Long Term Review: Selle Italia’s SLR Superflow 145 Saddle
Thanks to the charge lead by Specialized and their Body Geometry fit options, the choices in saddles from many different companies have grown. Saddle choice / needs can vary greatly from rider to rider, making this a much welcome change in the industry. Over the years, and after trying many different saddles, I have found I prefer a wider, flatter saddle with a cutout and some flex in the wings. Fitting into that category are both my Specialized Toupe 145 and Fizik Antares Vs. which I have been riding for a couple years now.
Add to that collection the Selle Italia SLR Superflow 145. For the past year, I’ve had this saddle on a few different road bikes. Head past the break for the details and review…
The SLR Superflow was the first in what is a growing trend for Selle Italia. This saddle features multiple widths (130mm and 145mm) plus a massive cutout. This model has titanium rails, uses their EVA high density padding, and is covered in genuine leather. The shell is 30% carbon. Mine weighs in one gram heavier than the claimed weight of 195g.
The saddle measures 275mm from tip to tail, and hits 145mm at its widest. The cutout runs nearly the entire length of the saddle (I measured it to be 194mm long). It starts at a narrow 18.5mm wide, and grows to 35mm wide in the rear. Externally, the nose is narrow, and measures out to 32mm. At 130mm back, it widens gradually to 68mm.
Riding this saddle has been a dream. From the first ride to the last, I have had zero complaints. Chafing and numbness are a thing of the past. For me, this saddle sits at the top of my preferences when it comes options for my road bike. It works with my anatomy extremely well. I am a bigger rider (6’2″ 215lbs), and a cutout has always been a must have. This super wide cutout has made a noticeable difference in comfort for me as compared to the other saddles I have been on. The flat top is supportive over long rides, and yields very little fatigue thanks to the flex of the wings. The ti rails help to add a bit of comfort as well.
One thing to keep in mind for some however, is that the cutout doesn’t extend all the way through the nose like it does on the Fizik Antares Vs model. And, the nose is a bit short and pretty narrow. While I don’t spend much time on the nose of the saddle when riding, anyone who does may want to try before you buy, to make sure there are no comfort issues.
The cost of entry for this perch is on the high end, but for me, totally worth the hard earned money. Some Googling reveals that the cost online ranges from $250 to $330 depending on color (white or black) and width (130mm or 145mm). My personal advice, if you think this is the right saddle for you, find a local bike shop that has a good demo program or return policy and purchase it there.