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Terry Fly TI Review

A sweet cut-out model with generous padding and a sleek racing design.
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Price:  $164 List | $163.95 at Amazon
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Pros:  Relieves pressure, good price, texture prevents slip
Cons:  Saddle can stick, excess padding, pricey
Manufacturer:   Terry
By Ryan Baham ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Aug 2, 2018
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  • Comfort - 30% 8
  • Performance - 30% 8
  • Versatility - 20% 8
  • Durability - 10% 6
  • Weight - 10% 8

Our Verdict

The Terry Fly TI was a real pleasure to ride. It hits all the right points in padding, structure, cover design, and material, and it's a favorite among those in the business of prescribing saddles, as the company notes on its site. It uses an anatomical cut-out and a good deal of cushioning to relieve pressure and make those longer slogs more bearable; a sleek, narrow footprint is also maintained to make sure your pistons are free when you slide to the front and lock in to respond to an attack or slam back down to sustain your own.


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Pros Relieves pressure, good price, texture prevents slipLightweight, comfortable, durableLightweight, supportive, comfortable on long ridesLightweight, comfortable, reasonably pricedHuge pressure relief channel, supports variable riding positions, good for long rides
Cons Saddle can stick, excess padding, priceyNo anatomic relief channel, lacks versatilityNo pressure relief channel, limited colorsUnique shape may not be for everyonePricey, can alter riding form, can cause pressure points
Bottom Line A sweet cut-out model with generous padding and a sleek racing design.A high-end, ultra lightweight racing saddle that blends comfort and performance.A comfortable, affordable saddle great for long-distance cruising.A high-performing saddle that provides lightweight comfort and a unique design.A unique saddle that maximizes anatomic relief and minimizes pressure on long rides.
Rating Categories Terry Fly TI Fabric Scoop Fizik Aliante Gamma Kium Prologo Dimension Selle SMP Pro
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Specs Terry Fly TI Fabric Scoop Fizik Aliante... Prologo Dimension Selle SMP Pro
Dimensions L 277 mm, W 140mm L 282 mm, W 142 mm L 265 mm, W 142 mm L 245 mm, W 143 mm L 278 mm, W 148 mm
Weight (grams) 236 g 195 g 252 g 191 g 337 g
Target Use (mountain, road, etc.) Road Road Road Road, Mountain, Cyclocross Road
Rail Material 316 Titanium alloy Carbon fiber Alloy Tirox Steel
Seat Cover Material Leather Waterproof microfiber Synthetic Microfiber Leather
Shell Material Unspecified Composite Nylon, PU foam Nylon Carbon Reinforced with Twin Flex™ center Light foam Nylon, Carbon Reinforced
Anatomical Cut Out or Channel Yes, cut out No No Yes, full cut out Yes, full cut out

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Terry Fly TI didn't win any of our top awards, but that doesn't mean it's not the right saddle for you. It's still a solid saddle and ranks among the best.

Performance Comparison


The Fly Ti was great on shorter rides in the 90-minute range, and its narrow nose made sitting up front to sustain efforts more palatable. Riders that need a little more cushion and the cut-out relief will also get a lot of enjoyment out of this saddle.

Comfort


The Fly Ti has a few things going for it in the comfort category. It has a healthy layer of multi-density injection molded foam to help transfer power while maintaining cushion. It's a bit firmer in the rear to help with energy transfer and a bit cushier in the front to mitigate tissue damage. It's especially important and helpful to have that front give because it also has a cut-away in the center to avoid perineal pressure.

It's among the most comfortable seats in our lineup, but its narrowness and padding can be a bit oppressive on longer rides and grinding climbs in the saddle. If you want something more traditional for longer rides, we suggest looking at the Top Pick for Cruising winner, the Fizik Aliante Gamma Kium. If you want to keep the cut-out design, you might also like the Editors' Choice Selle SMP Pro.

Performance


Power transfer was pretty solid with this model, but there's no way around the extra padding, which seems to sap a bit of energy and can be slightly more noticeable when you're kicking out the wattage. That's partially girded by using 316Ti (a titanium alloy of 316 stainless steel popular in Germany and Eastern Europe, used for its corrosion resistance) affixed to a rigid composite shell that transfers into the frame to give you a feeling of natural, responsive control. It has a good deal more flex than some of the other models, which can also deflate you a bit on efforts, but it's pretty forgiving when just motoring around. A comparable model that performs a bit better and has more rigidity is the Selle SMP Pro. For a more traditional saddle, take a look at the Fizik Aliante Gamma Kium. If you're looking for a pure racing saddle, we like the Fabric Scoop Flat Pro.

Durability


The Fly Ti uses premium materials like its textured leather, injection-molded foam, and 316Ti railing to deliver a long-lasting product. Its cover binding is fairly well protected, though it's vulnerable to wear and corner tears because it's simply glued down, so once a flap starts to come undone, it can progress pretty easily. But barring repeated blunt trauma to the corners and nose, the Fly Ti cover should last quite a few seasons. It's also worth noting that the extra cushy foam, irrespective of quality, may wear down more noticeably than would a firmer cushion.

The Terry Fly's cover is secured to the shell with glue  which means it can more easily separate.
The Terry Fly's cover is secured to the shell with glue, which means it can more easily separate.

As you might expect, the models that are going to be more durable also tend to have less to them. The Fabric Scoop Flat Pro is basically just a well-shaped lightly padded brick with tensile strength.

Versatility


The TI has a pretty universal design. It includes a good deal of padding along the nose and center while its footprint skews to the slimmer racing side. It feels pretty good on spins under two hours, but the padding can start to be too much on longer rides. However, the generous padding along the narrow nose is appreciated when holding on for dear life, trying not to get dropped from chase groups. The padding and flex are a bit of a mixed bag on climbs.

For seated rollers, they're great, but those longer slogs can wear on your tail, especially if it's a grinding climb with a steep grade. Some riders might appreciate touring in this saddle, but they'd probably be happier on something with a little more width. Overall, most riders should be happy with its range of high performance. If you need something that displays the full range of road applications and want a little more distance and support, we suggest looking at the Fizik Aliante Gamma Kiumk.

Weight


At 236 grams, the Fly TI is a pretty light piece of equipment. It's not the featheriest bit of gear, but it certainly has more flex and cushion than the lighter saddles. If weight is your be-all, we suggest looking at the Fabric Scoop Pro Flat, but given its high quality and unique cut-out design, we think this is one of the best saddles for its weight.

The Terry Fly Ti comes in at a very respectable 236g.
The Terry Fly Ti comes in at a very respectable 236g.

Value


For those in need of perineal relief and a bit of cushioning, the price is not an exorbitant ask. If you don't particularly need the cut-out design and cushioning, there might be other saddles that would better suit you and your budget.

Conclusion


The Fly was our go-to saddle on short, fast rides. Its narrow design and cushy padding made it easy to get down in the drops on efforts, and its flexible body was quite forgiving on the dodgy roads and rough aggregate you get out on the little county roads. For longer rides, we preferred a few of the other saddles like the Selle SMP Pro for harder rides and the Aliante Gamma Kium for cruising and base miles. All in all, we think most riders will be happy with the Fly, especially if they need the anatomical relief provided by a cut-out, but there are other options, particularly if you are willing to shell out for premium models.

The Terry Fly is great for short  fast  hard rides.
The Terry Fly is great for short, fast, hard rides.


Ryan Baham