Selle An-Atomica, makers of my all-time favorite saddles, have a beautiful new website.
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Posted 6.8.11 in Industry News | Bookmark or Share
Nice! It needed it. I so badly want a Titanico, but just can’t swing the price. It’s half what I paid for my bike!
They’ve redesigned the saddles as well as the website. I bought the older version, in red, about a month ago. Good impressions overall, but it’s a weird saddle! Now wondering what the new ones feel like compared to the one I have.
“TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve redesigned the saddles as well as the website.”
I hadn’t heard that. Has anything changed other than the chromoly frame?
This is fresh from a correspondence with the manufacturer and reflects my understanding:
1. Cromoly rails
2. What used to be marketed as the “Clydesdale” version of the saddles and recommended for persons over 180lb is now the standard version (possibly slightly reformulated)
3. There is now also a saddle specifically for lighter persons (under 140lb) and it comes in black only.
It was my (mis)understanding that the saddles are the same and only the names and weight recommendations have changed: “Titanico-Clydesdale” to simply “Titanico”, and “Titanico” to “Titanico Legacy”. Before I order another I’ll have to check into how the heavier/thicker Titanico has been reformulated.
PS – I have one each of the heaver and lighter versions. I find them equally comfortable, but the thinner model is stretching faster.
I am actually not 100% sure whether it’s a change in recommendation or a reformulation, so perhaps we better clarify.
My red older version non-Clydesdale was comfortable from the first moment. However, I had to tighten it after 250 miles as it had sagged quite a bit, and I am only 125lb. Will see how it holds up after the tightening. Also, the edge of the right cut-out started to dig into my “soft tissue” a bit at some point, and I’m not sure whether this will go away or get worse over time. I am going to give it until 500 miles and then post a review.
well, the new site looks nicer then the old one, but the old one had much more information on how the saddle funcitons. honestly, if i came across selle an-atomica just now, i wouldn’t be convinced in the idea behind it. especially with the high price.
I’ll follow up if I get a definitive answer from S-A.
If I understand it, the new lighter weight saddle has no laminent near the rivets, which allow the leather to stretch much more…
As an owner of a Selle An-Atomica first and now a Brooks Imperial I can definitively say the Brooks Imperial is a much better deal and much more comfortable. The An-Atomica has been nothing but a hassle for me after the initial break-in period. Strangely it was the most comfortable the first couple months, then it began really sagging and hammocking. Tightening it didn’t help at all so I eventually drilled holes like the Brooks Imperial and threaded a shoestring through the middle to keep it more firm. I still to this day have problems with it pinching my *taint* even though I have re-cut the slit many times. I am constantly modifying its tightness radially and axially. I would advise everyone to stay away from the Selle An-Atomica unless you get the clydesdale version or perhaps the newer versions are less stretchy. I love my Brooks Imperial so that is definitely recommended. I’d say the only real advantage to the Selle An-Atomica is its waterproofing, really nice feature for the Pacific Northwest, covering up my Brooks for every rainstorm gets tiresome but in the end, worth the effort.
I’ve been riding Selle An-Atomica saddles daily for over two years and I haven’t experienced what you’re describing. I have both the lightweight version (what they’re now calling the “Titanico Legacy”) and the standard (what used to be called the “Clydesdale”). I’ve only had to tension the lightweight version a few times, and the heavier version once after about the first month. You may want to contact Selle and talk to them about your saddle – you shouldn’t have to adjust it other than to take up a small amount of stretch perhaps once every 6 months or so. It sounds as if yours may be defective.
Regarding comparing the S-A to the Brooks, as always, saddle fit is very individual. I have Brooks saddles on two of my bikes and they’re great, but for me, the S-A saddles are more comfortable. YMMV! :-)