New SM3 Pro Carbon
The First Saddle.
The development of a bicycle saddle is a particular challenge from an Ergonomic point of view. A saddle needs to support about half of the body weight, the resulting pressure is then concentrated on the most sensitive region of the body - yet this area has to suffer no pain or discomfort if possible. At the same time the rider must not be prevented from being able to put as much power into the pedals as possible. Problems with the saddle have a direct and extremely noticeable effect on the performance, endurance and general well being of a rider. The numerous factors which must be taken into consideration when developing a saddle, are also extremely complex. For example the type of riding to be undertaken, the position on the bike, the width of a rider‘s sit bones, the sex of a rider, their level of fitness, the amount they ride in a single journey, the intensity of the workout, the type of rider they are. To develop a saddle many fields of expertise are called upon. Ergonomic specialists in the field of sport, and sports physicians, engineers, material scientists, process and CAD engineers, and industrial designers - to name but a few. Ergon‘s development team has cherry picked the best people available for each of these roles. The methodology and knowhow is state of the art, and they are motivated by their passions - cycling and innovation. The technology used in the Ergon Ergonomics Laboratory, the multitude of sensors and pressure mapping, was developed in Germany and is some of the most advanced Worldwide. The intensity and effort put into the Ergon saddle‘s development phase had just one clear aim - to develop the ergonomically best fitting, most efficient, highest performing and comfortable saddle in its class.
SM3 Saddle Series
Designed from the ground up, Ergon's ergonomically optimized Mountain Bike Saddle combines high performance and fit in a previously unobtainable way. A3D saddle shell - innovative 'hollows' in the shell - allow for considerablymore damping material in the seat bone areas, than any other saddle in this category.
1: Ultra-thin, flex optimized carbon or GFK saddle shell with isolated rear mounting rails for added flex. 2: Innovative, multi-layered cushioning with progressive damping. Tuned damping correlates with saddle width / use. 3: Nose mounted micro damper. 4: Saddle nose underside rubber cushion for shouldering the bike. 5: Chaff-reducing silicon coating on Pro and Carbon Pro models. 6: Optional standard rails, or Monolink® rail system (patent pending) allowing for maximum adjustment. All SM3 saddles are designed and engineered in Germany and manufactured by hand by Selle Italia in Italy.