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Comparing a comfortable, touring saddle and a light, stiff race saddle doesn't have to resemble putting a pillow and a brick side by side. It can, but manufacturers like Ergon have managed to construct saddles that focus on comfort without sacrificing a race-able weight by using effective materials and strategic shaping. The SMC3 Pro Saddle is a shining example of this method. It's the top-end offering in Ergon's mountain-specific SMC3 line. It's also the lightest, designed maintain comfort across a day exploring snaking singletrack or punching over rocky cruxes to maintain a gap.

Ergon sets the SMC3 Pro apart from its more budget-friendly siblings by including a carbon composite shell atop its lightweight TiNox rails. TiNox is a blend of stainless steel and titanium that's produced in a single, Austrian factory. The blend is actually lighter than standard titanium, but it retains the strength of the wonder alloy, making it an even better choice for racing kit like the SMC3 Pro.

In addition to brining the saddle's weight to a claimed 220g — 15g lighter than the SMC3 Comp — the carbon shell absorbs trail vibrations. When combined with a layer of Ergon's AirCell padding, the shell creates a saddle that acts as a reliable barrier against bumps and harsh trail noise. Unlike its siblings, the SMC3 Pro also boasts a silicone-treated nose for less friction on clothing, and it's shaped to reduce chafing and guarantee ample leg clearance. Like the other SMC3 models, the Pro is finished with a pronounced pressure-relief channel down the center to achieve a balance of support and relief.

Tech Specs

carbon composite
Microfiber Superlite, Alcantara
Actual Weight:
Black, L: 239g
Recommended Use:
mountain bike
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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No joke, bought this saddle, the SMC3 Pro, and ended up trading it in directly to Ergon, for the SMA3-Comp and that is one bad ass saddle. Did not even ride the SMC3 Pro, an Ergon Rep at a major SW MTB Festival (in AZ...) allowed me to straight trade for the other one, so in all fairness, I will review the SMA3 Comp in its proper place.

*** Addition to the above review, after finding out Backcountry does not sell the SMA3 Comp model (that was designed by old school Canadian Pro MTB'er - Richie Schley), I hope Backcountry realizes how excellent the SMA3 Comp is. I rode both during a festival over three days ( the SMA3-S and SMA3-Comp) and they both are super cush, shaped superbly, so you can move all around, off the back and back on, with no snaggin', hangn' up, etc. and after using it for the last year, it is the most comfortable saddle I've owned in many years. Being an older MTB'er, who 10 and 15 years ago used to put road race and tri saddles on XC bikes to race with in the original "24hrs of Endurance series" races, now that i'm older (mid 40's), comfort is king, but too much cushion is no good. The SMA3-Comp broke in nicely, the inner thigh area of this saddle flexes very nicely, not at all stiff, so you don't get chaffing, after longer rides of 15-20 miles or more. Super solid saddle, check one out if you get the chance.

Just in case you live in Colorado or California (yes, you Mr. Spicoli...), this review is NOT for the SMC3-Pro, it IS for the SMA3-Comp

Great feedback Michael. You are correct that we do not carry the Ergon SMA3-Comp but it might be something we bring on for spring 2017.