Selle Italia Yutaak Gel Flow Saddle

Selle Italia Yutaak Gel Flow Saddle 

DESCRIPTION

Vibram rubber inserts with cushioning effecton rear, non-slip covering and strengthened sidetabs: total control on every type of rough terrain. Resulting from exclusive Selle Italia - Vibram synergy, Yutaak is the new-concept saddle offoring safety and totalcontrol of the bicycle.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 12, 2010]
patrase
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Very durable, doesnt tear or scratch like other saddles. I find it comfortable enough. Rails are strong

Weakness:

Rails are non standard size, so you have to use different clamps on certain seatposts (bontrager part number 406923 on bontrager or Joplin seatposts)

A very good saddle for mountain biking or commuting, although the colours tend to clash.

Similar Products Used:

SDG, Bontrager, WTB, etc

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 13, 2009]
bikepartfinder
Racer

Strength:

very comfortable, looks nice

Weakness:

weak in all aspects. I destroyed two of this saddle within one season. On the first one broke the nose. It was replaced by warranty. On the second one I lost the entire upper part during a race. What remained was the bare frame.

For this quality it is way too expensive. The upper layer is only glued to the platic sub-structure and becomes lose after a few rides. And it totally unacceptable that the entire saddle falls off its own frame (not the seatpost)!

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Feb 16, 2009]
mschocket
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

stylish,rugged, comfortable

Weakness:

need different clamps if using a joplin/speedball because of the oblong rails, found out the hard way

great seat no leather to break down very durable.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 06, 2007]
Anthony
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

I saw this "concept" saddle on Selle Italia's website and I had to give it a shot. I was previously riding on a WTB Rocket V, and it was a pretty good entry-level saddle, but I was ready to trade up. The main reason I was looking for a new saddle was that the WTB had a concave rear that keeps your bottom planted in exactly one place, and that depression made a lip on the very rear of the saddle that put my ass to sleep on long rides. Also, the WTB had a leather cover, which at comfort thickness is not so tough and was starting to tear on the lip of the shell.

Which brings me to the Yutaak's strengths. The Kevlar/Cordura cover is so killer. It is soft (almost tennis ball fuzzy feeling), yet tough as hell, and it is grippy without causing hotspots. It allows you to change position without rising up, and it doesn't bunch up your shorts, and on long rides I usually wear my Oakley shorts with the textured crotch. The Vibram rubber cuts way down on trail chatter and provides a firm yet giving platform for the silicone padding around the anatomical cutout. It's a little stiff at first, which had me kind of worried, but put 40 or 50 miles on it and it forms to you and softens up considerably. The rear of the Yutaak saddle is convex, which allows you to adjust the position of your sit bones ever so slightly which makes ALL the difference on 50 mile plus days. Lastly, it looks like a stealth bomber perched on your seatpost. Italians are very design conscious, and all that is great only if it does it's job, and the Selle Italia Yutaak Gel Flow indeed does it's job very well.

Weakness:

Pricey: Hand made Italian quality will cost you. You want cheap buy Chinese. I kind of wish the nose of the saddle had a little more hook, as baggy shorts sometimes get snagged in the crotch when you slide off the rear of the saddle on steep descents.

Asses are like snowflakes, every one is different. What is comfortable for some may be agonizing for others.

The Yutaak Gel Flow is very well made, with very functional materials. I say "try it you'll most likely love it."

If it doesn't fit you, or your style of riding, that may be, but nobody can argue that this doesn't qualify as "fine Italian craftsmanship".

Similar Products Used:

As this is a "concept" saddle I really think it is unique in the marketplace, there isn't much like it out there. I don't think anyone else is using a similar blend of materials: Vibram, silicone, kevlar/cordura, titanium 316.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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