I had been watching eBay for awhile looking for Unicanitor plastic saddles,
but recenlty ended up buying a brand new Cinelli Unicantor plastic pista
saddle from an on-line bike store. It has the bare black plastic cover and
the same type of frame rails as the one on eBay. I couldn't believe this
saddle is still available. I bought my first one in 1965. I bought my
second one in about 1979. Well, it's either still being manufactured or
someone has a stock of NOS saddles. About a week after I ordered on line I
got a call from the store. They said there would be a few days delay
because the saddle was on its way from Italy to the bike store. When I
received it, it was covered in a powder of some sort, but cleaned up nicely.
The pista model is a little narrower than the road saddle I bought in '79.
I'm really happy with it and thought the price of $80 was pretty fair. A
nice addition to my recently acquired '75 Paramount track bike. Here's
where I got it from:
No relation to the seller.
> The rails appear to be a casting.You can see the mold lines & the lettering
> on the rails was definitely part of the mold.Mine has had limited usage and
> shows no evidence of degradation.
> Nick Zatezalo
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> In a message dated 3/18/03 5:00:41 PM Pacific Standard Time,
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> > I've only seen one of these before. What's the story with this seat?
> > It looks really cool even if the leather needs to be re-glued.
> My recollection is the rails are either cast or forged aluminum. Were they
> rare because they broke a lot? There were some alloy framed saddles that
> made using aluminum wire that was the same gauge as the more normal steel
> wire. THOSE broke with regularity. I think this was Cinelli's attempt to
> an alloy framed saddle that was better than the break-o-matic ones. I don't
> remember if it worked, or just wasn't much lighter than the steel version.
> Stevan Thomas
> Alameda, CA