This Selle Italia SLR Gel Flow Saddle is no longer available although you may find similar or newer versions below:
The SLR Gel Flow Saddle is ideal for road and cross country disciplines.
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A saddle featuring refined style, the SLR Gel Flow incoporates Selle Italia's Trans Am style cut out and gel padding to improve blood flow in the perineal area.
Performance saddles are narrower than the models designed for shorter ride comfort. They're intended for riders who have a committed riding style with weight on hands and feet so they're narrower and lighter. High tech padding materials and flexible body designs keep your pressure points comfortable and lightweight chassis components keep the weight down. Most have some kind of ergonomic design to reduce pressure on nerves and allow unrestriced blood flow to your sensitive areas. Womens models have a wider design to suit their naturally wider pelvis. Saddle widths vary across the ranges from narrow (upto 130mm), medium (upto 138mm) to wide (upto 146mm). Narrower saddles are the popular choice for longer distance riders as they do not cause the hips to be placed in an unnatural position. Wider saddles will often feel comfortable initially due to their greater surface area but then progressively decrease in comfort as the miles increase, the correct choice of saddle is a case of getting the balance between initial comfort and overall comfort.
Selle Italia is the ultimate saddle producer in the world. Suppliers of saddles since 1897 to the first cyclists, then to most of the biggest and best known champions, Selle Italia consistently produces outstanding products. The Turbo, the Flite, SLR and more recently the CX range have offered such design quality and comfort the names are a legend in their own right. Within extensive range is a model specifically suited to every cyclist by virtue of the rail, suspension, shape and padding technology.
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Episode 34 in the "Quest for the Perfect XC Saddle..." The 215g SLR Gel Flow is another of the myriad sleek saddles from Selle Italia.
This one uses the company's split-hull Gel Flow technology to reduce pressure on the undercarriage, and while we can see what they're driving at, we have to be honest and say we don't find them any more comfortable than non-Gel Flow versions of the same saddle.
The basics are all there, with a reasonably broad tail offering a good place to park yourself, narrowing to a shortish nose, which allows for some fore/aft movement. Given the small sweet-spot of the saddle, we found it was important to make sure you had it positioned in exactly the right place in the seat clamp, because anything more than minor adjustments in position would have you struggling for comfort.
That said, once dialled in, the SLR Gel Flow was a pleasant enough place to sit and turn pedals, and certainly a saddle we'd use for training or racing. However, for really long rides we might opt for something more cushy, such as the Fizik Gobi.
In the current Selle Italia line up, we still put the Signo Ti ahead of the SLR, because the Signo has a greater curve to the shell top, meaning we feel in, rather than on, the saddle.
Once dialled in, the SLR Gel Flow was a pleasant enough place to sit and turn pedals, and certainly a saddle we'd use for training or racing.
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