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Interbike 2010: New seating options for the coming season

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Selle SMP has added over half a dozen new models for 2011.

Selle SMP has added over half a dozen new models for 2011. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Prologo's new Zero saddle design is notably flatter fore-aft and left-right as compared to other saddles in its range.

Prologo's new Zero saddle design is notably flatter fore-aft and left-right as compared to other saddles in its range. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The lightest Prologo Zero variant features carbon fiber rails.

The lightest Prologo Zero variant features carbon fiber rails. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Prologo has added two new women's-specific saddles to its lineup for 2011.

Prologo has added two new women's-specific saddles to its lineup for 2011. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Slits in the front of the Prologo Scratch Pro Dea saddle lends extra flex in that area.

Slits in the front of the Prologo Scratch Pro Dea saddle lends extra flex in that area. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The new Prologo Scratch Dea saddle is similar in concept to the standard Scratch Pro but with reduced length and greater width to better accommodate female anatomy.

The new Prologo Scratch Dea saddle is similar in concept to the standard Scratch Pro but with reduced length and greater width to better accommodate female anatomy. (Image credit: James Huang)
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A central depression in the women's-specific Prologo Nago Evo Dea is intended to relieve pressure on soft tissue.

A central depression in the women's-specific Prologo Nago Evo Dea is intended to relieve pressure on soft tissue. (Image credit: James Huang)
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fi'zi:k says the new welded Microtex seams generate less irritation than traditional stitching.

fi'zi:k says the new welded Microtex seams generate less irritation than traditional stitching. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The 2011 fi'zi:k Tundra 2 boasts a bit more padding than the ultralight Tundra 00.

The 2011 fi'zi:k Tundra 2 boasts a bit more padding than the ultralight Tundra 00. (Image credit: James Huang)
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One of the offerings in Selle Royal's throwback Origins collection is the plastic-hulled Aeroyal.

One of the offerings in Selle Royal's throwback Origins collection is the plastic-hulled Aeroyal. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Riders looking to give their bikes a classic look could do far worse than Selle Royal's nostalgic Contour saddle.

Riders looking to give their bikes a classic look could do far worse than Selle Royal's nostalgic Contour saddle. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Nice stitching adorns the lower edge of the Selle Royal Contour saddles.

Nice stitching adorns the lower edge of the Selle Royal Contour saddles. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Selle SMP's distinctive saddle profiles are impossible to mistake for another make.

Selle SMP's distinctive saddle profiles are impossible to mistake for another make. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Selle SMP's new Full Carbon Lite saddle is a bit wider than the standard Full Carbon version but still super light at just 119g.

Selle SMP's new Full Carbon Lite saddle is a bit wider than the standard Full Carbon version but still super light at just 119g. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Selle SMP is adding some color to its lineup for 2011.

Selle SMP is adding some color to its lineup for 2011. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The unpadded Selle SMP Chrono is designed for UCI-regulated time trials where the shorter nose may help riders achieve a legal position.

The unpadded Selle SMP Chrono is designed for UCI-regulated time trials where the shorter nose may help riders achieve a legal position. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Expect to see lots of red detailing from Selle San Marco for 2011.

Expect to see lots of red detailing from Selle San Marco for 2011. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The Red Edition range of saddles from Selle San Marco are close replicas of the saddles used by the company's sponsored pros.

The Red Edition range of saddles from Selle San Marco are close replicas of the saddles used by the company's sponsored pros. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The Selle San Marco Mantra Carbon FX features a giant central cutout, carbon rails and a carbon-reinforced nylon shell.

The Selle San Marco Mantra Carbon FX features a giant central cutout, carbon rails and a carbon-reinforced nylon shell. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Selle San Marco looks to its past for its new classic range.

Selle San Marco looks to its past for its new classic range. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The 2011 Tundra 2 has a softened shell in response to customer feedback on the original Tundra.

The 2011 Tundra 2 has a softened shell in response to customer feedback on the original Tundra. (Image credit: James Huang)
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fi'zi:k's revised Tundra 2 mountain bike saddle features a new welded Microtex cover, a softer shell, and more padding.

fi'zi:k's revised Tundra 2 mountain bike saddle features a new welded Microtex cover, a softer shell, and more padding. (Image credit: James Huang)
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New slimline leather grips join the Brooks lineup for 2011.

New slimline leather grips join the Brooks lineup for 2011. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Brooks' upper-end all-leather bags are beautiful but expensive, too.

Brooks' upper-end all-leather bags are beautiful but expensive, too. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The Brooks Hampstead 'Sport Holdall' is designed to be used as a duffel bag or secured to the top shelf of a rear rack.

The Brooks Hampstead 'Sport Holdall' is designed to be used as a duffel bag or secured to the top shelf of a rear rack. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The Brooks Devon panniers boast a generous capacity, waxed cotton and leather construction and gorgeous detailing throughout.

