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Selle SMP Strike saddle reviews?

Old 12-15-06, 12:06 PM
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Selle SMP Strike saddle reviews?

Anyone out there tried the Selle SMP Strike-design saddle? They make a pretty compelling argument for it, but that's just marketing hype. Anyone have real-road experience using one? Thoughts?

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is that the saddle that needs viagra?

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I have one

I tired a Fizik Arione last summer. I came it a try for several months but it never worked for me. Although I'm quite slim, it seems it was too narrow for me. So my mentor at my lbs lent (eventually gave)me an old Selle Italia Flight Trans Am they had. It's flatter and a bit wider. It has been great.
I just bought a new bike and they put a Selle Italia SLK (I think). It's a bit narrower and I hated it.

So back I went to the lbs and they put on a Strike Pro (which is a bit wider than the Evolution. I've only had it for a few weeks and mainly on the trainer....have only been on it for one long ride. I like it very much so far.
On nice little feature is that with the downturned nose, it's a little easier to position myself with my lose shorts or a regular pair of pants.

But, as said, so far I find it very comfortable.
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I have a Strike Evolution. I rode it on my old bike for a few months and really liked it. When I got my Tarmac it came with the Toupe wich I really like too. I may try the Strike on the Tarmac someday but right now I am happy with the Toupe. BTW I did not have any circulation problems with any saddle I have ridden so I can not comment on that aspect of the saddle.

Hope this helps.
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I'm on a Fizik Arrione now, and I do seem to have some circulation issues with it. I think the Selle SMP design may work well on a TT bike I'm building up, since that downturned nose might be more comfortable in a TT position.
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i will probably be getting an smp soon.

My arione caused trauma to my genitals a year ago which resulted in misdiagnosed Torsion and the loss of my right testicle. My ball died as if someone put a rubber band around it.

i am back in the saddle and i do ride my arione now after having it professionally adjusted. I do have circulation problems on 25+ miles. I am desperate for a solution so smp is for me i think.
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I have the cheap version (Mens TRK or something like that). It's by far the best saddle I've ridden. I tried several different saddles--my changing saddles every month became a bit of a joke with my riding group--but this is the only one that disappears when I'm riding. i've been using it for six months and have no interest in changing. I couldn't recommend it more. The one I have cost $75.
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i bought the strike evolution for one of my bikes and liked it so much i got one for my other bike. the only thing that sucks about it is the price!
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I tried it because of pressure up front when I was in the aero position. It solved that problem but I found that it put too much pressure on the inside of my hip joints, so I had to return it. Now I'm looking at a Koobi.
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I have the pro, I love it--it allows me to bend over the bars at any angle without the "nut cracker effect" and it has two bumps in the back that match my ischial tuberosities exactly. I understand the evoulution model was created to prevent the pressure on the inside of the thighs, but I don't have that problem. Oh, by the way, it seems to be a total cure for any prostate/nerve symptoms you might be having.
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No personal experience, but here's a favorable riding review from cyclingnews.

https://www.cyclingnews.com/tech.php?...smp_strike_pro
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Originally Posted by botto
is that the saddle that needs viagra?
The saddle needs viagra so you won't!
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i recently got one - the evolution. it really makes a the full horizonal aero position much more comfortable. takes a bit of getting used to in a more upright position because most of the force goes through your sit bones. did my first long ride on it on saturday and found it very comfortable.

other points:
its not the lightest saddle for the money but it looks great and it very nicely made.
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Originally Posted by Jamtastic
i will probably be getting an smp soon.

