Selle Italia SLR Gel Flow Saddle

4.22/5 (9 Reviews)
Weight : 215g


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Product Description

Selle Italia SLR Gel Flow Saddle: Gel Flow gel inserts under sit bones and around cutout. Soft tissue relief hole through center, leather top, carbon shell.


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Reviews 1 - 9 (9 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rich a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2012

Strengths:    So so so so super light

Weaknesses:    I felt like I was sitting on a rock

Bottom Line:   
I endured this seat one ride and then switched it out for the comfortable WTB Rocket V. I couldn't believe how uncomfortable it was, even with the thick chamois I was wearing. That being said, I took it off the seat post and hefted both seats in my hand and WTB saddle felt twice as heavy. This seat is super light. I am going to sell it, make some $$$$ for new tires

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Zachariah a Cross Country Rider from Palm Desert, CA USA

Date Reviewed: October 2, 2010

Strengths:    -Light, at 215g
-Center cutout offers taint relief
-Strong Vanox rails
-Gel is very firm at crotch area
-Leather cleans easily
-Downward curving nose helps climbing
-Made with Italian quality throughout


Weaknesses:    -Very small, minimalist saddle
-Scuffs easily


Bottom Line:   
When it comes to MTB saddles - I have literally tried them ALL. My butt does not like anything made by Fizik...period. The Phenom SL was an amazing saddle, despite feeling like sitting on sculpted wood. I had remarkable luck with the original Selle SLR...so I went to the Gel Flow. The Gel Flow is good for 3+ hours in the saddle. It has strategically placed inserts ad they work in unison extremely well. However, my rump is nothing close to being meaty...so your mileage may vary. Get the fit perfectly dialed-in ad the saddle will be the last thing on your mind.

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Favorite Trail:   Hurkey Creek Park (24 Hours of Adrenalin course)

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $77.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   -Specialized Phenom SL
-Fizik Gobi XM
-Selle Italia SLR road saddle
-WTB Rocket V
-Bontrager RXL Inform
-Selle San Marco Aspide
-M2 Racer Carbon
-AX Lightness
-Token SL Carbon


Bike Setup:   22-pound 2010 Giant Anthem X2

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by BeerBikeBerm a Cross Country Rider from Fort Collins, CO

Date Reviewed: December 8, 2009

Strengths:    Weight-to-comfort and weight-to-toughness ratios are favorable. Infact, this thing has many good ratios.

Ride long enough on any saddle and it will hurt...but this one is very impressive for it's minimalist profile and weight. It stays out of the way and rarely chafes the taint (only when I wear jeans).

The "ergonomic cutout" is a cool idea, but the same thing can be achieved with correct saddle shape.


Weaknesses:    Both of mine quickly developed clicking sounds, at first tricking me into thinking it was the bottom bracket, seatpost or chainring bolts. It's the rails. Nothing broken, but on bad days the sound wears on me.

The lower weight of the standard SLR is VERY tempting, but don't be lured away from this saddle by its shaved legs brother. The SLR Gel Flow is worlds better.


Bottom Line:   
It USED to be possible to get them very cheap on clearance if you did not mind non-black saddles. I bought 2 of them, a yellow and blue, at that price thinking they would rip to shreds eventually. They have not. Still running strong on 2 different mountain bikes after nearly 3 years. The leather will rip a bit and wear on the edges but it won't all fall off suddenly like other saddles.

The only thing keeping these from a full 5 is the rail clicking, which conjures up images of the Vanox rails breaking and piercing the nutsack.

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Favorite Trail:   Earls Trails

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Some online clearanc

Similar Products Used:   Selle Italia SLR, Selle Italia Flite, SDG Bel Air, WTB Rocket V SLT, WTB Laser V

Bike Setup:   SS Rigid 29er

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Psycho Marco a Weekend Warrior from Mexico

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2009

Strengths:    Looks, light, durable.

Weaknesses:    It´s supposed to be comfy, the gel is what it´s for... but it is comfy on the hard side

Bottom Line:   
This is an AWESOME looking saddle!, I have it in red color and wow it just looks great. It is also very light, but if you expect a comfy saddle, this is not it.
I´m on the lightside, I weight about 145 lbs and after 4 or more hours sitting non stop (with almost no pauses) in here it gets pretty rough on my butt.
IMO it´s worth the investmet as no other saddle looks better than this one, but you have got to be aware that comfort is not one of it´s more appreciatted caracteristics.

