Item # SEL0094
Selle Italia Flite Saddle $189.99
Some saddles get better with age.
We've had an ongoing love affair with the original Selle Italia Flite Saddle for over two decades, now. So, it should come as no surprise that the newest iteration of the Selle Italia Flite appeals so strongly to our senses. It's similar to the mid-width shape of the original, only it's been trimmed down by five millimeters in length, and the profile of the nose has been slimmed to match. So, if you're looking for a classic profile with a modern twist, this could is the perch for you.
The Flite starts with a mid-width, carbon-reinforced nylon composite base. And, if you're wondering what the composite percentage is, it's 10% carbon fiber and 90% nylon. This is around 20% less carbon fiber than what's found in the SLR line, but it adds to the support, while enabling a natural flex that neutralizes road and trail chatter. 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 Saddle is available in a 145x275mm size and in the colors Black, White, and Red. Please note that this saddle is approved for both off-road and road use, and that it has a claimed weight 220 grams.
- Carbon-reinforced nylon composite shell
- Lorica cover
- TI 316 Tube titanium rails
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Reviews & Community
Flat saddles are for me
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Saddles are very personal, so this review reflects the conclusion of my search for a comfortable saddle. Over the past several years I purchased numerous high end saddles manuafactured by fizik, Sella SMP, Prologo, to name but a few. These saddles were excellent quality, however all but two of the saddles had the classic swoop up at the rear. When leveling the saddle front to back across the rear and the nose, I could never get comfortable, I always felt as if I was sliding down the slope created by the upward flare at the rear. To over come this I tilted the saddle nose up, obviously not a good idea, so as a last resort I purchased the Sella Italia Flight saddle. This saddle is flat front to back and side to side. I set it up level front to back and went for a 40 mile ride. The saddle is perfect, you can feel where you sit bones touch the saddle, relieving the pressure on you groin. You can also move around on the saddle easily, which is something I like to do. So overall and excellent saddle.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
As other reviews mention, saddles are so personal, and after a 15 year break from the Flite, I tried it again. I've got about 400km in the few weeks that I've had it, and while different than the 1990's version, it fits me, and doesn't rub or chafe anywhere. I'm keeping it.
Not Your Father's Flite Saddle
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Saddles are very personal, and people tend to stick with what they know ... and when things change it can cause some consternation.
You can tell right away if a saddle is going to be wrong, and for me, the new Flite is about as wrong as it gets.
This Flite saddle is quite literally not from the same mold as the original Flite introduced in 1990; and as far as I'm concerned, that's not a good thing. It's much flatter, both fore-aft and left-right, and for my butt, it just does not work.
As long as I can find them, I'll stick with the reissued Flite 1990 version, or with the Fabric Scoop saddles, which is the closest modern saddle I've found with the classic Flite shape.
3-stars because it's top quality, like most Selle Italia saddles (5-stars), but it's a torture device for my rear end (1-star).
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I needed a wide, flat saddle to fit my wide, fat ass. This fits perfectly! I can ride for hours without even noticing it. What better endorsement for a saddle?