Selle Italia Flite Carbonio Saddles

4.33/5 (6 Reviews)
MSRP : $250.00


Product Description

The Selle Italia Kit Carbonio road saddle is a lightweight saddle that does not sacrifice comfort of performance to shave grams. Simply put: the best of both worlds.


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by pbrasseur a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: April 24, 2008

Strengths:    Weight (obviously) and looks.

Weaknesses:    Comfort (so far), flexing noise.


Bottom Line:   
Got this on my new Pinarello Prince. Looks great on an already fantastic bike, but feels quite harsh compared to the older SLR TransAm on my TCR Giant. Will probably get used to it however.

The worst though is a rattling noise that occurs often when riding on bad roads (not an option in Montreal area). I understand the carbon rails can flex to allows greater comfort but they are noisy doing so. That may cause my to replace the saddle.

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Favorite Ride:   Pinarello Prince (2008)

Price Paid:    $9200.00

Purchased At:   labicicletta.com (To

Similar Products Used:   SLR Trans Am

Bike Setup:   SRAM RED, Mavic R-Sys


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by willyboy a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2007

Strengths:    Light, shape, looks.

Weaknesses:    Insufficient padding.

Bottom Line:   
This saddle came with my Scott Addict. It looks great and is very light (like the bike). Its OK for rides under 2 hours. After that you really feel pain from the lack of any padding. Switched to my Fizik allante and no more pain. So this is a good saddle for shorter rides but for all day in the saddle its just too spartan.

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Similar Products Used:   Fizik Allante, Arionne.

Bike Setup:   Scott Addict R3 with Kysrim ES wheels and SRAM Force.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by 24Hours a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: September 24, 2006

Strengths:    Light, comfortable (good shape) and competitively priced for weight.

Weaknesses:    Pricy; also, I would have liked if Flite had made this w/ tubular rails for the sake of added durability.

Bottom Line:   
When I paid out the nose for my Seven at Dave's Cycles in Cos Cob, CT I specifically asked for a Flite saddle, but Mr. Knowitall Glen put that horrible Specialized toupee on instead and I suffered severe pain from that saddle 'til the day I replaced it w/ the Carbinio, which is shaped just like the regular Flite and delivers a civilized ride feel. It is light, comfortable and worth the price.

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Favorite Ride:   Seven Aerios

Price Paid:    $7500.00

Purchased At:   The WORST Dave's Cyc

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Toupee -- Horrible
Flite Ti -- Great, but dated


Bike Setup:   I have a custom Seven Aerios w/ full D/A 7800 and D/A wheels, soon add the Mavic Ksyrium ES. Carbon bars, stem, SP and Ti bolts where possible.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by boobooboo a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2005

Strengths:    Great shape; nice leather; sleek-looking; generally well-made.

Weaknesses:    Not sure if the Carbonio is actually better than the SLR. My buttocks preferred the Carbonio on a trainer by a little bit, but I didn't test both on the road. The Carbonio actually rises a little at the front and back; the SLR is pretty flat. The SLR also flexes a little more.

Bottom Line:   
The Flite Carbonio reputedly shares its shape with the regular Flite. The Carbonio is more than twice as expensive. Its minimal padding accounts largely for the significant weight difference between the two. The Carbonio's carbon rails are designed for stiffness, unlike the SLR. So why the Carbonio? Because it soothes my vanity very, very well. Its shape doesn't pinch or grind into my body parts. It is supportive like a good stool should be. Unlike the SLR, whose fans mention the possibility that the saddle disappears under the butt, the Carbonio feels snug; if you ride improperly, with your butt and not your legs, the Carbonio will feel too stiff. Properly used, the saddle is unintrusive, and the slight incline at the rear provides leverage at high speeds.

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Favorite Ride:   Around UBC, Canada

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Hong Kong

Similar Products Used:   Selle Italia Oktavia (okay); and old Miele suede saddle much like the Carbonio, and tested others.

Bike Setup:   used Airborne Zeppelin; Shimano XT bits and pieces; 12-34 rear derailleur; old Shimano 600 crankset and single-pivot brakes; Koolstop brakepads (these work surprisingly well and compensates for the subpar brakeset)


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by ewitz a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: September 7, 2004

Strengths:    Classic design with all the modern touches. Beautiful looking saddle that matches perfectly with a nude carbon frame.

Weaknesses:    A little bit harsh and a bit on the pricey side.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this to replace a SLR. This was my third SLR in the last 2 years. They all wore out where the thigh rubs the edge of the sharp edges on the sides at the front of the saddle. The SLR is the most comfortable saddle that I have ever used, but I am tired of laying out the $$ for a saddle so often.

I opted for the Flite Carbonio for it's tried and true shape and the fact that the edges are curved down so I will not wear it out. Took a few rides to get it dialed in, mostly the tilt of the saddle. The saddle is almost as light as an SLR and almost as comfortable but it does not 'disappear' under you in the perfect way that the SLR did. The Flite Carbonio transmits more road feel to your butt since it does not flex the same way and the carbon rails are stiffer than ti. Having said all that I have adjusted to it and am willing to sacrifice a bit to have a saddle that will last over the long haul.

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Similar Products Used:   Selle Italia SLR, Selle Italia Prolink, Specialized BG Pro, Avocet O2 R

Bike Setup:   Giant TCR Composite



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