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Selle SMP - Forma Saddle

Selle SMP Forma Saddle

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$129.99 Original price:$260.00
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Tech Specs

Rails:
stainless steel
Shell:
carbon reinforced nylon
Cover:
[black] leather, [colors] microfiber
Seat Length:
273mm
Seat Width:
137mm
Claimed Weight:
7.9oz (225g)
Recommended Use:
cross-country, cyclocross, road cycling, triathlon
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

Forma Saddle

Selle SMP crafts its Forma saddle in the same vein as the Composit saddle but in a slightly wider width perfect for those of us with broader sit bones. The innovative shape and pressure-relief channel are fully intact and without any excessive padding. This keeps weight and bulk to a minimum while maintaining the shape and supportive characteristics SMP saddles are known for.

The Forma sits at 137mm wide and is best suited for medium to large pelvises and it features a thinner profile than other models in this range. At the front of the saddle is the characteristic beak nose shape designed to relieve pressure while seated. SMP's pronounced "free" central channel, further reduces pressure on the pudendal nerve and surrounding soft tissue. The back of the saddle is raised to support a powerful pedaling position, where body weight is 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.

The saddle is wrapped in leather on the black version and a durable Lorica microfiber on the colored versions. Its durable elastomer nylon and carbon composite shell is supported by stainless steel rails so you'll have a secure and durable perch that'll hold up to both road and mountain applications.

The Selle SMP Forma is available in one size (273 x 137mm) and in a bevy of colors to match your bike, just make sure the bar tape is the hue. It's handmade in Italy and has a claimed weight of 225 grams.

  • A cycling saddle offering maximum comfort
  • Mid-width race ready saddle in Selle SMP's design
  • Dropped nose and central channel alleviate pressure
  • Raised tail positions hips into an efficient pedaling position
  • Minimal padding drops weight without sacrificing comfort
  • Steel rails and composite body ensure durability

Cushion Material is poor quality

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: wide

The right outside edge started to wear out and I soon found my rear end touching metal! It felt like a knife cutting into my skin. I think for $180 plus, the seat should have a more resilient material or a little more depth to the cushion. I think a racer after a few rides would find this frustrating.

Saddle failed

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Saddle failed



I had been using the SMP saddle intermittently for about 2 years. Every few months, i'd switch it with another saddle. The saddle started to get a depressed spot along the right side. I thought it was odd and contacted the company and got no help. I never had a saddle or even saw a saddle that failed in such an odd manner. The saddle now is useless. I would never buy another Selle product.

Saddle failed

Best Saddle series

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As usual, the search for a good saddle is tough. after a few years of the "just not there" feeling of normal flat top saddles and of having this on my radar, because just looked perfect at cradling.... i bought one, technically two.



The first one i got was the TRK gel, it was only like 70$, ( i didnt know how MUCH gel it had) when i got it, it was huge, sooo much padding i didnt think about it when i bought it, but this thing(TRK) was like a sofa, i actually had to lower my seat post it was so think.

i still rode it (knowing id get a new one) but it was like a damn couch, felt like a beach cruiser seat (thats cool, but not good for road riding obviously).



so i went back online and looked the "real one", the one for road. i saw the "FORMA"( didnt mention it was "cushionless") and when got that in hand and was like "ok, here we go... no padding, i guess we'll see". i put it on readjusted my post, and did a light ride(without bibs) and i was in heaven, didnt even need the seat to be padded or bibs... this seat will cradle you, straight up...just as the shape suggests.



As useless as padding is on a road saddle, this really doesnt need any, and im a big guy( 5'10 185-200lbs avg).



the SMP series has A LOT of variations, so be more careful than i was when buying.



now, i use the big sofa TRK version on my fixed gear now, for fuck around rides around town. ill post some comparison photos of just how drastic the differences are, its funny in hindsight.

Best Saddle series

Hard as a rock.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have the Dynamic on my road racing bike and I have the Hell (Well) on my gravel bike. I bought this to try on my endurance bike. A lot of the reviews I've read on blogs mention that they thought this was more comfortable and easier to set up vs. the dynamic I didn't fin this to be the case. It is rock hard and my butt hurt after only 10 miles. A solid chamois isn't enough to make a difference. I'm going to go with another dynamic instead. I was hoping to like the Forma b/c it's a lighter saddle than the others. Doesn't matter how light it is if it's too uncomfortable to ride. I'm 6'0" 185. Maybe too big for this saddle.

Safe for long rides

    It will protect you from unwanted vascular and nerve injuries.
    Make sure you use good chamois since this saddle is hard.