As one of our best-selling saddles ever, the Selle Italia SLR finds its way onto both road and mountain bikes. This SLR XC Flow Saddle is a mountain bike specific version that employs a few unique details that make it optimum for off-road usage.For starters, the SLR's semi-flat profile offers up good support for your sit bones, and it allows easy movement fore and aft, should the terrain demand a quick weight shift to avoid a mishap or to maintain good traction. The middle section of the XC Flow Saddle has a cut out, hence the Flow naming convention -- as in blood flow. It's designed to relieve pressure on your soft parts. In the same vein, Selle Italia uses their Perfect Fit self-modeling foam. It gives way to conform to your shape, even changing as the terrain dictates that you move about on the saddle. A Lorica cover graces the top, and as durable and scuff resistant as it is, the SLR XC Flow gets Kevlar scuff guards on the wings to prevent it getting torn or damaged when you inevitably hit the ground. Underneath, an injection molded nylon shell is comprised of 30% carbon fiber, and, as SLR saddles are known, it's flexible enough to also conform to your rear end over the course of a season. The shell sits atop Vanox tube rails. They're durable, corrosion resistant, and can be safely used with any saddle clamp design.The Selle Italia SLR XC Flow Saddle is available in Black and White. It measures 131mm wide and 275mm long.
a Cross Country Rider
from Fort Collins, CO
Date Reviewed: December 8, 2009
Strengths: Lighter than SLR Gel Flow. Kevlar sides can take a beating.
Weaknesses: This review will be comparing it to the Selle Italia SLR Gel Flow (non XC branded saddle). That said:
A huge disappointment compared to the other Gel Flow. It is marginally lighter, but way less comfortable and not as tough (although I believe it was designed to be tougher) The kevlar sides may be tough, but the vinyl sections pierce easily and the padding dies after a couple months of use. The padding is another sad item. My saddle has two permanent dimples where the sit bones are, something I have never experienced with the standard Gel Flow padding which pops back into position when you stand up.
Why compare it to the other Gel Flow?
If you are considering this saddle, then buy the SLR Gel Flow. It is tougher, more comfortable, and usually cheaper. The Gel Flow will one day enter the component hall of fame as one of those classic mainstay products, and Selle had to go muss it up with a chintzy lightweight knockoff.
Selle Italia has a million saddles, so don't get confused when you see "XC" in the name. Get the Selle Italia SLR Gel Flow. Don't get this one.
Similar Products Used: Selle Italia SLR standard and Gel Flow, Selle Italia Flite, SDG Bel Air, WTB Rocket V SLT, WTB Laser V
Bike Setup: SS 29er Rigid
a Cross Country Rider
from Perthh Australia
Date Reviewed: October 2, 2009
Strengths: weight, shape, bling
Weaknesses: a little hard take a while to get used to
I brought this when my favorite WTB Shadow seat was damaged. I have been unable to find the same WTB Shadow seat. It was ace and only 210g. This saddle is great but a little harder than the WTB. I wasn't game to use it for a recent 100 km race going back to the wtb. I will persevere though. Great for shorter rides up to 60 km. A very light, well hsaped saddle. A tad expensive new so search for a deal.