Selle Italia Mitica Leather Saddle

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Selle Italia Mitica Leather Saddle

Postby pedalsheep » 26 Jun 2020, 2:25pm

Does anyone know how this compares to a B17?
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Re: Selle Italia Mitica Leather Saddle

Postby Cyclewala » 26 Jun 2020, 3:06pm

It doesn't compare. It's their version of the Brooks Swallow.

I have one and two B17s. It's got a wide perch for the sit bones and then narrows quite suddenly. The B17 narrows gradually and suits a more upright position.

The Mitica is for slightly more enthusiastic riding. I have it on the commuter, so an hour each way. Very comfortable, and no reason why I couldn't do a century on it.

Took a little longer to break-in than the B17.

If you want the Selle version of the B17, look at the Epoca.

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Re: Selle Italia Mitica Leather Saddle

Postby iandusud » 26 Jun 2020, 4:38pm

Cyclewala wrote:It doesn't compare. It's their version of the Brooks Swallow.

I have one and two B17s. It's got a wide perch for the sit bones and then narrows quite suddenly. The B17 narrows gradually and suits a more upright position.

The Mitica is for slightly more enthusiastic riding. I have it on the commuter, so an hour each way. Very comfortable, and no reason why I couldn't do a century on it.

Took a little longer to break-in than the B17.

If you want the Selle version of the B17, look at the Epoca.


Clearly it does compare to the B17 as that is what you've just done! :D

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Re: Selle Italia Mitica Leather Saddle

Postby Cyclewala » 26 Jun 2020, 5:20pm

Indeed. I should have opened by saying it's not comparing like for like.

Good saddles and despite the online speculation they're a re-badged Taiwanese product, the box on mine says Made it Italy.

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Re: Selle Italia Mitica Leather Saddle

Postby pedalsheep » 26 Jun 2020, 6:04pm

Cyclewala wrote:It doesn't compare. It's their version of the Brooks Swallow.

I have one and two B17s. It's got a wide perch for the sit bones and then narrows quite suddenly. The B17 narrows gradually and suits a more upright position.

The Mitica is for slightly more enthusiastic riding. I have it on the commuter, so an hour each way. Very comfortable, and no reason why I couldn't do a century on it.

Took a little longer to break-in than the B17.

If you want the Selle version of the B17, look at the Epoca.

Thanks cyclewalla. Planet X have them at a knockdown price at the moment but if it's more like a Swallow than a B17 I think I'll pass.
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Re: Selle Italia Mitica Leather Saddle

Postby Cyclewala » 26 Jun 2020, 7:05pm

pedalsheep wrote:
Cyclewala wrote:It doesn't compare. It's their version of the Brooks Swallow.

I have one and two B17s. It's got a wide perch for the sit bones and then narrows quite suddenly. The B17 narrows gradually and suits a more upright position.

The Mitica is for slightly more enthusiastic riding. I have it on the commuter, so an hour each way. Very comfortable, and no reason why I couldn't do a century on it.

Took a little longer to break-in than the B17.

If you want the Selle version of the B17, look at the Epoca.

Thanks cyclewalla. Planet X have them at a knockdown price at the moment but if it's more like a Swallow than a B17 I think I'll pass.


They're also selling the Epoca saddle for the same price. That is the equivalent of a B17. Cracking price that.

Here the link:

https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/SASIEP/se ... oca-saddle

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Re: Selle Italia Mitica Leather Saddle

Postby Bonefishblues » 26 Jun 2020, 7:27pm

Cyclewala wrote:Indeed. I should have opened by saying it's not comparing like for like.

Good saddles and despite the online speculation they're a re-badged Taiwanese product, the box on mine says Made it Italy.

If it was even partly assembled in Italy I think I'm right in saying that they could claim that.

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Re: Selle Italia Mitica Leather Saddle

Postby Jamesh » 26 Jun 2020, 7:37pm

Does anyone know the durability of these saddles.

Looks like a composite construction of fabric, mesh and leather rather than a pure leather saddle of brooks or spa type.

https://www.bikeradar.com/news/selle-it ... addle-yet/

Cheers James

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Re: Selle Italia Mitica Leather Saddle

Postby Cyclewala » 26 Jun 2020, 8:24pm

Jamesh wrote:Does anyone know the durability of these saddles.

Looks like a composite construction of fabric, mesh and leather rather than a pure leather saddle of brooks or spa type.

https://www.bikeradar.com/news/selle-it ... addle-yet/

Cheers James


Done about 2,000 miles on the commuter. Was very stiff in the first 300 miles, but been brilliant since. I am a heavy rider so, the breaking in period may be longer for someone lighter.

The three layered construction is meant to strengthen the leather and reduce sagging. The rails are longer than Brooks and allow more horizontal adjustment.

I prefer the B17 on the tourer and the road bike as I do longer rides on these. If I didn't have the B17s, I'd have no problem putting the Mitica on the road bike.

The surface on mine is showing small wrinkles around the sit bones area. If didn't know they had a three layered construction, I wouldn't recognise this from looking at the saddle as it's well made and there is no parting of the layers.

I've not needed to adjust the tension yet, which I had to do on both the B17s by 2,000 miles.

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Re: Selle Italia Mitica Leather Saddle

Postby pedalsheep » 26 Jun 2020, 10:18pm

Cyclewala wrote:
pedalsheep wrote:
Cyclewala wrote:It doesn't compare. It's their version of the Brooks Swallow.

I have one and two B17s. It's got a wide perch for the sit bones and then narrows quite suddenly. The B17 narrows gradually and suits a more upright position.

The Mitica is for slightly more enthusiastic riding. I have it on the commuter, so an hour each way. Very comfortable, and no reason why I couldn't do a century on it.

Took a little longer to break-in than the B17.

If you want the Selle version of the B17, look at the Epoca.

Thanks cyclewalla. Planet X have them at a knockdown price at the moment but if it's more like a Swallow than a B17 I think I'll pass.


They're also selling the Epoca saddle for the same price. That is the equivalent of a B17. Cracking price that.

Here the link:

https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/SASIEP/se ... oca-saddle


Thanks, I'd missed that.
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Re: Selle Italia Mitica Leather Saddle

Postby st599_uk » 28 Jun 2020, 3:37pm

As I had a gift voucher, just ordered an Epoca for the cost of postage.

Will see what breaks in first, the saddle or me.
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