Things I Like: Selle An-Atomica Titanico Saddle

When I evaluate a component, my ultimate measure of success is whether or not I’d purchase a second one.  Selle An-Atomica’s Titanico saddle is one of those rare products where I didn’t have to think twice about purchasing a second one.

Over the past couple of years, I’ve tried a number of saddles.  They ranged from inexpensive OEM take-offs to pricey aftermarket models.  Of all those saddles, Brooks’ venerable B17 stayed on my bike the longest.  This wasn’t entirely surprising, as I’d used them successfully in the past.  After 600-700 miles on the Brooks, I found myself searching for something with the same level of support, but with more flex (and ultimately, more comfort).

Some extensive google-fu revealed that there were other folks looking for the same qualities in a saddle, and that the most-recommended solution was the Titanico.  I’d already spent several hundred dollars on saddles that I didn’t like, so I was a little gun-shy about forking over the $150+ for a Selle An-Atomica.  Then, after realizing that my rides were being cut short by my backside, and not my legs or lungs, I decided to take a chance on the Titanico.

You know how some people say that their saddles were comfortable right out of the box?  Well, it was exactly like that with the Selle An-Atomica.  When I plunked my butt down for the very first time, I felt the support and flex that I was looking for.  And previously, where I felt like I was sitting on the saddle, I now felt like I was sitting in the saddle.  Two thousand miles later, I’m just as happy with the Titanico.

Selle An-Atomica Titanico Saddle
The author’s first Titanico saddle mounted on his SOMA Saga commuter.

As mentioned above, I didn’t hesitate when it came to purchase a second Selle An-Atomica.  In the six months between my first and second saddle purchases, the company has made several improvements including upgraded chromoly rails, and a larger laminate on the Titanico model (formerly known as the Clydesdale).  They’re also offering free nylon gaskets to help reduce the squeaking that sometimes happens with their older saddles.

For more information, visit the Selle An-Atomica website.

10 thoughts on “Things I Like: Selle An-Atomica Titanico Saddle

  1. I just bought one of these and searched the IBOB archives and found this report. Do you still ride on a Titanico and still like it the best?

    My initial impression is that while it’s not worse than my previous saddle, I also didn’t get a feeling of it being the best a saddle could be. Hitting a pothole for example, causes the cut out to bite, which is an odd experience…

    So far my rides have been short and frequent, which would cause saddle discomfort anyway, but my butt just feels tired now. I ride about 60 miles in the week, split over 10 rides of 3 miles and 4 rides of 6 miles, which is just tough on me. I’d much rather just ride 60 all at once, so it’s hard to say if my discomfort is just from my short rides or actually something about the saddle. I was hoping that it would be a good one for 100-200 mile rides though.

    1. Yes, I still prefer the Titanico over other saddles. I’ve ridden/tested three different versions/models (pre-CroMo rails, CroMo rails, TruLeather X), and find that I prefer the more flexible versions.

      For me, the key to getting comfortable on the Titanico is to sit as far back as possible w/o sitting directly over the metal frame/cantle. I’ve also found that I need this “sweet spot” to be as level as possible. This usually means that the saddle’s nose is angled slightly upwards. Tension-wise, I’ve never experienced any “pinching,” even though I don’t set the tension very high.

      Hope this helps. Feel free to contact me if you have more questions.

    2. I have two Titanicos, both bought used. The first was ridden long and hard by a randonneur, and the screw was at its limit. As these saddles stretch, and you tighten the tension screw, the rear of the slot closes and can pinch your bum. I loosened the screw, then punched and laced the skirt. Then I had a leather worker widen the slot and skive (chamfer) the top of the slot. I have ridden a 200 mile day on this saddle and could not be happier. My 2nd Titanico is at the shoe repair shop now, getting the same mods.

      I would like to try a Brooks B17 Narrow Imperial, with the slot, to see how it compares. But with the above work, the Titanico is the most comfortable saddle I have ridden.

      1. I’ve been tempted to have my Titanico’s edges skived (not the slot, but the sides). Would love to see photos of your modified saddles.

        1. Ryan, I sent a reply to the Selle Anatomica general email address with a link to my Dropbox account. See you on the road, Kevin

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