This seat allows for rotation of you upper body forward and back without discomfort in the various positions, but it is, I think, designed to keep your sit bones in the same place. I don't think you want this saddle if you move your sit bones to different locations on the saddle. Some people like to move around the saddle - I like to keep my sit bones well planted and return to the same place after standing.
It takes a few rides getting used to, as all saddles do, but once you get it set up correctly it takes the pressure off sensitive areas. I changed my saddle on recommendation of my urologist. I was initially reluctant as I did not have a problem with my old saddle. Once I got the SMP saddle adjusted ... I found a video on line .. I was a happy I changed.
this is my second Selle SMP TRK saddle.
The OEM saddle I used for several years become more painful to ride longer distances. I decided it was time to try something different. The Selle SMP TRK saddle worked well and eliminated the pain I experienced. Find what works for you. The Selle SMP TRK works for me.
On sale, this saddle is an absolute great deal. After 4 years of trying other saddles, I finally have a saddle that I'm comfortable spending long amounts of time on. No numbness issues, and is a great saddle for riding on rails to trails or canal trails. I do wonder through if I should have gotten a slightly stiffer saddle by choosing the gel. But so far, I have no complaints with this saddle.
I have ridden on many seats and found most were uncomfortable. I tried a few after market seats and found that the Selle SMP TRK seats work for me, I have five of these seats on my road bikes (2), Gravel Bikes (2) and a Fat Tire Bike. I like the consistency and feel of this design. I find these seats take a little while to break in, they are kinda smooth and slippery until you get some miles on them. After 100-200 miles, they break in and seem to hold my position better. I have ridden 180 miles in the RAW ride in this seat, my butt was one of the few things to still be in good shape after that one day ride.
I was looking for a more male-appropriate seat for my exercise bike. I'm recovering from quad tendon surgery and spending a lot of time on the bike to stretch the repair and rebuild quad muscle. Had started to notice those telltale symptoms after 30 minutes or so. Went shopping and found this seat at an excellent price. Fits me much better and I'm back to adding more time every day!
Got this saddle after purchasing a Trek Verve (upright riding). I was using my Brooks saddle, which love very much. No matter how many adjustments the saddle would not get comfortable. Sad, so put it back on my other bike which is a crank forward model. I only gave it a four star because it's just been a few rides and the verdict is still out. Nevertheless, it is more comfortable on the private parts. I'm sure will like it more after I get acclimated to the new ride and saddle.
This saddle was what I was looking for. I like a saddle that has a bit more padding . I'm a big rider. 6' 230 lbs. Have rode about 100 miles so far. Now I don't think about my bottom or legs going numb. It was well worth the price. I purchased my when it was on sale so I got a really good deal. I replaced the saddle on my new Kona that was very undesirable to ride on. So far on short rides of 20 -30 miles I don't have that numbness in my groin area like my other saddles. Would buy another one for my Trek when it comes time to replace it.
Flat saddles always left my butt hurting & not enjoying the ride. Tried four other saddles before came across this one. It was love at first ride. the contour, cutout & slight padding is a winner with my back side! Got my wife one & she loves it too. Other saddles felt like bricks but this one is shaped to ones back side. I'd tried so many saddles that I was skeptical but this one was telling the truth for me. Makes riding so enjoyable. I ride 30 miles a day...road 4400 miles last year with this saddle.
I'm 50 years old, 202 lbs and have been cycling for only the past two years, initially for weight loss exercise but now for pure enjoyment. With the stock seat on my Giant Rapid, I found discomfort in the groin area when rides were greater than 30 miles. My younger biking colleagues convinced me to try this seat as they found improvement with use. I have used the seat for numerous rides over 25-30 miles now and wow, I experience none or minimal discomfort during and after rides. I was truly surprised and impressed how well this works. Price is reasonable and quality is good. As a note, I fiddled with the installation position and found a slight nose down incidence provided the best comfort (flat bar road bike). No issues with order, would use WB for future purchases.
Finished STP 2014 in 1 day on this saddle and I would say everything hurt except my butt. This is my 4th saddle I've tried this year and it'll stay on my bike for awhile. Love the shape and cut out on this thing. Highly recommended if you are doing any long distance riding.
When I learned how much it was going to cost to replace my 10 year old leather Brooks I about croaked. So far this one has worked well as a replacement through Fall & Winter months.
Only disappointment is in its description that includes the word leather. It is not. We'll see how that works out on some longer Summer rides.
I have always rode a performance seat , narrow light not much padding, but I'm moving from road racing to gravel grinding. And thought on the new ride I could use some padding and size . I was wrong, it just never felt comfortable. To wide and bulky . But is a well built seat. No complaints there
It is comfortable and if you go to the Selle SMP web site you will find the clinical studies.
This saddle is easier on all the parts down there.
I use this coupled with standing on the peddles about every 10 or 15 mins. for about 2 mins.