Italian accessories brand Selle Repente has presented Magnet, a new saddle specific for time trial and triathlon. The Magnet saddle weighs in at 135g. The company notes that this low weight has been achieved by creating the saddle structure in carbon using autoclave processing.
This process helps to ensure a more compact and uniform carbon fibre texture, ‘enhancing the mechanical properties of the material’. Both the saddle rail and the shell of the Magnet model utilise high-modulus unidirectional carbon fibre.
Saddle dimensions are 240 mm x 140 mm. Weight is 135g, and the suggested retail price is €249.
Selle Repente adds that Magnet is shaped to be anatomical and ergonomic, and is also designed to adapt to the female body shape. The wide central anatomical channel aids sitting comfort, especially in the most aerodynamic position, while the width of the seat tip provides a rider with ‘all – and just – the necessary support’.
Magnet has been specially shaped on the basis of studies carried out to: ensure an optimal distribution of weight over the saddle surface; help blood circulation in the pressure points; and avoid any annoying feeling of numbness.
Selle Repente has incorporated a differential section rail to take into account the differences in the distribution of forces along the longitudinal and transverse axes of the saddle. The length of the rail also allows for clamp fixing over a longer travel.
The padding is made of EVA, a high-performance material of medium density. The PU cover material is coupled to a special grip layer, located in the seat tip. Th company adds that… ‘this helps the cyclist maintain the ideal sitting position (as if a magnet kept him there) even in peak effort conditions, while allowing for freedom of movement. The side surfaces in contact with the thighs are instead perfectly smooth.’
Repente has focused on the design of the saddle – the lower part of the shell has been embellished with a reproduction of the silhouette of a cyclist in an aerodynamic position.
Magnet is currently officially supplied to the Spanish professional team Caja Rural – Rga and to the women’s elite teams Wnt Rotor and BePink.