We always say what sort of saddle is ultimately an individual choice. What works for one person’s bum may make not work for another, but Selle SMP is determined to alter that with the meticulous study of riding positions and the functional analysis of the interactions with various parts of the body and the saddle.
Selle SMP was founded in 1947 and is just a true pioneer in the saddle making industry. Nowadays with popularity in over 50 countries, Selle SMP features a vast following of loyal customers. Perhaps it’s because Selle SMP has spent over 60 years perfecting the ergonomics of the saddle. Lifesteal From cutouts to curvature, they have studied and analyzed the intricacies of the body to be able to produce a whole product line that consistently strives for perfection. The goal is to create superior saddles that are durable, lightweight and above all, comfortable. Fortunately they are succeeding.
Currently the the top of Selle SMP product line is the STRIKE. The STRIKE series is available in a number of different designs to support each and every different physical characteristic a rider may have. Sounds intricate, but saddles are intricate. Each model in the STRIKE series has common (and patented) characteristics such as the original beak of the saddle nose. Each Selle SMP saddle is specifically designed to provide the rider a set base for support while sitting for those long climbs. The flat base of the beak also helps on the downhill slopes by offering significantly greater thigh control of the bicycle. The channel heading down the middle of the STRIKE series has wider dimensions than most cutouts you will discover on the market today. In fact, you can almost stick your entire hand in there so you realize it will be able to support all your soft tissue parts. Another serious problem cyclists face with each saddle is the specific seating pattern. The STRIKE series was created to cuddle the buttocks and the low part of the pelvic bones (the ischial tuberosities to be specific) to prevent squashing, squashing or else uncomfortable placement of the coccyx permitting gentle ins and outs from the trunk when the floor requires such a dismount.
Let’s face it, as it pertains to saddles, we are all concerned with this “soft parts” ;.Since our soft parts are the body parts that are in near constant contact with the saddle, and the soft parts are vital to ones’ happiness, a small grouping of physicians did research on the results of Selle SMP saddles on the genital-perineal regions. And we quote, “It’s the geometry with this saddle that, by redistributing the body weight onto the buttocks, the ischial tuberosities, the ischium freeing the perineal plane, prevents the squashing of the neurovascular structures that run medially to the ischial tuberosites. Furthermore, the depression in the trunk part prevents the coccyx from touching the saddle, thus preventing repercussions caused by the unevenness of the floor that’ll affect the spine.” WHEW, that was long winded and technical. Basically, in layman’s terms, which means that the Selle SMP won’t squish your privates.