Home » Bikes and Tech » Quick Look » Gallery: Selle Italia factory tour Gallery: Selle Italia factory tourBy Ben Delaney Published Jun. 29, 2011 100 kilos is dropped onto the saddle, repeatedly. Repeatedly as in tens of thousands of cycles. Set in stone, but growingSelle Italia's new lightweight model101 years, for those counting at home. How old is your oldest saddle?Wham, Bam, Thank You, Mam100 kilos is dropped onto the saddle, repeatedly. Repeatedly as in tens of thousands of cycles.Booty SimulationThis test loads and unloads the rear of the saddle, through tens of thousands of cycles.Fresh Out Of The FreezerSteven Merlini explains that nylon’s flexibility can change with extreme temperatures. To make sure customers don’t experience anything unwanted, Selle Italia tests all its saddles in cold (the freezer) and the heat (the oven).The Collected, Collective WorksSelle Italia outsources the production of its saddles to a network of small Italian companies, which each specialize in a portion of the process. This batch is just back from injection molding by Global Plast.Selle MuseumSelle Italia’s headquarters features a showroom displaying key models from various decades.HeritageLong gone are the days of Selle Italia using foot-powered Singers. But it’s hard to know where you’re going if you don’t where you’ve been, as they say.Cushion for the pushin'Remember this one? The ‘lumbar support’ also just happened to act as great leverage for time trialiing. What do you think the UCI did?Perches of the famousBallan, Valverde, Pozzato, Pantani, Virenque, Giove. Just a few of the world’s best riders to receive custom saddles from Selle Italia.Perches of the famousBallan, Valverde, Pozzato, Pantani, Virenque, Giove. Just a few of the world’s best riders to receive custom saddles from Selle Italia.Where man and machine meetSelle Italia’s saddles are 70-percent handmade. These are a few of the olds molds previously used for shaping.