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Stitching on Selle Italia saddles(10 posts)

Stitching on Selle Italia saddlestarwheel
Dec 5, 2001 5:38 AM
What is the deal with all the stitching, embroidery on Selle Italia saddles? It seems like they are getting more and more carried away with it. I've got a SI TransAm Max saddle that fits me great except I've noticed that I sometimes get some chafing in a spot that exactly corresponds with the logo stitched on the side. I am reluctant to buy another SI saddle for that reason because all of their saddles now have logos and other designs stitched all over the place. Has anyone else had this problem?

For my next saddle, I am considering something very basic like a San Marco Regal or Rolls. I like the look of these saddles, they're reasonably light and have been around a long time. I also have heard good feedback about the Terry Fly, but it's narrower than I prefer and seems rather overpriced. I've had good luck with the cutout center design in the TransAm Max, and the Fly is made by SI and seems to be patterned after the TransAm. I don't want to shell out $100 for a Fly, however, and find out that it's too narrow for me.
the dealold fart
Dec 5, 2001 6:12 AM
better "grip" for your bum (few suede finish or perforated saddles anymore), look (some like it!), minimizes waterpoofing(necessitating purchase of a new saddle after a few rides in the rain or several seasons for those that sweat copious amounts)... see? Makes perfect sense. Back in the day, it was a San Marco Concor or SI Turbo and that was it. Oh yeah, black or white, smooth or suede or perforated.
Here are the measurements of the Fly..Lone Gunman
Dec 5, 2001 6:43 AM
135mm wide by 280mm long. It is spongy, not firm at all. I switched to the Brooks as I like the good solid platform that flexes to sit on. I think the cut out thing is overated, and the Fly is over priced and mushy, I got pressure points from the mush.
personal tasteCT1
Dec 5, 2001 8:02 AM
I use SI TA saddles and think they are near perfect. I just wish they were a little lighter.

re: Stitching on Selle Italia saddlesfiltersweep
Dec 5, 2001 8:23 AM
Embroidered logos don't wear off-

How else are you going to make a "cool looking" multi-colored saddle without stitching different pieces together?

Arguably, you can countour the leather over the seat form "better" using more than one panel.

The IRONY is that no one can even SEE the logos or fancy stiching or multi-colored panels when you are seated on it!
Wear some shortsLC
Dec 5, 2001 8:57 AM
Are you trying to ride naked? Some of those cheap shorts are just about like riding naked. A good pad should make the little stitches invisable to your rear end.
You're supposed to wear shorts?tarwheel
Dec 5, 2001 10:58 AM
I've got some decent shorts (Voler, PI and Louis Garneau) so I don't think that's the problem.
re: Stitchesguido
Dec 5, 2001 11:43 AM
This isn't the first time someone has complained about stitched logos on saddles chafing the rider's butt. You have to wonder about manufacturers who have to put their name in raised letters right where the rider is going to put his weight. Those old suede saddles used to get nice and shiny after a couple of hundred miles' use. Then you could slide around on them nicely. I like to be able to reposition on a saddle without a bunch of stitching resisting. What ever happened to that concept? Stiching is a crock.
Suede ruled, and still should. nmscottfree
Dec 5, 2001 12:12 PM
re: Stitchesdave woof
Dec 5, 2001 3:18 PM
I agree. Have a Serfas ARC and it's labeled all over the top and sides. Last few thousand miles the stitching is wearing thin and finally coming out. I'm trying to speed up the process with a razor. I hate stitching.

Btw that 'Kevlar' on the sides is a crock. First time I dropped my bike the kevlar took a big gash.