Selle San Marco Era K Saddles

5/5 (2 Reviews)

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by yesroh a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2005

Strengths:    - Beautiful
- Pretty light
- Very comfy...disappears under you
- Shock absorbtion can be felt
- Relatively cheap (you can buy them for $80 or less...who wants to spend $200 on a seat that will torture them?)

Weaknesses:    Could be lighter possibly with hollow titanium rails. I love this saddle...I think San Marco should go more in this direction...I love this saddle. Stitching is unnecessary.

Bottom Line:   
I needed a new saddle back in July 2001 and being a nerd, I looked at all the reviews and bought a Selle Italia Octavia. It had the highest rating of any saddle. I put it on the bike and OUCH! Well, it could have been a lot worse but what was this sticking me in the crotch? I guess I'm not built like other riders. I kept seeing the ERA K in the stores and it looked beautiful and when I held it and touched it I thought,"Boy this is beautiful and it looks so comfortable". Finally I decided to buy one, against the reviews I'd seen saying it wasn't good. It disappeared under me. I immediately felt comfortable on my bike and really loved the shock absorbtion. I still don't understand why this saddle hasn't received more positive reviews! It looks great, feels great, and it still relatively light (235 grams) and comes in all those pretty colors. could be lighter only if it didn't take away from its strengths. It was torturous in a time trial, sitting on the front, but not any more than any other saddle I've used so I can't fault it for that. A few years ago I raised my bar quite a bit and sat further back on the saddle and it didn't hurt much. I loved it so much I bought a second one in 2002 when my bicycle was temporarily lost by the U.S. Postal Service (not the bicycle team).

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Favorite Ride:   Mt. Spokane, Washington

Price Paid:    $79.00

Purchased At:   Excel Sports

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Ergo saddle (that split one). Loved it but it just looks ugly and is a little heavy.
- Selle Italia Octavia...didn't fit me at all. The gell insert stuck in my crotch

Bike Setup:   Kestrel Talon SL, Rolf Sestriere/Vector Pros, Ultegra triple with DA Shifters, ITM 260 bars, Performance forte' stem, Speedplay titanium pedal, Campy Chorus Titanium seatpost.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by campy10 a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: January 12, 2004

Strengths:    Sleek cool shape, lightweight, quality craftmanship.

Weaknesses:    A bit pricey.

Bottom Line:   
Because of the Era K's narrow shape you may or may not find it to be a comfortable saddle. But after 6 months of use I have found it to be quite adequate with no discomfort on the longer rides. The titanium rails and elastomer underneath probably make a difference in soaking up road vibrations.

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Favorite Ride:   Around the river

Price Paid:    $233.00

Purchased At:   Cecil Walker cycles

Similar Products Used:   Selle Italia turbomatic 3, Selle Italia XO

Bike Setup:   Bianchi SL, chorus 10spd, Neutron wheels, Deda magic bar, stem and carbon seatpost, Michelin pro race tyres, Time impact pedals and Era K saddle of course.

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