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F30 C Saddle
The F30 C Saddle is one of the newer saddles in the Selle SMP lineup and it provides the benefits of classic SMP designs in a more compact shape that doesn't have quite the exaggerated drop nose. Regardless, it still provides greater comfort while in the drops than conventional saddles and the ability to move about, finding a powerful position without excessive pressure. Another patented SMP feature is its ergonomic center channel that relieves compression in the perineal and prostate area helping to eliminate tingling and numbness. Additionally, nerves and the vascular regions are protected and the entire area enjoys increased blood flow and better ventilation.
The tail of the saddle receives a kicked up design for maximum pelvic support and better stabilization. This provides a better foundation when putting out the watts and a better position while climbing. Also of note at the rear of the saddle is its slight rear cutout that's there to protect the coccyx.
This particular saddle is covered in leather in the black version and microfiber for the white one. It receives a minimal amount of foamed elastomer padding covering a carbon reinforced nylon shell. The saddle rides on stainless steel AISI 304 rails offering a wide fore/aft range and great shock absorption.
- A saddle for long-mile training and racing alike
- Slightly wider than the many other SMP models
- Features a compact shape for lightness and freedom of movement
- Dropped nose and central channel alleviate pressure
- Raised tail supports the pelvis into efficient pedaling position
- Minimal padding focuses on comfort without bounciness
- Steel rails and composite body ensure longevity
- Item #SLL001R
- Stainless steel AISI 304
- Carbon reinforced nylon
- [black] leather, [white] microfiber
- Seat Length
- Seat Width
- Claimed Weight
- Recommended Use
- cross-country, road cycling, triathlon
- Manufacturer Warranty
- 2 years
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What do you think about this product?
August 2, 2020
- I've used it several times
- True to size
- 5` 8"
- 150 lbs
For background: I had been using one of SMP's regular saddles with the curvy design and bent nose for 10 years after having some man specific numbness with a regular flat saddle and no cut out. I found that design had me really 'planted' in one position and that was fine with me. And the man issues totally disappeared. My typical ride was 80 miles hammering with a group and it was perfect. If I did a solo century or more I would get some seat bone pain but I could deal with it. I figured the pain was where I should be sitting so it's something that just happens with 5 or more hours on the saddle. Then come this year with covid and group hammerfests cancelled I started doing a lot of solo 100-130 mile rides and the seat bone pain became too much to put up with. My theory with trying the F30c was that the flat design would have me shifting more and move the pressure around a little as opposed to my prior SMP which had me planted in the same position. And because the seat bone pain was on the inside of the bones I though wider than my prior SMP would be better. Thankfully this worked like a charm. Not sure if it's the width or being more flat or both but seat bone pain after 100+ miles is gone and the cut out does it's job just as well. The sweet spot seems bigger so I do move around more (on purpose, not sliding without wanting to) and it feels like the pressure is on the top of seat bones not inside. Also much more comfortable deep in the drops getting low as compared to traditional SMP style. As for the C meaning Compact. I never really use the last few CM on the nose anyway and it eliminates touching the nose when getting on the bike or sprinting so I like the shorter design. But it's not a big factor either way. If you like the cut out design of the regular curvy SMP but feel it has you too planted in the same position I would definitely suggest the F40c might be the ticket (or another one of the F series depending on your sit bones and saddle length you want). Or if you just want a flat saddle with a good effective cut out.
February 6, 2019
SMP for the Win
- I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I've been an avid SMP saddle user for quite some time. I find them to be the most comfortable saddles I have used to date. In the SMP line up I can ride a couple of the saddles and depending on the bike is how I choose which one. Century rides or Trainer = SMP Stratos Fat Bike = Stratos Enduro bike = Drakon Road Bike for crits = Drakon Now just recently I have been riding the Blaster and really love it, I feel that will be my new saddle for the road bike. The reason I have the Drakon as I wanted a saddle that would allow me to slide up a bit when going on break aways or get over the cranks a little more prepping for that big sprint and the Stratos was not allowing me to do that like I wanted. Now that I have the Blaster I feel that will be the new road saddle. Now onto the F30c, this saddle will fit a wide range of user based on the shape of the saddle, but for me I found it to be just a bit off and I could quite seem to locate that sweet spot. Why try it you ask, well that's a great question. I wanted it for riding my mountain bike. I felt every once in a while when hitting some steeper descents I would hit the tail of the Drakon when trying to get over the rear wheel on my Endruo bike. I felt the flatter profile would eliminate that issue. I'm giving it a 4 star review as it's a great saddle, it just didn't fit my seat bones. For Reference Cat 2 Road 5'9" 32" inseam 34" waist 175lbs
June 2, 2019
Hi Robert, can you tell me what your sit bones measure? I'm also considering this for mtn biking. I currently run the WTB Koda but am looking for something comparable with a cut out.