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Favorite Trail:   All of them!

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager and Chumba saddle

Bike Setup:   Chumba VF2, XT setup

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by BLURPILOT a Cross Country Rider from Orange County, CA

Date Reviewed: March 30, 2009

Strengths:    Lightweight, functional cutout, good shock absorption, comfortably supports my sitbones, padding/gel in all the right places. Italian craftsmanship-- great looking with excellent fit/finish. Saddle has excellent shape-- easy to move on and off without snagging shorts. Very comfortable in a lightweight, low-profile shell.

Weaknesses:    A bit pricey. But, Selle Italia saddles last forever.

Bottom Line:   
Great saddle if it fits your bum. I've done 25-30 mile rides comfortably on this saddle.

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Favorite Trail:   STT/Luge/Cactus/Sleepy Hollow

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $130.00

Purchased At:   Internet

Similar Products Used:   WTB Rocket V and Pure SLT, Selle Italia Flite, Bontrager Selle San Marco

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Blur LT

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jobrienau a Cross Country Rider from Melbourne Australia

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2008

Strengths:    Super light weight, great looking seat

Weaknesses:    Not sure yet, haven't found any

Bottom Line:   
Wow, I wish I had just paid up and bought one of these years ago. I have tried all sorts of Gel lined cut away type seats and they never quite measure up. This seat is well designed and you can feel it. I think I lucked out on the size as it is best to get a seat fitted to you but this seat is perfect from 10 minute test rides to 6hr day trips. I weigh about 205lbs and about 6'2" and this seat is fantastic.

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Favorite Trail:   Wombat Trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Bike Store

Similar Products Used:   BBB cutout, Gel type OEM

Bike Setup:   Giant Trance0

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave a Cross Country Rider from Milton

Date Reviewed: March 20, 2008

Strengths:    This review is for the SLR Gel XC Kevlar. Great saddle, light, comfy, enough shell flex to make up for little padding. The XC model has been durable for me.

Weaknesses:    Not a freeride product. It's been durable, but looking at it I know it could tear in a hard crash.
The scoop at the back limits the number of seating positions.


Bottom Line:   
I've got 4000km on this saddle, and it has been hands-down my favorite ever. I'm 170lbs, average build, and I like dents / cutouts. Obviously, at 130mm wide and 220g 'comfy' is relative - bike shorts are mandatory. Saddle fit is very personal, so my 5 chili's is based on those factors. No annoying numbness, no thigh rub on the nose, no hotspots, not too padded, but just enough. I wouldn't suggest it for long road rides (not enough sitting positions, I prefer my SI Gel Flite), but hey, it's an XC saddle. The $200+ msrp here in Canada is more than anyone should have to pay for a saddle, but I got a good deal so I'll give it the value rating I received.

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Favorite Trail:   Kelso, Ont

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   Toronto Int'l Bike Show

Similar Products Used:   Lots of saddles, cheap and expensive. My other fav (for road) is SI Gel Flite.

Bike Setup:   Dual suspension XC.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nick a Cross Country Rider from Cape Town, South Africa

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2008

Strengths:    Comfy, strong.

Weaknesses:    None so far.

Bottom Line:   
Have this on my MTB and road bikes. Has done 1000's of k's, has been crashed, has ridden through awful wet weather. Is worn looking, but still comfortable and hasn't broken yet.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   WTB, Selle Italia XO, cheapies

Bike Setup:   Mountain Cycle Zen

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Joe Swanson a Cross Country Rider from Memphis, TN, USA

Date Reviewed: December 17, 2007

Strengths:    Very comfortable, lightweight, well built, overall good durability

Weaknesses:    Graphics wear off fairly quickly

Bottom Line:   
I currently own two mountain bikes (hardtail and full suspension) and two road bikes. All four have this saddle. I have tried others,but this has been the most comfortable by far. The hartail takes abuse and the saddle helps make the ride comfy. If you want a light and comfortable saddle, try this one.

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Favorite Trail:   Stanky Creek

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $69.00

Purchased At:   Online on clearance

Similar Products Used:   SLR, Sette race saddle, WTB

Bike Setup:   Salsa Caballero

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