My arione caused trauma to my genitals a year ago which resulted in misdiagnosed Torsion and the loss of my right testicle.
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My ball died as if someone put a rubber band around it.

i am back in the saddle and i do ride my arione now after having it professionally adjusted. I do have circulation problems on 25+ miles. I am desperate for a solution so smp is for me i think.




just the thought makes me wince..
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Been looking into getting one of these myself... the Strike Plus. Just coming off double hernia surgery a month ago and will begin riding again next week. After the trauma my jewels just went through I'm looking for all the help and comfort my hard earned $$ can buy. While expensive, my boys deserve the best and it's looking like this option might just be the limousine they're waiting for.
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It is one awesome saddle. I switched to one last summer and have had absolutely no problems since switching. As far as the looks, some like and some don't. I personally do but am more concerned over the comfort than the looks anyhow.
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Originally Posted by odl21
i recently got one - the evolution. it really makes a the full horizonal aero position much more comfortable. takes a bit of getting used to in a more upright position because most of the force goes through your sit bones. did my first long ride on it on saturday and found it very comfortable.

other points:
its not the lightest saddle for the money but it looks great and it very nicely made.


I'm considering the Evolution for my Tri bike. When you say "full horizontal aero" are you talking about riding in aero extensions, or just aero in the drops? I haven't been able to find may people that use this saddle for extended rides in the aero bars. So, I'd really be interested in more of a review, if that's how you're using it.

What other saddles have you used, and what problem(s) were you having with them that this one solved?

Thanks.

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My experience with three Selle SMP saddles.

I have tried three Selle SMP models for road cycling with a race bike and an MTB bike, in rides between 80 and 120 km (with the road bike).


Iíll probably order a fourth one (the SMP Plus), this will make four saddles.


According to my experience, the SMP saddles will remove the pain in the perineal region almost completely, but if you donít choose the right model, the pain in the ischial bones will be equally unbearable. The best saddle Iíve used so far is the SMP TRK MEN (very comfortable), the cheapest one of the range; but itís too large, so Iíll soon order the SMP Plus, of similar width.


This is my experience so far:



I got to a point that I said to myself: if I donít find a bearable saddle, Iíll stop cycling!.



It seems I need a broad saddle, my hip width is 109 mm, Iím tall (1,87 cm / 6 feet 2 inches). To know how you can measure your hip width, read below.



My pain with saddles appeared when my Sunday rides got beyond 60 km.



Iíve been cycling seriously for two years now, road race cycling for about 14 months and always was at a witís end with saddles, these are the ones I tried:





- San Marco Aspide (came with the Road race Carbon bike I have): Unbearable in perineal area and everywhere in my ass, probably too narrow for me.

- Duopower: One of those ďnoselessĒ saddles. Too narrow.

- SillŪn Fizik Wing flex Nisene Sport: Good saddle, but too narrow.

- San Marco "Aero": similar feel to San Marco Aspide.

These saddles are supposed to be ďanti-prostaticĒ, theyíre so to an extent, but much less than the SMPís.

- SMP Strike Glider (used in three rides of about 100 km each): My first SMP. No pain in perineal area, but the two spots where the ischial bones meet the saddle felt like sitting on two nails. The problem is that my sit bones (ischial bones) meet the saddle to far outside, near the edges (where it slants downwards) because Iím very wide hipped.

- SMP Strike PRO (used in six rides of about 100 Km each): Similar feel to the Glider. This saddle was still narrow for me. I noticed this when I transferred my SMP TRK saddle (cheap version, outer layer made of vulgar plastic) from the MTB to the road bike. It fit my wide hips very well. The padding in the PRO is hard, made of dense material, itíll be hard to sink your finger two millimetres.

- SMP Strike TRK (used in the last six rides): This is the cheapest one, somewhat ugly, but wide enough for me. Iíll soon get the SMP Plus which is of similar width and better quality.



I think the problem is that I have a particularly sensitive perineal area and that I have wide hips. My cycling experience is not long.



I measured my hip bones width by filling a garbage bag with two kg of flour, placing it on the toilet and sitting naked. When you stand up, youíll hardly distinguish the two hollow spots by touching with your fingertips; then used a tape-measure.

