Anyone riding a SMP Pro saddle

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by roubaixjoe, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. roubaixjoe

    roubaixjoe New Member

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    If so what are your pros and cons?
     
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  2. Peter@vecchios

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    I sell 'em and they have a test ride program. Got a LBS that lend you one?
     
  3. bianchi10

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    not trying to be a jerk but dude this is your 3rd SMP post.

    http://www.cyclingforums.com/cycling-equipment/472462-smp-saddles-anyone-riding-one.html

    and

    http://www.cyclingforums.com/cycling-equipment/472570-saddle-width-question.html

    and now this one. we have given you several ideas/opinions. nobody can give you the answer. Buy it, try it and if you dont like it sell it and start over.

    here is what I told you:
    coming from a guy who was in the exact same boat as you here is my thoughts...

    -I too like the design of the SMP. The problem I found with the SMP is that there are several different sizes and options making your decision even more difficult.
    Here is a link that helped me see the difference between them all....
    Albabici - US distributor and agent for Selle SMP Saddles
    -I didnt have a LBS that did the SMP program, and only found 1 shop in a reasonable driving distance that stocked 1 or 2 of them. If a shop were to order one for me, I was told they couldnt exchange it out for a different one if I didn't like it since the demand for them is so far and few between.
    -I spent close to 3 solid weeks researching saddles and asking questions to everyone and everyone I could. All that research I did gave me the same answer...."I can't tell you, you have to try it for yourself since each person will have a different opinion." I found this saddle process to be VERY frustrating because there are SO many options it is difficult to know where to begin.
    -I was able to test 2 different SMP's and I gotta say that they both felt like I was sitting on 2 rulers on there sides. The edge of the center channel seems to be fairly ridged and I felt it to be uncomfortable (for me).

    I wanted a saddle with the "love channel" giving me better blood flow and less pressure to my peranial region. I gave up researching the SMP and ended up buying the Selle Italia flite (not the max) which is a 131mm width. I bought it in black so if I didn't like it my LBS said they would be able to replace it. I rode it for a week and realized it was to narrow for my sit bones. Exchanged it for the Selle italia Max Flite Gell flow which is a 150mm. I thought that was an extreme difference from the 131 I thought I would fit but it has been SO comfortable. I feel I made the right choice as I couldn't be happier with my saddle. PLUS I saved myself a good $100+! Check out the Selle italia Max flite gel flow saddle for a similar saddle but IMO more comfortable as well as affordable.
     
  4. roubaixjoe

    roubaixjoe New Member

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    Just an update for what it's worth, bought an SMP Pro and it is the most comfortable saddle I've had to date. I really appreciate all the feedback and info people gave me. And I apolgize to the "thread police" that apparently all they have to do is monitor what people post and don't have a life so again I apolgize the cycling community.
     
  5. steve

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    A guy I know uses one and is also very happy with it, they don't look comfortable :D

    Its not that the 'thread police' have nothing else to do, you'll find most forum website frown on members starting multiples of the same thread.

    PS - there is no need to apolgize!

    cheers
     
  6. knonfs

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    Congrats on your purchase. I've been using a SMP Strike for a couple of years, and I love it!
     
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