This is the San Marco Mantra Carbon Xsilite Rail Saddle. The word mantra comes from a combination of the two Sanskrit words manas (mind) and trayati (to free). The mantra can therefore be considered a sound able to free the mind of worries. The Mantra is designed to offer the greatest relief from Perennial pressure of any saddle on the market. The arrow head shaped cut-out is designed to be the longest and widest cut-out in the traditional-saddle-biz. In fact, it is so big that it starts just behind the nose and stretches all the way to the back, with the widest point in the middle measuring an astounding 30 mm. The usable area is huge and provides lots of positions where the cut-out is effective which can be an issue with smaller cut-outs.
The Mantra has a carbon fibre reinforced shell (C.F.R.P.) wrapped in San Marco's synthetic leather which is both breathable and durable. The shell is mated to ''Xsilite'' rails which were created specifically for professional racers and are much lighter and stronger than titanium due to a high percentage of silicon mixed with particles of titanium and carbon. Featuring the Selle San Marco patented No Shuffle system, the nose is significantly narrower to reduce thigh chafing for those of us sporting a knee-in riding style. The No Shuffle system is designed to reduce rubbing of the abductor muscles by 85%. BioFoam padding reduces weight and lasts longer than conventional padding.