The Brooks Devon panniers boast a generous capacity, waxed cotton and leather construction and gorgeous detailing throughout. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Urban riders looking for a bit more style can look to Brooks' Soho shoulder bag.

Urban riders looking for a bit more style can look to Brooks' Soho shoulder bag. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The Brooks Colt saddle is offered in a number of colors with available handlebar tape to match, too.

The Brooks Colt saddle is offered in a number of colors with available handlebar tape to match, too. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Brooks' new Select range of saddles uses leather from organically raised Swedish cattle and vegetable-based tanning agents.

Brooks' new Select range of saddles uses leather from organically raised Swedish cattle and vegetable-based tanning agents. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The Brooks Islington pack uses an interesting crisscrossed strap pattern that is said to help stabilize heavy loads.

The Brooks Islington pack uses an interesting crisscrossed strap pattern that is said to help stabilize heavy loads. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Brooks and Vans? A seemingly unusual pairing but it somehow works anyway.

Brooks and Vans? A seemingly unusual pairing but it somehow works anyway. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The limited edition Brooks saddle features a special embossed design to go along with the corresponding Vans skate shoes.

The limited edition Brooks saddle features a special embossed design to go along with the corresponding Vans skate shoes. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Aside from the special design the Brooks Vans Edition saddle features the usual classic shape and telltale rivets.

Aside from the special design the Brooks Vans Edition saddle features the usual classic shape and telltale rivets. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The new fi'zi:k Tundra 2 is available with k:ium or braided carbon rails.

The new fi'zi:k Tundra 2 is available with k:ium or braided carbon rails. (Image credit: James Huang)
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A carbon shell and braided carbon rails help keep the weight of the new fi'zi:k Tundra 00 down to just 140g.

A carbon shell and braided carbon rails help keep the weight of the new fi'zi:k Tundra 00 down to just 140g. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The top-end fi'zi:k Tundra 00 is aimed at weight-weenie mountain bikers with deep pockets.

The top-end fi'zi:k Tundra 00 is aimed at weight-weenie mountain bikers with deep pockets. (Image credit: James Huang)
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fi'zi:k has added a carbon-shafted version of its excellent Cyrano seatpost for 2011.

fi'zi:k has added a carbon-shafted version of its excellent Cyrano seatpost for 2011. (Image credit: James Huang)
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fi'zi:k's new welded Microtex covers retain the two-tone look but without the irritating seams.

fi'zi:k's new welded Microtex covers retain the two-tone look but without the irritating seams. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The fiber composite shell insert in fi'zi:k's updated Aliante Gamma saddle lends a bit of extra cush through the middle.

The fiber composite shell insert in fi'zi:k's updated Aliante Gamma saddle lends a bit of extra cush through the middle. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The 2011 fi'zi:k Aliante Gamma wears a new welded Microtex cover.

The 2011 fi'zi:k Aliante Gamma wears a new welded Microtex cover. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The matching Vans shoes feature the same embossed pattern in the tongue plus leather uppers and laces.

The matching Vans shoes feature the same embossed pattern in the tongue plus leather uppers and laces. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Got a big load to haul? Brooks' new Islington rucksack can probably swallow it up.

Got a big load to haul? Brooks' new Islington rucksack can probably swallow it up. (Image credit: James Huang)

Fi'zi:k is keeping the distinctive two-toned covers that have quickly become a hallmark of the brand across much of its 2011 range but is abandoning conventional stitched seams on the upper-end models in favor of a more advanced thermowelded construction.

According to fi'zi:k marketing manager Alberto Fonte, the welded seams reduce friction – and thus, chafing – thanks to their smoother surface while still allowing the company to continue producing the trademark look. Because the welding is more expensive than conventional stitching, though, fi'zi:k will limits its use to more critical areas such as the nose on the new Tundra 2 and Aliante Gamma.

In addition to the newly welded cover, the Tundra 2 mountain bike saddle will sport a slightly flexier shell and softer padding to yield better long-term comfort than the original, rock-hard Tundra.

For high-end mountain bikers, fi'zi:k has introduced a new Tundra 00 saddle with a true carbon fiber composite base, braided carbon rails, Wing Flex sides, a smooth Microtex cover and an expected feathery claimed weight of just 140g.

To go along with that ultralight Tundra 00, fi'zi:k has added a carbon fiber variant of its Cyrano seatpost, which will use the same low-profile, two-bolt head as the original Cyrano but with a sleek carbon fiber shaft for lighter weight and a slightly smoother ride. The Cyrano Carbon will come in 27.2 and 31.6mm diameters in lengths ranging from 270 to 410mm.

Red is the new black for San Marco

San Marco is betting on red with an entire collection of saddles featuring the passionate hue in the lineup for 2011. The aptly named Red Edition encompasses virtually every saddle shape in the company's catalog and includes eye-catching deep, blood red accents adorning the ends and edges of the synthetic covers – similar to what the company has provided to its sponsored riders.

