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    I Want to Try a Cheap Selle SMP

    I've been having terrible numbness with my Toupe Plus Comp. I am on the 143, which is what I was measured for. I've been measured several times at Specialized shops. Trust me, I've tried tweaking every possible way, and I'm ready to try something new.
    I've looked at Cobb and ISM Adamo, but I want to start with Selle SMP. These all seam to solve the numbness issue, and that's what I'm looking for.
    I did countless hours of reading on all this stuff last night, so I'd like to get some input on the cheaper SMP's.

    Model choices are:

    SMP Hybrid:

    http://www.biketiresdirect.com/produ...-hybrid-saddle

    SMP Extra:

    http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...ductId=1032458

    SMP TRK:

    http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product..._#ReviewHeader

    I am on a C'Dale Synapse, and since it's Florida, only ride on flats.
    I'm 6'2 and 219# and dropping weight.
    I can handle a pretty firm saddle.
    I would prefer to stay the price range of these lower-level models just to try the SMP, but I'll go to a Lite 209 or Pro, if these others are too soft, or whatever.
    Just looking to try the SMP style.
    If you have any experience with these, I'd like to hear about it.
    Thanks!

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    I don't think I've ever seen the words "cheap" and "Selle SMP" together before.
    I have a Selle SMP Glider which I bought via eBay from a shop in France.
    It is excellent, as are the original Selle Italia Flites on two other bikes, (one purchased new in the 90's and the other purchased used via eBay).

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    The problem with the "cheap" SMP saddles is that they tend to be heavily padded. At your weight, that might be appropriate.

    An alternative approach might be to find a shop that distributes and would let you demo saddles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsa103 View Post
    The problem with the "cheap" SMP saddles is that they tend to be heavily padded. At your weight, that might be appropriate.

    An alternative approach might be to find a shop that distributes and would let you demo saddles.
    Does anyone know which of the 3 listed, is padded the least?

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    try ism adamo road

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucd2016 View Post
    try ism adamo road
    Yeah, that's on sale at Jenson USA, and one of the saddles I looked at.
    Can you give me any details on your experience with it?
    Thanks.

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    its pretty nice. i had a selle italia trans am before and i would go numb after not even 30 minutes. the adamo has pretty much taken that away. it makes your sit bones sore the first few times which is good since thats where the pressure should be. some people think it looks weird but comfort is more important. you might have to angle it down more than other thats what i did

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