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Old 08-30-16, 02:54 AM
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Help needed identifying SI Flite saddle

Can anybody tell me what make/type, age and sizing this Selle Italia Flite is?

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Old 08-30-16, 03:09 AM
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Hard to tell by the pic. Does it have titanium rails?
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Old 08-30-16, 03:19 AM
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Seller doesn't know. This is the other pic I have:

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Turn the saddle upside-down and look for something like this...

That symbol means the saddle in my picture was made in June 1979. Chances are there will be a similar marking on the OP's saddle. As for rail material - use a magnet to see if it sticks. If it does, then not titanium(could be wrong about that)...

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Originally Posted by bikebakman View Post
Can anybody tell me what make/type, age and sizing this Selle Italia Flite is?
If you don't know what it is you shouldn't buy it.

IMHO sellers have a minimum responsibility to properly describe their items. If a buyer asks me questions that are above that minimum I block them and refuse to sell. Its nothing but trouble.

Now, on occasion, I'm asked legitimate questions and those questions I answer.
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Old 08-30-16, 05:29 AM
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Probably late 90's early 2000's. Look up the width for the 1990 Flite reproduction saddle, it's probably the same.
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Old 08-30-16, 05:58 AM
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I purchased a similar one in 1999.
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Originally Posted by thinktubes View Post
I purchased a similar one in 1999.
Still using it? Is it padded or hard as rock?
I was thinking on putting it on one of my Concorde vintage bike, a Astore in PDM color scheme.
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Old 08-30-16, 07:24 AM
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Originally Posted by miamijim View Post
If you don't know what it is you shouldn't buy it.
IMHO sellers have a minimum responsibility to properly describe their items. If a buyer asks me questions that are above that minimum I block them and refuse to sell. Its nothing but trouble.
Now, on occasion, I'm asked legitimate questions and those questions I answer.
I get it. But than again, even if seller doesn't say anyhting about the product maybe he/she just doesn't know what is is and you might be in for a bargain...

Can I ask you a question? (Might not be legit..).
The url you have in your signature is not online. Why have it there?
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Old 08-30-16, 07:45 AM
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I have the classic Selle Italia Flite on 2 bikes, and I love it!

The perforated surface indicates this is a Gel model, and I think that came with Ti rails.
The plastic logos showing through oval holes cut in the leather indicate an older model, I'm guessing prior to 2000.

Edited to add: Further googling indicates it might be the "C2 Genuine Gel" which had "Vanox" rails, i.e. vanadium-steel alloy.

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Old 08-30-16, 07:52 AM
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Originally Posted by bikebakman View Post
I get it. But than again, even if seller doesn't say anyhting about the product maybe he/she just doesn't know what is is and you might be in for a bargain...

Can I ask you a question? (Might not be legit..).
The url you have in your signature is not online. Why have it there?
Your only in for a bargain if you know what your looking for! And that goes back to me previous statement.

The dead URL in my sig? It's so people like you remind me to do something about it. My host changed ownership and the new host is kinda clueless. I re-up'd with them and it was active for all of a week before it went down again.
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I bought one of these new in 2006 -- one of my favorite saddles

Just a Flite gel, nothing too special-- was maybe 120 bucks then
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@Shimagnolo and @DMC707, thank you both. It doesn't look that new though. More vintage looking. That's why I love it.
I hate gel personally. Might be because I'm bold so not entirely objective...

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The dead URL in my sig? It's so people like you remind me to do something about it. My host changed ownership and the new host is kinda clueless. I re-up'd with them and it was active for all of a week before it went down again.
You weren't in for a bargain, were you??
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Old 08-30-16, 08:33 AM
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I hoard Flite saddles as they are harder and harder to find, and I am partial to them. My first really nice bike had a red Flite with the fabric gel patch in the middle. They come in all kinds of embroidery designs, gel designs, this one has perforated leather and solid leather sewn together. But in the end, they are the same thing. I'd pay $30 for any Flite in good cond.
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Originally Posted by AngryFrankie View Post
I hoard Flite saddles as they are harder and harder to find, and I am partial to them. My first really nice bike had a red Flite with the fabric gel patch in the middle. They come in all kinds of embroidery designs, gel designs, this one has perforated leather and solid leather sewn together. But in the end, they are the same thing. I'd pay $30 for any Flite in good cond.
https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8506/8...019c3f36_z.jpg
I'll see you one Richard Virenque and raise you one Miguel Indurain (A turbo though - not a flite )

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Originally Posted by bikebakman View Post
@Shimagnolo and @DMC707, thank you both. It doesn't look that new though. More vintage looking. That's why I love it.
I hate gel personally. Might be because I'm bold so not entirely objective...



You weren't in for a bargain, were you??

Its the same saddle -- whether it was originally purchased in 1999 or 2006 --- I'm still using mine today. The Turbo is my favorite road saddle, but this is my fave MTB saddle, -- the narrower design helps me slide back and forth on the seat a bit better when needed

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If you like Flite saddles (as I do) it will be comfortable. If you really hate gel, maybe pass, because it looks to be one of those. If you must have ti rails, it's a crapshoot I guess. All the Flites I have owned, both gel and standard, had ti rails, but that's anecdotal and I can't speak to the relative numbers in the wild. At least it appears to be in good shape. As the previous poster said, for $30 it is a saddle I would buy. Ymmv.
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Originally Posted by bikebakman View Post
Still using it? Is it padded or hard as rock?
I was thinking on putting it on one of my Concorde vintage bike, a Astore in PDM color scheme.
Hated it. Sold it.

I love (and hoard) the original Flites. Best....saddle....ever!
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Originally Posted by DMC707 View Post
I'll see you one Richard Virenque and raise you one Miguel Indurain (A turbo though - not a flite )

Man, you're reminding me that I had a Jan Uhlrich Turbomatic in hand and let it go. They go for a lot. Dumb me!
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I thought it looked early nineties.
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Seller tells me there is no gel.
Asking price is €20,-
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Seller is ignorant.
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