Arte Selle, an Italian brand, has produced one of the best racing saddles for 2011 named Dakar Double. Its surprises include its weight and price. Weighing at 186g, the saddle is very lightweight while its price is lower than the competitors. For a race saddle, it is average being 130mm wide and 275mm long.
The nose tapers from about 60mm to 43mm wide where the rails mount. Its shell is quite flat instead of arcing from side to side. This gives the rider a level platform up front. Great comfort is provided by the shell and the decent cushioning from a middling depth of padding with Lorica covering.
With its tried and tested shape, the 2011 Arte Selle Dakar Double Saddle definitely feels great in use. Other features are titanium rails and carbon-infused base with a smidge of flex. With the Dakar Double, Arte Selle has successfully offered a lightweight, titanium-railed race saddle at a bargain price.