Ergon SMC Saddle
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SMC MTB Comfort Series
The comfort solution for stubborn seating problems for mountain bikers.
Comfort and dynamic response as an unbeatable combination - the SMC Saddle delivers optimum flow on the trail. The special orthopedic foam is thicker and more plush than the successful SM Series while the men’s specific relief channel prevents soft-tissue numbness and pain. You’re comfortable in every position and ready to put the pedal to the metal. Leave saddle discomfort in the dust and enjoy the trails with the SMC Saddle!
- Ergonomic MTB Comfort Saddle designed specifically around the male pelvis
- SMC - Orthopedic Comfort Foam Padding
- Features a flat seat for dynamic sitting in different positions without tilting effects.
- Orthopedic padding provides enhanced support and optimal pressure distribution
- Provides optimal pressure distribution for sit and pelvic bones, the contoured surface area helps prevent saddle discomfort
- The relief channel helps to avoid numbness and provides increased protection for soft-tissue areas
The Ergon development team carried out intensive research on the topic of men’s health. They found that the main cause of complaints when cycling is the saddle. Often times, men experience too much pressure on their perineal area leading to pain, discomfort, numbness and potentially more severe health problems. The SMC Men relieves this pressure with a very specific relief channel as well as better surface area distribution under the bony structures. Through MRT, CT analysis, many prototypes and test riders, we have ergonomically adjusted the saddle to the specific anatomy and needs of men.
More freedom of movement
Compared to women, the male pelvis tends to be less flexible. This means that men sit more upright on the saddle and put more of their weight distribution on their sit bones. Therefore the transition area between the rear of the saddle and the saddle nose can be kept narrow (Y-shape). This gives the legs more space to pedal.
Male and Female pelvic differences
In contrast to the female anatomy, the male sit bones are more narrow and where the two sides of the pelvis come together in the front is much higher. This results in more pressure being distributed on the male’s sit bones vs. a broader area of sit bones and pubic bones in women. We have taken this significant difference between male and female anatomy into consideration during saddle development.
The correct distribution of pressure is important. In order to protect the sensitive perineal area, the pressure must be shifted to the sit bones and parts of the pubic arch – this is exactly how the relief surface of Ergon men’s saddles works. Due to the more upright sitting male pelvis we have kept the surface flat and even for best possible freedom of movement. For the support we use the highest quality foams.
The padding of the SMC Men is made of thick orthopedic comfort foam, which we have designed for mountain biking to be particularly ergonomic, yet extremely durable. This foam ideally supports the pressure distribution.
The progressive relief channel, which deepens towards the rear, leads to an opening through the saddle shell. This construction combines all of the advantages of a cut-out saddle without the potential disadvantages. This design gives the saddle shell more forgiveness as well as specifically relieves perineal pressures. Too much pressure in this area often leads to discomfort and numbness in the genital area.
The Right Size
The shape and size of the saddle must match the sit bone width of the rider to maximize comfort and enjoyment.
The pelvic bone has a unique V-shaped and the saddle must offer the sit bones a large contact surface with the ability to meet the demand of different sitting positions. Various saddle widths are offered so that the usable seat surface corresponds to the riders unique sit bone distance.
The more forward and aggressive the rider sits, the further forward the sit bones contact the saddle.
Available in 2 Sizes:
- SMALL/MEDIUM fit sit-bone widths of 9cm - 12cm
- MEDIUM/LARGE fits sit-bone widths of 12cm - 16cm
- Gender/Age: Men's
- Color: Stealth
- Width: 149mm (S/M) 164mm (M/L)
- Length: 273mm
- Rail Material: Chromoly
- Clamp Style: Standard Rails
- Material: Synthetic
- Saddle Cut Out: Yes