SELLE SMP DY­NAMIC

£209.99 › Rad­i­cally dif­fer­ent sad­dle de­sign

Cycling Plus - - NEW KIT -

SMP HAS BEEN in the sad­dle busi­ness for 70 years, and pro­mot­ing its high-back, low-front sep­a­rated de­sign for more than a cou­ple of decades. If we’re be­ing hon­est, we’ve al­ways been a lit­tle scep­ti­cal of the SMP shap­ing, never hav­ing is­sues with the shape of tra­di­tional sad­dles.

The new Dy­namic has been de­signed for the mid­dle ground, for those with a waist size of around 34 (UK). Its hugely deep chan­nel ef­fec­tively sep­a­rates the left and right sides of the sad­dle from nose to tail, it fea­tures a high, kicked-up tail and a Con­corde-like drop to the nose. At first glance it ap­pears more like an in­stru­ment of tor­ture than some­where you want to spend a lot of time.

Af­ter fol­low­ing the ex­ten­sive fit­ting in­struc­tions, which feel coun­ter­in­tu­itive with the sad­dle seem­ing to be ro­tated too far for­ward, our first few rides were mixed. It wasn’t un­til we’d gone for a num­ber of suc­ces­sive long rides that the Dy­namic started to make sense. The su­per-deep plush pad­ding meant it never felt un­com­fort­able, just dif­fer­ent. Once we’d set­tled into the shape it felt re­ally pos­i­tive. The kicked-up back end is su­perb when the road starts to rise, al­most like it gives you an un­fair ad­van­tage to shift your weight back and use the tail to push against to pile on the power when climb­ing in the sad­dle. On the flat, the switch be­tween shift­ing up onto the front, where the fall­ing away nose gives you plenty of free­dom, and get­ting down into a long and low po­si­tion against that up­ward shaped tail, meant we al­ways felt com­fort­able when push­ing big­ger gears. At 289g for our car­bon-re­in­forced hull and stain­less steel-railed model, it will add mass to your bike over­all, and there’s the other down­side that the SMP range could never be con­sid­ered a cheap op­tion. The ben­e­fits have im­pressed us though – we never suf­fered a mo­ment’s dis­com­fort or any fric­tion is­sues. If the shape works for you, there’s the feel­ing that this is more than just some­where to park your­self when ped­alling. Even af­ter cov­er­ing plenty of test miles, we’ve left the sad­dle fit­ted to our bike and don’t have any real in­ten­tion of re­plac­ing it any­time soon.

1 3 2 The beakshaped front end cre­ates a flat base when rid­ing in the sad­dle, and aids aero per­for­mance. That wide cutout de­sign is patented by Selle SMP, and mas­sively re­lieves pres­sure on sen­si­tive ar­eas. NEW KIT CUT IT OUT 1 ON THE NOSE PAD UP 2 3 The plush pad­ding took some get­ting used to, but we ben­e­fit­ted from it on longer rides.

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