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SMC Core Men

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SMC Core Men

  • Prevents numbness
  • Completely new riding experience
  • Tested back-friendly
The Core material revolution meets mountain bike demands. The award-winning Ergonomic Core made from BASF Infinergy® and TwinShell design delivers the ultimate riding experience of supreme comfort with athletic responsiveness. The floating, 3D dynamic motion and reactive damping supports the rider by absorbing all bumps and shocks before they reach your lower back. It even won the German seal of quality “Campaign for Healthier Backs”. The patented Core design allows the saddle to effortlessly follow pelvic movements, reducing pressure on the sit bones and genital area. Anatomically tailored for men and available in two sizes, the new SMC Core introduces Core comfort to the trails!
Size
S/M
M/L
Price $ 149.95 (Without VAT**)
€ 149,95 (With VAT**)

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Technical Specifications

Name
SMC Core Men
Use
MTB-Touring
Size
S/M
Color
stealth
Core
BASF Infinergy® (E-TPU / Closed Cell Particle Foam)
Shell
Nylon Composite
Rail
CroMo
Cover
Microfiber
Padding
Orthopedic Comfort Foam
Gender
men specific
Price
$ 149.95 (Without VAT**)
€ 149,95 (With VAT**)

**Price can vary by country.

Details

Ingenious Operating Principle

The floating ergonomic saddle core

When you pedal, your weight is shifted alternately to the left and right sit bones, placing added stresses to one side and then the other. This pressure is noticeably reduced by the Ergon Core material with its incredible rebound properties. As you pedal, the saddle rebounds to not only the weight shifting of your pelvis, but also vibrations from the surfaces beneath your tires. This creates a floating feeling with each pedal stroke resulting in maximum comfort.

Material-Innovative Infinergy®

Cycling on clouds

BASF’s innovative Infinergy® material sets new standards for suspension and damping on bicycles. The elastic saddle core supports pelvic movements when pedaling, absorbs road shocks and alleviates unwanted pressures on the back. When the pedaling pressure decreases, the Ergon Core, consisting of thousands of foam particles, immediately rebounds back to its original shape. Leading manufacturers of running shoes also use this E-TPU foam worldwide with great success.

The advantages of the double shell

Ergon TwinShell vs. standard saddle

The revolutionary Ergon double-shell technology takes comfort to a whole new level. With the conventional saddle there is only one seat shell on the frame. This standard shell supports all of the rider’s weight and must therefore be very stiff. The Ergon SMC Core Men utilizes two shells. The lower shell, supporting the rider’s weight is very stiff and the upper shell, which is a base of the padding material is very flexible. In between is the floating ergonomic core made of Infinergy®. This design isolates road shock, dampens vibrations, supports pelvic movements while pedaling and noticeably takes pressure off the sit bones.

The twin shell and inner core damper

Support that follows your pedal stroke

The view from below on the SMC Core shows how the high-performance elastomer damper decouples the two saddle shells from each other. This sandwich construction with its elastic core allows the saddle to follow the natural movements of the pedal stroke. This provides support in all directions from the vibrations of the riding surface to the rider’s pedal stroke.

Orthopedic Foam

Comfortable and durable

The padding of the SMC Core is made of orthopedic comfort foam. The foam is supportive, soft, but does not collapse. In addition to the foam, specific gel pad inlays offer even more comfort under the sitting area. With this saddle, it is not absolutely necessary to wear cycling shorts. The saddle is covered with robust microfiber to prevent abrasions and maintain the durability of the saddle.

Ergonomie

Minimizing Saddle Discomfort

When cycling, most of your body weight rests on the small saddle surface. If the weight is not shifted evenly to the bony structures, unnecessary pressures are then distributed to sensitive soft tissue areas. A relief channel helps, but is not the only important factor.

For an ergonomic distribution of pressure, the correlations between the sit bone distance and sitting angle must be taken into account. An ergonomic bicycle saddle should have sufficient contact surface, but still allow the thighs to move freely. Furthermore, cycling is not static. Uphill, the rider intuitively slides towards the saddle nose to shift the body’s center of gravity forwards. The opposite occurs when cycling downhill.

Ergon takes all these factors into account when developing all of their saddles. Two widths are available in every saddle model to better adapt to all rider’s comfort needs.

Men’s Health

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 the potential for more severe health problems. The SM E-Mountain Pro Men saddle relieves this pressure with a very specific relief channel as well as better surface area distribution under the bony structures. Through MRI, CT analysis as well as many prototypes and test riders, we have ergonomically adjusted the saddle to the specific anatomy and needs of men.

Position of a male pelvis in cross section with illustration of the nerve innervations, bones and soft tissues, illustrating the relief of an Ergon saddle

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.

Position of a male pelvis on a standardized bicycle saddle.

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.

Male pelvis with steep pubic skids.

Tested back-friendly

Back pain is the most commonly occurring orthopedic condition, especially when cycling. When you have back pain on the bike, your ride enjoyment quickly dissipates. In extensive tests led by medical professionals, the Core saddle principle has been officially confirmed to reduce back pain.

Officially confirmed: The Ergon SMC Core has a back-protecting effect

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-shape 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.

The saddle is available in the sizes Small / Medium for the sit bone width of 9-12 cm and Medium / Large for the sit bone width of 12-16 cm