bike once against a wall is enough to destroy the saddle.