One of the advantages of Wiggle stocking the latest and best saddles from Selle Italia - that famed Italian maker beloved by cyclists across the world - is that, occasionally, we get to test them.
Included in the range are the Flite Boost Kit Carbonio Superflow and the SLR Boost Pro Team Kit Carbonio Superflow, both of which feature a number of new and exciting designs.
So when Wiggle staff members and lifetime road racing cyclists, Trevor Nixon and John Bann-Lavery, were asked to find out how they perform on the road, the two men were ready and willing to put their experienced sit bones to work.
Steeped in Cycling History
Selle Italia is a name that is steeped rigorously in the history of cycling.
Established 120 years ago in Milan, Italy, the company’s saddles have carried many of cycling’s great champions to victory in world championships, grand tours and single-day classics.
Iconic riders to choose the Selle Italia brand over the years include Pantani, Valverde, Cavendish, Contador, Cancellara, and many more.
Modern Day Professionals Choose Sella Italia
Modern day professional cycling teams riding on the most hi-tech kit from Selle Italia include Philippe Gilbert’s Lotto Soudal team and Cofidis, which boasts Elia Viviani among its ranks. There is also the Alpecin-Fenix team of the sport’s newest superstar – Mathieu Van der Poel.
Product Test: Trevor tries the Selle Italia Flite Boost Kit Carbonio Superflow
Having ridden on various iterations of Selle Italia’s Flite saddles over the years, I was really excited to see what the latest evolution of the Flite would be like when road tested.
At a glance, this saddle shouts comfort and it certainly delivers on that promise. I rode several endurance rides of over 100kms and the luxury was apparent from kilometre one. Superflow technology, featuring the recognisable cut-out in the middle section of the saddle, successfully achieves its design aim of reducing the effects of prolonged pressure.
I opted for the L3 size, but it’s worth noting that a smaller S3 is also available to suit different rider anatomies.
Sella Italia have worked to achieve the lightest possible weight with this saddle while maintaining its strength, and both of those features were very apparent when the saddle was in the hand and being fitted to my bike. I ride a full carbon frame with a featherweight wheelset and was more than happy to add this model for the test as it weighs in at only 162 grams.
Carbo-keramic rails give the clamping area a high-quality look and feel and protect the saddle from the rigors of bike set-up. In terms of the upper, or saddle cover, Fibra-Tek technology ensures the saddle endures wear and tear and, like the carbo-keramic rails, gives the saddle a feeling of absolute quality.
Product Test: John tests the Selle Italia SLR Boost Pro Team Kit Carbonio Superflow
I bought my first Selle Italia SLR saddle in 2012 and it still sits on my training bike today, after tens of thousands of kilometres of use. When I got the opportunity to try the latest version of the SLR I couldn’t wait to see how the technology has progressed.
Superflow Technology and Anatomic Shape
Riding the SLR Boost Pro Team saddle felt like a real leap forward in terms of comfort, particularly when riding in an aggressive aero position during periods of intensity in training.
Before this road test, I had never experienced the benefits of ‘Superflow’ technology (the cut-out), and it’s something I will look for in a saddle from now on.
The Superflow technology and associated comfort is further enhanced by the saddle’s anatomical shape, which Selle Italia say fits the shape of the rider’s pelvis and helps increase performance. I felt well supported by the saddle on shorter, intensity-oriented spins and equally so on endurance rides of over 100 kms.
I would describe myself as being of average/medium build. This saddle comes in the S3 size and that fitted me perfectly.
New Saddle Tip Shape
The tip of the SLR Boost has a new shape and is shorter than its predecessors, contributing to the lighter weight (130 grams) without compromising comfort. The benefits of this were tangible when riding and any weight reduction is clearly an advantage for any road cyclist going uphill.
Most honest road cyclists will admit that they want their bike to look fast and stylish. I’m no different and when I added the SLR boost Pro Team to my Canyon Aeroad it took the aesthetics to a whole new level.
Selle Italia has introduced a completely new graphic and logo on its latest saddles, including the SLR Boost Pro Team Kit Carbonio, and this helps it stand out from older iterations.
Made to Last
The highly durable Fibra-Tek saddle cover and the Carbo-keramic rails give this saddle a hi-tech, no-nonsense finish that I’m confident is made to last against the inevitable scuffs and scrapes of everyday bike life.
The Selle Italia SLR Boost Pro Team Kit Carbonio Superflow saddle is, by a country mile, the lightest and the best saddle I have ever ridden.