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Xlab Saddlewing or Flatwing?(5 posts)

Xlab Saddlewing or Flatwing?jarraa
Mar 9, 2002 7:51 PM
Hi all,
I happen to go out for long rides in baren area and would like to carry more than two water bottles. I am looking into adding the flatwing/saddlewing to my seat. I am not a Tri guy and am only used to road bikes (and the crutching back on the seat position to conquer someof the hills). Curious to knkow if anybody used them and what do they think of it.


had to slip this one in. It definetly makes the bike look alot cooler :)
re: Xlab Saddlewing or Flatwing?loop
Mar 10, 2002 7:08 AM

Speaking as a "Tri guy," I've used both. I suspect that you'll like the Saddlewing more since it mounts down at a slight angle, thus giving you more room to slide back and forth on the seat. One thing, though,...take a look at the rail design on you saddle. Not all of them provide enough verticle rail (where they bend up to join the underside of the seat)to allow either desing to mount. If that's the case, Velocity and Profile make seat-post mounted cage systems.

re: Xlab Saddlewing or Flatwing?culsart
Mar 10, 2002 8:32 AM
I have used the Xlab flatwing on my Softride bike. I am not a Tri guy either but I wanted more water bottle mounting options so I tried the Flatwing. I found that the water bottles mounted that high on the bike, when full, changed the out of the saddle handling characteristics to much to suit me. As far as the set back issue goes, be careful as the name of the two models is a little confusing. According to the Tri-zone catalog "The flat wing holds the cages farther behind the saddle for riders who prefer more room behind the saddle". I found this to be correct but look for your self at:
I had no trouble mounting the Flatwing on my Specialized Pro Ti saddle and the quality of the product was great. Hope this helps!
Mar 10, 2002 10:10 AM
You're right. I might have confused the two. Tri Zone, Slowtwitch and the on-line Nytro catalog list them. Thanks for the correction, Culsart.

I sucessfully used both on Specialized Body Geometry, Squadra HDP and Terry Fly saddles. I currently use a Selle Oktavia, and it doesn't work due to the elastomers at the back. Yup...I also forgot to metion that they do alter the out-o'-da-saddle characteristics. But, I only noticed it on my Softride and not on my 'Dale. Perhaps it's due to more weight being added to the end of the beam. Not sure...I always ditched physics.
re: Xlab Saddlewing or Flatwing?jarraa
Mar 20, 2002 1:14 PM
since youare unhappy with your flatwing, are you planning on selling it. If so, I maybe interested. Let me know. Thanks.