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Old 10-28-10, 06:19 AM
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Selle SMP saddles?

Anybody have any experience with these? Specifically the evolution, glider or stratos model. I have yet to find a saddle that I am comfortable on and yes i know everybody's body is different. I have tried an arione and a selle max flite gel flow and i am either going numb or crushing my junk.

Just looking for any positive or negative feedback on these saddles. thanks.
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I would suggest setup over buying more schwag.

I can get comfortable on any saddle at this point if the bike is setup correctly. You wearing biking shorts? Pic of bike setup?
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to answer your question specifically, i own and use an SMP saddle on both of my fixed gear bikes, one's and evolution, one is a composit. they look and feel almost identical, i dont know what the technical difference is between the two of them.

i personally think they are excellent saddles, and i like them because i can ride those bike with or without bike chamois, sometimes just in street clothes commuting, coffee shop runs, whatever. they work very well for me, and my road saddle of choice is the specialized toupe, which also has a cult following.

i will say that you will either love or hate the SMP saddles. the large cutout works for some, but for others has a double "knife edge" effect at the thin walls of the cutout, which may dig into your skin, or may not. as with all saddles, you really have to try it to know.

they are expensive.

this saddle is pretty easy to determine if you will like i think, most people report either loving it or hating it within a few miles of use. good luck on the search!
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I was looking at these, especially the new Dynamic, for my new bike. My LBS let me take a spin on a bike equipped with an Evolution and it was interesting. With just a pair of cargo pants on, it felt as if I was sitting on two rails rather than a saddle. It wasn't uncomfortable, but it definitely didn't support the entire sitbone either. How it'd do with a decent chamois over a long ride is still a guess. I opted to give a Selle Italia saddle a shot before revisiting the SMP.
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I have a Pro and it serves me very well. I spent the bucks on it to remedy 'pain' down there. While it has alleviated that issue, I do get a sore on the inside of my right sit bone ~ saddle sore. So I tend to shift a lot in the saddle during rides. It might be too wide for me. With this, I suggest you get a measurement down there to determine the proper width of the saddle.
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I had a Stratos but sold it - didn't suit me. I found a $50 MTB saddle that was more comfortable. Like any saddle it is a lottery if it fits you. The different SMP models come in a wide range of sizes so make sure you get the right one.

The big centre cutout is good for preventing numbness, but that counts for nothing if it doesn't fit you.
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Recently bought the evolution off Craigslist. My previous saddles were a Selle Italia Titanium Flite with gel insert, and the classic Selle Italia Flite. I really like the evolution. I don't get the twin knives or sitting on rails sensation that others have reported. It seems to fit me just fine. I've yet to do a ride on it over 40 miles but I should be doing that soon. I'm interested to see how if feels after a longer ride.
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Had a Glider.....never could get it adjusted right. It wasn't painful....just didn't work for me. Been using an Aliente for two years that is fine.
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I'm not ashamed to say it......I got the plus. I LOVE the dang thing. It's been very good for my private parts on long distance rides. And when the leather finally started to come apart from the seams after years of use I tried to get get one of the smaller padded versions. It didn't work for me though for extended distance rides. I ended up getting yet another plus version.

If you weight weenies have been trying to make due with the carbon versions of the selle smp then more power to you guys. But don't be surprised if they are uncomfortable.
Get the larger sized padded versions...especially the strike plus or simply plus as it's called now.

Swallow your pride and buy the plus. You'll end up being more comfortable.

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Old 10-28-10, 09:45 AM
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I have the Stratos on my Trek and love it. It does take some adjustment to get it right, but I have done numerous long rides (>50) and have had no problem.
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Always checking the saddle threads. My last saddle a Fizik Aliante hurt, now I mounted a sanmarco vintage regal. Did not tried it out yet but looks like a decent piece of gear. All saddles I tried until this one did not work for me. I hope this Regal will - but otherwise I will keep searching. I noted that a cut out does not particularly helps to relieve crotch pressure/thigh pains/nut pressure(!). All saddles I mean all recent saddles when mounted horizontal worked the best. That is: during and after a ride I don't have problems they all sat relatively well. However, usually after a few days I felt uncomfortable in the nether regions. I am now particularly looking for a flat saddle without any indent. I'll give the Regal een fair change this weekend. Anyway, I hope my search will be over...
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I have a Stratos and I love it. It took a few rides to fine tune the position, but it has been great (for me) since.
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I've tried the Selle SMP Extra (= cheap) and the Lite 209. They're certainly the best saddles that I've ever used! I tried numerous other saddles, including most of the Specialized BG line-up, and Selle SMP worked the best for me...
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Originally Posted by StalkerZERO
I'm not ashamed to say it......I got the plus. I LOVE the dang thing. It's been very good for my private parts on long distance rides. And when the leather finally started to come apart from the seams after years of use I tried to get get one of the smaller padded versions. It didn't work for me though for extended distance rides. I ended up getting yet another plus version.

