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Featured User Review: Selle Italia SLR Saddle
by centurionomega

Price: $179 MSRP
Overall Rating: 5 of 5
Value Rating: 4 of 5

Favorite Ride:
my ride

Bike Setup:
Center of bottom bracket to top of saddle (following the seat tube): 61.2cm. Distance from tip of saddle to center of bars: 60.5 cm. Saddle drop to center of bars: 11 cm.

Summary:
The Selle Italia SLR is unlike any bicycle saddle that I have ever had before.

After installing the first thing that I noticed was how incredibly stiff it is! The tone produced when tapping on it was reminiscent of a bongo. I immediately had thoughts of turning up at the hippy hill drum circle, having a go at setting the rhythm then getting bored and riding home.

Seriously, this is the most firm saddle that I have ever owned.

Initially, the saddle was uncomfortable. I felt like I was going to slip off the back. Granted, I got this saddle for my commuter bicycle, which not might be the best fit.

After a few days, and a few long rides, I really started to favor the SLR. There is a “sweet spot” for me. You can see it on the saddle. There is a bulge right before where your sit bones would be. I guess this tucks into my physiology down there somehow. Even though it is minimal in appearance, the area towards the nose of the saddle is wide and fitted for climbing.


Aesthetically, the SLR is great and spices up any bike to look like a super racer. Also, it is pretty light. I really can’t notice though because I leave the house with full water bottles.

I have been using my ass in padded and unpadded shorts, as well as long pants for years. The SLR was an adjustment in saddle comfort at first, but I got used to it. I even have grown to enjoy its solid performance in the saddle department.

I have heard how some people are fussy about where they put their butts.

If you are not, and you want to join the scores of other riders who like it, I would buy an SLR.

Strengths:
Very stiff. Very light. Aesthetically pleasing (if you are a minimalist).

Weaknesses:
Very stiff.

Similar Products Used:
Selle Italia Flite Genuine Gel

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About the author: Thien Dinh

Thien Dinh gained most his cycling knowledge the old fashioned way, by immersing himself in the sport. From 2007 to early 2013, Thien served as RoadBikeReview Site Manager, riding daily while putting various cycling products through its paces. A native of California, Thien also enjoys tinkering with photography and discovering new music.


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  • f3rg says:

    I bought an SLR XP last year on eBay just to see if I’d like it. Within a mile, I already knew I loved it, and I’ve since bought 2 more. I typically have trouble finding saddles that fit just right, and end up making do with saddles that are comfortable up to a certain distance. After a century road ride, I still felt fine, so that’s about as good as it gets.

  • Miguelo says:

    I have owned 3 SLR saddles, as well, and find them fantastic for any type of ride – roadrace, crit, tt, etc. The stiffness is great from the standpoint of true inertia to the pedal, as I would believe the more cushy saddles, though comfortable, are normally heavier, and the give delays the exertion placed biomechanically from your butt through to the pedals. I’m all about efficiency and no wasted energy so I’ll stick with the SLRs I’ve had over the past 15 years, thank you !

  • CliveDS says:

    I have ridden and tested many saddles in the last 25 years and the SLR turned out to be the one for me.

    The shape seems exactly right and somehow it’s hard yet comfortable, it’s the only saddle I have used where the stiffness translates into efficiency yet it remains comfortable.

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