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Selle SMPForma Saddle
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- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
As usual, the search for a good saddle is tough. after a few years of the "just not there" feeling of normal flat top saddles and of having this on my radar, because just looked perfect at cradling.... i bought one, technically two.
The first one i got was the TRK gel, it was only like 70$, ( i didnt know how MUCH gel it had) when i got it, it was huge, sooo much padding i didnt think about it when i bought it, but this thing(TRK) was like a sofa, i actually had to lower my seat post it was so think.
i still rode it (knowing id get a new one) but it was like a damn couch, felt like a beach cruiser seat (thats cool, but not good for road riding obviously).
so i went back online and looked the "real one", the one for road. i saw the "FORMA"( didnt mention it was "cushionless") and when got that in hand and was like "ok, here we go... no padding, i guess we'll see". i put it on readjusted my post, and did a light ride(without bibs) and i was in heaven, didnt even need the seat to be padded or bibs... this seat will cradle you, straight up...just as the shape suggests.
As useless as padding is on a road saddle, this really doesnt need any, and im a big guy( 5'10 185-200lbs avg).
the SMP series has A LOT of variations, so be more careful than i was when buying.
now, i use the big sofa TRK version on my fixed gear now, for fuck around rides around town. ill post some comparison photos of just how drastic the differences are, its funny in hindsight.
Hard as a rock.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I have the Dynamic on my road racing bike and I have the Hell (Well) on my gravel bike. I bought this to try on my endurance bike. A lot of the reviews I've read on blogs mention that they thought this was more comfortable and easier to set up vs. the dynamic I didn't fin this to be the case. It is rock hard and my butt hurt after only 10 miles. A solid chamois isn't enough to make a difference. I'm going to go with another dynamic instead. I was hoping to like the Forma b/c it's a lighter saddle than the others. Doesn't matter how light it is if it's too uncomfortable to ride. I'm 6'0" 185. Maybe too big for this saddle.
Safe for long rides
It will protect you from unwanted vascular and nerve injuries.
Make sure you use good chamois since this saddle is hard.