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Old 06-14-13, 08:45 PM   #1
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Selle italia question

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I am buying some upgrades, and I need help deciding on selle italia saddles. The choice is between a year or two old (new condition) slr team, with carbon rails. These are apparently 145g. The other choice is a slr titanium, again a year or two old, but still new condition, the ones that had 135g stamped on the top. My question is first, why have the slr titanium's gotten heavier? According to selle's site, the weight on the Ti saddles is now 145g. So basically I just want opinions on which one is better. I also work at a bike shop so I can buy this year's models as well if someone recommends a new model.
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Try each and decide.

I tried a Selle Italia Flite Flow for a couple weeks, couldn't do it. Too narrow. Then switched to a much cheaper Selle Italia X1 (I think that comes OEM on some bikes) that I picked up from the cheapie bin at the LBS. Still lighter than my OEM Felt saddle and feels much better under the bum.
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unfortunately, I am only 15 and can not afford to do that . I am not worried about how they feel because the shape of both models is exactly the same.
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Where are you buying from? The used Flite I tried was from a friend, so he let me try it out before he put it on eBay. Many LBS's will also let you try out saddles first. Are you looking on eBay or Craigslist or something?
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wellllll, I work at a bike shop, and I can order wholesale, or I will buy from ebay, depending on which is a better deal. Neither of these options will let me test it out.
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The carbon rails will be stiffer and less comfortable. I have both, and prefer the Ti. Don't worry too much about shaving grams on the saddle. You'll be sorry.
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hmmmm.... how much stiffer is the carbon. Because if it is a substantial amount stiffer, then that would imply that the Ti is lacking in stiffness... I want every watt in those dam pedals . Jk. But seriously, how much stiffer is the carbon?
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Stiff enough to be a lot less comfortable. You will generate a lot less power if you are concentrating on how much your butt hurts.
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well this conversation is really backing the disadvantage of not being able to test these saddles... Maybe I will buy the carbon railed one, and if it doesn't work with my booty, then I will see if any of my teammates want it.
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or try to re-sell it.
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I have the slr with titanium rails and its really comfortable to me. If you get the carbon one you might need new seatpost "ears" because I believe the rails are 7x9mm instead of the standard round.
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Oh i know about the seat post part, I just bought a ritchey wcs carbon one-bolt. The ears are cheap.
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