Selle SMP Evolution Saddles

4.51/5 (41 Reviews)
MSRP : $280.00

Product Description

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.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Adrian

Date Reviewed: November 4, 2013

Strengths:    shape, length of rails, cut out.

Weaknesses:    price, takes some time to get the perfect position

Bottom Line:   
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.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris Bishop 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.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Price Paid:    $170.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Fizik, Specialized, ISM Adamo

Bike Setup:   Cervelo R3 - no BS just a great Road Bike.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by satanas

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2013

Strengths:    Comfort, long rails make positioning easy

Weaknesses:    Pricey, but worth it

Bottom Line:   
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. :-)

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by iploya a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2011

Strengths:    Looks cool. Bent-down nose relieves forward pressure.

Weaknesses:    Numbness. Very narrow.

Bottom Line:   
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".

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Favorite Ride:   .

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   SMP Forma.

Bike Setup:   Conventional road setup.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by TheronC a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: February 9, 2011

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

Bottom Line:   
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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Favorite Ride:   Corestates!

Price Paid:    $210.00

Purchased At:   Masherz

Similar Products Used:   Selle Italia, Fizik, Selle San Marco

Bike Setup:   Specialized Tarmac Pro, Campy Chorus, Mavic Ksyrium SL, Speedplay

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