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Specialized Power Expert Saddle

The Specialized Power Expert saddle provides reliable comfort and support even on all-day rides. Available in a range of widths to accommodate different sit bones, and with a cutout to relieve pressure, it's one you really can ride for hours without any issues.

  • Pros: Comfortable even over longer distances, relatively light, stands up well to use, range of widths
  • Cons: None

First of all, as I said in my review of this saddle's sibling, the Power Arc Expert: saddle comfort is a personal issue and what suits one person might not be ideal for another. Again, I can only comment on what it's like to ride this with male anatomy.

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I tested the two very similar Body Geometry saddles at the same time. As I said in the Power Arc Expert review (apologies for some repetition – there's a lot of crossover here), the two saddles are subtly different and are intended for different styles of riding but also have a lot in common, so you might want to read both reviews before making a choice.

While the Power Arc Expert is intended for people who like to be able to move around in their seat while riding, this Power Expert saddle is for people who like to stay in one optimal position. At the risk of repeating myself, you might want to ask yourself how you ride, and whether being able to move back and forth in the saddle matters to you – do you like being able to shift back and forth to engage different muscles, for example, or to drop down onto aerobars?

The difference in shape that facilitates these different riding patterns is subtle, but definitely alters how the saddles feel. Having tried both, I can say that the two models work as advertised thanks to squarer, blunter edges and surfaces on this model and more rounded edges and surfaces on the Arc.

Short in the nose

Like the Power Arc, the Power Expert is shorter in the nose than a lot of other saddles, with an obvious cutout to reduce pressure, and it has the same moderate level of padding ("Level 2", says Specialized), and again, while it's possible to ride without cycling shorts, I wouldn't want to go too far without a chamois to soak up some of the pressure.

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Both models are intended to provide long-distance comfort, and I took both out for rides of over 200km without feeling any discomfort. As with the Power Arc, I had no sign of pressure sores and no "gentleman's tingle" even after spending all day on the go. On really long rides, I became aware of slightly more pressure on the perineum when I spent long periods in more aggressive, dropped riding positions. But I suspect every saddle is going to experience this to some extent, and the short nose on this one seemed to make the issue far less pronounced than on typical saddles.

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Perhaps this was more noticeable to me because I was testing both models at the same time, but when sitting down on the Power Expert there is a definite sense of falling naturally into the correct riding position. I never found myself shuffling around to find the right posture – the saddle guided me into it through its design. It's actually a really pleasing sensation, and suggests someone at Specialized really knows their business.

It was also nice to see just how well this saddle stood up to use. At the time of writing, I've put in many many hours on this saddle in all sorts of weather and it's still looking basically like new. It's great to see such durability.

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Conclusion

Overall, I would absolutely choose this saddle for a bike on which I planned to put in some serious miles if I were looking to stay in one optimal riding position. It could be just the job if you've had a bike fit that recommends a particular position that's going to maximise your power output, for example.

It costs the same as the Power Arc, so the same applies here re value: £105 isn't pocket change, but it's less than a lot of other saddles out there of a similar style, such as the Selle San Marco Shortfit Racing, though that is lighter. Again, for me, the Specialized was more comfortable when I tried both back-to-back.

Verdict

A comfortable saddle that helps you stay in your best riding position

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Make and model: Specialized Power Expert Saddle

Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Specialized says: "The Power Expert saddle features a stiff, carbon-reinforced shell with durable titanium rails to keep the weight down. Its Body Geometry design, meanwhile, caters to both men and women and helps to deliver superior performance in all seating positions - especially aggressive ones. Proven through blood flow testing and pressure mapping, and featuring our medium-grade Level Two PU padding, the extra wide and elongated Body Geometry channel and proper sit bone support provides all-day comfort."

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Specialized lists these features:

Patented Body Geometry design is lab-tested for both men and women to assure blood flow to sensitive arteries.

Stiff, carbon-reinforced shell for longevity and all-day riding efficiency.

Lightweight and supportive PU padding for comfort and support on longer rides.

Lightweight, durable, and hollow titanium rails.

Tough, lightweight, and water-resistant cover.

