Born to shred, born to win - the DH series saddle. The story behind the design of the DH saddle is one of legend. It was developed specifically to conquer the most demanding World Cup Downhill tracks on the planet. As mountain bike geometry design progresses, saddle design must also keep pace. Our partnership with the UR Team and legendary riders such as Mick and Tracey Hannah has helped us do just that. The rear cut-out and short design give riders the ability to run even longer dropper posts without fear of the rear tire buzzing the saddle when the suspension becomes super active. The DH series saddle also uses a modified GP series base to ensure the saddle is as light as possible while allowing for extra padding to prevent bruising on the inside of your legs when you need to lean the bike to extreme angles while cornering. Smanie DH series saddle: used by Pro downhill and enduro mountain bikers from Intense Factory Racing, NS-Bikes - UR Team and dirt jump rider Alec Eklöw.
Short saddles used in DH have been around for a few years now, but they mimicked road designs for far too long. Hard edges and thin padding on the sides of the saddle have been leaving bruises on the insides of aggressive riders' legs for years. The Smanie DH series saddle comes with ample padding on the sides and the nose of the saddle to protect those who live to send it.
It is at Smanie’s core to always be pushing the limits as to what we can do to make our saddles more environmentally friendly. We start by producing all of our products from recycled materials. That includes our covers, foam, bases, rails, and even our packaging.
Designed for Speed
The entire design of the DH series saddle was based around one thing and one thing only, SPEED. The race-inspired checkered flag design is our not-so-subtle nod to the legendary riders of the UR Team - Tracey and Mick Hannah.
Minimum Length for Maximum Shredding
The DH series saddle was designed to be the shortest possible while still complying with UCI regulations. At 244mm long it gives you the confidence to be able to run the longest dropper seat post you can find and know that you will be free from rear-wheel contact with your saddle when the dropper post is down.
A shell that is soft, but not too soft
Getting the shell of the saddle just right is crucial; a shell that flexes too much will cause your saddle to wear out prematurely or break, too-stiff, and it will be a very rough ride and cause undesirable pressure issues in some positions. The DH shell uses a modified version of the tried and true GP series shell, which is light enough for a World Tour road race, yet strong enough to win the World Cup DH overall title.