I also went to a bike shop and tried to measure my ass with an Specialized Ass-o-meter (this is the name, no joke) but it worked badly, probably because it was past its lifespan. This device is a simple band of a black rubber foam you sit on. I got the same measure as with the rubbish bag full of flour.
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I have the Selle SMP pro, and the Specialized Toupe (143mm).

I have only had the Selle for a month and still am not sure if I like it or not. The Toupe, is MUCH lighter, has a narrower nose (doesn't rub the inside of my legs) and has no padding (I like very little padding).

The Selle SMP Pro is a LOT heavier, is over padded, has a widder nose but does relieve pressure to the important parts. I would have liked one of the other Selle SMP models (no padding) but I needed the width of the pro (my sit bones are pretty wide.. ala measured by specialized's "ass-o-meter").

So, I use the Selle for really long rides and am going to use my Toupe for races, fast group rides or days where I do a lot of climbng and can stand out of the saddle more.

Your mileage may vary.
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Been using the SMP Strike for a year now.... the best saddle i've ever used. You totally forget your even sitting.
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Originally Posted by roadie gal
I tried it because of pressure up front when I was in the aero position. It solved that problem but I found that it put too much pressure on the inside of my hip joints, so I had to return it. Now I'm looking at a Koobi.
kooobis are hard on the ass but easy on the 'taint.
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Had one.. hated it.. it was WAAAY too wide for me.

I have a Koobi Ive ridden 3 times Ill make a you a deal on.
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I've been riding on the SMP for over 3 years now. Originally on the Pro and now on the glider but with my job I've gotten to ride them all. I too got to the point where my previous saddles just couldn't got the distance. After 20-30miles I was done.

For me the SMP line has allowed me to keep riding, putting in 120-140 miles in a day without the pain and numbness I previously experienced.

If you're having trouble determining size, check out our Life-Size of them - https://www.wekeepyoucycling.com/en/e-lifesize.aspx

Tip - if everything else about your current saddle is working, but you're going numb or having pain in your soft tissue - get the SMP saddle that most closely matches your current width.
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I recently bought a Selle SMP Strike Extra for $90 during a sale at Performance Bike. It's 100g heavier and $160 cheaper than all the other Selle SMP saddles. My schedule has kept me from doing any rides longer than 40 miles since I got it, so I'm not entirely sold. Still, all of the saddles I've used previously started causing pain around the 30-mile mark. Since I got the angle adjusted properly, the SMP has been great! Absolutely no pain or numbness in the soft tissue and only a slight amount of pressure on the sit bones by the end of the ride. A big improvement over any of the previous saddles I've tried...
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My new SMP Glider, great saddle/torture machine

It was a real pleasure buying my new SMP Glider saddle. My doctor and I got to talking during a routine appointment, and he said to me: "You ride a lot, I reckon. You should get yourself one of those cut-out saddles."

When I related this story to my wife, whose patience regarding my stable of bikes and room full of bike parts is wearing thin, the words were slightly different: "Honey, the doctor says I must go out and buy myself one of the best cut-out saddles money can buy! Honest, I don't want to, but it's kind of doctor's orders..."

The Glider, though, is really perplexing to me. Sometimes I feel like I'm riding on air: that is, on the most comfortable saddle I've every owned. And yet at other times, I feel like I'm on a torture device discarded during the Spanish Inquisition by the inquisitors for being too cruel and unusual.

My sit-bones are fine. In fact, they are better than fine. And my perineum (taint) is fine too -- no pain, no pressure, all's well with the plumbing. But after 30 km, the inside of my thighs -- an area described in another thread as the ischial bones -- are killing me. This is where SMP saddles meet the human body.

Now, I'm a pretty big guy: 6 one, weighing about 183 lbs. My sit bones are about 120 to 125 mm apart, and the Glider saddle is listed as being 136 mm wide, so I don't think this is just too narrow a saddle for me...

Anyone else have this kind of occasional trouble with an otherwise excellent saddle?
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