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Old 05-12-10, 10:52 PM   #1
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PSA: Brooks Killer -> SMP Saddle

10 hours or 150 miles is about enough for me, but I like spending extended time in the drops with intervals between cruising and spinning. The Selle SMP saddle is a gift from the gods, that's my two cents. If you think your saddle is a limiting factor, you might try one of these. I can't believe how..normal..things feels after all day riding.
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Old 05-13-10, 02:32 AM   #2
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I have a Brooks B17 and can spend the 90 hours of a 1200K in that saddle. If you think your saddle is a limiting factor, you might try the Brooks B17.
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Old 05-13-10, 09:15 AM   #3
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I have a Brooks B17 and can spend the 90 hours of a 1200K in that saddle. If you think your saddle is a limiting factor, you might try the Brooks B17.
+1 on the B17. 'Sides, the SMP doesn't even LOOK like a real saddle - more like it sat in a hot car too long and melted.

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I know people who ride the SMP and love it. It's much too wide for my narrow crotch. I can't ride a Brooks, either. Every butt needs a different saddle.
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I know people who ride the SMP and love it. It's much too wide for my narrow crotch. I can't ride a Brooks, either. Every butt needs a different saddle.
Looks like it comes in multiple widths...the narrowest at 129mm, the widest being like 159mm, which is essentially the same width as a Brooks Team Pro.
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Looks like it comes in multiple widths...the narrowest at 129mm, the widest being like 159mm, which is essentially the same width as a Brooks Team Pro.
Yes, the sitbones part comes in various widths. My problem with most of these saddles-with-a-hole-in-them is that the hole has to be yea wide to do what it's supposed to do, and then the saddle structure on either side of the hole is also yea wide, all depending on the manufacturers fantasy about the male anatomy. For me, this usually adds up to too wide to fit between my upper thighs without getting friction sores. Maybe I have big hams or something. I don't know. The SMP is the worst saddle in this way that I've tried. I tried a narrow one. The width of the back part doesn't affect the width of the front part very much. I really, really wish I could ride a saddle with no cutout, because then it would all be easy, but I can't. My sitbones must not stick down as far as most folks, while the rest of me does.

I have the same problem even with a narrow Specialized Toupe. It's just shaped wrong and cuts my upper thighs. I thought it would be OK, so I rode a century on it first ride, but nope. I also tried a medium, same result.
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I have a Brooks B17 and can spend the 90 hours of a 1200K in that saddle. If you think your saddle is a limiting factor, you might try the Brooks B17.
I have regular and narrow B-17s, broken in. My comment was about riding the drops, which the B-17 isn't made for...and I don't think that's even an argument here. So, simply stated, the SMP is the best saddle I've found for extended time / all day riding in the drops.
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I have regular and narrow B-17s, broken in. My comment was about riding the drops, which the B-17 isn't made for...and I don't think that's even an argument here. So, simply stated, the SMP is the best saddle I've found for extended time / all day riding in the drops.
Good point. I did a 600 mile ride with a guy a few years ago who had just gotten an SMP saddle and was totally and completely thrilled with it.
I have a B17 on my distance bike...thing is, the way it is shaped to make it comfortable for drops, especially if you have 3 inches or more of drop from saddle to bar tops, you have to tilt it down, then if you are riding on the tops or hoods, you keep slipping forward.
I love the B17, but it is not so good for an agressive position on a road bike.
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