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Selle Italia flite gel...does the gel help?(18 posts)

Selle Italia flite gel...does the gel help?mlbd
Aug 30, 2001 8:42 AM
what advantage does the gel on the nose offer? damping vibration?
I don't think somr_spin
Aug 30, 2001 8:47 AM
I've had mine for about two years, but I can't tell any difference. It's a good saddle, but I'll buy the gel-less version next time.

Damping vibration? Sounds like marketing hype to me. But I've got a titanium bike with a carbon fork. All my vibrations have pretty much been damped by the time they get to the saddle.

I'll bet good money someone replies suggesting switching to a Brooks!
i'm not taking that bet (nm)mlbd
Aug 30, 2001 9:03 AM
Get a Brooks (lol)Bonee
Aug 30, 2001 9:28 AM
Really though, I ride them and they are awesome. I'd only suggest one strongly to someone who is having numbness problems. Thats why I got one and it cured it immedately. The comfort factor is second, third is the nostalgia factor.

Not for everyone though, especially a weight weenie. (I say lose a few pounds off your fat rear first.)

Why is it that a lot of you bash on people who suggest Brooks Saddles, but it is OK to suggest Selle Italias and Terrys all you want?
got no problem with brooks...mlbd
Aug 30, 2001 9:42 AM
in fact, i may get one. i have some numbness problems, but a good selle solved the problem on my mtb so i thought i'd go with what worked once already. if that doesn't work, i'll try a brooks and lug that extra weight around.
got no problem with brooks...Bonee
Aug 30, 2001 10:16 AM
Cool. Sorry, didn't mean to imply you or mr_spin were bashing the Brooks line. I've read some other posts that were directly doing so in the past. It is just funny that people can be passionate about newer technology, but others can't be the same way about a brand name that has been around for 100 years.

I'd say if the Selle worked on your MTB, it should work on the road too. But if it doesn't, try the...(lol)
got no problem with brooks saddles...Breezydz
Aug 30, 2001 12:36 PM
I don't have any problem with the saddles. I'm annoyed by Brooks owners who sound like they are riding God's chosen saddle and want to save every sore a$$ed rider in the world. When I replaced my Brooks Pro with a San Marco Concor I had the happiest butt in Hartford. They aren't the best saddles for everybody.
Aug 30, 2001 6:18 PM
It's not god's chosen saddle. Someone is usually asking for a recommendation and people are simply making a recommendation. A few days ago I asked for advice on shoes. I got a lot of responses to try Sidi. You know what, I hate sidi. I've tried'em and hate'm. But ya know what else, I appreciated those that responded cause I asked.

Keep that in mind when you read this stuff and stop being a martyr.
Not for me...tirider
Aug 30, 2001 9:00 AM
I've always used Flites and when the gel version came out I bought one. I personally think they're worthless. The seams and stitching were uncomfortable and I noticed no benefit whatsoever in the gel. Plus it's heavier and gaudy. I believe all these saddles are marketed to Americans (and yes I'm one) in our insatiable quest for newer, better and cooler stuff. Personally I'm sick of gel inserts, stitching and flashy logos on saddles. Whatever happened to the plain old Flites without all the crap on them? I ride a SLR now which I wish didn't have the stripes but I amazingly find to be the most comfortable one I've tried to date. Oh and by the way I gave that gel
Flite to a friend who thought it was the neatest thing since sliced bread... go figure?
Standard Flites existColnagoFE
Aug 30, 2001 12:01 PM
I see them all over the place. Cheaper than the gel model to boot. I too have the gel model and can't really tell the diff between the two. Thinking of trying an SLR.
Gel may help sales, never helped me any. nmBreezydz
Aug 30, 2001 9:44 AM
re: Selle Italia flite gel...does the gel help?mad badger
Aug 30, 2001 9:59 AM
In a

The hardest, lightest saddle I've ever ridden is the SLR, and it's way the most comfortable. I have an ordinary Flite on my training bike, feels like a big slack hammock now!
Helps it look different, that's about it.jw25
Aug 30, 2001 10:37 AM
As so many have already said, it's pretty much a gimmick. Honestly, with more padding and gel, I actually get a little more discomfort with the Flite gel than with a plain Flite. It only shows up on 3 hour plus rides, though, so I've kept it on the bike.
I think too many people buy saddles by just feeling how soft they are, not realizing that the 5-10 pounds of pressure they apply with fingertips in no way correlates to the 50-100 or more pounds that the saddle will support. Unfortunately, not many people want a "pre-tested" saddle, so a number of LBS's don't allow test-rides, so it's pretty much a shot in the dark.
If you are having numbness problems, the cutout saddles make a lot more sense than a slice of gel, as long as the cutout fits you. In the grand scheme of things, saddles aren't that expensive, so try a few out, there's always a market for them on Ebay or here if they aren't right for you.
Helps it look different, that's about it.spincity
Aug 30, 2001 5:42 PM
I had the same problem with my Flite gel. It felt perfectly comfortable for about 2 hours. Unfortunatly on 3 hour or more rides I got some nasty welts on the side of my @$$ right where the side gel insert is. After taking the saddle off I noticed that the insert on the left side was slightly closer to the nose than on the right side, which pretty much explained why I got the welts (no not saddle sores, it was as if I was being pinched by the gel insert). I'm currently switching to a fizik pave TT. Hopefully it's not an @$$ axe like some people seem to think, but I wanted to try a saddle with no fancy stiching at all.
It helps end your ride earlyRich Clark
Aug 30, 2001 3:07 PM
For me it was padding in exactly the wrong place. It made chafing and numbness come sooner and more severely than a plane Flite. I think it actually puts more pressure in the wrong place than any other saddle I've tried. I ended up with Max Flite Trans Am saddles on both bikes, and 4000+ miles later I'm a happy camper.

Aug 30, 2001 3:41 PM
Even the max Flight Trans Am uses gel. Been running one of these for over a year and really like it. Never had a regualr flight saddle so I can't do a direct comparison.
I don't think soRich Clark
Aug 30, 2001 5:12 PM
There is a Max Flite "Genuine Gel," but the Trans Am version is the one with the cutout. It's got a bit of padding, but no gel. See

The Gel versions of these saddles put a gel pad where the cutout is on the Trans Am versions. For me, that extra pad was in exactly the wrong place.

How about a Flite XP?STEELYeyed
Aug 30, 2001 5:42 PM
I have been looking for something a little softer than my Flite ti,Selle Italia makes one they call a Flite ti XP,which stands for Extra Padding,I don't know if it is still made,as I haven't been able to locate one,anyone know who sells them?