Selle Italia Flite Gel Saddle

3.88/5 (142 Reviews)
MSRP : $195.00


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Product Description

These saddles offer a sculpted, modern look withThe addition of gel padding for comfort. 140mm wide Mens cutTi Rails


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Russ a Cross Country Rider from Austin, TX

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2008

Strengths:    Feels slightly more cushy than the Selle Italia Flite.

Weaknesses:    Cheap plastic supports inside broke in less than one month of riding. Blood flow improvement not as good as one would expect from the design.

Bottom Line:   
I rode on the original Selle Italia Flite for almost five years and countless crashes including one that sprung my frame. That seat had no issues. In two crashes, I trashed this new gel seat. It has cheap plastic reinforcements between the gel and the posts that can't stand up to reasonable demands on the trail. Unless you just race, look for something else.

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Favorite Trail:   Georgetown Hogg to Russell Loop

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $100.00

Similar Products Used:   Selle Italia Flite (5 years)

Bike Setup:   2002 Intense Tracer, XT Build, Mavic rims, Hope brakes & hubs.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Clay Spradlin a Weekend Warrior from Wooster, AR...USA

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2007

Strengths:    looks good

Weaknesses:    too hard, shouls say ACME Brick Co. on the side

Bottom Line:   
I used to think the reason my toes were going numb was beacuse of my cheap (Sette) riding shoes. So I got a good pair and guess what, still going numb after 30 - 40 min in the saddle. Talked to my LBS, we decided it was the concrete disaster that I was sitting on was putting pressure on my Siatic Nerve/s causing the numbness. I order a Brooks B17, it will be here on Monday, cant wait to try it out. Break-In cant be worse than this thing.

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Favorite Trail:   Cadron Park

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   ???????????

Similar Products Used:   N/A

Bike Setup:   Leader 526, Fox F100RLC Fork, XTR Shifters and Brakes, XT Drivetrain.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Todd a Cross Country Rider from Garner

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2006

Strengths:    Design and light weight.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great saddle for the money. It provides enough "cush" to take the edge of riding.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $80.00

Similar Products Used:   WTB, SDG, Specialized


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Todd a Cross Country Rider from Victoria, BC

Date Reviewed: March 21, 2006

Strengths:    Light, nice shape, nice look

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
I'm a 210lb cross country rider.

I started using this seat and loved it immediately. I've read other complaints about how much it hurts and am wondering if this seat comes with and without a centre cutout. The one I have has one.

This isn't your mama's gel seat. This is a stiff racing seat that gives a bit of gel and flex for cushioning. If your strong on your legs and don't sit hard on your saddle, you should have no problems liking this seat. It's long for multi-positions and is a great addition to any bike looking to go light and fast. Best saddle I've used for sport/racing.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything fun

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   lots

Bike Setup:   TST Ti hardtail, Marzocci MX Comp ETA, FSA Orbit XLII, Thompson hardware, Shimano drive, Crankbrother Candys, Chris King Hubs, Mavic 717 rims, Selle Italia Flite Gel

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Sean a Cross Country Rider from Newark, DE

Date Reviewed: March 3, 2006

Strengths:    Better than riding on just a seatpost.

Weaknesses:    Hard as hell, numbs your privates

Bottom Line:   
Don't let the "Genuine Gel" fool you, this is saddle is a bonifide a$$ hatchet. After my first few rides on this thing, it left my taint so numb I wondered if I'd ever make it to fatherhood. The length and width of the saddle aren't a problem, it's the fact that Selle Italia actually raises the part under your sensitive area with padding. That's exactly where you don't want it - thus Terry's opening and WTB's love channel. Saddles are personal and everyone likes something different - I just can't believe some people can actually be comfortable on this thing. I think I'd prefer a piece of slate on my seatpost.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Bike Setup:   2006 Santa Cruz Blur XC

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Don Wong from Hong Kong

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2006

Strengths:    Very comfortable, has cutout, reduced numbness, looks good.

Weaknesses:    Not cheap (not the most expensive either though), feels very firm at first.

Bottom Line:   
Replaced my stock Fizik saddle which came on my Cannondale with the Flite GelFlow with the middle cutout. Felt too firm at first, but very comfortable once I got used to it. If your saddle is causing you numbness, you should certainly give this a try.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Cambria

Similar Products Used:   Fizik Plateau

Bike Setup:   Cannondale F1000.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by ken a Cross Country Rider from columbia, sc usa

Date Reviewed: January 12, 2006

Strengths:    Fairly light, stiff, not too wide, aesthetically pleasing.

Weaknesses:    If you don't ride a lot, this seat can feel like granite or if you ain't rockin' a chamois.

Bottom Line:   
This a good saddle for tons of riding but will definitely hurt newbies. I don't know if you'll need Viagra after riding this saddle, but if you have any worries about your nether-regions, stay away from this saddle.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager, Cannondale

Bike Setup:   IRO Highlander singlespeed with a Manitou fork on front for some extra squish.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by NoNeedForAName a Cross Country Rider from Yup, Western, USA

Date Reviewed: June 26, 2005

Strengths:    Looks nice, Didn't break


Weaknesses:    You will have to use Viagra after riding this saddle too long.


