Selle Italia Flite Kit Carbonio Saddle
The Flite Kit Carbonio saddle is a perfect example of how Selle Italia's base design has been proven over and over, and how the famed company has been able to apply proven features with advanced technology and materials to develop evolutionary versions. In this case we have the current Flite Saddle, with with the addition of the Kit Carbonio package, which adds their Carbo-Keramic 7x9mm rails and advanced shell. This reduces weight and the ride quality exceeds even that of the standard titanium 316 rail version.
The Flite design has a flatter profile, a short, mid-width back, slight center recession, and quick transition to a slightly wider central area and nose, the Flite provides an ideal platform for pedaling power and efficiency, without compromising support or comfort while easing pressure points when the cyclist is fit properly to the 145mm width. The construction of the Flite perfectly complements the design and fit. The shell is an upgrade to the base Flite with a 70% nylon / 30% carbon composite, and a stiffer nose, molded for structural and rail mount strength. Just as with the original Flite, there is a true break-in process, and the shell has some flex and give, that slightly conforms to the user. The padding also follows the theme, but actually the high density foam is slightly thicker, offering more comfort for higher mileage days in the saddle. The Fibra-Tek synthetic leather cover is breathable and durable, while offering weather protection. Selle Italia's designers have opted for a texture along the front central spine of the nose, so if you slide forward towards the nose for extra power, you can hold the position without sliding.
A great advantage of the Kit Carbonio rail design is that you have a 7mm x 9mm rail- which actually fits many top/bottom seatpost rail clamping systems, with the vibration damping properties of carbon rails, and maximum strength due to the use of ceramic material in the rail construction. The rails support the saddle differently than titanium rails do, and don't feel soft, or offer much vertical compliance. By attenuating vibration, the CarboKeramic rails limit fatigue from road noise over the course of a long day, but keep the saddle structure more stable for a consistent ride quality over time. Not every rider wants a saddle that gives too much. Ideally you want comfort from fit and other tech, but a saddle that maximizes the energy created during the pedal stroke. A saddle that gives too much is actually limiting that power transmission.
If you already ride a new Flite saddle, and would prefer an overall upgrade with a weight reduction, you should consider the Kit Carbonio version. There are some real benefits to the rail and shell system. The eye catching appearance and graphics don't hurt either. Ride for long miles in comfort and Italian style with the Selle Italia Flite Kit Carbonio Saddle.
- Upgraded Flite saddle design with flatter structure, modern tech, Kit Carbonio package
- Sleek profile with wider tail-end, slightly wider central zone, Flow channel and nose
- Shell is 70% nylon / 30% carbon offers little flex at rear, stiffer nose, slight break-in process
- Fibra-Tek synthetic leather cover is water resistant, breathable, and durable
- Dense foam padding, with additional thickness at ischial zone
- Carbon-Keramic 7x9mm carbon ceramic rails are light, attenuate vibration
- Full Length: 275mm
- Large width: 145mm
- Selle Italia idmatch fit: L1
- Weight: 180 grams (+/- 5 grams on average)
- Color: Black (w/White)
- Made in Italy
Please Note: Due to manufacturing variances, saddle may be different than pictured.