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Selle Italia SLR Tri Gel

What do Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow and the Selle Italia SLR Tri Gel have in common? They all boast an uncommonly large nose. But while Streisand and Manilow are big successes despite their beaks, the SLR Tri Gel is a triumph because of it. Big noses are common in tri-specific saddles, as more padding can […]

Selle Italia SLR Tri Gel
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Selle Italia SLR T1

The Selle Italia SLR T1 saddle is a triathlon/time-trial specific model from one of the most established names in bicycle seating. It features more gel padding than a traditional road saddle, especially on the nose, to accommodate time spent perching on the tri-bars. The covering material is a glossy black Lorica fabric designed to be […]

Selle Italia SLR T1
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Ritchey Streem-2 WCS

Ritchey’s top-of-the-line components fall under the World Champion Series or ‘WCS’ logo. The Streem-2 is from the company’s road bike range, and weighs in at just 180g. The design is very minimalist and initially feels very hard, as there’s little padding to speak of. In an upright road position the hardness of the Streem is […]

Ritchey Streem-2 WCS
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Vision Aero Max

The Vision Aero Max is a TT saddle through and through: very well padded, particularly in the nose area, it’s been built with triathlon in mind. The simple, plain black design means it will win favour with anyone looking for a more understated seat (though by the same token, it won’t be the first choice […]

Vision Aero Max
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Intake Podium Ti

The Podium Ti from Intake is an attractive-looking racing saddle at a bargain price. With titanium rails it weighs in at 250g, which may not be the lightest on the racks, but at such a low price-point you can forgive it that extra little bit of mass. Padding is firm but not too hard, and […]

Intake Podium Ti
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Specialized BG Toupe

Specialized’s BG (Body Geometry) system is aimed at optimising the fit and biomechanics of a rider by acknowledging that a ‘one size fits all’ approach doesn’t always work. As a result, the minimalist BG Toupe saddle is available in three widths: 130mm, 143mm and 155mm (the dealer will measure your hips to see which is […]

Specialized BG Toupe
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Selle San Marco Aspide TT

The Aspide TT is a superlight, tri-specific saddle from long-established Italian manufacturer Selle. Even though it has considerably more padding than a traditional road saddle, the use of carbon rails and base bring the weight down to just 162g – very impressive, especially as this also includes the addition of an alloy reinforcement sleeve in […]

Selle San Marco Aspide TT
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Fizik Arione Tri 2

The Fizik Arione design has won over a lot of fans in recent years as a road, time-trial and mountain bike saddle. The Tri 2 variant for 2009 has either carbon or Kium rails (the former pushing the price up to £219.99; the latter, tested here, a touch heavier at 209g) and a wider, more […]

Fizik Arione Tri 2