Selle Royal sells its more casual saddle ranges under its own brand name, while its performance cycling kit comes under its Fizik brand.
Its LookIN saddles have been refreshed for 2017, with new design, construction and materials. There are four new models: its Athletic saddle is the narrowest, while the Moderate comes in men’s and women’s versions. Finally there’s the Relaxed variant designed with enough springiness for more upright riders. All the saddles have been reshaped for a more sculpted look.
The key feature of the new saddles is the incorporation of Selle Royal’s own Skingel gel shock absorbing padding, which it says absorbs shocks 40% better than other gels. The cover includes extra-strong and durable fabric in the areas which get the most abuse.
Selle Royal has also reworked the saddle’s base with an indented channel structure that it says mixes flexibility and strength. And the Relaxed variant has special “cupsprings” built in to add extra suspension.
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Selle Royal designs its saddles around the body’s inclination dependent on the rider’s style. So the Athletic model is designed for a rider with 45 degree spine angle, Moderate is for 60 degrees and Relaxed for a rider sitting upright with the spine at 90 degrees.
The Athletic saddle has a width of 150mm and weighs 353g, the Moderate designs weigh just over 400g while the Relaxed comes in at 634g. All are priced at 64.90 Euros.
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Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.
He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.
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