Selle Italia SLR T1 saddle £94.99

Versatile triathlon perch

BikeRadar score 3.5/5

Triathletes ride for miles in their Speedos, in an aero tuck that means they’re right on the nose of the saddle for hours. To deal with this, the SLR T1 has loads of padding on the nose – which is also a massive bonus for mountain bikers.

Steep climbs on trail bikes with short stems mean you have to shift your weight right forward so the super comfy extra cushioning on the nose of the saddle stops you compressing your perineum – and avoids performance issues in the trouser department too!

The cut at the rear is narrow and smooth enough that you can hang off the back easily on descents without being snagged. A shiny Lorica cover gives just the right amount of grip, while fending off mud build-up and staying pretty.

Despite the extra bulk, tubular Vanoxrails keep the weight down to just 225g. Quality construction and Kevlar scuff guards add longevity, offsetting the high price.

The SLR T1 may look a bit odd, but nobody can see it when you’re riding and your undercarriage will thank you a tthe end of a long ride.

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