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Old 01-09-11, 12:09 AM   #1
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New saddle - Selle SMP TRK

First ride with it today. 25 miles of great joy. I was riding a Specialized Avatar 155 which was fine, but this TRK was splendid. Can't wait to get back on it. Now if I coukd just find it in red and/or blue I'd be in bliss.

I got this saddle based on comments made here, so thanks to you all!

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Congratulations! I tested a SMP Pro last year for about two weeks, and I loved it, but couldn't bring myself to spend $250 on a saddle. This year, I'm going to have one for sure. BTW, why don't I see this model on the SMP website?

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Congratulations! I tested a SMP Pro last year for about two weeks, and I loved it, but couldn't bring myself to spend $250 on a saddle.
The Selle SMP TRK and Extra both sell for around US$100... They're a nice introduction to the SMP family. I used an Extra for about a year before deciding to invest in a Lite 209. As good as the Extra was, I found the Lite to be a noticeable improvement on long (50+ mile) rides; wished I'd spent the money sooner!
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Width is a big issue for me. Those narrow saddles might as well be the business end of a mace for how awful I find them to be.
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Width is a big issue for me. Those narrow saddles might as well be the business end of a mace for how awful I find them to be.
How wide are you looking for? The SMP Pro is 148mm, and the TRK is 160mm. From my experience in researching saddles, that's a wide saddle. Not questioning your needs, just curious about how wide you're planning to go. My fitter suggested 145-160 for me.
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That range seems right, 145-160. Two saddles I've spent the most time on were 155 and 160. I'd try the Pro at 148.
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Congratulations! I tested a SMP Pro last year for about two weeks, and I loved it, but couldn't bring myself to spend $250 on a saddle. This year, I'm going to have one for sure. BTW, why don't I see this model on the SMP website?
Best I can tell they don't make the TRK anymore but do make the Strike Plus at 159mm instead. Expensive, but I love the TRK so I'd consider the Plus.
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Best I can tell they don't make the TRK anymore but do make the Strike Plus at 159mm instead. Expensive, but I love the TRK so I'd consider the Plus.
The issue I have with the Selle SMP saddles is that the measured width isn't the usable seating platform. Their shell design drops off so steeply from the centerline that there is little difference in the seating platform on their narrowest to their widest model except for some additional padding where it's not necessary (like along the nose and midsection.) I tried the Pro and the Plus and felt no difference between the two, and couldn't use either.
Recently, I put a Selle Italia Diva gel-flow on my singlespeed and it's very comfortable. It's 160mm wide with a fairly flat platform, similar to the B17 I'd been using. Most of the Selle Italia saddles are like that, so if you need a wider platform in back, check out the Max Flite (155mm), ProLink (148mm), or if you're willing to rock a chick saddle (black/pink, says "Diva" and "Lady" right on the side) then go for the Diva.
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I ride on an SMP Plus and love it.

I got mine on Amazon for $180 or so. A vendor had a few that were listed as "factory seconds" or something to that effect. On mine, about 1/8-1/4 inch of stitching on the logo is black where it should be red, otherwise it's flawless. That little bit of stitching in the wrong color saved me about 50 bucks and you don't even notice it unless you really look... and really, who cares?
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Best I can tell they don't make the TRK anymore but do make the Strike Plus at 159mm instead. Expensive, but I love the TRK so I'd consider the Plus.
There are still quite a few sources for both the Selle SMP TRK and Extra, despite the fact that neither one has been listed on their website for at least 12 months. Either there's a lot of inventory sitting in warehouses... or they're still producing both models. My guess is that the TRK and Extra are made in the Far East, under license, rather than in Italy like the high-end models. That might account for why they don't appear on the main SMP website.
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There are still quite a few sources for both the Selle SMP TRK and Extra, despite the fact that neither one has been listed on their website for at least 12 months. Either there's a lot of inventory sitting in warehouses... or they're still producing both models. My guess is that the TRK and Extra are made in the Far East, under license, rather than in Italy like the high-end models. That might account for why they don't appear on the main SMP website.
So far I can only find them in black or tan, but am hoping to find them in red and blue. I wouldn't be shocked if they are made in the Far East, as the construction looks fine but not special or incredible in any way.
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Clifton, thanks for the tip. I may also look at the Max Flite.
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So far I can only find them in black or tan, but am hoping to find them in red and blue.
I don't think I've ever seen the TRK in red or blue. Black is, obviously, the most common color and I see brown occasionally. Think I've seen white once or twice, but not lately. If you want colors, the Selle SMP Extra is a better bet: I've seen it in black, white, red, yellow, and blue. Having owned a pair of Extra's, I can say that they're pretty wide though the TRK is definitely wider.
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I am male, 6'5", 250 lbs (more muscle than fat . I did exactly that, loved the TRK so I thought Selle Plus would be ideal. Didn't work. I took the Plus on a 50 miles ride, and it rubbed me raw on the inside (inguinal lines), the pain lasted almost a week. I previously did 50 miles on the TRK, so I thought I was getting very similar size, but better materials and built. They're not the same, so I ordered a TRK. In addition to that, I also ordered a B17, since there's so much hype online about it. Just received it today, beautiful craftsmanship. Clashing a bit with my sporty Cannondale Synapse SRAM, but I rather like it (honey brown leather). Whoever mentioned the Selle Pro, it shouldn't even be mentioned in a "wide sit bones" thread, it is a sporty, narrow saddle that killed me in 20 miles. FYI, my sit bones measure 137 mm per my cardboard and chalk measurement.
Edit: I started buying the saddles on Amazon with Prime, after paying for shipping for the Selle Plus and Pro ($15 each). BTW, TRK was $54 and B17 $130. I'll keep you posted on the Brooks, I already know I like TRK.
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I'm 275 lbs and have put just over 400 miles on my TRK, love it.
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Ordered one up yesterday for my 6'2" 230lbs. to sit on...

