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A New Saddle for the Stable; It’s LIGHT… and not for the Faint of Heart

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I went to a bike swap meet with my wife, Sunday morning. A friend I ride with regularly had some high-end saddles, among other carbon fiber pleasantries, for sale and he offered one to me.

I was ready for something a little lighter than my Specialized Romin, but I laughed when I felt the full weight of it.  Folks, the whole saddle is 110 grams. Less that a quarter of a pound.  It’s less than half the weight of my Romin.

My friends, the Selle Italia SLR Tekno Flow.

The cutout is mighty big but… dude, 110 grams! My first impression was really… dude, seriously, does it matter?! 110 grams!  The Specialized Romin that came on my Venge is 273 grams.  So, when I put that svelt 110 SLR Tekno Flow on the Venge I’ll lose a third of a pound – on the saddle alone.

Last night was my first spin on it. Now, I can’t exactly say it was butter, because you don’t get that light putting padding on a saddle.

I chose a pair of old bibs with a thinner chamois so I could get an idea of how the saddle really felt.  Folks, I don’t care if it is a $400 saddle, if it hurts to ride on it I’d rather opt for something that’s comfortable and a little heavier – I spend way too much time in the saddle to mess with something that’s even a little uncomfortable.  The first few miles were a bit of an adjustment getting used to the huge cutout.  Once I got the fore/aft position figured out, though, it was surprisingly comfortable.  The best way to put it is it allows the hips to open up so you can stretch out.  With the plusher saddle I usually ride on the Trek, the way the saddle cradles you limits how low you want to get in the drops (most “comfortable” saddles are like this).  The Selle puts no limits on low – in fact, it encourages riding low on the hoods or in the drops.

Much more research will be required, but that saddle is absolutely staying in the stable.  Normally, after 45 minutes in the saddle on the trainer, my butt gets a little agitated – not quite painful, but I’m ready to be done.  While there was an adjustment period to the vastly more rigid SLR, there was zero agitation at the end of my 45 minute ride last night.  Interesting, indeed.  And did I mention?  110 grams!

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12 Comments

  1. Good read. The saddle on my road bike is worn out, so it’s time to look for a new one. No flex at all?

  2. joliesattic says:

    I’ve always wondered how they would feel on our middle parts. Male or female. Does your wife have one? When I was riding, many of us “girls” would wear double “padding” in our shorts for extra cushioning. That is, until we got used to it. I’d be curious.

    • bgddyjim says:

      I bought my wife a special saddle that just came out last September. A Specialized Power Mimic. For many women, the cutout doesn’t work. Without getting too descriptive, or trying to stay away from that, their bits tend to work down into the cutout and swell. This causes immense discomfort. The Mimic technology fills the cutout with soft memory foam which keeps that from happening. We still have to get it dialed in once spring hits, but she likes it so far.

  3. joliesattic says:

    Interesting and thanks! Let us girls know how it goes.

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