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maybe the best part to have it contemporary? or not? i liked the ritchey. had an avocet that was very comfortable. both are black..
main reason for the thread is i find modern saddles ugly!
 

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I have been riding black flite ti's as long as I can remember. I have three right now, one is 7 years old and is holding up great. Before that I had one for 10 years that I broke in a crash that the leather looked great on. The other two are fairly new and are falling apart. I guess they don't make em like....

Anyway, I can't even comfortably sit on any other saddle type. I once but a brooks on one of my road bikes for a little psuedo retro bling bling, and I hated it...

Retro saddle vote for me is for the Flite, but they still make em so I guess not too retro.
 

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On-One said:
I have been riding black flite ti's as long as I can remember. I have three right now, one is 7 years old and is holding up great. Before that I had one for 10 years that I broke in a crash that the leather looked great on. The other two are fairly new and are falling apart. I guess they don't make em like....

Anyway, I can't even comfortably sit on any other saddle type. I once but a brooks on one of my road bikes for a little psuedo retro bling bling, and I hated it...

Retro saddle vote for me is for the Flite, but they still make em so I guess not too retro.
I'll second that.
Selle Italia Flite Titanium...but only the old one's. I think I have four of them currently.
 

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I'm right with you guys on the flites. I had one of the earliest ones that lasted years. I have a year old gel one that has totally fallen apart with big tears in the leather and exposed plastic and gel.

I have a second new non gel one (a TT of all things) that the leather is holding up but the shell has broken. A friend gave me this one so I am not too concerned.

I have to throw turbos and turbomatics into the mix. Retro and comfortable.
 

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But have you seen what they're charging for it

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The damn thing retails for $399. That's FOUR HUNDRED BUCKS :confused: OK. It'll last a lifetime but still. Why not just get a Team Pro for $100 and suck up the extra 200 grams, or whatever. It'll last a lifetime of off-road abuse. And it's retro. But for full-on retro there are sprung Brooks models still available. Even if Brooks is now owned by Selle Royal.
 

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Here's my collection of vintage seats. Threw the Specialized ProLong in there because it's a damn nice seat and over 10 years old (91 I think).

first photo, front to back - padded Unicanitor, non-padded Unicanitor, Cinelli branded Unicanitor. All made by Cinelli.
second photo - Avocet II with alloy rails. Very light seat that I rode for about 6 months then decided I was pressing my luck with the alloy rails off-road and replaced with a Unicanitor.
third photo - Turbo. Used on my road bike for a long time.
fourth photo - Specialized Pro Long. Designed by W T B for Specialized in the early 90s. Made in Italy. Really nice off-road saddle. Originally found duty on my Ibis.
fifth photo - Old Brooks leather beauty. Not much ride time on this, but it's seeing current duty on my converted Salsa s/s commuter.
 

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Pre-Softened

colker1 said:
maybe the best part to have it contemporary? or not? i liked the ritchey. had an avocet that was very comfortable. both are black..
main reason for the thread is i find modern saddles ugly!

For your Prostate Convenience.

Good news is, when you crash on these, you just dust them off!!
 

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For your Prostate Convenience.

Good news is, when you crash on these, you just dust them off!!
Pre-softened??? And how might they do that? Do they have someone else ride around breakin your saddle in before they sell it?! eeewww!

-mtnwing
 

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Pre-softened??? And how might they do that? Do they have someone else ride around breakin your saddle in before they sell it?! eeewww!

-mtnwing
LMAO - but some folks would pay good money for that ;)

...agree with the turbo vote, but also there was the Selle Royal road saddle that seemed to be the fave for a few tears in the late 80's / early 90's (before the flite - or any real light weights arrived).

I have a prototype velo ti bontrager saddle which though bashed to bits (and about 10 years old) is still going strong.
 

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In the old school flite category....

Lucky March Green Flite Ti...

<img src="https://206.75.155.18/kmr/bikes/greenflite.jpg">

It matched up so well on this bike...

<img src="https://206.75.155.18/kmr/bikes/uglybik2.jpg">
 

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I was going to start a vintage saddle thread but I found this. I don't think this thread has realized it's potential. There must be some more vintage saddles out there. Post 'em up! Here are a few of mine that are waiting for the right bike...

Selle Italia Turbo
Wood Bicycle saddle Bicycle part Purple Hardwood

Disco! WTB SST.X Flash seat in gold
Wood Yellow Hardwood Bicycle saddle Wood stain

Another Turbo
Wood Bicycle saddle Hardwood Bicycle part Purple

White Regal
Wood Hardwood White Wood stain Flooring
 

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Lucky March Green Flite Ti...

<img src="https://206.75.155.18/kmr/bikes/greenflite.jpg">

It matched up so well on this bike...

<img src="https://206.75.155.18/kmr/bikes/uglybik2.jpg">
sorry dude but that has got too be the uglyist bike I have ever laid eyes on.
 

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I was always a sucker for the Avocet O2 40's. Race or male models. Bushpig, god bless his soul hooked me up recently with a super clean one for a song. That one is on my almost completed "nice" Slingshot right now. I also had one of those Specialized saddles that SS Mike posted a while ago that was great on my rear but it fell apart really fast.
 

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Gotta soft spot for the old Vetta's.

The SL's and the Tri Shock, wanted to try the Advocet O2's but never wanted to switch away from the Vetta's.

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Here's my personal "vintage" favorite. Not specifically the carbon railed version, I like the shape of these in general (although I'm partial to the Fizik Arione for my more modern bikes).

 

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Brooks

TruckeeLocal said:
The damn thing retails for $399. That's FOUR HUNDRED BUCKS :confused: OK. It'll last a lifetime but still. Why not just get a Team Pro for $100 and suck up the extra 200 grams, or whatever. It'll last a lifetime of off-road abuse. And it's retro. But for full-on retro there are sprung Brooks models still available. Even if Brooks is now owned by Selle Royal.
Even the Team Pro's are north of $150 a pop now. I find Brooks mildly discomforting to excruciating, never understood the fanboys.
 
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