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Selle Italia Flite Titanium 1990 Saddle

The most popular saddle of the 90's was the Selle Italia Flite Titanium for several reasons. First, It was light, with a weight in the low 200 gram range. Second, many riders found the flatter shape more supportive and a better fit for aggressive riding. Third, the dense thin padding was more comfortable than the much heavier and over-padded saddles they were currently using. The padding is firm, but supportive and didn't promote heat or friction build-up. The titanium rails offered flex and passive suspension. In addition to comfort and low weight, it featured an attractive new look- low profile and svelte compared to other saddles of the day.

Unfortunately, in 2006-07 Selle Italia 'updated' the design and stopped producing this original Flite Ti saddle. While some riders liked the new Flite design many preferred the aesthetics, shape and comfort of the original. Many riders were stunned and sought them out far and wide. Selle Italia heard the desires of their long-term fans, and the original 1990 Flite was re-released again. It was a best seller then and continues to be a best seller today. A cool fact for all you cycling historians - Selle Italia is calling the Flite re-issue the 1990, when in fact, it was actually introduced in mid-1991.

Selle Italia has not released information as to how long they will continue to produce this vintage saddle, but for now, original Flite lovers can breathe easy. Many of the regulars pick one up every 6 months or so, just in case. If you have never ridden the original Flite, but prefer a stiff saddle, with minimal, but effective padding, and a cross between today's narrow and mid-width saddles, we encourage you to give the Flite Titanium 1990 Saddle a try. With the real leather cover, solid titanium rails, and 90% nylon/10% carbon shell, the 230 gram saddle will carry you, as it has thousands of others, to the front of the pack.


  • Original Flite saddle in shape, comfort and aesthetics
  • Sleek design with iconic profile with a real leather cover
  • Shell is 90% nylon/10% carbon at the nose, offers flex at rear, and breaks-in over time
  • Solid 7mm round titanium rails
  • Slight curved shape, ideal for riders under 175lbs with narrow sit bones
  • Full Length: 280mm
  • Max Width: 146mm
  • Rear section length: 127mm
  • Width of saddle 127mm from the rear (153mm from front): 70mm
  • Height at 127mm from back (bottom rail to top): 52mm
  • Selle Italia idmatch fit: L1
  • Weight: 230 grams
  • Options: Black, Nubuk Brown
  • Made in Italy
  • Please Note: Due to manufacturing variances, saddle may be different than pictured.

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    Posted on 2/20/2015

    Best saddle I had, awesome!


    Posted on 2/10/2015

    Most comfortable saddle I have ever ridden upon. Still riding the original saddle purchased in mid-1991. Regardless of its age, it still feels better that all the new saddles I have recently purchased (3) to replace it. Was beside myself when Selle Italia offered a re-release of the old design. Hope it meets the same quality standards for which the mfg is known.

    Pros Best comfort, weight and appearance

    Cons None: Not interested in white leather


    Posted on 1/1/2014

    Best Saddle Ever! But please please please Selle Italia bring back the smooth White version as well.

    Pros Amazing

    Cons No White version!!


    Posted on 4/29/2013

    Best saddle ever, but the genuine gel version was even better. All day comfort, perfect taper, nice broad back.

    Pros Shape, ti rails, genuine gel (on that version)

    Cons Build quality not always 100


    Posted on 4/3/2013

    I know from experience that manufacturers of ANYTHING have to redesign stuff, just to redesign stuff. I constantly ask myself "What was wrong with the old one? ARRRRGH!!" Well, I have a Flite saddle on my road racing bike, my full suspension mountain bike, and my cyclocross bike, and they are nothing short of awesome. It's almost a fringe benefit that they are superlight and look super cool. Interestingly enough, they all have a different cover, as well. The cross bike is smooth black, the MTB is perforated black, and the road bike is a very handsome smooth white with a large woven Selle Italia badge, and I'm concerned that I won't be able to replace it when it's thrashed! My bum's been likin' these saddles for upwards of 20,000 miles!

    Pros LOOKS COOL!, very comfy

    Cons UMMMMMMMMMM.......


    Posted on 1/27/2013

    I have this saddle on all my road bikes and I have 5 "spares" in my parts bin. Am I obsessed about using them forever? Probably. Each rider has his or her own anatomy to consider but ask why Selle Italia needed to reintroduce this model after the so-called updated one came out. Also notice that a couple recent World Champions have been using this saddle and you come to see that it's near perfect for many of us.


    Posted on 12/10/2012

    The Flite was HANDS DOWN the best saddle out there. Tried all the new ones from Selle with nothing but pain! You can see how lost this company was by attempting to re-engineer perfection with their most recent line. So glad they brought it back PLAIN. Now lets get the re-issue in white blue and red and we will all be stylin'!

    Pros Great styling and fit. Perfect all around saddle.

    Cons Is there one?


    Posted on 10/31/2012

    Best saddle ever!!! I have one on my road bike, mountain bike and worn-out one with cover removed on my BMX cruiser. But they are all white... I really want a white saddle. Will that ever be an option?

    Pros low weight, most comfortable shape

    Cons none


    Posted on 9/23/2012

    I am amazed! This is the exact same saddle from back in the day. Quality, appearance, feel - it is the same!


