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Anybody stripped a SLR? Leather wears very quickly....(17 posts)

Anybody stripped a SLR? Leather wears very quickly....SS_MB-7
Jun 11, 2003 7:29 AM
Has anybody stripped a SLR of it's leather and padding? The leather on my SLR is wearing very, very quickly. Unfortunately, I've had a couple wet-n-muddy rides which have accelerated the wearing process and I've already had to resort to taping the tip. Now, the wearing is at the tail and edges.

In the past, I've stripped my old Sella Italia Flites once it began to wear. With the padding and leather removed from the Flite, the bare shell seemed to be too flexy and, on occassion, the seat would bottom-out on the top of the seatpost. The leather and padding added extra stiffness to the Flite. I'm curious if because the SLR is very minimalistic, if the carbon shell has the required stiffness to go without padding and leather?

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
re: Anybody stripped a SLR? Leather wears very quickly....No_sprint
Jun 11, 2003 7:49 AM
Firstly, the leather and padding add no stiffness. Second, I've got an SLR and an SLR evolution (SLR with no leather or padding). The SLR Evolution is truly wretched while the SLR is the most comfortable saddle I've ever had so far. I had my SLR Evolution recovered with no padding and it's an improvement. You may have your SLR recovered by an upholsterer or a shoe repairman if you'd like. I got this tip by a guy here. The guy who did mine adds padding if you'd like too. He did a great job for around $30. The new leather is much heartier than the original.
Are you kidding?BergMann
Jun 11, 2003 7:56 AM
That seat is unrideable even with the leather and "padding" on it.
Do what I did, send the piece of junk straight back where you got it and demand they produce rideable / durable saddles.
Does it sound like I'm kidding? ;) ....SS_MB-7
Jun 11, 2003 8:16 AM
I've been riding for ~15 yrs, of which, the last 5 yrs have been very serious racing/riding/training ~12 months/yr consisting of MTB, road and 'cross. Up until this season, I've always used the classic Sella Italia Flite saddle. Now, I'm using the Sella Italia SLR and absolutely love it! Granted, everybody is anatomically different, but the SLR fits me like a glove and despite it's torturous looks, it feels really nice....and, it is light too at ~135g.

FWIW, I'm 30 yrs old, have been married for 6 yrs, have 2 kids (2-1/2 yr old boy and 14 month old girl), race XC MTB(Expert) and race/train/ride approx 12-15 hrs per week.

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
same here...former Flite SLR...great saddle (nm)ColnagoFE
Jun 11, 2003 8:31 AM
same here...former Flite SLR...great saddle (nm)MD80
Jun 11, 2003 8:38 AM
Me too. I used to have Flite. When I ordered SLR I was worried about the minimalist design effecting comfort. Its the most comfortable seat I ever had.
only one caveat for meColnagoFE
Jun 11, 2003 10:34 AM
You gotta wear shorts with a good chamois or the lack of padding becomes an issue.
Lack of paddingfiltersweep
Jun 11, 2003 8:52 AM
I love my SLR- the shape is what makes it comfortable- which is more important anyway. Any "padding" will "disappear" during a long ride anyway. It truly is an engineering marvel (right up there with the Egyptian pyramids, Ancient Roman aquaducts, Great wall of China, etc.).
An alternativejjdbike
Jun 11, 2003 8:49 AM
I am an admitted weight wennie who enjoys epic rides. The problem is I can not afford to replace the SLR as often as the leather wears out (especially if it get wet), and on the really long ones, it is a bit tough. So I replaced it w/ the SLR flow. It has a cut out & tougher leather (especially around the edges) w/ 50 gm weight penalty. This has been a good decision for me. Something to consider.
How's do the SLR and SLR Flow compare?wolfereeno
Jun 12, 2003 11:09 AM
Don't get rid of it ...!!!!853
Jun 11, 2003 9:14 AM
Just recover it. Had two of mine done by a shoe repair shop.
added extra padding on my Mtb seat - and both were done recovered with a stronger leather.
Looks great!Fez
Jun 11, 2003 9:25 AM
As far as the other seat which you added padding to, did that cause any problems like chafing?

How much did it cost you?
No more selle italia for me!Asphalt Addict
Jun 11, 2003 11:18 AM
I've been wondering what to do with my SLR that has holes in the front and side after one year of riding. Damn thing is too expensive to throw away. Your recovering job looks great! Thanks for the hint!
Kind of on the fence with the SLR...Fez
Jun 11, 2003 9:23 AM
First of all, if you want no padding, there is a full carbon SLR with no leather. Real light and real trick looking. Its not cheap and may not be the best everyday saddle choice.

As far as the 135g SLR Ti goes, I found it to be pretty comfortable from day 1. The minimalist padding is not bad at all - it has a great shape and the carbon shell makes it pretty comfortable.

HOWEVER, I found it to be the most delicate part of the bike. Anything would scuff the leather. Couldn't lean it against walls and had to take extra care when loading the bike inside the car. And yes, it does wear from riding, especially from inner thigh rub.

If you don't care about the wear factor, then its fine. Personally, I replaced the SLR with something else. 90 fewer grams wasn't worth the hassle so I put on something with Kevlar side protection and a more durable covering so I don't worry about scuffs or wear.
re: Anybody stripped a SLR? Leather wears very quickly....MellowVelo
Jun 11, 2003 10:09 AM
After just over a year of use and 6,000 miles the leather on both sides of the nose of the saddle developed a tear. The SLR was a very good saddle until then. I replaced it with a Fizik Alliante though and like it even more.
re: Anybody stripped a SLR? Leather wears very quickly....Juanmoretime
Jun 11, 2003 1:15 PM
1 and half years on my SLR and still going strong. No tears although you can see some wear. I'm an ex - flite user also and this saddle blows the flite away in the comfort department
You could always try one of these.DERICK
Jun 11, 2003 4:16 PM
Great looks and less than 85 grams.