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Selle SMP saddles
Last Post 06/12/2014 08:04 AM by April Santinon. 7 Replies.
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THE SKINNY

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06/11/2014 09:34 AM
anyone tried them? i'm hoping to give one a try this weekend.
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
DonnaMobile

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06/11/2014 10:30 AM
SMP saddles saved my cycling life! Over the years (since the mid 70's) I've tried many saddles, and all of them caused me discomfort or serious pain at some point on rides. I started out with SMP Gliders, which are now on my 'cross bikes; my road bikes have Lite 209's. Various family members have other models. You see a lot of them at granfondos here in Italy, so obviously there's more to the brand than marketing hype--they really work.
There are many models, which differ in shell material, width, amount and firmness of the padding, etc. I hope you get to try more than one model so you can compare. It takes some patience to get the position dialed in, because you sit on it differently than you do on other saddles (and it offers a good range of fore-aft area you can sit comfortably on). It is recommend that you lower the nose about 5mm below level (that is, with a level resting on the nose and tail). I measure the height from the absolute lowest point to the BB. I can't give any advice on the fore-aft position.
The saddle was invented by a guy (from Padua, I think) named Riondato. He presented his idea to the "big" saddle companies (all in this area) and no one was interested. SMP believed in his idea and had the courage to risk putting it into production.
DonnaMobile

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06/11/2014 10:35 AM
actually, it seems that Riondato is from Bassano del Grappa
huckleberry

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06/11/2014 11:05 AM
Selle SMP saddles, like with Donna, saved my riding life, as I have mentioned often. After a nasty mechanically induced prostate infection from my previous saddle, I found the SMP.

It took me weeks to adjust to it as the pressure points are much different - which means they are not affecting your junk, and after 5 years of riding them, they are on all my bikes and have become a non-factor in my riding... Too bad they can't assist with my overall ride recovery ; )

I ride the Glider version.
THE SKINNY

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06/11/2014 11:23 AM
i've got a nice wide and firm specialized saddle that works for about 3 hours but what happens is as the ride progresses i start rotating my pelvis backwards to find a spot that isn't tender and that rotation works it's way up my back to my neck and shoulders. then my sit bones get sore and it's just painful after that. the smp sounds promising.
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
ChinookPass

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06/11/2014 11:41 AM
What I've always wondered is: how exactly is that sloping nose useful?
huckleberry

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06/11/2014 12:10 PM
Chinook - I don't know how that sloping nose is useful except for the fact that if the scalloped middle continued its curve without the reverse sloping nose, it would look even funnier...

Like a bowl for your nuts.

And having it slope down makes it a bit easier to dismount without getting hooked.
DonnaMobile

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06/12/2014 08:04 AM
SMP's site reads: "The nose of the saddle: the characteristic "beak" shape has been designed to provide a flat base for strain when sitting, for example when facing long uphill climbs and as help in descents, offering greater bike control using the thighs. Furthermore, the most important thing is that testicles are not pressed upward." For more on the design, http://www.sellesmp.com/smp4bike/en/ergonomy/designed-on-your-body

It seems that unscrupulous companies are ripping off their designs (a sure sign that the product is good)
http://www.sellesmp.com/smp4bike/en/the-big-enterprises
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