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Selle Italia SLR saddle reviews?(6 posts)

Selle Italia SLR saddle reviews?girodebirdman
Aug 17, 2001 11:31 PM
Hi. anyone out there bought a Selle Italia SLR saddle? How do you like it? I was thinking about putting my flite on my cross bike and buying this one: what do you think?
Aug 17, 2001 11:59 PM
I use a SLR on my road bike now in lieu of a Flite which was my saddle of choice. I find that the indentations fit my pelvic bones perfectly without sitting in padding. Although there is some it is minimal. I also find the flat top section more ergonomic compared to the "saddle shape" of the flite which can cause some discomfort if I move too far up on the nose. The tradeoff is obviously durability any time light weight is factored in... I still keep a Flite with kevlar corners on my MTBike. I tried the lighter carbon only model and find the 135gr SLR's padding to make the difference for me. If you liked the Flite I suspect you'll do OK with this... for someone coming off a plusher saddle I would be hesitant to recommend it.
re: Selle Italia SLR saddle reviews?JohnG
Aug 18, 2001 5:34 AM
I tried the SLR=XP and found it to be VERY-VERY uncomfortable. The center section is somewhsat raised and rounded which put a lot of pressure on the wrong part of my rear. The padding is not the problem.... it's the shape. Very old school style.

I use a flight TA and love it. A little heavy at 265gms though.

re: Selle Italia SLR saddle reviews?MarcB
Aug 18, 2001 12:19 PM
I purchased the SLR recently with some distinct reservations considering its obvious lack of padding. However, the extraordinary lightweight nature of the saddle caused me to give it a try. I had been previously using a Terry Fly (and a San Marco Azoto before that) on a Titanium road bike. The Terry Fly is a saddle with quite a bit more padding and one that I find very comfortable to use. (The Azoto is closer to the SLR in the amount of padding.)

Surprisingly, I found the SLR to be a reasonably acceptable alternative to the Terry Fly. No, the SLR is not quite as comfortable as the Terry Fly, but it was not bad at all. My moderately long ride was comfortable enough and there were no "residual" issues, if you know what I mean.

Hence, I would probably recommend the SLR for those who are seeking substantial weight reduction but still wanting to maintain a functionally comfortable saddle.

However, I would agree with the prior posting that someone coming off of a highly padded saddle may be somewhat less satisfied with the SLR than someone switching from a Selle Italia Flite or even the Flite Gel. The SLR does have a different feel than does a highly padded saddle, though I think the SLR's shape and other ergonomics are very good. In addition, I think that I would probably utilize the Terry Fly to do distance riding, such as a century. However, for a ride of two hours of so, the SLR functioned just fine for me.
Aug 18, 2001 3:09 PM
Thanks for the reply's. I find that the most uncomforable part of the Flite is not where by butt lies (I could sit on it all day) but that the nose is very uncomforable: it sometimes hurts to piss after a ride. If the nose of my Flite didn't protrude up, it is probably as comfy as a chair at work. As it is, I have to be careful when sliding up the saddle: ouch! I think I may give the SLR a try!
a minor quibleJohnG
Aug 18, 2001 5:51 PM
My Selle Italia Flite TA is quite a bit "harder" than the SLR-XP that I had. My problem with the SLR has nothing to do with the padding.... it's the darned shape of the thing. The SLR saddle has a very "rounded" (center high) contour which puts pressure right into the "mid section" ..... if you get my drift. Must be a personal thing as other people seem to like the dang thing.

I'd like to see a "minimalist" version of the TA. :)