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Gel Saddles(6 posts)

Gel SaddlesRGR
Jul 29, 2002 6:33 PM
I am considering purchasing a selle italia gel flite saddle. However, I noticed on ebay recently that a rather large majority of the saddles were "gel" something or other (many flite). Is there something I should "know" about these? Also, from the pictures I wondered if the "genuine gel" embroidery on the sides becomes a nuissance to the insides of your legs?

Thanks much,
Rob

P.S. Any other saddles you think I should take into consideration would be appreciated too (even though I realize this is an extremely selective issue). I'm 5'6 125lbs with pretty narrow hips.
re: Gel Saddlestirider
Jul 29, 2002 8:36 PM
I found the gel to be worthless and the stitching to be uncomfortable. And I think they are ugly to boot. Save some money and get a regular Flite. I'm using and love the newer and lighter Flite TT which has a bit of a flatter top section and seems to fit me quite well. Obviously saddle fit is a subjective thing, however I do believe that cutouts, stitching and gel inserts tend to be more marketing driven than functional.
re: Gel SaddlesDINOSAUR
Jul 29, 2002 9:40 PM
I have a Selle Italia Gel Flite saddle and have been very happy with it. Can't say if the gel does anything, but it stays nice and comfortable on long rides. The gel is supposed to conform to the shape of your anatomy, don't know if it does this or not. No problem for me with the embroidery, the embroidery on the San Marco Era saddle, which is on my other bike, was a lot more noticable.

I'd like to try the regular Selle Italia Flite with perforated leather myself, but it all depends on how well the Gel Flite holds up.

Saddles are pretty much a personal thing, no "one-fits- all". The Flite Gel is the number one selling saddle, if that means anything. It wasn't my first choice, it came with my group. I like it better than my old San Marco Eara.

You might check out the Sella Italia SLR, if you are looking for a narrow light weight saddle. Or the Fizik saddles (made by San Marco) tend to run narrow. The Gel Flite is a wide saddle and is good for big guys, might not fit your ticket.....
re: Gel SaddlesPEDDLEFOOT
Jul 30, 2002 5:39 AM
I'VE HAD MY GEL FLITE FOR OVER A YEAR NOW AND CAN'T IMAGINE RIDING WITHOUT IT.I SECOND MOST OF WHAT THE PREVIOUS REPLY SAID EXCEPT THAT I'M 5'4" AND 130 LBS. WITH A NARROW BACKSIDE.I DON'T FEEL THE GEL FLITE IS A WIDE SADDLE UNLESS YOU COMPARE IT TO THE ULTRA SLIM SLR.IF YOU CAN GET A GOOD DEAL ON IT I WOULD SUGGEST YOU GIVE IT A TRY.FOR THE MONEY AND SELECTION I DON'T THINK YOU CAN GO WRONG WITH THE SELLE ITALIA LINE.
Regular Flite seems just as good for me (nm)ColnagoFE
Jul 30, 2002 5:41 AM
re: Gel Saddlesgrandemamou
Jul 30, 2002 6:10 AM
I tried the Flite Gel on my AL frame and the ride was considerably harsher than the Trimatic gel that it replaced. I went back to the Trimatic and my rear is much happier. I put the Flite on my (steel) Peugeot and it feels fine.

There is embroidry on all of my saddles and I can't tell it's there. As far as other saddles, SI Trimatic and SI Turbomatic are the other brands that I have on my bikes. If you are riding AL the Trimatic and Turbomatic seem to take the road buzz out of the ride better than the Flite.