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Selle Italia SLR saddle opinions?(4 posts)

Selle Italia SLR saddle opinions?Starliner
Jul 27, 2001 8:15 PM
I'm building up a new frame and saw this saddle on sale for around $70. Checked it out in person - very minimalist and feathery light. I like the smooth leather top but it looks fragile, especially without kevlar sides to prevent scrapes and scratches. The center of the saddle actually bulges up so that it is higher than the nose and tail, but the carbon platform seemed springy.

Anyhow, are there any SLR owners out there who can give me their honest appraisals of this saddle with regard to its comfort and wearability? A wise choice for a saddle? Or is the main thing going for it is it's light weight?

It's being heavily discounted now by several web retailers. Hmmm, that makes me wonder if there might be something I ought to know about it before buying it. Sort of like the movie Pearl Harbor -- a lot of hoopla when it came out, strong showing the first week in the theater, then it sunk like a torpedoed ship.

I have onetirider
Jul 28, 2001 8:35 AM
I've had one for a couple of months and really like it. I've been a a die hard Flite user but find the SLR to be more comfortable. I find the design to minimize pressure on the pelvis when in the drops compared to the contour of the Flite. Instead of sitting "in" a cushy saddle the SLR positions your pelvic bones on a flater platform without material on the sides to interfere with the thighs. I have the model with a minimal amount of padding which with a good pair of shorts seems adequate for me. As to durability, any time you value weight savings longetivity is sacrificed... I wouldn't recommend this for portly riders. Other options if weight savings are important: Tune Speedneedle ( and the AX Lightness saddles ( I saw one of the AX (a German company) saddles on Ullrich's mountain climbing bike this year.
re: Selle Italia SLR saddle opinions?Mike P.
Jul 28, 2001 4:54 PM
You can get the Selle Italia SLR AND a carbon fiber U.S.E. Alien seatpost from for $149 US plus around $8 shipping.

re: Selle Italia SLR saddle opinions?Adamz
Jul 29, 2001 3:58 PM
I weigh 150 lbs and have been riding the 135 gram SLR saddle for a year now. I have to agree with the second poster here. The saddle for one is the most comfortable saddle I've ridden. There is no unecessary padding to squish against your soft parts. The saddle is actually designed to sit on your pelvis bone instead of any other parts like major p*nis artery or soft tissue. As a result I dont get hotspots or numb *ick issues. I too agree that this saddle is designed for more fit non portly or larger riders. As far as longevity issues the leather along the nose bridge might begin to wear a little by the design of the saddle but thats about it.

As always it takes a little getting used to, but on long rides I've noticed how un-sore my bottom felt.