Fancy graphics aside, though, the Red Edition saddles are actually intended as mid-range offerings with San Marco's proprietary Xsilite rails instead of far pricier carbon ones. As compared to titanium, San Marco claims Xsilite is just as strong but 10 percent lighter.

San Marco is also capitalizing on its lengthy heritage – the company has been around since 1935 – with a vintage range that includes such classic shapes as the Rolls, Concor Supercorsa, and Regal. In addition to the throwback perforated real leather covers, San Marco will also offer the saddles in smooth brown leather and even some brighter colors, along with a synthetic vegan-friendly option for the Concor – all with budget-friendly carbon steel rails


Expect to see lots of red detailing from Selle San Marco for 2011.

Prologo adds women's-specific and flatter-profile models for 2011

Prologo's new women's-specific Scratch Pro Dea and Nago Evo Dea saddles will offer similar features as on the standard versions but with tweaked shapes that are claimed to better fit female anatomy. Among the changes are slight central depressions and dipped shells to help relieve pressure on soft tissue, smoother edges up top, and generally wider, shorter, and flatter dimensions throughout.

Both saddles are built with the carbon-reinforced nylon bases, solid titanium rails, and synthetic microfiber covers. Claimed weights range from 212-227g.

Prologo will also add a new shape for riders that prefer flatter saddle profiles called Zero – though in our eyes it bears strong resemblance to the company's original Nago range that was discontinued a couple of years ago. Relative to more hammock-shaped profiles, the Zero will offer a greater range of seating positions for riders that like to move around more while also concentrating more pressure on the sit bones instead of distributing the load more evenly as Prologo usually prefers to do.

Prologo will offer the Zero shape in both ultralight Nack and Ti 1.4 versions with carbon fiber and solid titanium rails, respectively. For even more soft tissue relief, there are also Pas variants of each with central cutouts. Claimed weights range from 161-228g depending on model.

More sizes and padding options from Selle SMP

Selle SMP's distinctively radical saddle design will gain a few new sizes for 2011 and even a collection of altered shapes aimed at more casual riders.

Like the current Full Carbon racing model, the new Full Carbon Lite again uses a unique, unpadded split carbon fiber shell and carbon rails but with 6mm more width and 10mm of extra length to suit riders with more broadly spaced hips. Claimed weight is just 119g – only 14g heavier than the standard version.

If your budget doesn't allow for the full composite version, there's also the more attainable Carbon Lite version, which uses the same shell and dimensions as the Full Carbon Lite but paired to tubular stainless steel rails. Selle SMP will offer this model with a gloss white finish for those that want a little more flash than just clearcoated woven carbon fiber. Claimed weight is 175g (the white version is likely to be slightly heavier).

Further down the line is the new 205g Dynamic, which uses the same hull shape as the Full Carbon Lite but in carbon-reinforced nylon and covered in thin padding and either real leather or Lorica microfiber. Selle SMP has even added a Lite Junior model for 2011 with smaller dimensions all around to suit riders aged 8-14.

Go organic with Brooks

Brooks' latest Select range of leather saddles is designed to appeal to the hardcore – but not vegan for obvious reasons – environmentalist with certified organic hides sourced from Sweden and vegetable-based tanning compounds. According to Brooks marketing spokesperson Suzette Ayotte, buyers interested in the Select saddles should bear in mind however that the more environmentally friendly manufacturing does yield a much harder saddle than usual with a feel similar to the company's older models before it began pre-softening them. As such, Select riders should expect to take more time to break their saddles in but on the upside, they should retain their desired shape and feel longer, too.

Consumers who admire Brooks' classic aesthetic and consistently high quality but want something a little more hip can instead look to the limited edition Vans model produced in cooperation with the popular skate shoe company. Brooks will produce just 500 copies of the striking black leather saddle – and Vans 1000 copies of the matching shoes – and both will sport matching embossed skull patterns.

Brooks' leather accessory and bag lines look to be on a continuing tear as well with a number of new styles for 2011. Among the highlights are the new Islington rucksack with its waxed cotton body and interesting crisscrossed shoulder straps, the Brixton waxed cotton shoulder bag, the Soho full-leather shoulder bag, and gorgeously detailed Devon rear panniers, plus new smaller-profile leather grips, leather double toe straps, and chromed steel toe clips made with resurrected tooling from the 1930s.

Selle Royal looks to its past

Selle San Marco and Brooks aren't the only saddle companies who are drawing on its history as Selle Royal (close cousin of fi'zi:k) is also releasing a heritage collection for 2011 called Origins.

Origins will include a pair of old-school styles – the traditional Contour and plastic-hulled Aeroyal – both of which should be readily recognizable by cyclists who have been involved in the sport for a while. Selle Royal will offer the Contour with either leather or Microtex covers in three colors each while the Aeroyal will come in black or white.