Selle SMP saddles continue to be some of our best sellers and the quality and detail are what you would expect from a brand building high-quality saddles by hand in Italy since 1947. Many of our most discerning customers are attracted to its lightweight materials, appropriate padding, and unique shapes yielding a highly comfortable ride. The saddle here, is the Men's Vulkor Saddle that's based on the Composit shell but drops the padding for those who prefer a firmer feel and want to further drop some grams. What remains consistent is SMP's signature drop nose, a design that might look odd compared to other saddles, but when riding, most cyclists rave about the comfort and wish they found out about it sooner.
This Vulkor's carbon-reinforced shell, fixing plates, and minimal padding keeps the weight low and its stainless steel rails boost durability on this 235-gram saddle. 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 color versions.
The Vulkor sits in the medium to wider shell width in the Selle SMP lineup with the brand using 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 padding duties.
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
- Stainless steel rails boost durability and resist corrosion