Over the years I have been riding, I have tried several saddles from several of the major players. I am a tall rider, and finding a good bike fit has been an ongoing process. I like Koobi saddles for general purpose road riding and MTB. I also had good luck with Selle Italia Max Flite. But all of them would eventually cause me pain/numbness in my man parts. Because of this one nagging problem, I started shortening my saddle time and instead added intensity. My fitness has improved, and I have gotten faster (for rides less than an hour), but the trade off has been I am hesitant commit to the long rides (50-100 miles).
Since installing this saddle, I have not had the chance to do any longer rides, but I can tell from time on my trainer, and several 20-milers, that the Selle SMP Pro may solve my problems (finally!). I can ride harder, and I can comfortably spend more time in the drops, and so far, no numbness or pain in the nether regions.
Yes, they do look different. And yes, you may spend a little time finding the right adjustment for you. But when you do find that sweet spot, you will know it. As the days get longer and warmer, I am looking forward to some pain-free riding and adding more miles in the saddle. If you have tried everything else, and problems with your man parts is still holding you back, I encourage you to give one of these saddles a ride.
One final note Last year I added a Thompson Elite seat post to my rig, and this set-up made it very easy to accurately adjust this saddle to find my preferred saddle position. The Selle SMP Pro and the Thompson seat post makes for a nice combination.
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