Selle Italia announced the launch of its new futuristic SP 01 Finale saddle, with a tantalizing press release today.
“Welcome to a new age for the saddle, which offers futuristic design, superb comfort and outstanding performance levels.”
To the delight of “weight weenies” everywhere, Selle Italia claims the new SP 01 weighs in at a mere 125g, and features a unique split design that allows both two halves of the saddle to flex.
Selle Italia calls this its “suspension link movement”, which is designed to support the rider’s pelvic movement, while also providing requisite support and stability.
In addition to the split design, the SP 01 features a one-piece carbon shell that’s fitted with a thin layer of padded microfiber, supported by rails which are molded from carbon as well.
Selle Italia says the SP 01 will be available starting July 1, and it will carry a steep price tag of €349/$380.
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Welcome to a New Age for the Saddle
Futuristic design, superb comfort and outstanding performance levels The future is now here – on the back of a dream Selle Italia saddle. It’s Special Performance 01, the result of a cutting-edge combination of carbon properties.
SP01 has been made possible thanks to our ongoing technological product research and introduces a revolutionary concept of style, skillfully combining comfort, aesthetics and resistance. This product stands out for its innovative and adaptive rear frame, divided into two independent parts following the special “suspension link movement”. Its shape is designed to effectively support the movement of your pelvis without compromising your stability while pedaling. The unmistakable shape of the back of the seat gives the product the resistance you need to take to the road with the right support.
Lastly, the design stylishly conveys inspirations from the world of automotives. Sleek shapes with a futuristic flair that give SP01 an unmistakable design, making it the first, brilliant benchmark of a new saddle idea.
Coming in at just 125 grams, SP01 actually conceals great value in terms of the technology used to create it.
The collection of futuristic materials and more efficient composite processing methods have made it possible to achieve a result that would be unreachable with traditional technology.
SP01’s prepreg hand lay up is a manufacturing process that came directly from the aerospace and motorsport sectors, using epoxy resin prepregs, manually arranged on top of one another in a specific order to give the composite structural homogeneity.
Compression molding technology is then used, which is a method for compressing the material into two heated moulds to achieve perfectly repeatable quality standards.
The mix of high-strength fiber, oriented in the direction of the load, along with chopped fiber, give rise to a final product with an incredible strength-to-weight ratio and isotropic properties.
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