Lean, but not mean.
Selle SMP saddles are among our best sellers and it really
doesn't come at a surprise since the brand has been building high-quality
saddles by hand since 1947. Discerning cyclists are attracted to its
lightweight builds, appropriate padding, and unique shapes that yield a
comfortable ride. The saddle we have here, the Men's Vulkor Carbon Saddle is
based on the Composit shell but drops the padding for those who prefer a firmer
feel and want to drop some grams. What remains is SMP's signature drop nose, a
design that might look bazar compared to other saddles on the market, but in
use, almost all cyclists that have tried it rave about the newly found comfort
and end up replacing the saddles on all of their rides.
This Vulkor's carbon-reinforced shell and fixing plates,
along with its full-carbon rails and minimal padding build up a saddle that
comes in at a feathery 175-grams. Selle SMP adds some raised stitching across
the saddle's cover adding a touch of functional grip and a wonderful aesthetic.
That cover comes in either soft, real leather on the black model or durable,
synthetic microfiber on the white and yellow fluo versions.
The Vulkor sits in the medium to wider shell width in the
Selle SMP lineup and the firm uses the cyclist's pant size as the recommended
sizing structure when selecting a saddle. That being said, if you're between a
32-37-inch waist size, chances are good that the 136mm wide Vulkor will work for you. It
does eschew padding altogether, so it's for the type of rider who prefers to
feel as much of the road as possible or just let your chamois handle the
The saddle's sloping nose provides a flat base to support
the ischium while alleviating pressure on sensitive bits, regardless of your
saddle to bar differential. The Vulkor also features SMP's pronounced central
channel, which further reduces pressure on the pudendal nerve and surrounding
soft tissue. The raised tail helps coach the hips into a forward rotation for
more efficient pedaling, a position that also keeps body weight divided between
the rear and lower part of the ischial tuberosity region. This shape also helps
reduce overall pressure on the coccyx while riding over rough surfaces so you
can sit in with the bunch and launch a well-timed attack over the pavé sectors
that define your rides or races.
- A minimalist saddle that doesn't sacrifice comfort
- Lack of padding drops weight for the racing set
- Signature drooped nose alleviates pressure on sensitive areas
- The central channel provides further relief
- Supports ischium and coaches hips into an efficient position
- Composite blend shell balances support and cushion
- Carbon rails further drop grams but not durability