RLS: two shells are better than one

Cheaper, more sustainable, more resistant and shock absorbing

Selle Repente has always made innovation one of its strong points. The main “trademark” of the Vicenza company is RLS technology, a new concept of saddle structure.

The Prime 3.0, Spyd 3.0 and Artax saddles are made of two overlapping and matching shells, one in the base, one in the applied cover with padding. In the event of damage, you can replace only one of the two parts, with considerable economic savings and the advantage of maintaining the position on the bike unchanged. Simply unscrew three screws, replace and screw in the three new screws provided in the kit. Cheaper and more sustainable, as waste materials are significantly reduced.

The covers of the three models (available in multiple widths) are interchangeable with each other.

RLS also has other advantages. The joint action of the two bases increases the overall resistance of the saddle structure and allows you to control flexions due to irregularities in the ground with a contrast adequate to the intensity of the stresses.

Saddles equipped with this technology support the normal lateral oscillations of the body, while still guaranteeing maximum pedaling effectiveness.

To make the structure non-deformable over time, Repente reinforces the PA12 thermoplastic resin not with common carbon fragments, but with long carbon fibers. Thanks to a particular injection process, these form a sort of weave that increases the resistance of the saddle.

Lightness also benefits: with higher quality materials, high-performance saddles are obtained with lower thicknesses than those of a composite with less advanced reinforcement.

The RLS technology was perfected by Repente also thanks to the collaboration with various professional teams, including Caja Rural and Bingoal WB. The Walloon team has been using Repente saddles for three years. There could not have been a better test for the RLS, given that Bingoal WB regularly takes part in the great Northern classics (Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Flèche Wallonne, Liège, etc.). According to the riders’ feedback, the Repente saddles passed the cobblestone test very well.

Generally our production costs are higher than average, but this allows us to offer our customers a high-level product – explains Massimo Farronato, general manager of Repente -. It is a path in the name of quality that we have undertaken from the beginning and which we want to be the hallmark of our company».