The profiles of both the Selle Italia SLR Superflow 145 and the new Max SLR Gel Flow are very similar to my current saddle, but with a much larger cutout. I thought one of these may be worth a try. I took the images from Selle Italia's website and overlaid them; they both have a similar profile to my current SL XC flow, except the nose appears to be 7-10 mm shorter and, likewise, the back-end is slightly shorter.
Anyone have any experience with either? The Max SLR Gel Flow is pretty new, so online reviews are scant. Here are some of the pros/cons I've dug up...
Weight: SLR Superflow listed at 180-200 grams vs. 270 for the Max. Current saddle listed at 235 grams. I'd prefer to go lighter...
Price: Superflow can be found $280-300 (for the new black model) vs. $160ish for Max SLR.
Materials: Not sure which is better, from a padding and cover perspective? Superflow leather vs. Max SLR Lorica?
Thanks for any feedback!
The Max SLR Gel Flow is extremely beefy looking in person, looks more like a commuter saddle which is what i will use it for if it doesnt work out for long rides.
critracer26 wrote:I loved the superflow at first but it was causing some extreme pain after 20 miles or so.
Do you mind if I ask where it hurt? Sit bones or junk?
I thought maybe - if I try one -that I'd order it from Competitive Cyclist ... so I can test it for a bit and return if it doesn't work!
Also, I've debated testing a Romin EVO. That's a tougher one, however, as I can probably only get a weekend demo from my LBS.
I recently tried the Cobb road saddle and that thing was really bad, they give a 6 month refund and were really easy about the return.
Next seat i wanna try is the 2012 Prologo Nago Evo Plus TI 1.4 Saddle which doesnt have a real cutout but a nice recessed area but the recessed part looks a little narrow. I will also get from cc so i'm not stuck with it.
http://www.excelsports.com/main.asp?pag ... 1&minor=18
This, for me, is very comfortable, but on very long rides I do end up with more perineal pressure than I'd like.
Have had the Superflow 145 for a few months now on my other bike and there is noticeably less pressure on the perineum, not an issue. It does put a lot more stress on the sit bones, from time to time I get a sharp pain at or around my left sitbone.
Not had a chance to ride the Max SLR yet, but it looks like it will give the best of both worlds.
The slight elevated tail on the Romin creates a more comfortable perch when climbing imho. It offers just a touch of resistance to sliding back. It also slightly promotes a hip roll forward on the flats while providing adequate perennial relief. I got the 155 which is a size wider than the ass-o-meter called for but after trying the 143, the 155 seems to mitigate the direct sit bone pressure a little by spreading the load out. I have not problems with the wider wings chaffing. I have found that this saddle is sensitive to set-up.
You can always order one from Specialized on a 30-day trial if you can't find one at your local dealer. Its worth trying the Romin as the ergonomics is more butt friendly than typically flat saddles - imho.
I'll probably try a Selle Italia Max SLR Gel Flow and/or Romin EVO, followed last by the Superflow ... if necessary.
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