The Selle SMP Glider Carbon Rail Saddle delivers comfort at a feather weight. Wide cut-away with dropped nose relieves pressure on soft tissues and promotes blood circulation. Designed to be comfortable in all riding positions. Carbon fiber infused nylon-12 shell. Foamed elastomer padding. Nap Leather cover. Carbon Rails. 210 grams.
Strengths: Comfort. Eliminates numbness and pain. Attractive. Available in four colors. Very nice finish.
Weaknesses: Extremely dependent on proper set up and fit.If not exactly in the proper alignment, it will be rather uncomfortable. Definite break-in period, and time required to get used to this saddle.
I first found out about this saddle when I had a dynamic performance fit at a local bike shop when shopping this winter for a new ride. The saddle on the rig was the SMP Glider. It was very comfortable. I decided right then that no matter what frame and components I bought, the saddle would be the SMP Glider. When I first took delivery of my bike, the Glider had not come in so they put a temporary saddle for a week. When the saddle arrived, the shop owner put the saddle on without any other adjustments or compensating for differences in saddle size and position. This was a mistake. I had discomfort right away. I fiddled around with position, but couldnt' get it right. I was discouraged and almost returned the saddle. I brought the bike in for a fitting with the new saddle. Dave at International Bicycle Center spent an hour with me and my bike on a stand taking measurements, making adjustments, and really getting the saddle in the proper position for me. He noted that my left peddle cleat was 2 mm inboard and 1 mm too far forward, giving me an asymmetrical cadence. Once all these adjustments were made, the saddle suddenly lost all discomfort, and has been comfortable on rides as long as 88 miles.
There is a definite learning curve. It is different having one's weight spread over a whole saddle, vs. concentrated on two sit bones. With all your weight concentrated on just those two spots, those spots must be in the proper position. It makes all the difference in the world.
With the proper set up, I really love this saddle. I will probably not ride any other saddle. As a 60+ year old diabetic, I am worried about vascular damage or injury. I feel I can rest assured with this saddle that it is unlikely to occur.
Strengths: Comfortable yet firm, perfect fit, light(ish), long rails, no chafing, no numbness, fit and forget
Weaknesses: MUST get the seat aligned absolutely parallel to the ground for maximum comfort - use a spirit level.
The Glider is the perfect balance for me in the SMP range. Having tried the Pro with its rounded profile, and the chunky Avant with its flat seat and heavily padded nose, the Glider works best for me due to its flattish profile, providing a much better match for my sit bones than the Pro, and has a slim, lightly padded nose, which ensures no rubbing or chafing. Numbness is a thing of the past with the large cutout dissecting the seat along most of its length. Padding is just right: firm, supportive, comfortable, no squishiness. Really long seat rails mean that possibilities for adjustment are infinite, and may help absorb bumps and road shock. I am 6 ft tall and 87 kg.
Wide range of sizes in the brand
Weaknesses: Other than the price none for me.
I can't say enough good things about thios saddle. I have ridden it on several 100+ rides, including the Assault on Mt Mitchell and Bridge to Bridge. I recently decided to try another saddle, don't ask why, and after several tried and lots of money lost I came right back to the SMP. I must say I did make a lot of people on ebay very happy. I know saddles are a very personal thing but if you have had trouble in the past give this one a try. Yes, it's expensive. Yes, it's worth it.
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I've got a like new Selle Italia Turbomatic Team Edition Gel Flow (w/Cutout) w/Carbon Rails... Half White/ Half Black... I put it on my Travel bike for a trip to Italy last spring, rode it there for a week then took it off as it didn't fit me quite the way I wanted. I'd like to get another Selle SMP ... Read More »
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I am wondering what people have to say about the SMP Saddles, more specifically the Glider, Stratos and the Evolution. I am a little confused as to what size I should get?
How big are your sit bones, which one do you use?
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