Selle Italia Novus Kit Car­bo­nio Flow sad­dle

£159.99, chick­en­cy­

Cyclist - - New Gear -

Re­mak­ing things from the 1990s isn’t al­ways ad­vis­able. Colin Far­rell should never have touched the To­tal Re­call re­make, and well-known di­rec­tor Gi­ulio Manfredonia should have left Ground­hog Day well alone. But when it comes to sad­dles, it seems Selle Italia’s Novus is an ex­cep­tion.

‘The orig­i­nal Novus ap­peared in the 1990s and was made in part­ner­ship with engi­neers at Fer­rari,’ says Selle Italia prod­uct di­rec­tor Piet van der Velde. ‘It led to de­vel­op­ments in new ma­te­ri­als, although the new Novus is made just by us. It fea­tures the same rear diamond shape, neck and side flanges, but we’ve in­cor­po­rated small bumpers on the side for scuff pro­tec­tion, and a deeper scoop on the top.’

Van der Velde says this scoop aids riders who like to ro­tate their pelvis for­ward when achiev­ing the de­sired po­si­tion on the bike – some­thing of­ten done by those with slightly less flex­i­bil­ity – and quite pos­si­bly marks a new di­rec­tion for fu­ture sad­dles, up­set­ting the tra­di­tional flat­ter top. ‘I used to race and I’d only re­ally like my sad­dle when it was “bro­ken in”,’ says van der Velde. ‘With the Novus you don’t have to wait.’

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