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Those of you who are comfortable on the SLR saddle...(21 posts)

Those of you who are comfortable on the SLR saddle...Fez
Apr 28, 2003 5:07 PM
For those of you who have found comfort on the 135 gram SLR Ti saddle, what do you do once you have worn thru the soft leather covering?

1) Promptly replace it with another SLR because this is a weight weenies dream saddle
2) Keep on using it even though it looks horrid
3) Switch to a different saddle - $100 for a lightweight saddle that only lasts 3 months is not worth it.

Do any of the other saddles in the SLR/SLK line have a little more robust leather covering? I like the saddle profile and comfort, but I am not too crazy about the fast wearing leather.
re: Those of you who are comfortable on the SLR saddle...Emu_Lane
Apr 28, 2003 5:54 PM
Is your SLR black? My teamate and I were just talking about this yesterday. I have a black one with about 8000 miles on it and it isn't worn at all. He has a blue one that isn't very old and is getting worn already. He previously had a black one that lasted much longer. Maybe the colored stuff isn't as durable. I'd say if your SLR is a different color than black, replace it with a black one. If it's black, buy a new one anyway, in my opinion they are the most comfortable saddle available for racing.
YesFez
Apr 28, 2003 6:17 PM
Its black. The color shouldn't have an effect on the actual wear - only its appearance.

Underneath the cracked black leather is black colored padding, so it isn't as noticeable from afar. If you had another color, once it wears, you would see a different color underneath - hence the unsightly look on that blue one.

My old Turbo and Flite saddles outlasted the bikes they were originally on. They were indestructible. The SLR is not even 3 months old and has significant wear on the left and right sides.
re: Those of you who are comfortable on the SLR saddle...jefajones
Apr 28, 2003 6:09 PM
I have two, one w/ probably 5K (black) and another with around 2K (snakeskin) and both are fine.
I've heard of people taking them to a saddlerweiwentg
Apr 28, 2003 6:24 PM
ie, someone who does horse saddles. they can replace the leather. I haven't worn through the covering yet but this is what I'd do.
I've heard of people taking them to a saddlerrussw19
Apr 28, 2003 7:39 PM
A shoe repair shop should be able to do it too. If there is no saddler in your area. I have had hockey gloves repalmed at a shoe repair shop in the past.

Russ
re: Those of you who are comfortable on the SLR saddle...rogue_CT1
Apr 28, 2003 7:33 PM
I have about 2000+ miles on a snakeskin SLR and it's still fine. I will agree it is the most comfortable racing saddle I've used. I'm still excited about the deal I got on it from CBO - $45! If it wears out I'll buy another one, I just hope I can hold off until I find another great deal.
That's what duct tape is for :-) nmLeroy
Apr 29, 2003 4:38 AM
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4) Strip it...SS_MB-7
Apr 29, 2003 4:45 AM
Once the leather wore through on the tip and edges of my old Flites, I stripped the saddle of it's leather and padding leaving a bare plastic shell. I've only recently starting using SLR saddles so I haven't needed to do this yet.

One thing I did notice with the stripped Flite was that the shell was much more flexible. That is, on hard hits, the seat would compress and hit the top of the seat post. The leather and padding do add some structural stiffness. Since the SLR is pretty bare-bones as it is, the shell may be reinforced to accomodate the minimal padding and may not have any issues with flex. Surprisingly, the bare plastic shell of the Flite was pretty comfortable.

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
4) Put it on your MTB and get another one for the road bike...biknben
Apr 29, 2003 4:53 AM
I have two SLRs. When one was torn in a crash I replaced it with a new one. The torn one went on my MTB and is still going strong. The newer one has at least 5k on it with no signs of wear.

I got them here: http://www.jensonusa.com/store/product.asp?number=31015 for $65 each.
Maybe it's your shourts...........Len J
Apr 29, 2003 5:18 AM
or something else.

I have over 10,000 miles on my SLR Trans Am with no noticible wear at all except the printing on the sides where my thighs rub is gone (except for a scratch on the side where it ran across the ground during my accident). Sounds like something else is to blame.

