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Old 08-16-09, 05:22 PM   #1
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Did anyone hear about this?? The Turbo is back?

And at a GREAT price? Does anyone know if the covering is leather like it used to be?,,,,BD


http://store.comcycle-usa.com/Produc...spx?id=5723053
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Old 08-16-09, 06:04 PM   #2
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So is the Concor Supercorsa! These "Retro" re-releases are great for most of us doing restorations, but bad for the eBay NOS parts speculators.
I got a new Concor Supercorsa myself for my 84 Peugeot PSV. to replace the white perforated Turbo I had on the bike, Differences I noticed are, the black leather suede seat covering seems to be softer, plusher feeling, and the padding seem to be a little softer. The stamped logo on the side of the saddle only appears on the drive side while the other side is blank. Don't remember if my Supercorsa in the 80's had it on both sides. The shell seems to be less stiff than the original too, but all in all it looks and feels great!
It cost me around 85 bucks shipped from the UK. Haven't seen it here locally in the US....yet(?).

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Yeah, but where's yellow or orange? Yellow is still going for $150 NOS.
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And at a GREAT price? Does anyone know if the covering is leather like it used to be?,,,,BD


http://store.comcycle-usa.com/Produc...spx?id=5723053

If'n anyone wants a real Turbo in black - let me know.

Even have one in blue that says Bianchi on it.
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I got one. I will keep you all updated on the quality.

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If you are in the Boston area, Open Bicycle in Somerville just announced having gotten these in stock.
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Am I missing something....

I dont see it listed on that link. Even did a search for it on the site and nothing ?
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Same here, nothing listed.
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I copied this from some blog:

Selle Italia Turbo Re-Issue Review



If you've been reading my blog for any amount of time, you probably know that the Selle Italia Turbo is my favorite saddle. I've been through a ton and got tired of destroying vintage classics. Since that realization, I've been riding different knock-offs that never quite meet the same standard. Just recently, Selle Italia re-issued the Turbo. I am stoked.

After receiving mine in the mail, I'm equally as excited. Finally. The re-issue is nearly identical to the older model. I can't find any noticeable differences int he silhouette. The only major difference is that the new Turbo is Vegan-friendly. Which may or may not be your thing...

Unlike the re-issue of the Concor, the re-issued Turbo has impeccable craft. The ride is the same and the general feel of the saddle is identical. I cannot wait to ride this baby all weekend.

Retail should be around $60 - $70
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If you guys are interested in the turbo you can find them for $50 on various sites.

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^ Frpax thanks for the review! If my current saddle doesn't work out I'll buy a white Turbo.
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^ Haha I guess I missed the first part of the post. Appreciated either way.
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vegan friendly = not leather
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Found it for $43-$50 so far. Also found a couple NOS for $150.
I think I traded one to someone for some calipers not long ago.

I think it's a decent saddle and I'd put one on an Ironman restoration in a minute.

What it's really going to kill is the market for white ones....
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Is leather covering on a plastic based saddle that important?

Up until the beginning of this year, I sold cars for 17 years. Almost all leather upholstered cars only have leather on the seating surface, with vinyl on the sides and backs. I am hard pressed to tell the difference. Vinyl is really well made, these days.
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Yea, although I would prefer real leather (just looks better aged to me) I really don't mind this synthetic leather. The lowest price I've seen so far is $50 shipped on ebay.

I really hope they release more colors because a red one NOS is still $150-200...
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I copied this from some blog:

Selle Italia Turbo Re-Issue Review


If you've been reading my blog for any amount of time, you probably know that the Selle Italia Turbo is my favorite saddle. I've been through a ton and got tired of destroying vintage classics. Since that realization, I've been riding different knock-offs that never quite meet the same standard. Just recently, Selle Italia re-issued the Turbo. I am stoked.

After receiving mine in the mail, I'm equally as excited. Finally. The re-issue is nearly identical to the older model. I can't find any noticeable differences int he silhouette. The only major difference is that the new Turbo is Vegan-friendly. Which may or may not be your thing...

Unlike the re-issue of the Concor, the re-issued Turbo has impeccable craft. The ride is the same and the general feel of the saddle is identical. I cannot wait to ride this baby all weekend.

Retail should be around $60 - $70
I suspect that they used the sythetic leather called "Lorica" as first used on motorcycle boots. The material is supposed to have stregnth close to leather and also "breath" like the real thing.. I have a few pairs motorcycle boots made from the stuff and it does perform very well and generally feels like leather, except as we can see in your pics, the texture is perfect unlike real leather, that might give away for some that it's man made material. This re-issued Turbo looks to be very good for us classic bike fans to use.

Regarding the re-issued Concor Supercorsa. I bought one of those to replace the white perforated leather Turbo I had on my PSV about a month ago (I did not want to beat up the old classic saddle) and I do not see any quality issues with it. I did read out there that the early delivered units might have rough cut leather edges under the saddle, but I checked mine and it looks well trimmed. The only difference I did notice on the saddle is the (real) leather suede cover seems to be softer and the suede texture "deeper/plusher" that matched the old Turbo suede texture more than the almost velvety, tight grain of the old Concor Supercorsa leather saddle cover. The re-issued saddle seem to also be softer than what I remembered my Concor Supercorsa was back in the 80's. I think they used a softer/slightly thicker foam padding and softer saddle shell this time. I've ridden it some miles already and I think it's actually more comfortable than the Turbo I took off from the bike. I think the more advance materials used in the shell and padding is the cause of this rise in comfort. I would suspect that this new Turbo also benefits from the same technolgy and will even be more comfortable.....Now, do they plan to make this new Turbo in perforated white too?? If they do, I'll be fiirst in line to buy one!

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Vegan friendly, huh?

I wonder if they taste as good as the original...
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Most synthetics do not breathe as well as leather... I hate the Turbo (or my ass does) but the Buffalo hide cover was very cool.

I can see this being a very successful re-release as for most people this is a great saddle.
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Most synthetics do not breathe as well as leather... I hate the Turbo (or my ass does) but the Buffalo hide cover was very cool.

I can see this being a very successful re-release as for most people this is a great saddle.
Yes, but "Lorica" was specifically designed to breath very well because it's used on many waterproof/cold weather motorcycle boots that needs to breath well for warmth and prevent moisture buildup from perspiration that can subsequently lead to freezing feet. Lorica is also now used on many European cars for seat uphoulstery. My borther's Audi A4 has it and it actully look very good in such cars because it looks perfect without looking plasticky like vinyl uphoulstery does. The car manufacturers call it "leatherette". It feels just like leather without the cold, clammy and sticky in hot weather feel that vinyl material has.
BTW, I'm not sure that the suede version of the Turbo actually had buffalo hide coverings. I do remember the box and tags on the saddles saying that back then, but I think it's really the style of the embossed pattern on the suede that they put on it that gave it the name "buffalo". Otherwise, I think it's plain cow or calf skin short pile, suede leather. Otherwise, I think it would have cost much more.

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What era does this saddle date from? Mid 80s?

I am looking for a good, period-correct saddle for the 88 Schwinn Circuit that should be at my doorstop tomorrow...
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88's a little late for the basic Turbo saddle. i would look for the later "Turbomatic" model for your bike or the also later released lycra covered "gel" versions of the Turbo. A Concor "Rolls" saddle might be also period correct for an 88 and younger bike, but I think that the Rolls was more of a boutique bike saddle for those who collect bikes more than they ride them...........not that there's anything wrong with that! ;^))

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