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Selle Italia Turbo 1980 Saddle

Saddles have always been defined by fit and function. If a saddle doesn't fit or ride like you require it to, you won't ride, or be miserable in the process. If you started riding in the early 80's there is a good chance you rode, or tried, a Selle Italia Turbo saddle. This is a reissue of the most popular saddle ever made. Unlike other vintage remakes, these Turbo saddles are almost identical to the original design with slight adjustments to the construction process. Though the original featured leather, the reissue comes with a nubuck microfiber finish that wears quickly into a smooth, waterproof cover after use.

First introduced in 1980, the Selle Italia Turbo ruled the 80's and early 90's peloton. True, some pros opted for a Rolls, Regal or Concor, but no saddle to this day was ever as popular as the Turbo during it's reign. The Turbo 1980 is fully worked by craftsmen, with differentiated padding on a resilient, anatomically designed nylon shell that is covered in a waterproof, hard wearing microfiber cover. If it suits your body shape and riding style, and you're not counting grams, it's a great choice. The Turbo has truly stood up to the test of time and the last of the great pre-Flite era saddles.

The Turbo rap sheet: Ridden by Greg Lemond on his 1983 Worlds winning bike, Bernard Hinault in several successful TdF bids, Lauren Fignon in his Vuelta and TdF winning rides, Big Mig on all his TdF victories and many more. And all that is fantastic, as our customers let us know that history is part of the buying decision. Most already own at least one Turbo, most own several- new and old. A secondary set of buyers are from the retro bike crowd. The look, the feel, and the ride supply the appeal, but the construction, durability, and comfort seal the deal. Ride history, and ride it style and comfort, with the Turbo 1980 Saddle from Selle Italia.


  • Vintage saddle design with slightly curved shape and variable density padding
  • Differentiated padding on a resilient, anatomically designed nylon shell
  • Steel rails mitigate vibration, provide smooth ride quality
  • Waterproof, hard wearing microfiber cover
  • Length: 275mm
  • Width: 146mm
  • Selle Italia idmatch fit: L1
  • 295 grams
  • Made in Italy
  • Please Note: Due to manufacturing variances, saddle may be different than pictured.

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    Posted on 5/10/2017

    With 500 miles in my legs, this was my saddle for my all-steel bike, friction shifting passage of Eroica California this year. In 9+ hours in the saddle over the 120 plus mile route, on paved roads and dirt, this saddle was completely comfortable mile after mile. For any pain or struggle suffered on the route, none of it came from this saddle.

    Pros Simple, durable, reliable, comfortable.

    Cons 3 grams too heavy.


    Posted on 9/6/2014

    Very comfortable saddle. Relatively light too. I covered the decals with clear nail polish because they started to come loose-worked well so far. Only drawback is the black dye can transfer to light colored cycling shorts.

    Pros comfort and retro coolness

    Cons dye transfer


    Posted on 9/27/2011 10:54:10 PM

    I still have the original white Turbo saddle I bought very early on, in the good old days, when the number and variety of saddle choices was not so absurd and ridiculous as it is today! For the life of me. Did it ever occur to these folks that they could build an improved, MORE MODERN, elastomer gel version of the same Turbo saddle, using lighter, more flexible shell material, adopting modern, lighter tubular rails that would not deform, maybe even building in FLEXIBLE rail junctions, and simultaneously using the same aerodynamically and aesthetically-pleasing original shape of the vastly-popular original Turbo model...

    Eugene Vandal

    Posted on 9/9/2011 8:49:26 PM

    This has got to be the most comfortable saddle Selle Italia ever made... look at the pros who used to ride them. As I just recently purchased one I am now ordering a spare. They have actually improved on the original design by adding a gel section (similar to a cutout) in the mid-section. I started using these back in the early eighties and was disappointed when they quit making them. I have no idea how many saddles I have tried in the last 12 or so years... but I am so glad the Turbos are back.... and so is my butt :)


    Posted on 4/27/2011 7:56:28 AM

    The first reviewer has failed to realize the original was available in a vinyl cover and not just leather. Who’s the fool now?


    Posted on 12/2/2010 9:33:24 AM

    The original is real leather this re issue is fake you go ahead and buy it fool and when you get exploded lymphs or blisters you’ll regret buying this crap!


    Posted on 9/13/2010 11:00:54 AM

    That was always my favorite saddle for long distance riding. I bought several back when they were being phased out and finally ran out. This is great!


    Posted on 1/28/2010 12:56:03 PM

    Cool! I raced on on of these from 1985 til early 90s when I drove it into my garage! I was bummed, but now I can ride one again! gotta go get one. I remember them as super comfy


    Posted on 12/23/2009 6:01:02 PM

    The most comfy saddle ever made.


    Posted on 11/17/2009 8:08:40 AM

    Selle Italia did a super lightweight model which had alloy rails and a carbon fibre section which replaced the plastic section, the rails used to bend though, so ceased production of them in 1985


    Posted on 8/24/2009 11:59:51 AM

    VERY COOL! They should offwer a titanium, or vanox rail option to reduce some of the weight. Now I’m waiting (probably FOREVER!!) for a Cinelli/Unica buffalo suede reissue.


    Posted on 8/22/2009 5:53:44 PM

    Was my favorite saddle ever, and I bought several extras when they were going out of stock. The last of those is currently on my commuter. Good show!


    Posted on 8/18/2009 1:39:29 PM

    Been waiting for the day Selle Italia would release the Turbo back on the market. I used the Turbomatic years back with some success, but then they stop making them. Tried Rolls and Regals, but nothing was quite as comfortable as the original Turbo. Great saddle if you don’t mind a little extra weight.