If you weight weenies have been trying to make due with the carbon versions of the selle smp then more power to you guys. But don't be surprised if they are uncomfortable.
Get the larger sized padded versions...especially the strike plus or simply plus as it's called now.

Swallow your pride and buy the plus. You'll end up being more comfortable.
I also Have a Plus. I have owned or tried six saddles and the SMP Plus is the only saddle that works for me. I can ride all day without any pain. I just need a good pair of bike shorts. If this one wears out, without hesitation I would buy another Plus.
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I have the Lite109. I found the SMP's to be ugly and terribly overpriced, but issues with numbness persuaded me otherwise. It really does work to relieve pressure, and the rails don't seem to bother me at all. About the model, I would maybe suggest measuring your sit bones and buying the appropriate size instead of purchasing based on the padding. All in all, I would give it a thumb's up if you are having issues with numbness.
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I have been through a number of saddles and the Pro works for me.
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Originally Posted by 80vette
I have been through a number of saddles and the Pro works for me.
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Originally Posted by heresy
I have a Stratos and I love it. It took a few rides to fine tune the position, but it has been great (for me) since.
Got one of these off a broken frame, hope it's comfy for me too once I get it installed on the new build.
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I ride the SMP Forma. It has no padding—just leather wrapped around the shell. I tried the Glider and the Dynamic. Didn't really like either as the padding seemed to enhance the "riding on rails" feeling that everyone talks about. With the Forma, that's not an issue. It nicely cradles you and provides the support right where it's supposed to be. No numbness ever. I recently did a century on it and have no complaints. I can't say the same about the Toupe I used to ride. It was only good for me up until about 60 miles or so. Then it started to cause pain.

The Dynamic is the exact same shape as the Forma with just a little bit of padding. I really thought it would be THE saddle for me, but in the case of these saddles, the padding actually seems to be the cause of the problems for people who don't like the SMP.

Don't let the fact that there is no padding scare you away. Give it a try and you may be pleasantly surprised. I know I was. Anyway, I bought mine from Performance Bike. Their no hassle return policy made it a no brainer. Ride it for a month or two and if you don't like it, simply return it.
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Originally Posted by Farby
Anybody have any experience with these? Specifically the evolution, glider or stratos model. I have yet to find a saddle that I am comfortable on and yes i know everybody's body is different. I have tried an arione and a selle max flite gel flow and i am either going numb or crushing my junk.

Just looking for any positive or negative feedback on these saddles. thanks.
If you've got some numbness, then that can be an answer, albeit radical. Worth a try, everyone's different.

I have one (I believe a blue glider) with about 100 miles on it that I'm going to sell. It's ok for me but at about 20 miles I feels like my package is getting extruded through the slot. I've also tried, and find to be less radical, the Koobi saddles. Great stuff, and a little better with more rounded edges but same idea. That's what I have on my mountain bike but I went to the new Fizik versus saddles (the middle one, whatever that is called now) and really like it. built up on the sides for your sit bones but with a relief channel (not cutout) in the middle. That's a saddle I can just ride and ride and ride on.

The Selle SMP saddles take a lot of fiddling to dial in and they seem to like a fairly static position over the saddle - not much fore or aft movement. Just make sure you try one on a loaner before you buy.

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You will find a million and 1 prior posts on SMP saddles - threads by people who hate them, people who love them, and even people in between (although most people seem pretty polarized).
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I felt like I was sitting on a brick, so I sold mine with my old bike.
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I ride the evolution and have grown to like it. I wouldn't describe it as especially comfortable, but it's not painful either and doesn't cause the same numbing that I've had with every other saddle. It took me a good 3-4 weeks of regular (uncomfortable) riding to finally adapt to it, but I've been riding it now for close to 2 years I think and have been happy. I would like to try the other widths, as this one seems like it might be a little narrow for me, but I don't have the $ for that, so for now I'm quite happy with what I have. I'd say that it's definitely worth a try. See if you can find a LBS that stocks a demo or two for you to try before spending the money. Or find a used one on ebay/craigslist to try that you'll be able to re-sell without taking much of a loss.

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I ended up pulling the trigger on the an SMP last year. So far I have liked it but haven't put a great deal of miles on it. I haven't had any numbness, but the saddle is definitely firm.
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