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Anyone running a Selle Italia SLR?

Old 04-27-09, 05:38 PM
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Anyone running a Selle Italia SLR?

It seemed that a couple of years ago this was an extremely popular saddle. I remember everyone riding them on the road and they were the most popular in the pro peleton. What happened? I hardly ever see them now (except for people who buy them only because they are light). Is anyone still riding one? If so how do you like it? Just curious why they lost a lot of support.
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Old 04-27-09, 07:28 PM
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the SLR and the Arione are probably the most popular pro/enthuiast saddle out there. the prologo is also getting popular.

most people cannot justify spending $200+ for a saddle though.

i run the SLR and am quite happy with it. weight and comfort wise. (2 centuries in the past 2 saturdays)

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i think that the toupe has replaced it. the toupe is arguably as light and has more size choices and just as comfy. add to that, it is quite a bit cheaper. as far as the peleton, i have no clue.
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I have SLR Gel Flow on one of my bikes, I am pleased with it.
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I really liked mine, and then earlier this year it stopped agreeing with me after a year of using it to good effect.

I barely used the new one I have and I'm probably going to get rid of it.

Might have been a saddle angle thing, but I was comfortable on it. I just randomly ended up with a lot of chafing/sores even though I didn't feel any pain while riding. I went back to my old saddle and am happy with it for now.
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Best saddle I've ever used.

But when did the cost go up to $200? I got mine for $100 brand new, but on a special sale when I think the regular price was $130. Oh there we go, still $130 and in all the colors at Excel Sports.
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I have a couple of SLRs I quite like them, havn't needed to try anything else.
I also have a flight which is quite comfy I find (older version).
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this will be my second season on the slr. it seems to be fine once my butt gets used to it by consistantly putting in a bunch of miles. it's weird, the slr definitely makes its' presence known until about mile 10 then it pretty much disappears and is wicked comfortable
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Originally Posted by jacerab View Post
this will be my second season on the slr. it seems to be fine once my butt gets used to it by consistantly putting in a bunch of miles. it's weird, the slr definitely makes its' presence known until about mile 10 then it pretty much disappears and is wicked comfortable
I agree with that, but I ended up with a spree of sores on it. Not sure why...

Never had that issue with it before. Oh well...
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I have an 135g SLR on one road bike and an Arione on my other. I have ridden 200K rides on both. For me the Arione is a little bit more comfy because there are more sitting options on it. Neither one is as comfy as a well broken in Brooks Pro but one of those weighs more than the two saddles combined.

I'm going to say this one more time: it is a saddle and not a seat.
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I am trying the SLR this year. Had no issues on shorter rides. I did my first century this year last weekend and had no idea what to expect and I am happy to report it's a keeper
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I have two bikes with the Selle Italia SLR and two bikes with the Selle Italia SLR Kit Carbonio. I LOVE them. Light...simple and attractive...and easily the most comfortable saddle for my behind.

In the past, I used the Specialized Toupe and Alias...and the Fizik Arione. The Specialized saddles were ok...but the SLR is just much better. The Fizik Arione was a ass hatchet.

As far as popularity...I'm pretty sure the Selle Italia SLR, Fizik Arione, and the Specialized Toupe are the most popular saddles on the planet right now.
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SLR Gel Flow

Originally Posted by haimtoeg View Post
I have SLR Gel Flow on one of my bikes, I am pleased with it.
+1 - I have this saddle on both of my bikes and love it.
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Originally Posted by teterider View Post
But when did the cost go up to $200?
the SLR carbonio flow is $200+ (carbon rails 125gr)
(handmade in italy, if it matters )

the regular version is cheaper. (may also be handmade in italy)
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Old 05-02-09, 03:20 PM
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I have been riding the SLR consistently since 2003, and I love them. My only complaint is that the leather cover splits on the edge a couple of inches from the nose after about 3,000 miles. This has happened on all 3 SLRs that I have used. After they split, I put a 1-2" piece of electrical tape to cover the split. I currently have almost 12K miles on my latest SLR (9,000 miles with electrical tape).
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Originally Posted by elohmeier View Post
+1 - I have this saddle on both of my bikes and love it.
+2 for the SLR Gel Flow

I switched from the Signo which was giving me a lot of chafing on account of its width.
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I have the SLR carbonio flow (no gel, no cutout). The leather started to split in the back (non drive side) after a while and then I crashed, which made it worse. I patched it up with auto upholstery repair and it's as good as new.

The Arione CX is on another bike and I prefer the shape of the SLR. However, the Arione is longer so it's better for moving around; I ride in the drops a lot so in this aspect, the Arione is better.

I didn't know this saddle was ever popular. I never see anyone on the road with one, although I don't really look at people's saddles. I thought the pro peloton used the Flite more than the SLR.
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+3 for the SLR Gel Flow, just made my second ride on mine and after a metric it is a keeper!

My previous saddle was an Alias the flare on the transition from the nose to the sitting part always rubbed me the wrong way, the 130 was too narrow and the 143 constantly gave me pain where my as* and thighs meet.

The 136/137? of the SLR GF is PERFECT!
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I recently switched from a San Marco regal to an SLR and am pleased with it. Still lots of folks on them, including in the peloton.
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Regular SLR saddles on all of my bikes, road, MTB, and CX.
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Has anyone heard of the carbon rails snapping on the Kit Carbino? I'm thinking about an SLR on my next build.
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Originally Posted by teterider View Post
Best saddle I've ever used.

But when did the cost go up to $200? I got mine for $100 brand new, but on a special sale when I think the regular price was $130. Oh there we go, still $130 and in all the colors at Excel Sports.
+1. I loved mine. Got mine new for $75 a few years ago. The shell broke during a race (leather held it together), but when I saw how expensive the newer ones had gotten I couldn't justify buying one. Even when I worked at a bike shop I couldn't believe the price. Wholesale was above $100...
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in my epic quest for a saddle i tried the slr and eventually would up with the slc (non gel) for my steel road bike which i do longer distances on, it is the best saddle i have ever ridden.
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I picked one up for only about $90 from Ribble a few months ago. I don't find it comfortable, but I have tolerated it for 3 hours. Compared to the Fizik Gobi I've been riding for several years (the old model, not the new XM), the SLR is like sitting on a board, but it weighs 100 grams less (145 not 135 as advertised).

There are several models. Mine does not have the cutout center like the white model pictured.

I haven't ruled out this saddle yet, but it's certainly not very comfortable for me.

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Originally Posted by trinity000 View Post
The 136/137? of the SLR GF is PERFECT!
SI lists it as 131, which is where I sat according to the Spec'd BG sit bone pad. I got mine new on ebay for $50.

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