Selle Italia SLR C59 saddle
Merckx, Moser, Indurain, Pantani – just some of the famous posteriors that have sat atop a Selle Italia saddle over the years. Whether Marco or Mig would recognise the Selle Italia SLR C59 as a saddle, however, is up for debate. At only 63g the self-proclaimed ‘lightest ever’ saddle wouldn’t look out of place in an aerospace lab, and the pricetag is as out of this world as the design.
What does almost £400 buy you? The SLR C59’s lightness is achieved through a full carbon construction, with the carbon rails blending seamlessly to create a onepiece look. Its waifish proportions are also helped by a complete lack of padding, which will no doubt make this a popular choice for the hill-climbing community (people who would gladly remortgage the house to save a few grams).
Carried over from Selle Italia’s wider range of saddles is the Superflow cutout – the central cutaway that aims to increase comfort by relieving pressure from your more sensitive areas, hopefully ensuring the only place this saddle is going to hurt is your wallet.