Old habits die hard, or so we’re led to believe. Sometimes all it takes is a one good ride to change long held preferences, as Wiggle cycling expert Trevor Nixon found out when he took the Selle Italia Novus Boost Evo Kit Carbonio Superflow out for a spin.
There’s something special about unboxing a new saddle, particularly when it screams high performance straight out of the packaging.
The first thing you notice about the new Selle Italia Novus Boost Evo is the waved shape, which is in keeping with the short and wide format that’s currently in trend.
If this shape is familiar to you then it’ll be an easy transition. But if, like me, you have been more of a long and narrow shape saddle guy, then you’ll understand the sense of trepidation with which I began unboxing and installing the unit.
Selle Italia claims that the waviness gives greater stability for your posterior bones over long rides, so the best way to test was of course to put in some decent miles and find out. More of that later.
The second thing you notice is the cut-out channel in the middle. Again, my current saddle is solid, so having a cut-out is something new for me and I was looking forward to testing the claims that it would increase comfort.
What the cut-out also does, although probably unintentionally, is give you a further opportunity to admire the luscious carbon rails – if you’re a bling fan then you won’t be disappointed.
Incidentally, the rails on this Kit Carbonio model are 10mm longer, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to find the right saddle adjustment during setup.
Once you’ve stopped gazing at the carbon rails, you cannot help but notice how light the saddle is – 165g is crazy light and can satisfy even the most pernickety weight weenies.
There’s no question this saddle is in the performance category, but would this compromise the comfort? Only one way to find out – let’s ride…
Of course, any saddle review is subjective and the best I can do is convey my impressions over a period of testing. Much of my riding is on the road and after riding varied terrain with the Novus Boost Evo over 1000 miles covering 1-5hrs in duration I can say that a lot of my comfort fears were allayed.
I have tested other wave shaped saddles and one of the negatives for me was the fact that I felt locked in position with an inability to adjust fore and aft.
This wasn’t so with the Novus Boost Evo so I’m guessing it must be down to the combination of the shape and cut-out which allows the adjustability that my natural body movements require when riding. The greatest compliment you can give any saddle is that you feel as comfortable at the end of the ride as at the beginning and I can definitely testify to this – I barely noticed it at all, which quite the compliment.
So, in terms of comfort, it’s a success for me. For performance? Well, I don’t think I shattered any Strava KOMs but that may be more to do with the rider than the equipment. Either way, I came away very impressed with this latest Selle Italia offering in terms of comfort, performance and aesthetic.
Yes, I am a convert.