How to Fit SMP Saddles

Instructions for assembly

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Our saddles are designed to distribute body weight between the buttocks and lower part of the pelvic bone. The weight balance and comfort therefore depend on how the ischial tuberosities rest on the saddle while pedalling. This position depends on various factors:

  • the height of the saddle in relation to the pedals
  • the distance between the saddle and the handlebars
  • the tilt of the saddle

These parameters are adjusted by the cyclist according to their personal characteristics; for best results it is essential to perform the installation by following the steps in the procedure described in the following pages.


On a new frame

Secure the saddle observing the distance from the handlebar and saddle height recommended by the bicycle manufacturer based on your measurements.
Replacing the old saddle

  1. Measure the distance from the old saddle to the handlebars.
  2. Measure the distance between the upper side of the saddle and the central movement rotation centre.
  3. Place the new SMP saddle using as a reference the same measures.

saddle positioning


Using a level, adjust tilt using the clamp so that the saddle is horizontal.


Leveling the saddle


Once the saddle is positioned following the previous instructions, use an Allen key on the clamp to make fine adjustments to how the saddle “feels” until you find your perfect balance on the saddle and the right compromise between the saddle pillar and ischial tuberosities.

The saddle nose tilt can be adjusted between + 10 and - 25 mm -

Fine adjustment


and the distance between the saddle point and handlebars can be reduced by 5 - 10 - 15 mm.



The pillar has a significant impact on saddle frame resistance: For this reason Selle SMP recommends a seatpost with the following characteristics:

1. It should allow correct saddle positioning.

Pillar recommendations

2. It should not have sharp edges which, by cutting, could compromise saddle frame resistance.

Pillar Recommendations

3. The jaws should have the same external surface shape as the saddle frame to correctly fit with a wide contact surface.

Pillar recommendations

4. The contact area between the seatpost and the saddle frame should not be under 8 cm2.

5. The jaws should connect with the saddle frame for a minimum length of 32 mm.

Pillar recommendations

6. The coupling surfaces with the saddle frame should be symmetrical and parallel.

7. The jaws should not cause deformation or damage to the saddle frame.

Pillar recommendations


8. The seatpost jaws should not protrude beyond the graphed area.

Pillar recommendations

9. The closing torque recommended by the seatpost manufacturer must be strictly abided by.

10. The seatpost must meet UNI EN 14781 European standards – Racing bicycle - Test requirements and methods and UNI EN 14766 - Mountain bike - Safety requirements and test methods.

For saddles with carbon fibre chassis (Full Carbon and CRB versions)

11. If a lateral clamp seatpost is used, we recommend using jaws with a range and profile suited to house the carbon fibre saddle frame with 7.1 x 9.6 mm.


For further information, please refer to the seatpost manufacturer’s instructions.

SMP > warnings and warranty


  • Take extreme care when fitting this Selle SMP product on your bike and follow the enclosed instructions carefully;
  • Incorrect installation can be dangerous to your health;
  • Use this Selle SMP product if you are in good physical and mental conditions;
  • Never use this Selle SMP product negligently;
  • While using this Selle SMP product, pay attention to your and other people’s safety.

General Warnings

The user of this Selle SMP product acknowledges and accepts all the risks involved in riding a means of transport including, among others, the risk of breaking the saddle that might cause accidents and consequent serious injury and also death.

By using this product, the user acknowledges freely and accepts all the risks, both known and unknown, of injury and death for you and any third party, caused by the use of the saddle, including those deriving from both active and passive negligence by Selle SMP or from hidden, concealed or obvious defects in the product.

The risks in the use of this product can be noticeably reduced by complying with the reference guide – User Manual – of this product. Moreover the user releases Selle SMP and its distributors and dealers from any liability for any damages, within the limits allowed by the regulations in force.


As bike lovers we are convinced that this is one of the best sports in the world. However, this sport exposes whoever practises it to some risks and also death.

Risks connected to Selle SMP products:

  • Injury to perineal structures;
  • Injury caused by the impact or compression with the saddle parts/elements;
  • Breakage of body and/or frame, with the consequent formation of edges and points, caused by collisions and/or falls;
  • Uncoupling of the saddle from the frame securing system (i.e. seatpost);
  • Like all other carbon components used on bikes, carbon saddles involve more risks when used mountain-biking.

This list of risks cannot be exhaustive. Common sense is the basis for the use of this product. Dangers can be limited if the product is fitted, used and maintained in compliance with the instructions given in this manual.

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