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A question about Selle Italia SLR saddle(9 posts)

A question about Selle Italia SLR saddleol
Oct 25, 2002 8:36 PM
Just bought an SLR XP saddle and went for a 60 mile ride to test it out. The saddle seemed rather uncomfortable after about 2 hours, the shape seems ok but the saddle just seems hard. Any of you guys who are using SLR find them initially hard to ride on and did the saddle get more comfortable with time and prolonged use?
I use an SLR saddle.....gogene
Oct 25, 2002 8:56 PM
....and I found that it doesn't break in. The key to comfort with it is exact saddle position (fore and aft) and nose angle (up or down). Whe you sit on the SLR it sags very slightly with your weight, sort of like a Brooks. So exact positioning of the SLR is extremely important. Of course, it may be the SLR isn't the saddle for you.
slr xp - vs - slrmiko
Oct 25, 2002 9:01 PM
does anybody have experience w/ both of these saddles and care to compare and contrast the two? Does the extra padding in the xp make it stiffer and less flexable?

thanks, miko
re: A question about Selle Italia SLR saddle12x23
Oct 26, 2002 2:29 AM
I use the slr on my bikes. I also found the first ride to be painful after a couple of hours. I fiddled with the position a little afterwards and must have found 'the spot.'

I rode two centuries back-to-back this spring, and rode the Natchez Trace in four days in June on this saddle. It has become the most comfortable saddle I've ever ridden.

That's been my experience. Here's to hoping you find the 'sweet spot.'
re: A question about Selle Italia SLR saddleJuanmoretime
Oct 26, 2002 4:20 AM
I've been riding the SLR all year. To me, it was uncomfortable at first, now it feels great even at 4 plus hours in the saddle. Postion is important and I do think it requires some break in time wether the saddle actually breaks in, maybe not, or you break in, just get used to it.
Fiddling with angle did the trick for me...biknben
Oct 26, 2002 6:27 AM
I've been riding the SLR on the road for a year and a half and 1 year on the MTB.

I set the fore/aft position using the "knee over spindle" method. I set the angle level initially. After a couple rides I tilted the nose down slightly and found it to be more comfortable. I'm not gonna say it is pain free but it doesn't hurt more than other saddles I've tried.

Longest ride on the saddle = 112 miles.
re: A question about Selle Italia SLR saddleSmoothie
Oct 26, 2002 7:47 AM
I think it's a matter of getting used to it. I have yet to find the perfect saddle. The SLR is pretty good for me though. I found that after some mileage the saddle seemed to "break in". Like the previous poster stated - not sure if it was me getting used to it or the saddle actually breaking in.

I like the light padding on the SLR - the carbon shell and Ti rails do alot to absorb the road shock and it flexes enough to be comfy.

Give the Flite TT a try too though - I run one on my MTB bike and it's great. Again not too much padding there either.

In any case give the SLR - or any saddle for that matter - a chance. It takes a while to get the position setup for a new saddle. It's amazing what fore/aft and tilt can do to make a saddle more comfortable.


Is the flight tt smooth leather or rough porous and is it....ol
Oct 27, 2002 3:14 PM
wider in the nose then the SLR?

Plastic-based saddles don't break inKerry
Oct 26, 2002 10:57 AM
There is nothing that will adjust to you. You adjust to the saddle. Changes in a modern (non-leather) saddle suggests it is breaking down, not breaking in.