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Can anyone make sense of the Selle Italia product line?

Old 12-06-06, 12:29 PM
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Can anyone make sense of the Selle Italia product line?

Selle Italia makes some nice saddles, but their web site and promotional materials are among the worst I've ever seen for conveying information about their products. They have product lines like SLC and Flite (although these change over time), but across lines they seem to throw in words like "TransAm", "ProLink", "Genuine Gel", "Gel Flow" - do any of these words mean anything?

Are the product lines purpose-designed? For instance, is SLC for weight-weenie racers and Onda for comfort bikes? They don't say. Nor is there a mention of price (save for the outrageous €1200 Preziosa). And - of course - no older model appears anywhere.

If I look at a "ProLink TransAm" - apparently an older model - what am I looking at?
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I think trans am means there's a hole in it.

I'm not sure what the difference is between gel flow and genuine gel.

FWIW, I got a Gel Flow SLR (which has a hole- so perhaps the difference is gel flow= trans am + genuine gel) and I really like it.

Got that straight?
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I agree that it's totally unclear. I have a hunch that I bRAD is on to something as I've only seen 'trans am' and 'gel flow' on saddles with a cut out. I've seen 'genuine gel' on traditional (non-cut out) flite saddles. No idea what ProLink means or meant.
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Originally Posted by dtrain
I agree that it's totally unclear. I have a hunch that I bRAD is on to something as I've only seen 'trans am' and 'gel flow' on saddles with a cut out. I've seen 'genuine gel' on traditional (non-cut out) flite saddles. No idea what ProLink means or meant.
I also have a "genuine gel" flite, that does not have a cutout.
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I'm still on a Turbomatic 3. I've been reading their site to find something similar to that but lighter and having umpteen different models makes it very hard.
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Trans Am= Cutout for the boys
Genuine gel: Thin layer of gel padding
Gel Flow: Thicker gel pad
Max Flite: Wider for big folks
ProLink: suspension system built into the rails.
Turbomatic: older suspension system built into the rails.
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Apparently, SLR stands for light but extreme pain in the ass.

My Giant came with one and I hate it. Definitely does not fit me.
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Turbomatic: older suspension system built into the rails.
Damn, I thought it had a turbocharger.

I loves my SLR...finally an all-day saddle for me since my concor.
 
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most italian website are rubbish. they don't seem to value ease of use, convention and information over flash, random sentenaces and broken links.

(maratona.it / 11speed.com / ciocc.it etc etc)
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most italian website are rubbish. they don't seem to value ease of use, convention and information over flash, random sentenaces and broken links.

(maratona.it / 11speed.com / ciocc.it etc etc)

sounds like most BF posts.
 
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Flash should be banned from the earth. I use Flashblocker, but sometimes you just gotta let them load.

Any idea how the saddles are measured? They at least include some dimensions (which dimensions is not clear) and weight.

(TransAm == cutout) may have been true at one point, since most (all?) TransAms do have cutouts, but there are several saddles with cutouts that aren't called TransAms (e.g. the Max Flite).

Then there are idiocies like the C2 line where the Gel Flow has a cutout and the Genuine Gel doesn't.
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Then there are idiocies like the C2 line where the Gel Flow has a cutout and the Genuine Gel doesn't.
That fits within my theory.
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Hmmm. Under the 'Technology' section on the web site, they define TransAm, Gel Flow, Genuine Gel. Yes (TransAm == cutout), but (Gel Flow == cutout) too. Genuine Gel means it's got a gel pad.

The theory that Gel Flow == TransAm + Genuine Gel makes sense. I think you're right.

No mention of ProLink or other suspension types(?), though.

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Trans Am - a Firebird with a screaming eagle on the hood popularized by Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit.
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I had the Selle Italia lineup for 2004 booklet sitting around somewhere, and it said that Gel Flow was a "special" kind of gel that was more liquefied and suppressed more with your ass than genuine gel.
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Once you understand the general categories, then when you read the specific description of each model, it's just more confusion. The descriptions tells you absolutely nothing b/n the models. Just so useless!
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Originally Posted by DocRay
Damn, I thought it had a turbocharger.

I loves my SLR...finally an all-day saddle for me since my concor.
They have white NOS concors at nashbar for $25
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I don't think this is too far off-topic :

If you want to see another poorly organized website, try LeMond bikes. It seems like half the links are broken, and information on old bikes is almost impossible to find. I'm sure other websites have the same issue, though.
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Trans Am - a Firebird with a screaming eagle on the hood popularized by Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit.

Also a big hit with Italian-Canadians in the 80s.
 
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They have white NOS concors at nashbar for $25
Thanks, but I'm stockpiling SLRs now.
 
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Any info on ProLink?
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Originally Posted by DocRay
Damn, I thought it had a turbocharger.

I loves my SLR...finally an all-day saddle for me since my concor.
I thought maybe it was a vegamatic.
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As far as I can determine, DrPete is right that ProLink refers to the suspension system. It looks like under the cover the rear plates ("base supports") are separate, as are the rails, making them flex separately. It appears to be a precursor to the current Retro Independent design of the SLR and SLC.
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