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Old 01-14-13, 10:04 PM   #1
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Were all Selle Italia Turbo models exactly the same shape?

I know there were "different" (not much) models with thicker padding, such as the gel ones, but was the plastic shape all the same on all the models?

I have one these Pro Team '95 models, which I'm sure feels different to my regular black Turbo, but looking underneath, and measuring what I can (width at different spots), they seem the same. Is it just different padding?

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There was a woman's model that was wider.
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My only Turbo is from '87 (?), padded, white with the yellow 'windows' on the rear corners. It's on the DeRosa so not a high mileage saddle - comfortable to my needs. Most of my rides are less than 30 mi.
(Thought I had an 84 Turbo, but upon rummaging discovered it to be Concors)
edit: found the '84 Turbo - it is a suede Hinault edition in Celeste-like color. The suede is past prime. Not a favorite. I think the biggest difference was between Turbo and TurboPro.

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The first version "regular" Turbos came with either a coarse suede or smooth leather cover (in solid or perforated versions.....And there was the Turbomatic (the ones with the yellow and black plastic rear corner panels), the ventilated Turbo with the real ventilation holes on it that goes through the saddle's plastic base (not to be confused with the more conventional perforated version), The Turbo GELs with the Lycra covers in various colors and patterns, the Alloy railed Turbo SLG. The already mentioned Hinault edition in chromed or SLG railed versions, the "Lady" Turbo, there's also the Turbo "special" with the small gold foil decals at the rear corners of the saddle....
I'm sure I missed a couple, but Selle Italia sure squeezed all they can out of the Turbo line even thought there were slight changes to the shape, the basic architecture of the saddle remained familiar to everyone who rode on them......and who knows, they still might come up with a whole new rendition of the saddle in the future.....

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Ehm, Chombi, I think you can still buy them ATM. Never had the change to compare opd vs. New. I only rode an old sude one and wasn't crazy about the shape.
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Ehm, Chombi, I think you can still buy them ATM. Never had the change to compare opd vs. New. I only rode an old sude one and wasn't crazy about the shape.
The new "re-issued" Turbos came out first with imitation leather (Lorica?) and lycra covers that did not go too well with C&Vers who wanted real leather for their turbos on the C&V bikes. I think because of slower sales than anticipated with the re-issued Turbos they have since issued it in real leather suede and new perforated versions. One thing I noticed with the perforated re-issued Turbos and Concors is the perforation kinda looks weird....almost too perfect, spaced farther apart and the holes look bigger than how they did it back in the 80's

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I have a Turbo "Triathlon" model thats super padded and fat
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I have a Turbo "Triathlon" model thats super padded and fat
Every manufacturer had to have a "triathlon" model in their line back then. Just as the word "Turbo" was so overused in the 70's and early 80's, "Triathlon" was liberally used on everything too.....
I still remember when road racers used to turn up their noses on triathletes back then too (I guess they just thought cyclist wearing speedos just looked too weird??), and that did not help..... I even think bikes with any model decals saying "Triathlon" these days don't sell as well as equivalent bikes that don't use the name.....

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Thanks for the replies.

Ha! We used to call triathletes "Flowerpot Men", or 'Flowerpot heads", because they were the first people to wear helmets (before the complusory law came in here), and the early Bell helmets looked so big
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The new "re-issued" Turbos came out first with imitation leather (Lorica?) and lycra covers that did not go too well with C&Vers who wanted real leather for their turbos on the C&V bikes. I think because of slower sales than anticipated with the re-issued Turbos they have since issued it in real leather suede
I have an old and new reissue and comfort is the big difference. The first one is terrible and feels uncomfortably rock hard under my butt. The new suede leather one is very comfortable and not so slippery but still feels solid under me.
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I have an old and new reissue and comfort is the big difference. The first one is terrible and feels uncomfortably rock hard under my butt. The new suede leather one is very comfortable and not so slippery but still feels solid under me.
Interesting. I finally got around to buying a suede reissue and, while I haven't ridden it yet, it's noticeably harder than my old "real", relatively new (NOS) 'leather' one. The reissue is also about 50g lighter, so maybe there's 50g less foam on it
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