Selle Italia SP-01 sad­dle

£389.99, zy­rofisher.co.uk

Cyclist - - Lead Out -

t might look like you are pay­ing for more hole than sad­dle, but Selle Italia claims the rad­i­cal de­sign of its new SP-01 sad­dle has gen­uine merit. Ac­cord­ing to the Ital­ian brand, sep­a­rat­ing the left and right sides of the hull at the rear of the sad­dle al­lows the two por­tions to flex in­de­pen­dently. The ef­fect is to ‘sup­port the move­ment of your pelvis with­out com­pro­mis­ing ped­alling sta­bil­ity’, which the com­pany dubs ‘sus­pen­sion link move­ment’.

We aren’t sure of the dif­fer­ence this will make out on the road, but it seems log­i­cal to sug­gest that the de­sign will of­fer ad­di­tional com­pli­ance com­pared to reg­u­lar sad­dles, plus anatomic cutouts in gen­eral have been proven to re­duce per­ineal pres­sure for most rid­ers.

If you can stom­ach the £389.99 pric­etag, the SP-01 might make one very comfy pre­mium perch.

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