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Three for three: The VeloNews tech crew and the Selle Italia saddles they like

Selle Italia Turbomatic Team Edition By Lennard Zinn Price: $197 The Scoop: Carbon rails, full padding, Lorica cover Weight: 242 grams Pros: Broad rear section, long nose Cons: Rear platform could be longer

The Selle Italia Turbomatic. Photo: Caley Fretz © VeloNews

Other than its thick, firm padding, this saddle is a far cry from the original Turbo saddle that took the world by storm in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The rear section of the saddle is wider (155mm) and flatter than the original Turbo, which curved rapidly off to the sides. Its wide section is also quite brief — this saddle is mostly nose (170mm of it), though its nose width and curvature mimic the original Turbo.

The Turbomatic Team Edition’s carbon rails have a tall, oval cross section to increase strength and stiffness. They attach to the shell via shock-absorbing elastomers. Saddle length, at 276mm, is standard, and the small notch at the back has no discernable purpose other than aesthetic.

The new Turbomatic has the same boxy nose. Photo: Caley Fretz © VeloNews

I used this saddle for cyclocross and liked it. I vastly prefer a saddle that is wide and flat in the rear, and this one’s wide section, though short, keeps my sit bones supported, while its suspension elastomers, padding, and shell flex smooth the ride on rough ground.

My saddles of preference are the Selle San Marco Rever (sadly, discontinued) and the Fizik Antares, both of which are flat and wide in the rear and have far less padding than this Turbomatic.

A few years ago, measurements for a company-wide saddle test determined that I “have the biggest butt at Velo” (widest ischial tuberosities as determined by the Specialized “assometer”), despite the fact that my wife and daughters insist that I “have no butt.” Hence my preference for width in the rear of the saddle to support those wide sit bones.