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Continuing the legacy.
Selle Italia has been steadfastly delivering us the right mix of cushion, responsiveness, and pressure relief for ride after ride over the years whether crossing finish lines, on easy coffee shop loops, or chasing punishing PR's for seasons on end. It's an understatement to say the brand knows saddle craftsmanship, so when the firm feels that it's necessary to introduce something new, we're all ears. The SLR X-Cross Saddle first debuted last year, but compared to its decades-old cousins, it might as well be brand new. Built with more of an off-road focus, we'd be happy to top off our gravel, 'cross, or XC/trail bike with this intuitive option.
Though you'd be hard-pressed use heavy as an adjective to describe any Selle Italia saddle, the X-Cross does weigh slightly more than some of the brand's pared-down carbon race shelves makes. The added weight comes from light padding, included to subtly cushion harsh landings and bumpy rides without zapping your power on climbs and straightaways. Grippy panels positioned directly under each sit bone set the saddle apart from some of Selle Italia's more ambiguous models, helping you stay oriented when you're maneuvering a hardtail over a bouncy, rock-lined crux.
The X-Cross' other features will be more familiar to Selle Italia loyalists: a Fibra-Tek cover protects the saddle's internals from years of exposure to the elements, while lightweight titanium 316 rails soundly support the saddle's shell. Made with a carbon composite blend, the shell allows for ample power transfer to your setup with the right dose of forgiveness for long-ride comfort.
- Off-road saddle ideal for 'cross, gravel, and XC
- Light padding and grip panels for on-trail comfort
- Lightweight, durable titanium rails
- Carbon composite shell blends responsiveness and flex
- Item #SEL002H