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Selle Italia SLR Kit Carbonio Flow - first ride

Old 03-18-12, 06:11 PM
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Selle Italia SLR Kit Carbonio Flow - first ride

Switched from Flite Gel Flow, which is gonna go onto the Scott.

The saddle rocks. Aside from being 20g heavier than advertised. I had to raise the seatpost about 1/4" to get the same saddle height. Did a 40 mile post half-marathon recovery ride today and the saddle just disappears under me! I like the Flite, but this thing is awesome! And with that the RS is now 15 LBS 15 OZ
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Old 03-18-12, 06:21 PM
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Good to know, I've been looking at that one for some time now. I had the Flite Gel Flow which was OK and I'm currently riding the SLK which is so far the best saddle I've ridden.
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I've looked at the regular SL version of that saddle, as the shape and cutout look comfy to me. I don't think I could drop that much $ on the SLK saddle though! I tried two different saddles myself this weekend. Still trying to figure out what I like best.
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Aside from being 20g heavier than advertised.
Any product not fully machined from metal is going to have a tolerance value on how much it weighs. A little extra glue, the seat rails cut slightly long, a little extra foam or the density slightly high - anything like this and you'll see a slightly higher weight and that's normal.

I'm all for weight-weenie-ing (you should see my MTB; it is 7 lbs lighter than when I bought it) but there has to be some management of expectations when it comes to built-up parts and their expected weights.

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The weight issue is pretty common for Selle Italia saddles. They are far heavier than advertised. I've been running this saddle on a bike for 3 years now and 2 on the other. I hope they never break because they recently got re-shaped a tiny bit, which may be enough to kill it as my favorite. If I got to buy a new one for a new bike, I can only hope I find an old stock one.
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They are far heavier than advertised.
What's "far"?

I've got two of them, and they were within 30g of advertised weight. That's nowhere near "far" as far as I am concerned.

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Originally Posted by RecceDG View Post
What's "far"?

I've got two of them, and they were within 30g of advertised weight. That's nowhere near "far" as far as I am concerned.

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Well, they are advertised at weighting 125 grm, so your tolerable 30 grams is close to 25% more of the total weight. That is extremely pathetic in my book. 5-8 grams more? Acceptable by me, but 20-30 grams is plain ridiculous when one of the selling points of the saddle is the weight!!
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My Selle Italia Gel Flow has been pretty descent. But I think I'm going back to Specialized with the larger relief channel. I know Selle has one also similar to Specialized, but the weight of the Selle is kind of silly for a road bike race saddle, nearly 300gms.

I can shave anywhere from 80-140gms off the bike weight just by switching back to Specialized, plus pay less money for a Selle equivalent. Overall Selle makes a nice saddle, no other real complaints beyond the personal weight and fit issue.

That SLR looks real similar to the other models, just a lighter, less padded version.

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Originally Posted by RecceDG View Post
What's "far"?

I've got two of them, and they were within 30g of advertised weight. That's nowhere near "far" as far as I am concerned.

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16% and 24% are pretty big percentages to be off by

id be pretty pissed if i bought pair of wheels advertised at 1500 grams and they end up being between 1740 and 1860 grams
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Riding a Selle Italia Prolink right now. It's no featherweight, but I haven't liked the demo rides I did on a Specialized Toupe or Romin. I haven't tried the Romin Evo yet, though.
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I got a much cheaper Selle Italia SL Kit Carbonio Flow Saddle for $50 from Nashbar. Got about 70 miles on it over the weekend, and I think it's going to be a keeper.
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Originally Posted by dgasmd View Post
Well, they are advertised at weighting 125 grm, so your tolerable 30 grams is close to 25% more of the total weight. That is extremely pathetic in my book. 5-8 grams more? Acceptable by me, but 20-30 grams is plain ridiculous when one of the selling points of the saddle is the weight!!

Agree totally! If they 'Selle Italia' advertise the weight as 125g it should weigh 125g. Anything else is very misleading, especially to those that don't check the weight and assume it is what it says it is.
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