Settling on a new saddle is a major topic of discussion among my riding buddies.
Seems everyone’s done a series of trial-and-error changes en route to their landing on their current choices. And even then most riders I know tolerate but rarely rave about their ultimate choice.
Since buying my Trek 5200 in 2003 I’ve tried a couple of different saddles in seeking to replace the Selle San Marco that came as original equipment. Not that I wanted to make the change – I love that saddle. Stiff enough for good performance but not too hard. But it had become worn and was getting uncomfortable.
After a couple of changes and tests rides I decided on the Selle SMP TRK Extra. Yeah, it’s a bit more cushy than the San Marco, and it’s ergonomically designed to let’s say, relieve certain pressure. It’s a bit wider in the tip than I would have liked, but otherwise so far so good after about 70 miles.
My buddies gave it the once-over and laughed about the SMP’s shape – definitely not as sleek as a racing saddle. But since I spend a lot more time sitting on it than admiring it, too bad.
Anybody out there in Lohud land want to share some experiences or tips for selecting a saddle?