Long ride comfort.
One glance at the Selle SMP Stratos will tell you that this saddle is a bit different. That odd shape is 100% dedicated to relieving the pressure that most road bike saddles place on your genitals and pudendal nerve areas, causing numbness and discomfort. The Selle SMP Stratos’ pronounced central channel eliminates numbness to reduce fatigue. the unique beak shape provides a flat base while sitting, but reduces pressure on the genital area. The rear of the saddle is raised to provide an optimized position during hard pedaling.
The Stratos is made with a nylon/carbon composite shell for efficient power transfer and an engineered flex for comfort. The stainless steel rails also provide mild shock and vibration absorption. The saddle’s foam elastomer padding is wrapped in supple leather or Lorica, depending on which version you choose.
- Nylon/carbon composite shell
- Stainless steel rails
- Leather or Lorica cover
- Q & A
I've been very pleased with this saddle, it ticks most of the boxes for me. Similar to what a TT or a Tri saddle accomplishes, the Selle smp saddle strives to relieve pressure from the pudendal nerve. The way the saddle curves from the rear towards the front provides a nice lever of hip support, something I really liked. All of the selle smp saddles offer a similar design, make sure you get the right width and level of padding and you will be very satisfied. Would recommend.
Works for me
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I was surprised to find how comfortable the Stratos was for me. My go to saddle is a Selle Italia SLR, and have always been comfortable on similar, flatter profile saddles, like the WYB Volt on an MTB. When I mounted the Stratos on my bike, even without fin tuning for and aft positioning, and eyeballing the level, it was just comfortable. The Stratos is the "medium" padded saddle in the "narrower" line of SMPs saddles incuding the Composit, Evolution, Blaster, and Glider. This is the family SMP recommends for riders whose body frame generally matches the small/medium size in bibs,