Selle Italia SLR T1 Troy Lee History saddle review£108.99

Ultra versatile special edition seat

BikeRadar score3/5

There are loads of comfy saddles about but if you want to really make your time trial/triathlon bike stand out, you need one of these Yankee doodle dandies.

Selle Italia’s SLR T1 (£94.99) is one of our favourite aero bike saddles. It uses the long-established SLR semi carbon road saddle hull, but modified with a lengthened and broadened nose. Add thicker gel on top and this means less pressure and more comfort when you’re rolled forward in an aero tuck.

Body moulding foam and the rounded profile of the back mean it’s supportive and comfortable in less aggressive poses and high-mileage use too. Vanox alloy rails help keep weight to a reasonable 228g despite the ample padding.

This special edition also gets a full US of A graffiti graphic from legendary motocross/mountain bike helmet artist Troy Lee across its Lorica syn-leather cover, making it a true standout seat.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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