Bottom Line:   
Oh my GOD this thing hurts! I think they should rename it "Selle Italia Non-Surgical Vasectomy" May work for someone else, but my a$$ did not like it.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Nashbar

Similar Products Used:   SDG, Terry, WTB, other Selle Italia

Bike Setup:   Yea, it's fast

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Greg a Cross Country Rider from Middletown, CT

Date Reviewed: June 14, 2005

Strengths:    comfy, light.

Weaknesses:    Gaudy looking, but it is Italian.

Bottom Line:   
A very comfy saddle. I bought it used for twenty bucks, like new condition. I did my first ride yesterday, a seventy-five mile road ride and it proved very comfortable. A post-ride pee was accomplished with no pain whatsoever- the true test of a saddle. I'd been using an old Vetta Lite for 13 years and I wish I'd changed sooner. I also had a regular Flite on another bike and it was very comfortable too, but the Gel Flite is more so. Saddles are a matter of individual preference and anatomy, but this one works for me.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   private sale

Similar Products Used:   SA Flite, Vetta Lite

Bike Setup:   Cannondale road bike

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Chris G a Cross Country Rider from Boulder, CO

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2005

Strengths:    light, looks good, titanium is always a plus. Good saddle for avid riders

Weaknesses:    this saddle will punish you. It will punish you for not riding for a while. A person can catch clothing on the raised gel inserts

Bottom Line:   
If you ride a ton = alright
If you ride every now and again = not good.

Even for a person who rides as much as I do its not the best. The WTB's are my current favorite.

3 for performance because is so hard and the gel inserts catch
3 for price because this is just gaudy and thats why I bought it (dumb, i know)

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Favorite Trail:   Anything around golden

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager, WTB, San Marco


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by ignaz a Cross Country Rider from Singapore

Date Reviewed: May 8, 2005

Strengths:    Firm, has some give. Light. Looks sleek

Weaknesses:    The threads starting to fray. The leather starting to peel off under the seat.

Bottom Line:   
Good saddle. The first one that allows me to shift my weight about easily when on technicals sections. The more shifting I do on long rides, less soreness and numbness I experience on the ride. This means it's not a padded seat. When I loose my footing on the pedals and have one or two legs hanging loose over the bumps, the family jewels suffer the most. Use it for road or XC, is a nice saddle. Without gear, I weight between 78 to 80kgs so I think it will work for fast cyclists. The soreness experienced is normally by friends who use my Flite Gel and ride it like they're sitting in a sofa. Racers always shift their weight or bounce in the seat, so this seat does a fine job for them.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Similar Products Used:   Specialized and Velo seats.

Bike Setup:   Giant NRS, Seven Cycles hardtail, Cannondale softail, GT rigid, Intense DH.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rep Reldnas a Racer from Sweden

Date Reviewed: January 21, 2005

Strengths:    Nice looks, light weight

Weaknesses:    The leather wears down (am I riding to much?)

Bottom Line:   
Took me about three months to get used to it, after that perfect. Rides my racer every day during 8 months/year that makes about 4000 k's/year. Will buy another one for my XC.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Bike Setup:   Pegoretti, Campagnolo

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Hector a Cross Country Rider from Sinai Peninsula, Egypt

Date Reviewed: November 13, 2004

Strengths:    Very confortable, looks awesome, light

Weaknesses:    Stiching desintegrates in high friction areas.

Bottom Line:   
I had this seat on my old bike, it suvived countles epic outings, went with me to Nepal, India and all over the Sinai and took everything the trails could dish out along with some nasty falls, others have written here that your body needs to get used to the saddle, I think it's true, the more you ridde it the more confortable it becomes, great leather craftsmanship.

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Favorite Trail:   Ras al Satan

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   Cyclestore UK

Similar Products Used:   Specialized body geometry, bontrager, fizik, san marco...

Bike Setup:   2004 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Pro, 2001 Specialized S-Works hard tail.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by dan a Cross Country Rider from Denver

Date Reviewed: October 26, 2004

Strengths:    looks cool

Weaknesses:    the **gel** on this saddle is lame.

Bottom Line:   
this is a torture device. avoid. the regular flite
is much more comfortable.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   bontrager, regular flite, terry, titec, san marco...

Bike Setup:   titus

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by andrew eckett a Downhiller from sydney australia

Date Reviewed: September 23, 2004

Strengths:    its sleek and slight which keeps it out of the way. looks awesome. lasts for ever. weight. very comfortable.

Weaknesses:    stitching wears evenually

Bottom Line:   
there are two things i swear by and thats thomson posts and flite saddles. i ride over 300 km per wk off road and on road never having a sore ass. i ride it without pads sometime and still have no problem. people always say that u can break it in but u don't break it in it breaks u in. i do think its designed for slimmer riders i.e racing level riders. if this saddle is hurting u, u need to ride more. it is extremely comfortable. But as it seems not for everybodies asses. so if u are heavier or are just a casual rider don't buy the flite but don't steer away from selle italia. they produce high quality saddle with that ferrari flavour

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Favorite Trail:   lizard rock oxford falls sydney

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   bike addiction

Similar Products Used:   selle itlia tran, cannondale ti, sdg

Bike Setup:   de rosa roadie, santa cruz bullit, foes fly

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