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Flite Trans Am vs. Terry Fly(10 posts)

Flite Trans Am vs. Terry FlyDCP
May 17, 2001 12:13 PM
I know saddles are a personal thing but any comments on these two? They are both made by Selle Italia and are similar.
re: Flite Trans Am vs. Terry FlyLarry Meade
May 17, 2001 12:22 PM
The Flite Trans Am is pretty much a Flite saddle with a little more padding and the slit in the middle. It is quite firm. There is also the Flite Max Trans Am which is closer to the Fly. It is wider in the back than the flite and probably very close in size to the Fly. The main difference between it and the Fly is that the fly has softer padding and a larger opening in the shell. I personally haven't ridden a Fly but some have called it too soft while others love it. I have the Flite Trans Am on two of my bikes and the Max Trans Am on two others. As I get in better shape, I prefer the Flite over the Max but both are very comfortable. I hope this helps.

re: Flite Trans Am vs. Terry FlyTurtleherder
May 17, 2001 12:24 PM
I rode a Flite Trans Am for two years. I liked it well enough because of the cut out and the narrow shape. It tended to get a little hard on the hind quarters after about 60 miles. Just put on a Terry Fly about a month ago. After about 400 miles I would have to say that I like it better than the Flite. It has the same cut out but has a little more padding for longer rides. It also is covered in a material that keeps you from sliding forward. Of course, no two rears are the same so it really does come down to what fits you the best.
Terry Fly: Comfy for meLazy
May 17, 2001 12:32 PM
I have one of these and like it alot. I'm a bit on the heavy side (~185). I find it very comfy and I don't have any problems with numbness or anything.

I have ridden a couple different Selle Italia models and a Selle SanMarco (that came w/my bike). I like the Terry the best by far.
re: Flite Trans Am vs. Terry Flykeith m.
May 17, 2001 12:55 PM
I had the fly for about six months. It was comfy, but it is so grippy, it's hard to move around on. Almost too soft. Sometimes it felt like I sank into it and it would develop a hot spot in a not too comforable place. I'm now riding the sella italia flight gel. It took about a week to get used to,because of the firmness, it hurt for the first two or three days, but now I like it better. I can move around and position myself better on it. I'd think that the trans am would be the perfect compromise.
I've used bothAndy
May 17, 2001 2:05 PM
I started out with the Flite Gel but it was too hard on my sit bones and gave me blisters where the gel was. (even tried tilting the saddle down slightly) Went to the Trans Am which fixed the blister problem but my body parts would be numb for days after a 60+ mile ride. The leather on the Trans Am is smooth and I found myself sliding around on the saddle more than I wanted.

Switched to a Fly two weeks ago and I don't have any more saddle problems. The fly is a little soft for a "racing" saddle but it's not as bulky as some of these "anatomic" saddles. In my case, it was switch or don't ride anymore.

I weigh about 155 and I don't bottom out on the padding. The texture of the leather seems to be OK for me. I can't move around much on the saddle as it is because I train with Powercranks; makes it more difficult to wiggle around. I recently rode a 75 miler with almost no discomfort. I did develop a little bit of a "hot spot" around the sit bones but it wasn't anything awful. It was certianly an improvement over the Trans Am.

I can see where this saddle might be problematic for some people because of the padding. You'll probably just have to try it.
re: Flite Trans Am vs. Terry FlyCliff Oates
May 17, 2001 3:04 PM
I have Terry Flys on both my bikes with about 4,000 miles on the saddles. I bought my first Fly last August when a plain Flite was killing me after 50 miles. I rode the Fly in a century 3 days after I got it and I was completely comfy. I was riding up the local mountain with a half dozen guys earlier this week, and we noticed when we stopped at the ranger station partway up that 3 of us were riding Flys. FWIW, Terry has a 60 day satisfaction or your money back guaranty, so it's certainly a safe saddle to try out.
re: Flite Trans Am vs. Terry FlyMGS
May 17, 2001 5:33 PM
I've had them both. I hated the Terry Fly, much too soft for my happiness. I bottomed out and developed areas of discomfort. For what it's worth, I weigh 175lbs.

I now use a Flite Trans Am Max flite. For me, the perfect fit and padding. I've done three centuries without a bit of numbness or discomfort. It just fits my butt.
Trans Am Maxbianchi boy
May 18, 2001 7:02 AM
After experimenting with several saddles, I've settled on the Flite Trans Am Max. It's a little wider than the regular Flites, which fits me better. It felt a little too firm when I first installed it, but seems to develop more give with use. I love the saddle now and have never developed any numbness. The saddle it replaced was a Selle Italia Trimatic Gel, which was too narrow for me and caused numbness. I also have a Selle Royale Gel, which is very cushy and feels great for shorter rides. But over longer distances is too cushy and actually is less comfortable for me than the Trans Am Max. If you read about saddles in the review section, you'll find that this saddle generally gets very high marks. But it doesn't fit everyone and some people hate it. If you do try one, make sure and give it enough time to break in -- for me about 100 miles of riding.
May 18, 2001 7:17 AM
Thanks to all who replied. I am still confused as to what to buy, but it is a more well informed confusion which will lead me in the right direction.