Selle Italia Road Bike Saddle

Choosing a bike saddle with Selle Italia, is performed using a IDMatch system that identifies its shape ideal seat on the basis of anthropometric measurements and functional, personal to each cyclist deducting width sit bones via an algorithm.

This dossier discusses a method of choice linked to the manufacturer Selle Italia. Indeed, evaluations modes differ between brands, even if we find some similarities, do not take into account the same measures or assessments on the cyclist to move towards a proper bike saddle choice.

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Through an algorithm developed by the brand, and using simple morphological measurements, IDMATCHdetermine the most suitable saddle models the physical characteristics of the user.

Idmatch: Identity Matching System: 4 main steps

It will go to a licensed IDMATCH Centre Selle Italia or IDMATCH trained technician to take the measurements of bike pedals through INTERNETIEST, will report the 4 key parameters using the appropriate measurement tools, and then save this information in a proprietary software.

The accredited center IDMATCH Selle Italia saddle then tells you that suits you best to cyclists’ needs, using the results provided by the IDMATCH system.

1 the general parameters of the cyclist

The Identity Matching system Selle Italia requires the following parameters of the rider, to identify the size of the rider:

  • Age
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Sex
  • Type cyclist practice.

2 Distance inter trochantérienne

The distance between the two biggest tuberosity of the femur is known in human anatomy as inter trochanteric distance . The measurement of this distance is critical to the analysis of the cyclist’s pelvis.IDMATCH uses a pelvic compass for this measure.

3 Thigh circumference

The Identity Matching system Selle Italia raises the thigh circumference, easily measured on the upper part of the leg at the gluteal fold, using a tape measure metric . By linking the parameters of the distance inter trochanteric and thigh circumference , the Identity Matching system Selle Italia easily calculate the distance between the ischial tuberosity , from where the pressure points on the saddle.

4 Pelvic rotation

A unique element of the Identity Matching Selle Italia system is pelvic inclinometer , which measures the rotations of each cyclist basin. Every runner has a different pelvic rotation, and when these data are added to Idmatch settings, the technician can then determine the rotation of the cyclist’s pelvis.

Analysis of results and seat selection

The algorithm incorporating the interlayer distance trochanteric and thigh circumference will infer the width of the ischia to know the width of cyclist sits. Another factor thereof pelvic rotation, then enters into account in the choice. Idmatch will not offer only one choice of saddle, but advise a stool category with a possible choice between several models.

  • Class S: suitable for cyclists who have asmall distance between their sit bones.
  • Class L: suitable for cyclists who have adistance between their sit bones.

Each size S and L is divided into 3 depending on the pelvic rotation cyclist

  • 1: Low
  • 2: Medium
  • 3: High

The Seat padding levels

Selle Italia has different cushioning levels through the Flow and GelFlow technology. Thus some saddle models are available with a level Flow more or less consistent.

Dossier: Bicycle Seat: rider comfort comes first!

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