The Regale is an evolution of the Selle San Marco Regal saddle, hence the 'e', a classic that was first introduced in 1984 and has been a favourite of many pro cyclists including Greg LeMond, Mario Cipollini, Tom Boonen. This latest version keeps the same tried-and-trusted shape, but introduces modern materials into the construction to make it lighter (239g versus 369g), and give it a more contemporary look.
Saddles are very much a personal thing. What works for one person won't necessarily do the same for someone else, and this is evident in the vast choice of saddles available in any bike shop. There's more different shapes, sizes, lengths and features than you would ever think possible.
So recommending saddles isn't easy, but I'm willing to bet that the Regale will suit a lot of people. It's a shape that has proved to be popular for over 20 years. I took to it immediately and found it instantly comfortable throughout my first ride which lasted well over 4-hours. Not a bad way to break in a new saddle.
The Regale has a simple shape mostly flat with the tail kicking up slightly, a rounded profile with deep wings. It's very similar in dimensions to the Prologo Scratch which it replaced on the test bike. Viewed from the top, the profile also has some similarity with the Fizik Arione. Tape measure out and the Regale is 278mm long and 150mm wide. So if either of these saddles agree with you, it's likely you'll get on with the Regale as well.
The Biofoam padding is extremely firm but I didn't find it uncomfortable. It may take a bit of getting used to for some people. There's a small amount of flex in the carbon fibre reinforced plastic base and the titanium rails that provides a little damping when hitting holes and divots in the road. The Regale, like the Arione, has a long nose so there's plenty of room to slide forward on it, which comes in handy on very steep hills or riding deep in the drops.
There's no channels or anything like that, but for me at least the Regale doesn't need it, I found the comfort really good mile after mile. It looks a bigger saddle than many svelte race perches out there, but the main purpose of a saddle is to provide comfort and if that's what you're looking for in a saddle, don't let the slightly traditional shape and size put you off.
The Regale's Microfeel upper has proved hard-wearing during testing, and the faux-carbon corners are intended to offer extra resistance to scuffing. My test saddle, after a few months use, is showing the beginnings of scuffing from where the bike has been leant up against walls, but it's not yet enough to detract from the looks. Something to keep an eye on. The plastic rail clip is riveted to the saddle giving the Regale some vintage appeal.
Four versions of the saddle are available, this is the Racing Team, there's also a Carbon FX model which gets carbon fibre rails to help the weight dip down to a claimed 193g. The Racing Team model has Xsilite rails, made from a titanium/carbon/silicon alloy material. It's heavier at 239g than the claimed 220g, but it's still right on the money for a saddle of this type.
This is an extremely comfortable saddle, and for me every bit as good as the Prologo Scratch, which I rate as one of the best saddles currently available.
If you want a very comfortable saddle that looks smart and is used by the pros, then look no further than the Regale. A modern classic.
road.cc test report
Make and model: San Marco Regale Racing Team saddle
Size tested: Team colours
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
It is the REGALe, 'e' means evolution of a model that doesn't need presentations. Indeed, the new saddle is founded on the known REGAL, born during the seventies and used by the greatest riders as Cipollini, Boonen, McEwen, Lemond and Chiappucci. Classical inspiration, ultra-modern performances.
Racing Team version features a unique, 3 colour design as seen in use by Alessandro Petacchi at the Centenary Giro d'Italia. Patented non-slip 'Microfeel' surface allows small adjustments for comfort whilst still offering grip to power against. Dimples in base allow for thicker padding around the sit bones without adding undue bulk or negating the stiff, supportive base.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Dimensions: 278mm x 148mm
Graphics: Screen print
Solidly built but the faux-carbon corners are beginning to show signs of distress
One of the most comfortable saddles I've ever sat on, the shape is just right. Some might find the padding too firm though
The faux-carbon corners are beginning to rough up, other than that it's looking good still
It's not the lightest saddle, and ours was quite a bit heavier than the claimed weight, but weight isn't a top concern for me when it comes to choosing saddles, comfort is
As I've said before, it's one of the most comfortable saddles on the market. It won't suit everyone, but there's a good chance a lot of people will get on very well with it
It's a little more expensive than some other saddles but there are discounts to be had if you shop around
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The shape and style
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Faux-carbon sides are starting to roughen up
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
A brilliant saddle
About the tester
Age: 31 Height: 180 Weight: 67
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.