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Selle SMP saddles vs Selle Italia SLK Gel-Flow Saddle

Old 01-06-10, 08:57 PM
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Selle SMP saddles vs Selle Italia SLK Gel-Flow Saddle

I really like Selle SMP saddles, however, they are extremely pricey. I have one on my mountain bike, and one on my road bike. I'm building up a new racer, and will probably put my almost brand new Selle SMP on that bike, however, for my old bike, I'll need a new saddle. Now I can either drop another 200 on another SMP saddle, or 100 or so for a selle Italia.

How's the Selle Italia SLK Gel-Flow saddle and how does it compare to other Viagra endorsed saddles?
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Old 01-06-10, 09:07 PM
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i just recently got a brand new pre gel-flow SLK for free and i like it a lot. (i dont have many miles on it though)
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Old 01-06-10, 11:21 PM
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I haven't tried a Selle Italia SLK Gel-Flow saddle but tried others and haven't found any saddles that work as well as an SMP. Yeah they are expensive, but I think a saddle is probably the most important part of the bike. To me, the right saddle is more important than the right wheelset.

You might try an SMP TRK saddle. They are around $80.00 and might work for you.
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Old 01-07-10, 05:49 AM
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No experience with the SMP line, but have been on an SLK for over 100 hours now.

This is my first cut-out saddle after retiring my venerable (circa 1991) Sella Italia Turbo-matic 2.

Saddle was very firm at first, with slight sit-bone discomfort on longer rides....this has disappeared as the saddle broke in.

Cutout clearly works for me....no problems on the road with the Turbo-matic, but different story on the rollers..I'm good for a couple hours with the SLK. Thumbs (and else) up for me

As usual YMMV
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SMP Pro for me and my X-ball pain. You know full well it's worth every penny.
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If you find a saddle you like, I say stick with it, no matter what the cost. At least for me, finding the right saddle was a long, tedious process. No way I want to go through that again.
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gel flow slr's will start to bite into you at about 40 minutes in. they are horribly uncomfortable if you like SMP saddles like I do.
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Originally Posted by DXchulo View Post
If you find a saddle you like, I say stick with it, no matter what the cost. At least for me, finding the right saddle was a long, tedious process. No way I want to go through that again.

There's a lot of wisdom here. My saddle of choice is the SLK. I end up putting it on everything. I've tried all sorts of other saddles and just can't deal with them. Fizik's stuff just doesn't work for me, that's for sure. I've never used an SMP saddle. They might work. If you take a chance on the SLK, then just be prepared to have to ebay it if it doesn't work, or buy it from Performance and return it.
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I have ridden SMP Pro saddles for 3 years but switched to a Selle Italia SLC gel flow (nearly identical to SLK -which I haven't ridden- but a wider cut out that goes further forward and less padding) this past season. Bottom line I love the SLC saddle. It provides a narrower nose than the SMP and hence less leg rub and the hammock suspension of the SLC provides more give and better spreads the load onto the sit bones than the SMP Pro. I much prefer the SI slc and now find the SMP pro uncomfortable. Be aware that the slc (and perhaps other SI saddles) has short saddle rails ~45mm. With many seat clamps measuring 30mm this leaves little adjustablility and means you need to have a seatpost with just the right setback.

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SMP also makes a more economical road-type saddle (not as wide as the TRK) called the "Extra", and those can be found on eBay for around $70-80. They have the same shape and work great. Maybe one of those will work for your backup bike.
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