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Selle SMP Pro personal experience?

Old 02-04-09, 02:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Ruston Cyclist View Post
I used the Selle SMP Pro for six months and several thousand miles. The shape and firmness are to my liking for racing and training. However, the monogram sewn into the saddle hits right at my sit bones. The roughness of the monogram causes wear and tear on both my shorts and my skin. For rides up to 45-50 miles the saddle is okay. I do lots of century rides and for these longer rides the monogram rubs my skin right off!! About a month ago I noticed the pain and rubbing was getting worse .... the top portion of the monogram has torn right at the sit bone location!! This would be the best saddle on the market if Selle would leave the monogram off. I'm currently riding the Selle SMP Strike Extra. It's fair ... the middle gap is not as wide as the PRO and it's too soft. But it is monogram free which makes it rideable.
What year is your SMP Pro?

Does it look like this - SMP Pro? They changed the stitching in 2008 to a thinner stitch to help reduce this.

2007 was the year with the thick stitching.
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Old 02-05-09, 04:26 AM
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Good if you have numbness problems but no different from any other saddle; it's a lottery if it fits your butt. Didn't fit mine.

And I agree with Ruston Cyclist, that embroidered monogram sucks.
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Old 02-05-09, 06:27 AM
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smp pro

I agree its a crap shoot with saddles,that said dont be fooled by the width,the profiles are much different than any other saddle i've tried.I started with the glider then the evolution and finally bit the bullet with a carbon railed pro. felt ok at first no worse than anything else but after 3 or 4 40mi. rides i must say this is far nicer than anything i've ever tried.Havn't gone on any long rides yet so i'll have to wait to see,hope this helps and another comfy saddle would be the fizik aliante my second choice.
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Old 02-05-09, 01:51 PM
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I'll throw in my experiences even though this is an older thread.

I started out with the SMP Evolution but after 3 good rides, I couldn't get comfortable and always felt like there wasn't enough padding. My sit bones weren't happy.

I exchanged it for the SMP Stratos and absolutely love it! I wouldn't change this saddle for anything out there. I've done a full century on the Stratos and felt fine afterwards - no numbness or pain. I guess that extra bit of padding helps. It does take a few good rides in the beginning to get used to the new contact points, so don't give up after the first ride if you're in pain.

On the other hand, my cousin has the SMP Evolution and loves it. So, to each their own.
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Old 02-05-09, 02:16 PM
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I have SMP saddles on my bikes. A Glider on my road bike and a Pro on my Seven mtb.

I don't know if I'd want to own another saddle, that's how I feel about them. Now I just gotta flog my Brooks ti saddle, and some others.
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Old 02-05-09, 03:10 PM
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I ride the Evolution as well. I was initially leaning toward the Stratos over the Evolution, but ended up making my decision based on the fact that the older evolutions (pre stratos release) were made with no embroidery stitching, and I was able to snag one off of ebay in great shape. I WOULD like a bit more padding (this thing is quite hard) and adjustment angle is critical in order to not be in severe pain, however once you dial in your angle and pelvic position, the saddle is great. I REALLY wish that SMP would make saddles without the stitching. Who want's to add new shorts to the cost of an already expensive saddle? It's the #1 negative review out there, and they really should address it.

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Selle SMP Pro

My LBS had the Pro tester. At 148mm I was concerned about the width, but I've never tried a more comfortable saddle once my rear got used to the minimum padding.

I cheaped out and bought the strike extra, at a width of 140mm and with more padding. It's OK, but I've almost ponied up the coin to buy the Pro a few times. I have my eye on a set of Williams Cycling wheels, so it's a toss up.

If you can find a LBS with the tester, it's worth the try. No seat has come close for me.

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Old 10-03-11, 04:08 PM
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I love my SMP Evolution. It was a revolution in cycling technology for me.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nihonbunka/4086942084/
Before I bought it I could not use the drops, or even tri-bars without discomfort, now I use tribars all the time, and the drops for speed. Even with rock hard tyres I am not hurting. I think perhaps that the saddle numbs the flesh between the saddle and my bones so I forget I am sitting on anything. Unlike others, I don't notice the stitching. If I had the money I'd try a carbon because I don't think that the padding is important in my case. However, I generally only ride up to 40km, 25 miles.
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that would explain why you think that riding with 160psi tires is a good idea, if you only ride 25 miles at at time. you can tolerate just about anything for such short distances.
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Old 10-03-11, 05:01 PM
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Ah, yes. That is probably the answer. Almost all of my riding is only 25km.
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