With Selle Italia’s Flite Boost Pro Team Kit Carbonio Superflow you’ll be sitting on the saddles of giants. Wiggle’s John Bann-Lavery found out whether it’s a throne fit for an everyday rider.
The Selle Italia Flite Boost Pro Team Kit Carbonio Superflow Saddle is the saddle of choice for Dutch superstar Mathieu Van der Poel - Amstel Gold Race winner, Tour de France Yellow Jersey wearer and Stage winner, and multiple World Cyclo-Cross Champion.
So, my expectations for this saddle were, understandably, pretty high.
Straight out of the box it all bodes well for a solid blend of performance and comfort. This is due to the claimed weight of only 165 grams (more about this later) and the high-grade carbon rails, twinned with the sponge-like upper of the saddle.
Before experiencing the saddle on the road, I decided to check the actual weight using my Salter kitchen scales. Surprisingly, it actually came in under the stated 165 grams on the packaging, weighing in at only 161 grams.
The advantages of a light-weight saddle are well documented. But while there are some slightly lighter saddles in the Selle Italia range, comfort is also important to me and I would happily compromise a small amount of weight for a more luxurious ride.
When mounting the saddle to the bike, it’s obvious that the build-quality of the rails is superb, made using carbon composite and nylon polymer materials. This is suitably complimented by the Fibra-Tek surface on the saddle to give that lush finish you expect from Selle Italia and, in particular, a model ridden by World Tour pros.
When I got on the bike for the initial position and general comfort check, I immediately felt slightly higher than before, probably due to the extra padding, but a minor allen-key (torque wrench) adjustment to the seat-post was able to sort that out. Once everything was aligned and set-up, I was ready to take it on a proper road ride.
My longest ride on the saddle was a long one at over 150 kilometres with some lumps and bumps on the road surface, so the pace was kept mainly relaxed.
On the few occasions when I did put the hammer down, the reduced pressure and comfort benefits of the cut-out in the middle of the saddle remained.
In terms of the contact points right at the sit bones, the main advantage was its softness and ability to absorb any shocks, particularly in comparison to some of the more lightweight saddles I’ve ridden in the past.
When my road bike looks great, I want to ride it even more, and there’s no denying this saddle is likely to elevate the appearance of most road machines.
My feeling is that this saddle is ideal for a performance-endurance type rider as, while it is possible to find lighter saddles for all-out hilly races, this might be the one that hits the sweet-spot in terms of weight and the critical aspect of comfort over longer distances.
No wonder Van der Poel is a fan.