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Selle Italia Fluid???(8 posts)

Selle Italia Fluid???kushogun
Jan 30, 2002 11:25 PM
Hello all. I was curious if any of you have seen the Selle Italia "Fluid"? How much does this puppy cost? Where can I purchase one? And most importantly, does the hydraulic suspension make any difference over the gel inserts? Be safe in the slush and snow! BRRRR
re: Selle Italia Fluid???Elefantino
Jan 31, 2002 6:12 AM
Considering that, IMNSHO, gel saddle inserts are the biggest scam in cycling (followed closely by gel shorts inserts, aka "the diaper"), I can't wait to see what Selle's going to charge for hydraulic damping.

But hey ... thousands of everday roadies have ponied up major money for Selle's SLR saddle, only to discover that — horrors! — it eats their shorts!!

FWIW ... lots of 'tude today.
re: Selle Italia Fluid???Dave Hickey
Jan 31, 2002 6:59 AM
I totally agree about gel inserts. The gel is not that much softer and the gel portion is actually raised higher than the rest of the saddle.
eats their shorts?ColnagoFE
Jan 31, 2002 7:34 AM
I'd imagine this would only happen if you have big thighs. I've ridden one for a little while now and it doesn't seem to rub any more than a Flite.
eats their shorts?Elefantino
Jan 31, 2002 12:03 PM
If the SLR is mounted far back on some posts, the post clamps stick out too far and therefore the saddle can consume lycra.
Happened with old SanMarcoTitanio.Far back seat= clamp grabs nmtempeteKerouak
Jan 31, 2002 2:11 PM
here's how SLR's "eat" shorts....Starliner
Jan 31, 2002 5:54 PM
I've mentioned the SLR's appetite for shorts a few times already, and since my last post on the subject I discovered the source of the problem.

It's not the seat itself that chews up the shorts. Nor was it the seatpost. What chewed up the shorts was exposed velcro on the seatbag, specifically on the tab anchoring the bag to the seatpost.

Velcro acts like sandpaper on exposed clothing. The minimal design of the SLR contributes to this problem by not shielding one's thighs from rubbing against the seatpost, and any exposed velcro in the vicinity.

So, for me, the solutions were to ride with my knees pointed outward, which really wasn't a solution; to take the seatbag off and stuff it into a rear shirt pocket, which is what I did when I figured the problem out; and then to cover the exposed velcro with electrical tape when I got back.

No problems since.
re: Selle Italia Fluid???Lone Gunman
Jan 31, 2002 8:03 AM
I have ridden saddles and shorts with goo in them. Bad invention that made someone alot of loot. Goo does 1 or both of 2 things; it pools and or leaks. I have had Nashbar HFS shorts and all the fluid leaked out; Performance Century gel shorts, the gel pad slid all the way to the rear of the shorts, like I had a potato in my shorts in the wrong place, and on my last ride I had residue on my brooks saddle that had the consistency of rubber cement. In saddles and shorts goo has created uncomfortable pressure points for me. Tried a cutout saddle, all the goo did was pool in the cutout. Had a goo saddle, the goo went hard and then shifted around to where it was not needed creating a pressure point. I am now gooless and happy.