The Selle SMP Evolution Carbon Saddle features a revolutionary ergonomic design friendly on soft tissues. Wide cut-away and dropped nose relieves pressure and promotes blood circulation. Designed for comfort in all riding positions. Carbon fiber infused Nylon-12 shell. Carbon rails. 180 grams.
Weaknesses: price, takes some time to get the perfect position
love this saddle, best saddle I have had in over 20 years of cycling. Just takes time to get the saddle perfect, also if your seat height is wrong you wont be comfortable. You really need to get the 3 parts correct, fore/aft setting, angle, and seat height.
a Road Racer
Date Reviewed: April 7, 2013
Strengths: Minimal but still effective padding. Narrow saddle with ample room for nerve protection and blood flow. Very adjustable with lots of rail. This is a high quality product, the attention to detail is superb.
Weaknesses: Lot's of embroidery.
I've purchased 9 saddles trying to lose the numbness issue. ISM Adamo's have worked well but have very limited movement and left me with an aggravated butt because they're flat back there. The Evolution (SMP) has a channel from front to rear and gives plenty of room to move fore and aft. And do I move on my saddle! If I had a TT bike it would have the ISM but for a Road bike, Selle SMP is the bomb. Folks, if you ruined your "parts" would you pay $500 to have them fixed? Yeah, makes the cost of the seat very reasonable.
Similar Products Used: Fizik, Specialized, ISM Adamo
Bike Setup: Cervelo R3 - no BS just a great Road Bike.
Date Reviewed: April 6, 2013
Strengths: Comfort, long rails make positioning easy
Weaknesses: Pricey, but worth it
The most comfortable saddle I've ever ridden, with zero numbness or discomfort; many, many saddles were tried in the past decades, none totally successful. Persistent numbness has been an issue at times in the past, especially after long randonees like PBP and similar. With the Evo I've had zero discomfort, and am now going to have to buy a few more of them for some of the other bikes. I also briefly demoed the Stratos, but for some reason this didn't suit me nearly as well as the Evo.
Another great thing about the SMP saddles, for me anyway, is that the extra long rails mean that a fairly rearward position can be achieved on a bike with a steep seat angle and a normal seattpost(!), something not usually possible.
Although they are expensive, it seems enough people hate them that they can be had for a slightly better price in good used condition. :-)
Strengths: Looks cool. Bent-down nose relieves forward pressure.
Weaknesses: Numbness. Very narrow.
I've used this saddle now for several months, and am close to giving up on it. Ironically, contrary to its advertising claims, it is actually now CAUSING numbness - which is a problem I didn't have before. I have friends who loved this saddle and encouraged me to give it time, which I did. I put the steel-rail Evolution on one bike and the carbon-rail Evolution on another other bike. They both give me the same problem. I've adjusted to it enough that it DOES feel good the first 15-20 minutes, but then it gets bad. I can rule out the rail-width as being the source of the problem, since I had previously tried the wider SMP Forma (that one was awful from the start). I really, really wanted the cutout to have some magical benefit, but at least for my anatomy, it does not live up to its claim. The one feature I do like is the bent-down nose, which does eliminate some forward pressure. But the numbness is a separate issue. You have to make up your mind though - it apparently works very WELL for some people, just not for me. As for body type, I am about 175 lbs, 5'11".
Strengths: Comfort, anatomically correct, shape allows for all positions to be comfortable. Wide center channel eliminates numbness and pressure on soft tissues.
Weaknesses: Way too expensive
Absolutely the best saddle I have ever owned in 25 years of riding and racing. I have the Composit model with ZERO padding and it is still amazingly comfortable. The saddle fits almost perfectly and even after riding over 100 miles in the mountains I do not suffer any numbness, pressure points or hot spots. I have tried over 30 saddles in the years I have ridden and will never buy another brand after this - they are that good.
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