This is certainly more expensive than a stock saddle, but it's the 3rd saddle I've purchased and so far I'm very happy with it. I was planning on riding a century and I had gotten to 60mi in my training before I was like "I definitely need a new saddle." I pulled my groin on mile 25 of my first training ride on this saddle but I've ridden multiple times 20+ miles since and had zero discomfort.
The Selle SMP TRk Gel Saddle Medium is just what the doctor ordered. It's a great sit. I go on long bike rides without any trouble. It is very comfortable and it doesn't cause any butt pain. I can go on 3 to 4 hour bike rides without any difficulty. This is the Best saddle I've ever bought. I liked it so much I bought another for my other bike.
This is the first saddle I've bought in years and needed to trade out of my reliable Brooks saddles I've been using for decades. This is far and away the most comfortable saddle I've ridden and beats Brooks hands down. I typically ride 30 miles or less 4-6 times per week and don't experience any pressure of soreness on this saddle. I'd strongly recommend it for anyone needing to relieve pressure and who prefers some padding (gel). Good value for money. Continues to sell out for a reason.
This saddle feels so comfortable that I have fitted it to six of my bikes and if I expect to ride another bike, with a different saddle, I often switch a SMP TRK to it.
It was the first change I made to a recent 2000 Cannondale Jekyll I bought and when I took it by my excellent local bike shop, several of the folks working there had high compliments for the saddle. I have many saddles and saddle choice is one of the most personal possible options, but this is the one for me.
Simply love this seat. So much so, I ordered a second one for another bike.
I was sore (undercarriage) after doing 30 miles on my road bike. I decided I need to try a different saddle. with the COVID lockdowns and LBS supply issues, I thought, let's give this a try from BTD. Choosing the right seat, is always a crap shoot, since everyone is different and you never know how a seat will fit you.
I am glad to say this has proved to be a very comfortable seat. I ride 150-200 miles a week with a few 50+ mile rides. I have not experienced the issues I had with my OEM seats.
You just have to find what works for you.
I mounted this new seat on a REI Novara "Big Buzz" hybrid bicycle (commuter). It makes the commute a lot more comfortable. I have a similar seat by the same manufacturer mounted on my canondale road bike. Both seats are awesome.
I bought this saddle to change from the Selle Royal Lookin Singel saddle that was on my Bulls Lacuba E-Bike. That saddle was flat, stiff, and hot. This new SMP TRK has flex, padding where you need it, and the ventilation keeps it cool. I do a lot of touring and that is it's intended purpose to keep me going for long days in the saddle. I haven't seen anything better and I'm totally satisfied with my purchase.
I am an XXL rider - 270 lbs, 6'2, and I only commute about 45 minutes to work, and I have had a lot of trouble finding the right saddle. I bought a few comfort saddles, which alleviated numbness, but nothing as great as this saddle.
It seems that when you change from the flats to the drops that your body automatically changes posture (to the correct posture) because of this saddle.
No numbness, not too soft. No pain at all.
I've read a lot of reviews that say that there's a sharp edge on the bottom, but I really have not observed that. I've only been riding on this saddle for a few weeks, so the jury is still out on durability.
at $85-$100 from BTD, I wish this was the first saddle that I had bought. I tried a Selle Royal Alpine, Brooks B17, and Fabric Scoop before buying this one. This is the one for big riders. No question. Best saddle out there.
Turned an old steel road bike into a gravel bike. Wanted a saddle with enough padding to keep me comfortable. Have an SMP road saddle on my road bike so I looked at the company's offerings for gravel. This saddle did the trick, the shape of SMPs work for me and this is just like their road saddles with extra padding. I did have to fiddle with the angle of the saddle a bit, but once that was dialed in everything was golden.
Gave this saddle a go after reading the reviews while recovering from a specifically male surgery. 6 weeks off the road bike and gave it a try. After getting the saddle in the sweet spot for me, it is exactly what I was looking for....just about disappears under me. Bought a second to put on my errand bike and I am one very happy customer. These are a bargain. Gel is the right consistency. I'm 5'9, 160 lbs., approaching 70 years.....but who's counting?
This is the most comfortable saddle for me, a female cyclist. I've had many many saddles and this is the best. I've had two of these saddles on two different bikes over many years and miles.
It fits, its pretty damn comfortable but needs to be set up exactly right. It's firmness is spot on, but the deep curve may be a little much. It needs to be dead level or just a degree forward to work imo, and for long distance rides of over 30 miles I'm just not sold, some numbness, but maybe it's just me. Getting on it is like nothing you'll ever experience from a stock saddle, and for the price you can't beat it.
Update on the saddle that I bought from bikes direct in May for my 5 ft 11 inches, 170 lbs frame and sit bone width of about 130 mm. I ride a gravel bike in a more moderate sitting position so not completely upright and not stretched out either. The saddle was delivered in perfect condition. I now have about 1300 miles on the saddle and it is showing some signs of wear on the surface. . The saddle is a bit wide and the edges in the front are sharp. It is comfortable for 2-3 hour rides but at the end of the ride, my sit bones start getting achy. The large cut out and saddle design (drop away nose) makes it very comfortable in the groin area. Not perfect but good value for the money. I just ordered the Selle Italia man flow gel saddle from bikes direct to see how it compares.
I finally have no discomfort when riding, did the Cancer fund raiser from Phila. to Atlantic city, no problems, I would recommend this seat to any guy
I like hard, hilly, long-distance riding about 4000 miles per year. Other saddles I've used have been OK, but I decided to try Selle SMP to avoid potential prostate and urinary duct problems. I liked the comfort of the SMP after one ride and loved it so much after 100 miles that I bought a second one. A touch pricy and a touch heavy, but definitely worth it.