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What seats are the Pro's using?(21 posts)

What seats are the Pro's using?853
Feb 12, 2002 9:31 AM
I'm proabably posting this in the wrong area, but it's race related.

Anyways just curious, there in the saddle for long hours everyday, they must have a favorite. It's so hard to tell from most pictures, there usually seated. I know Pantani uses a flight w/ his logo on it. And I've noticed from pic's that lots of pro's use a saddle that has chrome trim on the back of the seat and at the nose; I never see this saddle in catalogues.

Is there a web site that list items used by pro teams?
I'm pretty sure none of them use an SLR!!
re: What seats are the Pro's using?brider
Feb 12, 2002 9:41 AM
You'll find that the pro's are just like every one else -- they have a personal favorite and don't change. The pro's are especially attached to their contact points (shoes, saddle), as they spend more time on the bike. You'd be surprised how many pro's don't use the lightest stuff out there, because comfort is more of a priority.
re: What seats are the Pro's using?853
Feb 12, 2002 10:07 AM
Exactly, They are using plain jane saddles, you know, no gel inserts, no fancy cutouts, no carbon rails, no vibration dampaning contact points for the rails.

If it fits perfect then there is no need for these marketing gimmicks right?

So what are they using?
What is wrong with an SLR....?mixinbeatz
Feb 12, 2002 9:56 AM
I got my new race bike last week with an SLR saddle. I spent 5+ hours on it Saturday without any pain/discomfort. No numbness, nothing... Light, feels fine on the bum... what more could you want?
The saddle with the chrome trim is...bruce
Feb 12, 2002 10:12 AM
A regular Selle Italia Turbomatic Quattro without any gel inserts. I have noticed that Laurent Jalabert runs these even on his time trial bikes. I also think that Roman Veinstein (Domo) runs one also. I know alot run Fizik. I think that Jan runs a Turomatic also. Hey look at Lance, he runs a Concorde from SanMarco. I tried one of those for a while, and it was pretty comfortable for a traditional saddle.
What is wrong with an SLR....?853
Feb 12, 2002 10:21 AM
There is nothing wrong with an SLR but I imagine none of the pro's would actually use one.

I have an SLR that I have been using for a year now.
The only problem is that the edges are realy sharp and w/ repeated rubbing of your legs the leather gets worn around the edges, to the point that it cuts itself neatly around the edges ( a little glue takes care of it) The real problem is the edge is still sharp and is know eating my shorts! Brand new $85.00 USPS team shorts that I rode twice in have a tiny hole. I then realized that all my shorts have this tiny hole. I am taking the seat of no matter how much I like it! So it's time to look for a new seat in the same shape, no need for any fancy hype, just plaine jane goodness, You know Pro quality!
Tyler Hamilton uses one n/tbobo
Feb 12, 2002 12:37 PM
One What? - A seat? n/t853
Feb 12, 2002 12:52 PM
One What? - A seat? n/tBobo
Feb 12, 2002 2:06 PM
Well, the message that I replied to was regarding the SLR right. You think maybe I was refering to the SLR? I should have spelled it out for you a little better. Tyler Hamilton rides an SLR. All better?
One What? - A seat? n/tEric16
Feb 13, 2002 4:07 PM
Actually he rides a flite TT

http://www.cyclingnews.com/tech/2002/features/probikes/CSC.shtml

bottom of the page...
I hear Pantani prefers to train without a seat. nmshirt
Feb 12, 2002 1:30 PM
Curiosity kills.allervite
Feb 12, 2002 4:13 PM
I know Indurain would not part with his Turbo. Lance seems to have switched from a San Marco ERA to a Flight. I think the saddle you are referring to is probably the San Marco Rolls. It seems a lot of the classics guys prefer it. It's been around forever and is no feather weight, though not unreasonably heavy.

I have never ridden one.
Curiosity kills.tcr01
Feb 13, 2002 5:46 AM
The poster was correct Lance rides a San Marco Concor Light (220gr.) Not an ERA or Flite. I think he used to use a Flite back in the Motorola days. Lance uses the Concor Lt. for all situation, TT, climbing and flats. I've also been using this saddle for years and its a plain ol' comfy saddle that happens to be lighter than a Flite gel.
re:allervite
Feb 13, 2002 8:58 AM
Thanks for the clarification. I thought that Concor was a flight (Just guessing from pics). I have seen him on an ERA in the past though.
Rollstarwheel
Feb 14, 2002 9:59 AM
I agree -- the San Marco Rolls seems to fit the description of the saddle you gave. It is reasonably light, about 280 g for the ti rail version. Has a chrome or bronze-colored strip across the back. It has been around for ages and -- according to some of the catalogues -- is used by many pros. It's also a bargain -- $55 at Excel Sports.

http://www.excelsports.com/item.asp?major=&minor=&description=Rolls+Titanium+Saddle&vendorCode=SANMARCO
re: What seats are the Pro's using?JuniorRacerFL
Feb 12, 2002 4:18 PM
I've seen pics of Jan Ullrich with his SLR. I love the SLR, its never hurt any of my shorts after 6 months and i cold stay on it all day.
re: What seats are the Pro's using?853
Feb 13, 2002 8:23 AM
Bobo - I knew what you meant, just having a little fun, so just chill.

Juniorracer - he doesn't use a SLR, I read an article about him using a custum seat for his climbing bike, some German manufacturer of ultra light seats, it is like 60 or 70 grams! Looks similar to an SLR.
re: What seats are the Pro's using?geert
Feb 13, 2002 9:36 AM
in a couple of last tour de france etappes he was riding a
ax-lightness saddle. the weight varies depending the model
from some 60 to 90 grams.
for me very comfertable.(endurance model)
If I was you. . .Chump
Feb 14, 2002 2:14 PM
I would use a motorcycle seat with your sprinting speed.
you guys..........CARBON110
Feb 15, 2002 5:19 AM
you guys crack the hell out of me. This some of the funniest _hit I've seen in awhile. Good show bobo,shirt,853! Im LMAO! What do you think of the new over priced 128 gram selle model, what is it the ERA? Its hrad to keep up, anyway I liked the " Pantani " comment best :) im still laughing.
If I was you. . .CARBON110
Feb 15, 2002 5:21 AM
hahahahhahah