For a decade Selle Anatomica has worked to bring the the most comfortable carbon fiber bike saddles possible to cyclists around the world. January 2014 marked the beginning of a project that would transform the company forever. Headquartered in San Diego since 2012, Selle Anatomica was uniquely positioned to take advantage of a local industry that grew up almost entirely in this area. Serving aerospace, sporting goods, and higher education for more than 30 years, the project brought together a diverse group of carbon composites experts who helped to develop the industry itself and the technology that it uses today. The result of that project is the most advanced 100 percent carbon fiber saddle ever produced. We give you C Series.
Three layers of aerospace grade ISO compliant carbon fiber twill crown the pinnacle of C Series. 45 degree bias cut for maximum flexibility and wrapped inward at the edges for safe and soft contact with your soft tissue. In composites they call the top ply the "money ply." C Series boasts money ply in every layer. Molded and cured using closely guarded industry secrets, the C Series seating surface is a technical achievement all on its own.
At the core of the new C Series, is the carbon fiber leaf spring. The traditional function of a leaf spring is to control ride height and to keep a vehicle’s wheels in contact with the road. In this case, the function is very similar. The C Series leaf spring absorbs road noise and maintains contact between the rider and the seating surface to reduce the loss of efficiency and power.
The C Series Leaf Spring is connected to the suspended seating surface at the front and rear of the saddle. This design allows the spring to function as intended while still allowing the seating surface to hammock the rider the same as it would in our traditional leather saddles.
Woven carbon fiber fabric comes in sheets with strands running vertically and horizontally. In most applications where strength and rigidity is required, the fibers are layed vertically and horizontally in the part. In this case, 8 layers of woven carbon fiber are cut out of the sheets on a 45 degree angle. The 45 degree angle allows the carbon to flex and spring back much more easily. Through the combination of layers and the angle at which they are cut, we have tuned the C Series Leaf Spring for just the right amount of flexibility.
Unidirectional carbon fiber sheets are not woven. The fibers lay parallel to each other and do not cross. Much like the rails themselves. A carbon fiber filament is strongest when loaded along its axis. Therefore, fiber orientation is critical. Especially in this load bearing structure.
In this case, three unidirectional sheets are used in the C Series rail. Two of them are cut 15 degrees off axis and then laid across each other in opposite directions. This technique gives the laminate some hoop strength so it doesn't crack when clamped in the seat post. The third layer is sandwiched between the other two at zero degrees for ultimate strength. If all of the fibers are laid at zero degrees along the rail, the only thing holding the structure together in the transverse direction is the comparatively weak resin bond.
Selle Anatomica has always been famous for rails that offer a maximum amount of adjustability to accommodate a wide range of body sizes and riding styles. In that tradition, we decided to include an industry leading 3 inches of adjustability in C Series.
All 2016 X Series saddles now feature our famous WaterShed leather. This means long wearing and durable. X Series is by far our most popular model!
In X Series, our supple WaterShed leather top is supported by a stiffer laminate layer glued to the underside. All this supported by exceptionally long Chromoly rails, providing extensive fore/aft adjustment. Comfort is found in the specific shape of our patented slot shape, which moves with you. Our slot eliminates perineal pressure, sit bone pain, and saddle sores.
Good design means finding the ideal balance for opposing constraints - comfort and durability. But with the X Series we’ve struck the perfect balance.
This saddle has no break in period. It feels good from day one. X Series is the saddle for all but the most petite riders (under 130 lbs). We recommend X Series for all long distance riders, up to a maximum of 250 pounds.
For over a decade Selle Anatomica has worked to bring the world's most comfortable saddles to cyclists. In that tradition we are thrilled to announce X2, the Next Gen leather saddle. A radical departure from our past offering, X2 boasts a modular design that is stronger and lighter. More importantly, X2 can be disassembled and reassembled completely by hand, making it possible to replace the leather top whenever you see fit. Install a non-slotted top for a ride up the mountain or replace a worn top with a new one, without sending it to us for service.
The true genius of X2 lies in the modular frame which can be disassembled and reassembled by hand using a commonly available hex key. We consider our leather tops a consumable, much like tires. Every 5-7 years when it comes time to replace your leather top, now you can do it yourself. No need to send your saddle to us and wait a week for your leather to be replaced. Simply order our X2 NewSkin service and a leather top will be shipped to you for at home replacement. The occasional bent rail can also be replaced at home with no need to send your saddle to us for repair.
X2 uses the exact same WaterShed leather that made its predecessor famous. Traditional saddle leather is soaked in water, molded in a press, and then baked. This process aligns the fibers in the leather and produces a very hard riding surface that can take years to break in. Our WaterShed leather tops are a combination of premium Full Grain American leather and a second layer of top grain leather which is glued to the bottom for just the right amount of support. The shape is formed by a patented process that uses a heated press to shape the leather while it is still dry, resulting in a much more supple and pliable seating surface that shapes to your specific contours in days, not years.
A first for the X Series, our new stainless steel tubular rails are both stronger and lighter than the previous design, saving 150 grams.
The new cast aluminum C-form provides structure and beauty giving the new X2 both a classic and updated modern look. It also helps to reduce the overall weight of the saddle by 150 grams compared to its predecessor.
A commonly available hex key can unscrew the two part Chicago screws that hold the frame to the leather saving time and money on shipping costs while also reducing your carbon footprint.
We have very limited quantities of these colors and we're trying to close them out. We need that space, so get them while they last!!!