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Sella Italia trans am style saddles feedback required.(12 posts)

Sella Italia trans am style saddles feedback required.ol
Aug 20, 2002 10:35 PM
Just wanting to hear some opinions on sella italia trans am style saddles the ones with the cut out in the middle. Are they more or less comfortable than a standard saddle?
re: Sella Italia trans am style saddles feedback required.boneman
Aug 20, 2002 11:56 PM
I date back to the Unica and Cinelli saddle days, supplanted by a Brooks Pro for 10 years, a couple on a San Marco Regal and then another 10 years on Turbomatics I-III versions. Due to a saddle sore and the desire to continue daily riding, I tried a TransAm saddle a couple of years ago. It was their cheapo XO model. I liked it quite a bit and found it more comfortable on longer rides and when riding for prolonged periods in the drops.

I eventually tried a ProLink TransAm. Unfortunately it didn't fit my ass/upper thighs and I've settled on using Flite TransAm's. The XO's a bit wider the an Flite but again like all saddles, you need to try them.

I may try to SLR TransAm as I'm not completely sold on the Flite's fit. As for the TransAm concept, I am completely sold and its comfort.
re: Sella Italia trans am style saddles feedback required.scruffyduncan
Aug 21, 2002 2:01 AM
very comfy
re: Sella Italia trans am style saddles feedback required.thesleeper
Aug 21, 2002 3:12 AM
I find the Max Flite Trans Am comfy.
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Aug 21, 2002 3:12 AM
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re: Sella Italia trans am style saddles feedback required.Ian
Aug 21, 2002 3:30 AM
I like them. I used to ride a Flite Gel for about a year, had some numbness, but was a comfortable saddle. Then went to a Flite TT, same story. Then a San Marco Asphide, most numbenss went away, but not as comfortable. Got the SLR Trans Am last week. Rode 30 on Friday, 62 on Saturday and 60 on Sunday, comfortable and no numbness.

Ian
re: Sella Italia trans am style saddles feedback required.tarwheel
Aug 21, 2002 4:34 AM
I rode a SI TransAm Max for about a year, 5000 miles. Initially I really liked the saddle, and I never had any problems with numbness while using it. However, after time it started to bother my sit bones and I developed a saddle sore in that spot. I replaced it with a Lepper leather saddle, which is the most comfortable saddle I've ever used. From the way my leather saddle has broken in, I've realized that the TransAm (and most SI saddles) are too flat across the top for me. I need something that slopes away more at the sides, like a San Marco Regal, which I also find very comfortable. One of the things I really like about the TransAm is that it's one of the few Selle Italia saddles that isn't all covered with embroidered stitching, which I find ugly and uncomfortable.
It's about fit.Len J
Aug 21, 2002 4:54 AM
I've tried all of the T/A saddles.
Max T/A was too wide for my skinny butt.
Prolink T/A is too much of a saddle shape for me and caused discomfort in the "Boys" Additionally, the seam on the rear became painful if I slid too far back on the saddle.
Flite T/A was too wide in the mid portion & was causing chafing in the area behind the Boys at the top of the thigh.
SLR T/A seems to fit great. So far I've done about 500 miles, longest ride 65 miles & it might be the one.

Only way to know is to try. Find someone local who has been through the same quest & trade off saddles.

Len
Flite TA. Exactly the same problem.Sintesi
Aug 21, 2002 6:16 AM
It's not so bad right now but it does bother me. I'm thinking of switching (God, I do not want to buy another saddle!). In the middle section of the saddle all the pressure is on this area where the perinea meets your inside leg. The design takes the pressure off the perinea but there is a trade-off with the chafing.

It's okay, it's tolerable, but not the most comfy saddle in the world.
re: Sella Italia trans am style saddles feedback required.JohnG
Aug 21, 2002 7:24 AM
I've got about 18K miles on the SI TA saddles. Work great for keeping the boys happy. Saddle sores are infrequent but I have had a couple over the last 18 months.

I just got a SI SLR TA saddle and am eager to try it.
JohnG
my two centsrtyszko
Aug 21, 2002 1:14 PM
I ride the trans am max on my road bike b/c I have a skinny a$$ and with a bit of tilt it made a huge difference in how I felt. No numbness at all. I tried the flite gel, a few specialized saddles until I settled on this one.

BT
re: Sella Italia trans am style saddles feedback required.upandcomer
Aug 21, 2002 9:13 PM
I found the Max Trans Am to be really uncomfortable. I then switched to the Trans Am and am quite happy with it, although I did find it quite hard on the sit bones at first (this is no longer a problem) as I was previously on a pretty cushy saddle.