Len
Maybe not...Fez
Apr 29, 2003 5:38 AM
Like you, the wear on my SLR is also due to the inner thigh rub. The SLR is so minimalist that it probably gets less abrasion than an old Flite Ti Gel would.

However, its the very delicate nature of the leather that leads to the early demise of the SLR. The Flite Ti Gel had such robust leather that it would have taken years to noticeably wear the sides out.

Another price we pay for the SLR's lightness is the lack of abrasion resistance the saddle has from loading it into the car and leaning it against various objects. The SLR would not fare well in a crash or even the bike getting accidentally knocked over.

OTOH, many other saddles are reinforced along the rear and sides so you don't have to be so careful with it.
Not my experience.........Len J
Apr 29, 2003 7:02 AM
The wear on the inside of the thigh is no worse than on any other saddle I have owned. The only wear is to the graphics (printing). The leather itself is almost perfect after 10,000 miles.

Abrasion resistance. I was in a 20+ MPH crash with a car where my bike went over the car and slid about 100 ft on it's side. The only wear was on the end of the pedal, the QR and the edge of the SLR. Even with that, it tore up the leather a little bit but DID NOT wear through.

In Sum, I have not had the experience with the SLR you have had (& several others have had the same experience as me) so either you got a defective one or there is some other variable.

Len
Are we talking about the same seat?Fez
Apr 29, 2003 7:19 AM
Is this your rig? You called it a TransAm SLR, but it looks like a TransAm Flite.
Are we talking about the same seat?Len J
Apr 29, 2003 7:40 AM
Mine is an SLR trans AM I bought it in 2002. Looking at the SI website, the only SLR Trans Am they show is the Gelflow but I have seen the regular SLR trans am in stores recently.

Len
OK...Fez
Apr 29, 2003 7:46 AM
The picture didn't go thru, but I did a search and found the pic of your brand new Serotta. The pic looked like it had a Flite TransAm on it.

I guess you replaced the saddle :P
Yea.....Len J
Apr 29, 2003 7:51 AM
I bought the flite with the bike, after about 150 miles I put the SLR back on.

Len
re: Those of you who are comfortable on the SLR saddle...Juanmoretime
Apr 29, 2003 5:39 AM
4,000 miles, a year and half old, and still going strong. One thing I do, mine still looks new, is use leather conditioner on it once a week. The best feature about this saddle other than it's lightness and it looks like there is almost no saddle there, is that I find it more comfortable than any other saddle I've ever ridden. My inner thighs used to rub on the sides of almost ever saddle out there, this doesn't have any side for them to rub on. Since it looks as though I'm going to get about 2 years or more out of it, when I do wear out the cover, I'll just replace it with another.
what do you guys do to your saddles?ColnagoFE
Apr 29, 2003 5:45 AM
I've never worn through a saddle in as long as I've been riding and 3 months is terrible! I've been riding mine for over a year now and it still looks like new. The only way I need new saddles is if I crash. Maybe you are using sandpaper on your shorts or something...I just don't get how you could wear one of these out in 3 months of normal riding...even if you're doing 100 miles a day. I'd say get a Brooks or a kevlar model if you are that hard on them.
ClarificationFez
Apr 29, 2003 6:19 AM
Maybe it depends on what perspective we are coming from. My SLR still looks like new in most respects. Its the edges on the left and right sides where the leather wraps around and underneath where it is beginning to wear and crack (about 1cm below the grey striping).

Its no big deal - it just was a little surprising because this saddle looks like its a disposable saddle, as opposed to years ago, when a Brooks or a Turbo or even a Flite would last years, even decades.

Could I ride on this for the rest of the season? Probably. Does it look like @ss? Yes.

But I shouldn't complain - the more durable saddles with the embroidery used to eat thru $100 pairs of shorts quickly. With the smooth SLR, my shorts don't wear much at all - but the saddle does. Replacing a saddle once a year may be cheaper than throwing out 5 pairs of shorts at the end of the season.
re: Those of you who are comfortable on the SLR saddle...No_sprint
Apr 29, 2003 8:21 AM
They last far more than 3 months for me. I've got more than one rig though. One of the others is an SLR Evolution. That thing is wretched. :)