Back in Arizona, I’d stayed with Peter and seen his saddle. Like my Brooks B17, it was made of a thin piece of leather, something that always gets confused stares from people who think that a bike saddle should be as soft as a cushion but with a slit down the middle. It is meant to allow the leather of the saddle to move with your pedal strokes and reduce stress. I’d not found my B17 to be uncomfortable, but considering the wave of positive comments I’d read online about the Selle Anatomica and the large amount of time I spend in the saddle I was intrigued and so, back in February when I was still in Florida, I made a phone call.
I got to speak to Ryan, in charge of Marketing & Operations at Selle Anatomica, and asked him about the beta test for Titanico X mentioned on their site. Titanico X is their new saddle designed for ‘larger’ riders. Cycling is the only thing in the world that I know of which, at 180lbs, I’m classed as on the borderline of being large. Explaining my trip to Ryan, he seemed interested in making a connection between us and told me he’d call me back the next day after speaking to the other important people at Selle Anatomica, his family.
The next day, during a follow-up call, Ryan asked me a few more questions and then confirmed his family’s interest in having their Titanico X saddle go round the world. I gave him an address to ship it to which was passed on to the factory and I would be the proud owner of one of the first Titanico Xs to be made.
Skip forward to the middle of March and the package had arrived at Mike’s place in Las Vegas. Just after arriving in Cincinnati, I had a box waiting for me. I eagearly opened it and excitedly started putting it on my bike which was a cinch. I hadn’t marked where my old saddle had been, so approximated with the Titanico X and was impressed by the saddle rails being much longer than on the B-17. That means that there is a lot more flexibilty in terms of fore/aft position which can really help dial in the perfect setup.
I took a few short rides around town and didn’t notice a big difference immediately between it and my 12,000+ mile old Brooks. That alone is a very positive thing as people usually like their Brooks saddles after a month or so of wearing them in. I wasn’t going on long enough rides to notice if the slit was making much of a difference and looked forward to getting out on the bike to test it out.