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Selle SMP Glider experience so far

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Selle SMP Glider experience so far

Old 08-03-08, 09:44 PM
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Selle SMP Glider experience so far

In the never ending quest for the epic saddle, I've been led to the Selle SMP Glider. Here are some notes for you.

Stats: 5'9 about 153 lbs. Just a recreational rider, not a racer.

Over the past 5 years, it's been Brooks B-17, Spec Avatar then Alias, Selle SLK.

All have offered some decent rides but my own particular issues were numbing at times and a repeating couple of saddle sores in the same spot, regardless of saddle, angle, cutout, etc.

I recently tested an Arione, Aliante and the Glider. Reasoning that I wanted something radical, I opted for the Glider, not an easy choice as it is expensive.

It's taken me almost a month and several hundred miles to get this thing settled in. I think I'm close but it's been tough. I've done a zillion adjustments!

It feels solid most of the time, and doesn't have the flex that the SLK did. The SLK has been the only saddle that didn't seem to require a long break in period. The Glider forces you to the sit bones and I felt that in the first couple of rides.

But it has become more comfy as time, and tweaking, has gone on. Angle on this saddle has taken me a while. You have to ignore that droopy beak and work from feel. I've got mine set up on a Tompson post at 8 degrees. (Too much tilt and I felt like I was being thrown forward.) Yet at times, I feel like I'm on a hammock!

But....I haven't gotten a saddle sore yet! The saddle has a huge cutout and I think this has been hugely helpful in eliminating my issues.

I'm not about to post one of those "greatest saddle ever!" reviews but at this point, I'm reasonably happy with the product and interested in seeing what happens as I log more miles on it.
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thanks nesdog, just tried it too.

interesting that I have come to similar conclusions as you on the SMP.
"(Too much tilt and I felt like I was being thrown forward.) Yet at times, I feel like I'm on a hammock! "
I also opted to try something radical not because my other saddles were bad but wanted to see if I could find 'perfection'.

For me, it felt immediately comfortable in one position. If you tilt the nose up, it feels best lower the saddle and going on the sitbones. That is fine but I have my leg extension very specific and it also doesn't feel good on the drops.

I started level as suggested and it did initially feel pretty good, however it just is not comfortable for me once you go further than a spin around the block.

The nose is a tad wide, not disrupting my spin but did rub a lot on the tall sides. Although it did take pressure off, it somehow made my junk go numb anyway. That hasn't happened in a long time. I chalked it up to wrong tilt and it did feel better once I lowered the saddle a tad and made some tweeks.
However, it just didn't justify the cost and I have real reservations on doing 80+ miles on it. So it's going back.

If people are considering the SMP, I honestly think it can be the panecea they are looking for. It was not for me but if it works for you, the cost is nothing. Also, if you are concerned with the looks of it, I thought it looked great on the bike and somehow pictures make it look much more funky than it really is.

my previous favorites:
SLR (one of my all time fav's - once the shell starts staying drooped, it's time to replace)
San Marco Concor (nice shape, one position saddle)
SLK (I may go back to this one)

I may try the Specialized Toupe & Phenom. Unfortunate style, they look cheap but very similar to the SLR in shape and function.
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I just got the TRK to try out before I go for the Glider. Luckily I did a search here to find out more and came across your post. Checked on my Thomson that I'd just set up at a guess and it was sitting at 8.5 degrees so I'm hoping this will work ok. Going to try a 3-4 hour ride this weekend.

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