We always say how a saddle is ultimately a personal choice. What works for starters person’s bum could 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 human body and the saddle.
Selle SMP was founded in 1947 and is a true pioneer in the saddle making industry. Nowadays with popularity in over 50 countries, Selle SMP has 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 in order to produce a complete product line that consistently strives for perfection. The target is to style superior saddles which are durable, lightweight and most of all, comfortable. Fortunately they’re succeeding.
Currently the top of the Selle SMP product line is the STRIKE. The STRIKE series comes in a number of different designs to accommodate 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 like the original beak of the saddle nose. Each Selle SMP saddle is specifically made to give the rider a flat base for support while sitting for anyone 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 biggest market of the STRIKE series has wider dimensions than most cutouts you will see available on the market today. In reality, you are able to almost stick your entire hand in there so you know it will have the ability to accommodate all your soft tissue parts. Another big issue cyclists face with each saddle is the specific seating pattern. The STRIKE series is made to cuddle the buttocks and the low area of the pelvic bones (the ischial tuberosities to be specific) to stop squashing, squashing or otherwise uncomfortable keeping of the coccyx allowing for gentle ins and outs from the rear when the bottom requires such a dismount.
Let’s face it, when it comes to saddles, we are all concerned with this “soft parts” ;.Since our soft parts are the human body parts which are in near constant experience of the saddle, and the soft parts are crucial to ones’ happiness, several physicians did research on the consequences of Selle SMP saddles on the genital-perineal regions. And we quote, “It’s the geometry with this saddle that, by redistributing the human 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 rear part prevents the coccyx from touching the saddle, thus preventing repercussions brought on by the unevenness of the bottom that’ll affect the spine.” WHEW, that has been long winded and technical. Basically, in layman’s terms, which means that the Selle SMP won’t squish your privates.