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Selle SMP’s new Drakon is designed to give you support, and relief, where you need it most. The Drakon’s pressure-free perineum region ensures the comfort you need for a long day in the saddle.
The Drakon falls between the Lite 209 and Dynamic in Selle SMP’s lineup. It features a moderate profile and a minimal amount of padding, and it's intended for riders with medium-width pelvises. The nose’s “beak” shape provides a flat base while sitting without excessive pressure, and the saddle’s prominent central channel further reduces pressure on the pudendal nerve and surrounding soft tissue. In addition, Selle SMP raised the back of the saddle to improve the pedaling position. The saddle’s shape also reduces overall pressure on the coccyx.
The Drakon features durable nylon/carbon shell on stainless steel rails, and the saddle’s foam elastomer padding is wrapped in leather (for the black version) or a Lorica microfiber (for the colored version).
- Pressure-free perineum region
- Moderate profile
- “Beak” shape nose
- Pronounced central channel
- Back of the saddle is raised
- Item #SLL0002
- Q & A
I've been riding 'flat' saddles all my biking life but was encouraged to try one of these by a friend who rides a Dynamic model. In the 'Forma' series you have the Forma which is essentially the shell with a leather cover, then three additional models using the same shell with increasing amounts (thicknesses) of padding, the Dynamic, the Drakon, and the Lite 209. I test rode a Dynamic and liked very much. I decided to order the Drakon and get a little more padding. What I found is that as you increase padding you increase the size of the saddle. As I have ridden the saddle a few times, I cannot return for the Dynamic which is what I prefer. My mistake. Yet, it is still so much more comfortable than any of my previous saddles which include models of Prologo, and Fizik. Takes a little more work to set up than most. I would suggest that this saddle is one you should test before buying. Quality of materials and craftsmanship look very good. Black is covered with real leather.
Found my pelvic match!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
ive tried numerous saddles including fizik line up. After 60 + miles experienced numbness. Finally decided smp saddle for urologic health reasons. Composit, evolution a bit too narrow for me. If your considering smp saddles, start with Drakon you can't go wrong.Cheers!
Well crafted but not for all seat rails
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
This is a very well crafted saddle, as expected for a high end Italian made good, BUT...be aware that there are some very specific requirements for the seat rail clamps, so not all post will work with these saddles. Selle SMP has the manuals on their website so check them out in advance. I got a great price and fast shipping from Competitive Cyclist but didn't realize this product isn't listed as compatible with my seat mast system so had to return it.
Is this the 2013 or 2014 version? Also, do you know what the difference is between the two model years? I can't seem to find anything online, so my guess is that it is completely possible there is no difference. Thanks!
Connor, this is actually a 2015 model but your guess is correct in that there is no difference in the model years.