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Old 09-08-09, 01:01 PM   #1
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Salle SMP vs Adamo on hybrids.

Hi All,

Posted this on the road bike forum and was told to post it here (which makes sense )

I know that these two seats have been reviewed numerous times and that a lot of it is a matter of personal preference. But I was wondering if someone could speak to the suitablity of each for commuting on a hybrid bike.

I have a 40 kilometers round trip to work and back and ride a devinci hybrid. I really enjoy the ride, but I don't like loosing my manhood doing it . So I want to either get the Adamo or smp as they seem to be the most talked about choices out there. But given that I am commuting and the more up right body posture that a hybrid bike demands , would one be a slightly better fit than the other?

Again I really need specific information as it relates to a hybrid bike.

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Old 09-08-09, 01:22 PM   #2
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I posted on your road forum thread - those guys are ****** for throwing that back at you. If you hadn't mentioned it was for a hybrid, nobody would have ever know. ...go check out my response.
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I would try to get your LBS to grab a demo SMP or any saddle you might want to try out.

The Selle SMP Avant will be at my door tomorrow. I'll post up a review soon.

edit/ the saddle arrived.


comparison pic to the Bontrager Nebula plus which came as original equipment on 2009 7.7

I spent 1.5 hours on the SMP this afternoon. I lowered the nose 6mm from horizontal. I'll work on fore and aft tomorrow....it felt good with the 4 mark in the center so maybe I can leave it as is. Very well made...quality control stickers X3. Doubtful that this model SMP would be suitable for the OPs intended purpose.

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Selle does offer less costly versions of the SMP saddle with various dimension and padding options. So far this saddle has been tedious to dial in....but headway is being made.

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I posted on your road forum thread - those guys are ****** for throwing that back at you. If you hadn't mentioned it was for a hybrid, nobody would have ever know. ...go check out my response.
No, they had a fair point. I wouldn't use the saddle from my crosser (road position) on my MTB (an 88 Lava Dome - it has the position of a very aggressive hybrid). The different position alters the angle of the sitting bones and that's crucial.

Saddles are very particularly to the pelvic bones of the rider; there is only limited advice you can give. I got a WTB Speed V for my MTB because it seemed like the most generally ass-fitting saddle available when I looked at the reviews at mtbr. If it hadn't worked I've have sold it on ebay and tried something else.

Modern racing bike saddles generally have a poor reputation for comfort due to excessive weight saving, plus there's that position difference. I'd look ask the MTB people for advice - or look at the reviews at mtbr.
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The Selle SMP Avant will be at my door tomorrow. I'll post up a review soon.
This ($250!) saddle was scientifically design to fit the range of different positions a rider goes through. That means a rider on a racing bike, with the rider being what the road bike industry think of as a standard roadie. Meaning a guy 5'8'' tall who weighs an evenly split 150lbs - 50lbs for each leg and 50lbs for everything else combined. It might be great for you, but there's no particular reason to expect it to be - or to spend that much on a saddle.
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It might be great for you,
It been tedious to set up as noted above. I appreciate the attempt at a positive vibe though.
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This ($250!) saddle was scientifically design to fit the range of different positions a rider goes through. That means a rider on a racing bike, with the rider being what the road bike industry think of as a standard roadie. Meaning a guy 5'8'' tall who weighs an evenly split 150lbs - 50lbs for each leg and 50lbs for everything else combined. It might be great for you, but there's no particular reason to expect it to be - or to spend that much on a saddle.
You were correct. I thought I had this saddle dialed in (300+ miles) but 'numbness' becomes a problem after an hour or so. The seach continues. For now it's the OE Bonty.
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If you ride upgrade, a real world saddle is a Brooks B-67. Wide enough to support your butt and sit bones. Unless you do a lot of getting out of the saddle the way the pros do, you're better off with a wide one.
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