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100 kilos is dropped onto the saddle, repeatedly....

Gallery: Selle Italia factory tour

Inside the Selle Italia factory
Set in stone, but growing
Selle Italia's new lightweight model
101 years, for those counting at home. How old is your oldest saddle?
Wham, Bam, Thank You, Mam
100 kilos is dropped onto the saddle, repeatedly. Repeatedly as in tens of thousands of cycles.
Booty Simulation
This test loads and unloads the rear of the saddle, through tens of thousands of cycles.
Fresh Out Of The Freezer
Steven 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 Works
Selle 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 Museum
Selle Italia’s headquarters features a showroom displaying key models from various decades.
Heritage
Long 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 famous
Ballan, Valverde, Pozzato, Pantani, Virenque, Giove. Just a few of the world’s best riders to receive custom saddles from Selle Italia.
Perches of the famous
Ballan, 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 meet
Selle Italia’s saddles are 70-percent handmade. These are a few of the olds molds previously used for shaping.