Pink is only one of the signature colours of Italian cycling.
While the maglia rosa is the most famous of all, Bianchi’s celeste green runs it close for brand recognition.
Enter a limited team edition of Selle San Marco’s venerable Concor saddle in a shade to match the Bianchi Oltre machines beneath the Vacansoleil-DCM squad.
If celeste isn’t your thing, there are versions in the colours of Lotto-Belisol and Lampre-Merida, Selle San Marco’s other clients in cycling’s elite WorldTour.
And if you’re really choosy, you’ll also find ‘fluro’ and ‘Red Hook’ incarnations (our money’s on yellow for the former, and, err, red for the latter).
Selle San Marco’s UK distributor Madison has received supplies in all colours. They’ll sell for £99.99, the same price as the standard.
The Concor is no stranger to the Giro, having featured in eleven editions already, and unpackaging this sample brought gasps of appreciation from bike journos who’ve seen a few.
The limited nature of the colourway extends beyond the micro fibre cover to the rails, made from Selle San Marco’s XSilite (a blend of carbon and Ti), finished here in a rather elegant and understated grey. Its darker hue is intended to blend with high-end seatposts, apparently.
The base (or ‘hull’, Selle San Marco-speak) is made from carbon, a contributor no doubt to an overall weight of 191 grams.
A brief ‘thumb test’ of the padding revealed something a little deeper than anticipated from a perch with such an unashamedly racing tilt.
We’ll be conducting rather more rigorous tests in the weeks ahead, so check back soon for a full review.