Return of the Turbo

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p> Let’s say you are one of the most revered Italian saddle makers. Your products have been ubiquitous amongst professional and recreational riders alike. Each of the last 3 decades can almost be defined by a saddle of your design: the Turbo(matic), Flite, and the SLR. You recently made a complete redesign of the Flite while still offering a Flite “Classic”. But the Turbomatic, which has an almost cult-like following, has been out of production for about a decade, so it’s not so easily returned to the market. What should you do: go all-out on nostaglia by simply duplicating the tooling for the original saddle, or do you keep the contours of the original while using your most up-to-date construction techniques?

For Selle Italia, they pride themselves at having a forward-looking attitude. The new Turbomatic’s shape is familiar enough, but the shell and rails bear little resemblance to the 350gr+ boat anchor of old.

pix from Interbike after the jump.

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p>As the sales of “relieved” saddles (with a cutout to reduce pressure on your taint) edge out the solid saddles in this class, Selle Italia is saavy enough to simultaneously introduce a “Gel Flow” version, seen below.

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4 Comments

It’s a good looking saddle, but nothing compares to the original boat anchor. I really love that shape. Hopefully they’ll do like Selle San Marco did with the Concor and release a full-blown reproduction. Even if they make it lighter with new technology… I just yearn for that old shape.

That said, this does look like a sweet saddle that I would be happy to ride.

I spoke to Steven Merlini, sales manager of Selle Italia, last February, and he explicitly said that they have no plans to recreate the old Turbomatic.  He stated that their philosophy is to look forward, rather than rest on past successes.

I’m currently riding on a SLR Gel Flow (model from a few years ago, a friend who’s butt is wider than mine gave it to me, it apparently was the stock saddle on her bike) and it’s the best saddle I’ve used yet. And I ride without a chamois unless I’m doing more than 50 miles.

This looks like a great saddle. I love the aesthetic but most importantly, it’s FLAT. Of course one has to try a saddle before you know for sure. Might be a good saddle for the Miyata 610 I’m trying to get built up.

This looks like a great saddle. I love the aesthetic but most importantly, it’s FLAT.Thiet ke web chuyen nghiep

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