Selle Italia Flite Carbonio Saddles

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Flite Carbonio

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.

User Reviews (6)

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pbrasseur   Recreational Rider [Apr 24, 2008]
Strength:

Weight (obviously) and looks.

Weakness:

Comfort (so far), flexing noise.

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.

Similar Products Used: SLR Trans Am
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
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willyboy   Recreational Rider [Sep 16, 2007]
Strength:

Light, shape, looks.

Weakness:

Insufficient padding.

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.

Similar Products Used: Fizik Allante, Arionne.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
24Hours   Road Racer [Sep 24, 2006]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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

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.

Similar Products Used: Specialized Toupee -- Horrible
Flite Ti -- Great, but dated
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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boobooboo   Recreational Rider [May 30, 2005]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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.

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.

Similar Products Used: Selle Italia Oktavia (okay); and old Miele suede saddle much like the Carbonio, and tested others.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
ewitz   Road Racer [Sep 07, 2004]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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

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.

Similar Products Used: Selle Italia SLR, Selle Italia Prolink, Specialized BG Pro, Avocet O2 R
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
sherpa_boy   Road Racer [May 17, 2004]
Strength:

Great looks and super light. Nice flex without being too soft.

Weakness:

None so far...

For all fans of the Selle Italia Flite Ti saddles...This is the next saddle for you! At first, I was rather concerned about the minimal padding and overall lightness of this particular saddle. However, my original Flite Ti saddle was fantastic for me so I decided to take the plunge and buy the Flite Carbonio. It turns out that it was money well spent. My first ride (short 25 km) of the year was on this newly purchased saddle and I thought I might pay the price of riding on such a thin layer of padding. It turns out that this saddle is a lot more comfortable than my older Flite. No saddle soreness!!!! Now, that's a first and I've been riding for over 20 years. I am of average build (5'9" and 170 lbs) and consider myself to be an aggressive rider. The best thing about this new saddle is that the shape and the overall contour of the saddle is almost identical to the originally Flite. Don’t be scared off by the thin layer of padding. The saddle has a real nice flex and anti-vibration quality without being too soft. So, if your body fits the Flite and then the Flite Carbonio will definitely fit. As you may already know, finding a right saddle can be rather painstaking. Again, if you love the Flite then you’ll love this saddle. The other great thing is that is very light and looks fantastic! I'm not a weight weenie but it really is light. It only weights approximately 155 grams and it is definitely a lot lighter (approx. 24% lighter) and a lot cheaper than the Fizik Aliante Carbon saddle.

Similar Products Used: Flite Ti, Turbo, Avocet, San Marco Rolls Ti and Regal
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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