The saddle makers can only produce three SLs per day, and the handbuilt TLC that goes into the construction inevitably adds up to that sky-high retail price. So can the ludicrously massive price tag be justified?
The SL shares the same design as the standard Aspide, so it’s suited to narrow sit-bones, but the top-end model substitutes a nylon base for handmade carbon.
Standard rails are also switched for a crossover carbon design, which isolates the rails from the hull – enabling it to flex more than you’d expect from a stiff carbon base. The proprietary high-density thin padding adds further comfort, and the cover is applied by hand at San Marco.
Saddles that skirt around 100g aren’t usually that comfortable – they’re more the preserve of show-bikes and weight weenies. That the SL is arguably more comfortable than the standard Aspide makes it a truly impressive creation, but you need Grand Canyon-deep pockets to own one.