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size: S3 (130mm)
weight as measured: 210g
used with Assos Mille GTO bib shorts
time of use: about 37 hours indoor and outdoor combined
I've used several saddles on several road and mountain bikes. Even though this model is intended for racing it's still the most comfortable I've ever used. I started using the endurance-oriented Assos bibs for about a year before I got this and found an improvement in comfort and then got more improvement with this saddle. The combination of this race saddle with the endurance shorts works well for me. I can clearly feel how the race cut profile minimizes restriction of leg movement. A modern touring model using the same 3D technology like Selle's new Novus Boost Evo 3D might be more comfortable for some. I like this lighter, more compact one for now.
I occasionally get out of the saddle for relief but this is the first one I didn't have to fight with all day.
The surface has a high level of friction. If you demand ease of fore-aft body movement that could be an issue.
The open structure provides great ventilation. Cleaning it might be an issue. You'd have to be careful not to spill your sports drink or your spumoni on it. Otherwise a great saddle.
I am sure this would be a good saddle for some, definitely a bit more cush than the regular Model X.
I personally am struggling to find a comfortable saddle. Not sure what has changed with my body over the past decade that I can't tolerate many saddles anymore (have trialed 9 so far). My current saddles are fine, but not great after about 1.5h. This one is no better, a little worse. So this is not necessarily a bad saddle, just not for me.
I do recommend following BTDs recommendation to use electrical tape on the rails when trialing a saddle. I also put some on my saddle clamp for extra protection.
Only put 20 miles on it so far, but this saddle is an AMAZING value for the price. I've ridden Specialized Power, Specialized Romin, and Pro Stealth. Tried this Selle Italia when it came stock on a bike, and figured i'd be swapping it for the Pro Stealth and saving 100g+ in the process. The problem is that the Selle Italia is SO comfortable. The sides flex, there's a bit of padding and when I rode it back to back with the Pro, this was just cushier. For the price, it's definitely worth trying out. Will update the review when I have some longer rides completed, but this seems to be an amazing price/performance/comfort option.
At least they matter to me (of course saddles are a personal fit thing)
#1: the convex shape: Every saddle I've ever been on has a design to CRADLE the sit bones. Downside: big tendon attaches there, so it has to be in contact with the saddle all the time. THIS SADDLE lets just the inside of your sits bones rest on the curve (it's crowned, like a road for drainage); since the pelvis is a single bone, slightly pushing outward on the opposing bones is a stable point; it has minimal but enough padding for those contact points, and the tendon doesn't touch the saddle at all. Wish I could draw a picture...
#2: the rear metal frame attachment points are well aft of where the sit-bones contact the saddle, so the plastic shell can flex a fair amount, like on impact, whereas most saddles have those rear frame bits directly under your sit-bones, so you take the full impact and the shell can't flex at all.
The cutout is in the right place to do its job properly. And the price is pretty darn reasonable. Yay.
Anyway, it's the most comfortable saddle I've had in 40 years of riding, and I've spent up to $250 on other saddles. Works for me, might for you too.