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Prologo Names Veltec as U.S. Distributor

Published September 4, 2008

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN)—Salvatore Truglio, Prologo’s sales manager, said European dealers would find a variety of new saddle designs from the Italian company when they visit its booth at Eurobike.

And U.S. retailers can now order the Prologo line from Veltec Sports, which took over exclusive distribution of the line in August.

Manfred Krikke, Veltec’s chief executive officer, said Prologo has an “incredible line” of saddles. The Prologo brand, introduced in 2006, was quickly spec’d by Europe’s pro pelotons and is now a growing brand in North America, Krikke added.

With its design center near Milan in the town of Cavenago Brianza, Prologo makes both road and mountain bike saddles as well as a line of handlebar tape and saddlebags.

Truglio pointed out that some of the best pro teams in the world ride the saddles including Team CSC, Saxo Bank, Team Milram, Team Rabobank, Team AG2R and Team Tinkoff.

Nicola Vernaglione, Prologo’s general manager, said, “We draw on an enormous pool of research and technology from the pro riders’ feedback in addition to our own advanced testing facilities.”

For example, Fabian Cancellara worked closely with the company to design his custom time-trial saddle, which he rode to an Olympic gold medal victory in Beijing. And at this year’s Tour de France, Prologo laid claims to the yellow, white, and green jerseys as well as stage wins and the top three spots in the overall team rankings.

Prologo saddle prices range at retail from 69 to 285 euros. For example, its new c.one50 saddle with titanium rails has very little padding and weighs 150 grams. It retails for 220 euros.

For cross-country mountain bikers, the newest Vertigo Nack weighs 162 grams and features carbon fiber rails with an aluminum filament embedded inside to enhance its strength, Truglio said.

—Marc Sani

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