    Posted on 8/9/2012

    I still have my two "old" selle italia flite saddles on my mountain bike and old road bike. They have served me well over the past twenty years, and to date (in my mind) is the best saddle ever produced. I recently have purchased a new "1990" and now happly riding it on a colnago. Thanks flite, you are the boss.

    Pros Looks great and fits sooo good.

    Cons none


    Posted on 6/27/2012

    This saddle to me is reminiscent of the very popular Turbo model of the 1980s. I road the Turbo on a custom steel bike for over 20 years. When the frame finally broke down and I had to purchase a new bike, I wanted to replace the stock Ritchey saddle. The reissue Turbo would have been a good choice but I wanted something that was as light as the Ritchey but more comfortable, the 1990 Flite was the perfect replacement. The saddle feels great on long rides, the light padding very comfortable.The real leather cover breaths and with a contoured shape, you dont slide around. The saddle weighed in at 237 grams, only 12 grams heavier than the Ritchey. Great value for the money.


    Posted on 5/24/2012

    And I'm SO glad they got rid of the logo patches on the Flight! I had an embroidered one that was OK, but the other had actual patches sewn on - they were stiff and located right under a bone... Not horrible but annoying that they would ADD something for no good reason to spoil an otherwise perfect seat. But the patches are gone now!

    Pros no pain!


    Posted on 5/23/2012

    Incredibly happy to see this saddle return. My favorite all time saddle hands down. Much more aesthetically pleasing than the new version of the Flite.


    Posted on 11/7/2011 8:42:25 PM

    Had the original flite saddle and loved it, tried a slr carbonio and although it was lighter made my butt sore. Thought it would break in after awhile but never did. Got a new flite and love it. soreness gone.


    Posted on 5/13/2011 2:37:37 AM

    The original is still the best! I have an original Flite and an original Flite Gel, and they are both supremely, divinely, beguilingly comfortable. Even after hours and hours, and miles and miles, my saddlery region remains comfortable and unpained. The "plain" version sees use day-in-day out on my commuter, about 8 miles over choppy roads each way each day. So glad to see they’re back. As long as they keep making them, I’ll keep buying them.


    Posted on 1/17/2011 5:30:29 PM

    Absolutely the best saddle made. It’s a pretty good value too. I hope they keep making these..


    Posted on 8/27/2010 9:16:48 PM

    I have 4 bikes and all have the original flite saddle on them. I have 2 spares that I have for backup. Please keep them in production and I will continue to purchase them. Thanks for bringing them back.

    Joseph Lyons

    Posted on 7/31/2010 11:54:18 AM

    Wow... my retro saddle just came into vogue!


    Posted on 5/1/2010 2:07:58 PM

    I love these! I was using an SLR for half a year and then realized I was being silly - I had a Flite in my closet and the SLR was okay, but just not as great. I have it on my brand new carbon LOOK and a 2005 steel Casati; it is excellent on both of them. Just got back from putting in 45 miles and the saddle felt great. A few sores I had from riding the SLR for too long are gone. And, it isn’t even that expensive. Please, please, please Excel folks get yours hands on these in white, if you can!


    Posted on 4/27/2010 8:09:51 AM

    I’ve been riding this saddle since 1993. The shape of the saddle is what made this saddle revolutionary when it was first released and is still its best feature. The long nose allows you to move up easily for climbing and the tail shape makes it easy to slide off the back for drop offs. Add good cushioning and light weight and you have a true classic.


    Posted on 4/16/2010 12:41:34 PM

    So glad these are back! Best. Saddle. Ever. (although, I agree it would be nice to have a color choice, just white even....)


    Posted on 3/28/2010 8:50:59 AM

    Glad to see that Selle Italia brought this saddle back. I have an old Flite Gel and I like the regular version better. Price is a little more, but everything has gone up.


    Posted on 3/22/2010 1:39:47 PM

    Very glad Selle brought this saddle back. Extremely comfortable for every style of riding out there. Only complaint I have is that there are no markings on the rail for fore/aft positioning in the seatpost. Even without this feature the saddle is totally worth it!


    Posted on 3/20/2010 10:04:50 AM

    Rode this saddle for 19 years and used it for EVERYTHING ( climbing,time trialing,century rides,racing,mountine bikeing,you name it!). I have since tried several different saddles since they changed the design with only mild succes.This is a great saddle. It’s great on long rides, has excellent support & have NEVER experanced any problems in the pelvic area. It’s also built very well and are very durable ( i have 14 bikes with flight saddles on them and never have one fail on me, and some of them have over 70,000 plus miles on them!), and it’s reasonably priced too! Glad Selle brought this one BACK!!!


    Posted on 3/19/2010 3:52:03 PM

    I’ve tried or owned more than 20 different saddle types since the middle 80s, and still ride a Flite just about every day. I have 8 rideable bikes, 6 have Flites, including the mountain bike. They are quite durable as well,I’m very happy they are back.

    Darryl Muck

    Posted on 3/19/2010 2:30:51 PM

    I agree- best one put there for me, for sure. Glad it’s back, but do wish for a few color choices. Last time I saw these available a few years ago I stocked up. Hope they keep bringing it back every few years!


    Posted on 3/19/2010 2:10:39 PM

    Finally! Still riding my old one, but after a couple crit crashes it is looking very shabby. The best saddle.


    Posted on 3/18/2010 10:38:28 PM

    Best saddle out there, in my opinion. Glad they’ve brought it back.