HOT: Active* forum members generally gain 5% discount at starbike.com store!
Weight Weenies
* FAQ    * Search    * Trending Topics
* Login   * Register
HOME Listings Articles FAQ Contact About




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 17 posts ] 
Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 4:42 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Jul 31, 2006 6:49 pm
Posts: 427
can any one give me an idea what other saddles are in the same neighborhood of design as SMP, without the price tag, thanks


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:13 pm 
Offline

Joined: Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:19 pm
Posts: 195
None. That's why they cost so much.
Seriously though. I avoided buying one for years based on price alone. It's such a unique feeling saddle that it's hard to dump that kind of cash on something that 50% of the folks who try it love and the other 50% absolutely hate it.
Personally, I love mine and since getting it, I can no longer use any other saddle without it hurting a lot! They make that much of a difference once you get used to them. I could never recommend any other cycling product more.
But as I said, others absolutely hate them.


Top
 Profile  
 
Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:13 pm 


Top
  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:00 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Jul 31, 2006 6:49 pm
Posts: 427
thank you for your replay, I quess its time to try it and see which side I will be on, happy or hate, LOL

would you say that the smp helps you with pelvis rotation forward as well?

thx


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:20 pm 
Offline

Joined: Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:19 pm
Posts: 195
I can run my bars 3cm lower with it than I can without it. So I'd say yes.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:52 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Feb 19, 2007 7:26 am
Posts: 1735
Location: Atlanta, GA, US
Specialized Romin is somewhat similar (and much cheaper).

_________________
My Bikes

My Photoblog


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:23 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Jul 31, 2006 6:49 pm
Posts: 427
Currently running romin evo, its good, but still not perfect, what SMP saddle are you on


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:27 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Feb 19, 2007 7:26 am
Posts: 1735
Location: Atlanta, GA, US
I use a Romin. I tried a SMP Lite 209 for a week and still prefer the Romin.

_________________
My Bikes

My Photoblog


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:32 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun Apr 22, 2012 6:05 am
Posts: 70
I am currently running 155 mm romin evo too. It is good (better than any fizik), but I feel it can be improved. The selle SMP is on my mind also, but so far I refrained from it due to the price. The first SMP saddle I would try is the forma.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:52 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:40 pm
Posts: 194
The Specialized saddles (Romin and ROmin Evo) don't really come close the the SMP's. They market themselves similarly but when you sit on them there really is no comparison.

The saddle that has treated me closest to the SMP's, and that I actually prefer to them slightly, is the Selle San Marco Mantra.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:53 pm 
Offline

Joined: Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:19 pm
Posts: 195
I use a dynamic. It's a padded version of the Forma. With the way SMP's are shaped, padding level should be quite irrelevant provided you buy the correct shape.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:25 pm 
Offline

Joined: Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:06 pm
Posts: 171
Perhaps so but I haven't managed to persuade my backside that it finds a Composit comfortable. Frankly it's just too hard with no padding whatsoever. ....


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 5:49 am 
Online

Joined: Fri Nov 18, 2011 5:19 am
Posts: 797
I've been happy on the Romin for quite some time... On a couple bikes. Lately it has not worked so well for me on my Wilier where I prefer to run more drop. It ends up feeling too wide and the nose just isn't right. I just picked up a Romin Evo in hopes that it would be the ticket and it certainly isn't.

Now I purchased a used Composit (selle smp website sizes me on Composit over forma) off eBay, which arrived today, and I hope to get some feedback starting tomorrow. The week I spent on a Glider left a pretty good impression on me as I was able to comfortably stay much lower and keep more planted in the saddle. The shortcomings were too much padding and too flat - which is easily attributed to the fact that the rep and the LBS put me on a very wrong model.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 6:58 am 
Offline

Joined: Mon Mar 01, 2010 8:07 pm
Posts: 628
Get a Romin..strip the upper leather kind stuff and below lubed foam off. Then take a dremel and size up the mid hole so far that the saddle does not become too flexy. The border line up to where you can dremel safely can be checked under the saddle where there is a stronger lip within the composite shell around the cutout. You can dremel safely to the edge of this lip.
After dremeling and sanding and spraying it in the desired color (no varnish) you have a saddle which is very close to SMP's.

_________________
Kuota Kom Evo
viewtopic.php?f=10&t=111825&p=955235#p955235" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 12:41 pm 
Offline
Shop Owner

Joined: Sat Jun 13, 2009 4:02 am
Posts: 1960
Location: NoVA/DC
I think you should spend more, not less. Check out Extralite's new saddle. Very SMP-like. http://www.extralite.com/Products/HyperSaddle%20MR.htm

Sent from my EVO using Tapatalk 4 Beta


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 12:41 pm 


Top
  
 
PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 12:53 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Mar 01, 2010 8:07 pm
Posts: 628
Hmmmm..if you compare the price tag of the full carbon versions of SMP and Extralite then Extralite turns out to be a bargain. 295bucks for the Extralite saddle on their website.

_________________
Kuota Kom Evo
viewtopic.php?f=10&t=111825&p=955235#p955235" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 17 posts ] 
Go to page 1, 2  Next


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot], Exabot [Bot], Google Adsense [Bot], hobe, Imaking20, lobular, Powerful Pete, spdntrxi and 39 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

   Similar Topics   Author   Replies   Views   Last post 
There are no new unread posts for this topic. Enve Post - Selle Italia Saddle

in Road

melbnut

3

524

Fri Mar 21, 2014 9:26 am

melbnut View the latest post

There are no new unread posts for this topic. Selle San Marco Aspide Carbon FX Open Saddle for Cipollini

[ Go to page: 1, 2 ]

in Road

Dougan

17

2354

Sat Dec 07, 2013 4:03 pm

Dougan View the latest post

There are no new unread posts for this topic. New Selle Itallia "standard" round carbon rail saddle

in Road

sycfisher

2

601

Sat Mar 08, 2014 3:40 pm

sycfisher View the latest post

There are no new unread posts for this topic. alternative SRM mounts

in Road

brearley

4

467

Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:16 am

Causidicus View the latest post

There are no new unread posts for this topic. Alternative to Parlee Z4 RD hanger

in Road

petal666

4

428

Fri Apr 04, 2014 10:09 am

mrfish View the latest post


It is currently Thu Aug 28, 2014 2:28 am

All times are UTC + 1 hour




Advertising   –  FAQ   –  Contact   –  Convert   –  About

© Weight Weenies 2000-2013
hosted by starbike.com


How to get rid of these ads? Just register!


Powered by phpBB