SMC Core Women

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SMC Core Women

  • 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!
Price $ 149.95 (Without VAT**)
€ 149,95 (With VAT**)

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Technical Specifications

SMC Core Women
BASF Infinergy® (E-TPU / Closed Cell Particle Foam)
Nylon Composite
Orthopedic Comfort Foam
women specific
$ 149.95 (Without VAT**)
€ 149,95 (With VAT**)

**Price can vary by country.


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 Women 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.


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.

Completely new

The Ergon developers have taken a completely new approach to the topic of women’s mountain bike saddles. After intensive research with X-ray and CT analysis, they have created a new generation of saddles. Countless prototypes have been tested by both professionals and recreational riders. This feedback, in combination with scientific data developed a new generation of comfort for women.

Position of a female pelvis in a cross section with representation of the nerve innervations, bones and soft tissues, showing the relief of an Ergon saddle

Pelvic flexibility

Women are significantly more mobile in the pelvis than men. In an athletically inclined sitting position, the pelvis therefore often tilts forward more. This often results in considerable pressure in the genital area. The SMC Core Women saddle redirects this pressure to the bony structures of the seated area by ways of the far forward positioned and tapered relief channel.

osition of a female pelvis on a standard bicycle saddle

The deep pubic symphysis

Anatomically, the pubic symphysis – the anterior cartilage connection between the two halves of the pelvis – is about a quarter lower in women than in men. In addition, the angle of the pubic bones to each other is greater. We have also taken this into account in the SMC Core Women in order to prevent discomfort in the sensitive areas.

Female pelvis showing the wide angle of the pubic bone

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