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Selle SMP is it really worth the price to end the pain?

Old 05-19-09, 03:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Psyclismo View Post
Well, my problem is that I've spent thousands of $$$ trying to make my bike light. Damn if I'm going to even consider a saddle that weighs 400g, no matter how comfortable it might be. Same reason I'm never going to consider putting a Brooks on my race bike. Yes I'm a weight weenie. Sue me
Did I say that you should use the 400g Strike Extra? No. In fact, Selle SMP makes a number of saddles, which cover a wide range of widths and weights. You're using one of their lightest, narrowest, least padded saddles. Guess what? There are other models to chose from. Maybe a slightly wider, more padded model like the Stratos or Glider would work for you? If you're really picky about weight, you can pay an extra $100 to buy an SMP with carbon rails that's 50g lighter than the normal model...
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Old 05-19-09, 04:33 PM
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I am going to suggest that you may want to first work on your position on the bike. I was having serious pain and numbness issues in the perineal region and seriously considered trying one of the SMP saddles based on the recommendations of a few friends. However, before I bought one, a friend of my wife, who also happens to be a cycling coach, suggested that I needed to rotate my hips and flatten my back for a more efficient cycling posture (with no knowledge of the pain issue). I worked on that and amazingly it also took all the pressure off my perineum and I no longer have any issues.
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Old 05-19-09, 05:57 PM
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Strike Evolution here and I can attest that it's a '6hr saddle'. Haven't come across any others remotely near that time for my twins down there...
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Old 05-19-09, 05:59 PM
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Well, I just ordered a Stratos...we'll see. The deal I got is unspeakable, so I couldn't possibly say no.
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Old 05-19-09, 06:14 PM
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I have the glider. You may have to play with it a bit as the rails are pretty tall compared to my last saddle (SLR Flow) but its a good saddle. Very comfrotable.

Oh, and if you buy one, it comes with a great catalog for their sister cloths company. Reminded me more of playboy then a performancebike catalog.
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Old 05-19-09, 06:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Psyclismo View Post
Well, my problem is that I've spent thousands of $$$ trying to make my bike light. Damn if I'm going to even consider a saddle that weighs 400g, no matter how comfortable it might be. Same reason I'm never going to consider putting a Brooks on my race bike. Yes I'm a weight weenie. Sue me

You'd rather suffer or worse, not ride?

I don't think weight weenie is what I'd call you.
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Old 05-19-09, 09:12 PM
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I bought the SMP Strike Plus in 2007....worth every penny. I paid $260.00 for mine. Being able to ride pain free....priceless. Get your sit bones measured and get the correct width.
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Old 05-19-09, 09:32 PM
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I like mine. I have the Pro for my mountain bike and the Glider for my road bike.

The cut out works for me; I have no pressure on my taint, and consequently the saddles are very comfortable. Repeat: for me, not necessarily for you. I can -- and do -- ride for hours on them.

However, as other posters have said in various threads, the horizontal level has to be set just right, which involves a fair bit of adjustment.
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Old 05-19-09, 09:50 PM
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I had a SMP Plus. Hated it, switched to a Toupe, never looked back. YMMV.

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Originally Posted by bbattle View Post
You'd rather suffer or worse, not ride?

I don't think weight weenie is what I'd call you.
Hmmmm.. what's the little acronym I hear on this very forum a dozen or so times a day? Oh yeah, HTFU. I'll ride with a little sit bone pain. I don't need to sit on a 50lb la-z-boy to be comfortable OR happy. And I also *briefly* tried the other reasonably light models, like the Stratos and Glider, and they felt the same as the Evolution. Just too curved for my anatomy. I prefer flat saddles, and the Composit is perfect. It just has zero padding which causes discomfort on long rides. How about they make a Composit model with a little padding? How difficult would that be? And I don't need 2 inches of padding thank you very much. Add a level of padding similar to that of a SLR or Arione CX.
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Old 05-19-09, 10:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Dr_Robert View Post
I had a SMP Plus. Hated it, switched to a Toupe, never looked back. YMMV.

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Saddles are a very personal thing. What works for one person may not work for another. I have the SMP Plus and love it. I tried the Toupe and it didn't work for me.

The only way to know what works is to take one for a ride, a long ride.
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Old 05-19-09, 11:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Carbon Unit View Post
Saddles are a very personal thing. What works for one person may not work for another.
That was my point. The Toupe isn't working for the OP, but the SMP might be just what he needs. Where as in my case, it was exactly the opposite.

The only way to know what works is to take one for a ride, a long ride.
Too true. I found the SMP quite comfortable out to about 20 miles, but after that it became increasingly more painful. After 30 miles it was unbearable. I knew for sure that the Toupe was right for me when I did 60 on it.

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Old 05-19-09, 11:47 PM
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I have a Selle SMP Strike Composit. The only padding is the leather that covers the nylon/carbon fiber seat. The first ride with the saddle was 50 miles. The seat worked great. I could not handle the nose up position they recommend so I lowered the nose a bit before this ride.

I am eager to try the Selle SMP Strike Evolution to see if it more comfortable with a bit of padding.

I had tried the Giant supplied saddle and the Toupe and the Toupe Gel. None of those saddles worked out. The plain Toupe was second best.

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