Selle Italia: Custom and historic saddles - gallery

Founded just outside of Milan in 1897, Selle Italia has been producing bicycle saddles for more than 120 years.

Early traditional designs constructed from leather and steel were the foundation of the brand, but after being bought by the current owner in the late 1970's the company was revolutionised and now focuses on leisure cycling and racing.

As well as pushing the boundaries in using titanium, carbon and other materials to improve comfort and performance, Selle Italia has also made a name for itself in producing custom saddles for the biggest names in cycling.

Marco Pantani's 'Il Pirata' yellow saddle is one of the most recognisable custom saddles ever made and is proudly on display at the Selle Italia headquarters to the east of Bassano del Grappa in the Treviso region of Northern Italy.

Alongside Pantani's saddle, Selle Italia displays their custom creations for Jan Ullrich, Richard Virenque, Bernard Hinault, Alexandre Vinokourov, Mario Cipollini, Alejandro Valverde, Alberto Contador and more.

Click or swipe through the gallery above for a closer look at the custom and historic saddles from Selle Italia.

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