The SDG Fly MTN is a tough, comfy saddle with enough substance to it for tough use, but not sacrificing on comfort or durability. The long nose design gives plenty of space for movement whilst riding and is padded at a medium level for all-day comfort without too much bulk. It's burly enough to take scuffs and knocks, but light enough not to be sofa like.
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Constructed from a light weight nylon base, with EVA foam padding, and sat on Ti-Alloy rails. It’s wrapped in a microfibre top with a textured top that adds some grip, and two long kevlar sides that add protection if it contacts the ground, either by accident or purpose. The total length is 260mm by 133mm wide.
The ‘Flat-ForwardPlatform’ is essentially the flat style of the saddle that means you can mover around it or off it easily, despite feeling long initially, I found that I could get off the back easily and never had any issues with snagging the nose, even on baggier shorts. The ‘Nose Platform’ is the longish nose of the saddle that gives space to get vary seated climbing position varied - so you can put weight where you want it. It also allows space to move back and forth on longer periods where you are seated and pedalling away.
The aptly named ‘Peri-Canal’gives a cutaway channel the length of the saddle, and that goes a long way to minimising dreaded numb bits. It's not cut away on the shell of the saddle, but the shape of the foam and cover that offers the relief. This means the saddle is still relatively firm under power, as the base is one solid part. Shaped flat lengthwise and a slight curve over the width, and with padding enough for all day, I found the shape suited me, and settled into it over a couple of rides.
It's taken a load of wet weather and some knocks against rocks and the only cosmetic changes are the wear on outer edges of the rails, where they get rubbed during riding. The Kevlar sides sometimes take a bit blasting to get clean, but the top was easy, and didn’t seem to hold much mud. The Ti-Alloy rails drop some weight and offer a degree of flex that does away with some trail buzz.
I liked the balance of the Fly MTN - its still tough for being knocked about and for more cavalier riding attitudes, but not especially overbuilt. The textured top offers enough grip to stay planted under power, even when wet and muddy, but its easy enough to re-position yourself when needed.
I had some initial issues with creaking, but the saddle was set close to the limits on the rail, and once I backed the rail a millimetre or two it was fine. There are some other colour ways available,(red, green, teal, yellow) with black tops, and rails in colour, plus some lairy camo versions (camobolt teal, orange, green) for anyone inclined.