The selle Italia SLR saddle has Genuine Gel for long term durability and comfort. The shock absorbing padding will retain its comfort for many a ride. Italian Black leather on a Carbon Fibre base with Lightweight Vanox rails. Great looks on a super com
Strengths: Beautifull, light, incredible confortable. And it lasts forever.
After my review from 2004, I am still using the original Transam SLR, no gel. Yes....it is the same saddle I have reviewed here for the first time in 2002. Yes...10 years of SLR experience. Ah...yes , in the meanwhile I have ridden other saddles - specially the San MArco Arami ( a great saddle ), but always returned to the SLR. Why ? It's minimalist, the padding is minimal...ah...but it is so confortable. We must to break it in and after that...it's a great saddle. Durable. Well built! Well finished!
First, let's be honest: it is not a saddle for long rides. A 4 to 5 hours ride on a SLR, the "damages" will be felt on the next day! But what are the "damages" ? Well, you'll feel your sit bones with a very little pain. So...the " damages " are well bearable!.
This saddle is firm but " flexible" and it's the kind of saddle that suit me best: "flexible but firm". That's why I have never changed for the gel version. Too soft for my taste! And it is a narrow saddle, which is probably the main cause why it is so confortable for me. I feel my sit bones on it and it's always a great ride.
It is not however, the best saddle for commuting. When traing I use padded shorts, but when riding as a mean of transport, without any padded shorts, it is not the best saddle for it. At least for myself.
After 1o years, it's still alive and kicking, and my problem is that I do not know which saddle to choose after the SLR. Because I have the feeling that the actual SLR it is not as confy as the old and original Transam!
Apart from the fine looks, this is a lame product. The cushioning got compacted on the ischium (buttocks bone) with less than 6 months of light use. More than just being unconfortable, this changed the way I sit on the bike and eventually started to feel back pains. I tried to use the warranty but they provided lame excuses for not replacing the saddle. My opinion: the product sucks and they know it. Or they simply don't care about customers. This was my first, and certainly my LAST Selle Italia Saddle.
I got my SLR saddle with my bike a year and a half ago and have been very happy with it. I suppose I haven't though about it too much since, which means that it has been doing a good job and I haven't had any problems with it. Saddle are probably an individual, subjective issue, but I've found the SLR to be very comfortable, and so far, durable.
Strengths: Comfy!! Even on rough roads, this saddle is very comfortable and has an excellent shape for any riding situation - climbing, hammering in the drops, or just riding
Weaknesses: Mine wore out faster than I thought it would and developed the dreaded slight cradle look where it dips a bit where most of my body weight was continuously placed. Eventually this lead to groin numbness and the need to replace. I hoped that this would have lasted longer based on the price.
I loved this saddle. It was like a gift from the gods to me. I rode 10,000km+ in one season on this saddle and felt amazing the whole way through. Not much numbness and pretty much zero saddle sores which is a difficult feat for hard and fast riding. It always felt comfortable, it was such a welcome relief finding an outstanding saddle!! Selle Italia really does a great job.
Similar Products Used: Bontrager saddles, Selle Italia Flite, San Marcos
Bike Setup: Trek Madone 6.9 pro
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: February 5, 2011
Strengths: Light weight,fantastic looking. I don't feel like I have been on a saddle when I get off of it. No chafing, no numbness.
Weaknesses: None in my opinion. My sit bones must just fit it right. I suspect most men's do. But not everybody. I've been riding bikes for over 45 years I miss my banana seat on my Huffy Slingshot 3.(yea right)
This is a GREAT saddle. I have read all of the reviews on this site of it and think that it just comes down to where your sit bones are located. You either LOVE it or HATE it or, if you want to be wishey washey (because you paid so much for it) its ok. This can be said for any saddle.
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