Selle Italia Flite Team Edition Saddle $229.99
Fly with the eagles.
Selle Italia has been building some of cycling's finest saddles for over a century. So, when its team of professional cyclists finally received the opportunity to leave their mark on a saddle, we knew that it was going to be special. The Selle Italia Flite Team Edition Saddle takes the mid-width and moderately padded Flite shape, and gives it tubular titanium rails and a Lorica cover. So, along with a time-tested shape and proven comfort, you also receive the durability to match. Ultimately, this places the Team Edition as the rightful heir to the Flite throne.
The Flite starts with a mid-width, carbon-reinforced nylon composite base. And, if you're wondering what the composite percentage is, it's 30% carbon fiber and 90% nylon. This is around 20% less carbon fiber then what's found in the SLR line, but around 20% more than what's found in the traditional Flite. This extra bit of carbon adds to the support, while enabling a natural flex that neutralizes road and trail chatter. In terms of dimension, the tail is 145mm wide, just a millimeter narrower than the original 1990 Flite design, and it's 14mm wider than the SLR.
To boost the comfort, the Flight receives more padding than Selle Italia's SLR line of saddles. However, it's worth noting that this isn't a couch. Instead, it was designed to be a responsive saddle that's well suited to racing and all-day rides. Furthering this concept is the Flight's quick-drying and breathable Lorica cover -- the same material found on a majority of SLR saddles. Additionally, it has the added benefit of being non-abrasive and low in friction, meaning that your shorts will slip right by instead of catching and chafing.
The Flite rests on Selle Italia's TI 316 Tube titanium rails. These rails provide plenty of strength, and just as importantly, without stacking on the grams. They also feature the additional benefit of vibration absorption, meaning that you'll experience less numbness of long rides.
The Selle Italia Flite Team Edition Saddle is available in a 145x275mm size and in the color Black. Please note that this saddle is approved for both off-road and road use, and that it has a claimed weight 220 grams.