Selle an-Atomica Titanico Saddle: Review

The Selle An-Atomica Titanico is a leather saddle with a generous cutout in the center to relieve saddle soreness. This saddle was designed by Tom Milton over a period of 4 years. Extensive research was carried out to determine where the pressure points on a rider are most vulnerable, how a rider moves as they cycle and how can a saddle be designed to accommodate the asymmetrical movement of the human body. The Titanico saddles are made with ‘watershed’ leather (waterproof) and have a reinforcing leather laminate to increase durability. For lighter riders (<140 lbs), the Titanico Legacy offers greater flexibility to the rear of the saddle (the laminate is forward of the rear rivets). This version is only available in black.

I have been using a Titanico saddle for more than 6 years now on my race bike. Without a doubt, it is the most comfortable race saddle available on the market. When sitting for long periods of time on a narrow bicycle saddle, the pudendal nerve of the perineal region of the body is compressed, leading to numbness and pain. The Titanico effectively minimizes this compression, relieving much of the discomfort and allows you to sit for longer periods of time in the saddle. I have tested more than 50 different race saddles, all claiming to ‘relieve pressure’ on your sit bones to increase comfort. None come close to offering the comfort of the Selle An-Atomica saddle. For long rides on your race bike, this saddle is a must. Padded, gel and recessed saddles are great in theory, but in practice, they do not work as well as the Titanico design. Saddles that are tipped down at the nose, or have no nose, offer no support up front and increase the pressure rearward. The Titanico is a little like a hammock that distributes the pressure more evenly and also flexes with you body, unlike any other saddle on the market.

For further information, visit the Selle An-Atomica website (http://www.selleanatomica.com/), or view a demonstration of the saddle in action (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wX52DTAUg0)

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