Coming off a Selle Royal Resprio Moderate that has worked very well and eliminated past numbness, although the rails are starting to loosen somewhat after 1000+ miles on a Cane Creek Thudbuster L-T. I recently built a new bike and put the Resprio on it, so I had to use the stock WTB MTB seat that came on my Hightower again. Oh what a PITA it caused on my last ride. Probably a great seat for aggressive riding for a non-clyde without numbness issues.

Now that I have two bikes, I decided to give the Selle SMP TRK a try. Can't wait to try it out.
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I bought the SMP Extra out of the classifieds here after reading all the good words about it. I have to say it is way better than the Bontrager stock saddle that came with my Domane. I have put many miles on it and have just about got it dialed in. I'm working with the fore and aft right now.
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I started my SMP journey on an Extra. It was great, but I found as I rode longer miles that it became uncomfortable. I then migrated to the Dynamic and from there ended up on the Composit. The uninitiated may look at the Composit and see unending pain, but that saddle was the most comfortable saddle I ever rode for quite a long time. As I progressed on with my riding ability, I found myself wanting to move fore~aft on the saddle, which the SMPs just aren't made for. These days I ride an ISM Breakaway because I'm heavily skewed towards track racing nowadays and just don't do longer road miles. If I ended up getting back on the road for longer rides, I'd go straight back to a Composit.

As for fit, saddle width, etc, don't pay too much attention to it. The SMPs sit you in a different manner to traditional saddles and so saddle width isn't the metric you should exclusively use. If I went by that, then I'd have never ended up on the Composit. I'm 6'5" and no lightweight, and according to general fit charts, well outside of the Composit's fit range.
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Put my first 20 miles on a brand new Selle SMP TRK over the weekend and not a single sore spot or numbness. Looks like a keeper! Have to get a 40 miler in soon, then up the distance even more...
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There are still quite a few sources for both the Selle SMP TRK and Extra, despite the fact that neither one has been listed on their website for at least 12 months......
Check here on their site Tourism
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The issue I have with the Selle SMP saddles is that the measured width isn't the usable seating platform. Their shell design drops off so steeply from the centerline that there is little difference in the seating platform on their narrowest to their widest model except for some additional padding where it's not necessary (like along the nose and midsection.) I tried the Pro and the Plus and felt no difference between the two, and couldn't use either.
As I put in in another post, this fall off from centerline is referred to (in Hogg's site) as 'tumblehome'. The Pro is particularly harsh in this respect, like sitting on twin peaks. I am currently riding the SMP Glider, and it is much flatter on top.
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The new Selle SMP Medium appears to be the same as the old Selle SMP TRK.

I can't see a difference in the Selle SMP Martin and the E-Bike other than the labeling...
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The SMP seats are designed for the rider to rest(!) weight on his/her pubic rami, not the ischial tuberosities. SMP seat width numbers may not help much.
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I invested in the Lite 209. I love it.
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Hot damn I'm tired of numb nuts after 15 minutes on the seat

Just ordered the planet bike ARS seat for my hybrid when I ride with the wife tooling around the hood

And a selle pro
And a selle trk
Would have ordered an evolution too but they are sold out.
Didn't want to spend that much but i want to end the search
Probably going to buy a brooks if these don't pass muster
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