Selle San Marco Concor Light
By Jon Sharp
There are times, I admit, when I'm out on a ride and I daydream. If the conditions are right and I'm feeling in the groove, I can almost believe that I'm a pro. I might drop the guys I'm riding with on the big hill. I might maintain an average speed much faster than normal. I might feel great, instead of just feeling tired.
Of course, daydreaming about being a pro doesn't bring the reality any closer. However, there is something that I have in common with at least a few prominent Tour de France winners. I speak, of course, of Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong. What could it be that mysteriously ties me, a solid average performer on a bike, with those greats?
My saddle, of course (as if you didn't see that one coming): the Concor Light.
Selle San Marco has been making saddles for a long time. Many of the saddles they make today are identical in shape and feel with their saddles of yesteryear. The Concor Light is one such saddle. The shape has been around--and left unchanged--for many years. And it is, in fact, the saddle both Lance and Alberto use on their race-winning rides.
Being such an old design, one might expect it to be heavy. If you expected that, then you didn't notice the "Light" they tagged on to the end of the name. It's "Light", because it only weighs 208g. While there are many saddles lighter than this, there aren't many as comfortable as this.
What really makes this saddle unique is the raised tail. Most saddles are either flat at the back, or they curve downwards. The Concor, however, actually curves up at the back. While this means you're unlikely to shift your weight further back, it really comes in to play when riding in the mountains. When the bike is on a slope, the back of the Concor becomes a nice place to rest against--and even push against. The steeper the grade, the friendlier this saddle becomes. When I switched back to a more standard-shaped saddle, I at first felt like I was going to slide off the back.
The other advantage the raised tail provides is increased surface area. When sitting on a saddle for long hours, the more surface area, the more weight gets distributed, the less pressure on your rear. The Concor Light is fabulous for long days in the saddle.
Summary: I'm not Lance--heck, I'm not even Alberto. I'm Jon, and I'm slow. And even though I only win when I daydream, I can at least be more comfortable on the bike with the Selle San Marco Concor Light. It's light, it's comfortable, and that unique upturned tail gives me a little edge when I head up the mountains. It doesn't hurt that so many Tours have been won on it, either. The Concor Light retails for about US$100.
Jon Sharp is a contributing editor for GearReview.com. He is shorter than Lance.
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