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Wear & Tear on Cycling Shorts and Saddle(10 posts)

Wear & Tear on Cycling Shorts and SaddleFez
Sep 9, 2002 5:21 AM
What is reasonable wear on the outside of cycling shorts from the saddle?

I used to have a Selle Italia "Turbo" style smooth leather saddle - comfortable, never made visible wear and tear on outside of shorts. Great saddle but heavy and cannot find it anymore.

Now I have the Selle Italia Genuine Gel Ti "Flite" saddle - comfort is so-so, and it eats thru shorts and tights. Kind of a bummer when you spend $80+ on each set of shorts and tights and within a few rides they are pilling from contact with the saddle. It could be the stitching, could also be the kevlar pad on the sides.

Any recommendations on shorts friendly saddles? This damn titanium Flite saddle is costing me a fortune in clothes.
re: Wear & Tear on Cycling Shorts and Saddlefbg111
Sep 9, 2002 5:31 AM
I only have experience with three saddles, but the one I settled on is pretty good in that respect: Selle Italia Flite Titanium Kevlar. It's all smooth leather except for small cloth patches covering the back corners. No seams where movement occurs, and very comfortable. It's discontinued, but you can still buy them from at least one online retailer:

Also, I think the successor is the Selle Evolution3, which has the same shape and almost same materials, but no cloth patches anywhere (or their respective seams):
Were is it eating through????Dave Hickey
Sep 9, 2002 5:39 AM
Sometimes it's the exposed seatpost clamp thats wearing a hole. If it's wearing on the inside of the upper thigh, try a piece of tape where the clamp attaches to the saddle rails.
Should have said "Where is it eating through?" nmDave Hickey
Sep 9, 2002 5:40 AM
According to the shortsFez
Sep 9, 2002 6:17 AM
All the wear is within the borders of the chamois. Nothing on the inner thigh. So it looks like the tough kevlar-ish panels on the rearmost (and widest) part of the saddle are responsible for the wear. There also is a Selle Italia logo on each side of the saddle there and might contribute to the wear.

Funny how that kevlar piece is there to supposedly protect the saddle if the bike falls, but it eats thru clothing.
The velcro strap of my saddle bag that attaches to thebill
Sep 9, 2002 6:02 AM
seatpost sometimes chews up my shorts a little. I try to adjust it so that the loops, rather than the hooks, are exposed.
Then there's what my wife does to my shorts when I get home from a ride late (and I don't mean in a good way) . . . .
re: Wear & Tear on Cycling Shorts and SaddlePEDDLEFOOT
Sep 9, 2002 7:21 AM
If you don't mind the comfort of the Genuine Gel saddle but don't want the stitching and or pads you might want to give the old dependable Ti Flite a try.I've used both and didn't find that much difference in comfort.I still doubt the actual benefit that the gel gives on the Flite Gel saddle.I love both saddles and haven't found the problems that you have with the Gel saddle.We are all built differently though and what works for me may not work for someone else.The Ti flite is relatively inexpensive so it may not hurt to give it a try.
re: I had the same problemteschrider
Sep 9, 2002 7:41 AM
It was caused by the kevlar. I returned the saddle to Performance for a full refund on the saddle and the two pairs of Performance shorts that it ruined. I bought the Flite Ti (non-gel) mentioned by the previous poster and have not had any problems since. In addition, I could not find any noticable difference in the two saddles.
re: I too, had the same problemSpunout
Sep 9, 2002 9:42 AM
No more stitches, embroidery, or seams on any of my saddles.

Flite TI is my saddle now. Might look at the Flite TT, or a san marco Concor, or the Royal(heavy).
re: Wear & Tear on Cycling Shorts and Saddlealiensporebomb
Sep 9, 2002 11:09 AM
I'm running the Selle Italia Prolink.

Not the Prolink Genuine Gel, just the normal prolink.

I like it because it only has a pretty much featureless
surface to sit on, no seams or embroidery except at the
very rear end of the seat where it's nigh impossible to
sit on.

it has two embroidered Selle Italia logos as well but they
tend to be outwards to the sides and don't impact on my
clothes at all.

My cycling clothes have been pretty much unaffected (except
for one pair of shorts that were pretty cheap to begin with).

I find it a very comfortable saddle but your mileage may vary.

Hope that helps.