Later co-branded as
Cinelli, these "plastic" saddles revolutionized
business; virtually all saddles before Unica being those of thick
nylon (plastic!) saddle to gain
popularity with the pro bike user..
Click on model
name to see illustrations of that model:
black perforated type
"CAMPIONE DEL MONDO" leather
covered (no padding)
Mod. 65/C covered with chamois leather (no padding)
covered with buffalo leather (no padding)
"CAMPIONE DEL MONDO" leather
covered, quilted type
"Tour de France", covered with chamois leather, and cross-stitched
#2 "Tour de France", covered
with chamois leather, softened type (padded)
"Tour de France", covered with buffalo leather, softened type (padded)
#4 "Tour de France", covered
with smooth leather, softened type (padded)
Thanks to Chuck
"The oldest/rarest Unicanitors (other than the uncovered ones that don't say "Cinelli') are covered in plain
leather and have labels in aluminum foil on the underside of the saddle. I have such a saddle and it came
stock on a 1970 Cinelli Super Corsa."
"Next come the saddles with no name on the back but with the logo on the side like all the others.
Also ultra desirable are the Unicanitors which have the legend "Cinelli" on the rear end in block
letters. More recent (80's) have the legend with the flying C logo in the spelling and have a Flying C at the nose
of the saddle. These ride just as well but sell for less as they aren't as "vintage" and aren't the saddle from the
"Most (but not all) saddles are covered in smooth leather, Pakistani buffalo hide or suede.
Some sellers erroneously describe suede as buffalo hide. There is nothing wrong with buffalo hide or suede
but most prefer the smooth leather. I own all three types and vintages and they all work fine. Prices on
Ebay have ranged from seven dollars to $525 for the foil label ones. ...... Also the old foil label models
are just a tad wider." Roland Porter
Unica 63 seat posts
Standard version with odd plastic plug compression...
in 1963, this seat post was a GREAT improvement over
both Campagnolo's 2-bolt style micro-adjusting post or
the steel seat pin clips for straight posts.
The two cap head screws would be tightened
independently. The convenience of this accessibility
compares to the traditional seat clips which used a
central axle and external hex nuts. But, a 6 mm. Allen
wrench was much easier to use than a box-end wrench
(spanner) which would need to be repositioned
repeatedly... Naturally, a ratcheting socket wrench
worked fine in the shop, but a hex-key was something you
could easily carry along in a small tool kit.
The single bolt on each side would grip the saddle rails
and press the cradles against thick plastic discs around
which the steel cradle inner frame will rotate to
provide an infinite range of saddle level adjustment.
The main section of the post is one piece forged alloy
with only the saddle rail clamps in plated steel. Very
effective and super easy to adjust. Especially nice
compared to the two top-mounted (and nearly
inaccessible) Campagnolo bolts... And, this mechanism
really does not slip out of position!
The Nitor 63 was really a VERY expensive seat post. ---
In 1963, they sold in England through Ron Kitching for
MORE than a Campagnolo post - and Campagnolo components
were always at the top end of any component price
These were very short posts intended to minimize weight
for racing, and although there is no "limit line" around
half of the 6" straight shaft is exposed here... which
is just enough for me to use on this bike. This low post
position was common for proper frame fitting of the
era... and just the way I still prefer my bikes today.
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