Level 2 padding: Medium density foam for bike feel with additional cushioning.

SWAT™-compatible mounts moulded into the saddle base allow for sleek and integrated storage solutions.

Size 143mm / Weight 233g

Size 155mm / Weight 235g

Size 168mm / Weight 238g

Rate the product for quality of construction:

10/10

I've put some serious distance onto this saddle, right through winter, and it still looks basically new. There are no hints of squeaks or creaks. It's an impressive bit of construction.

Rate the product for performance:

9/10

I've ridden this on both short and long journeys and it's always kept me comfortable and solidly in place.

Rate the product for durability:

10/10

The saddle is holding up really well even after a lot of riding.

Rate the product for weight (if applicable)

7/10

It's not bad, but not the lightest either. But if you're looking to save grams at whatever cost, you're probably less interested in long-distance comfort anyway. Given that this trade-off between weight and comfort is almost inevitable, a few grams for more comfort is worthwhile, I'd say, unless you're doing out-and-out racing.

Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)

9/10

The saddle helps you slip easily into the right position every time and holds you there comfortably. Moving from sitting to standing and back again is also easy.

Rate the product for value:

5/10

There are plenty of cheaper saddles out there, but then it's probably worth paying a little for comfort. And you can certainly pay a great deal more than this for a performance saddle.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

The saddle is intended for comfortable all-day riding, and it works really well for this.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The reassuring feel of falling into the exact right position every time I sat down.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?

It's what I'd expect for a well-built performance saddle.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

The saddle is well-built and delivers all-day comfort. It's very easy to recommend if the shape suits your style of riding.

Age: 44  

I usually ride: Cannondale Synapse  My best bike is: Whyte Wessex One

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, touring, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, mountain biking, audax and long-distance riding

Sours: https://road.cc/content/review/260140-specialized-power-expert-saddle

There has been an ongoing trend of shorter and shorter saddles over the years and throughout this evolution, Specialized has been at the forefront with their popular Power range of saddles. Recognisable by its stumpy nose, wide shoulders and huge cut out it has been designed to suit a range of riding position but focuses attention on those that like to ride in the drops

Design and aesthetics

Specialized has taken a great interest in the way a human body interacts with the bicycle. Body Geometry denotes products that Specialized have designed and tested to improve their ergonomic performance. Specialized’s first Body Geometry product was a saddle released in 1997 and since then the Body Geometry concept has evolved into a wide range of saddles including the Power Pro. 

The Power Pro is a unisex saddle and Specialized has satisfied themselves through their own blood-flow testing and pressure mapping that the Power Pro will offer comfort to both men and women alike thanks to the long wide central cutout.

The Power Pro comes in two colour options, an all-black option with subtle logos or for £10 more it comes in Specialized’s Chameleon finish.

Specifications

Specialized has replaced the standard PU foam used on the other Power models with Elaston padding for improved comfort over the standard foam. The Elaston padding is made using small beads that are expanded into foam which Specialized describes as “the feeling of sitting on 1,000 miniature pillows”. Our test model uses Specialized’s level 2 padding which has a slim profile and feels very soft at the nose and progressively firmer towards the rear. Specialized only offer the Elaston padding on the Pro model. 

The FACT carbon body is tuned to offer more flexibility or stiffness where required with flexible shoulders but little medially give. Specialized has moulded screw mounts on the base to mount their SWAT storage system giving added storage options for carrying road essentials or extra hydration.

Hollow titanium rails help reduce weight without passing on harsh road vibrations. The rails give 5cm adjustment, be careful when shuffling the saddle to the right position as the black finish, and adjustment markings, will easily scratch off making saddle adjustment more of a guessing game.

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Performance

Having heard many raving reviews about the Specialized Power Pro I was looking forward to testing it myself. However, my experience was mixed and I struggled to find a comfortable position over two months of testing. 

Designed to be set up with the nose flat with an upward rising tail I started in this position and went on to try a range of positions with varying results. Setup nose flat or slightly raised resulted in immediate discomfort that would slowly dissipate throughout a ride. Tipping the nose down would relieve initial pains but had the opposite effect, creating hot points on my sit bones, fatigue in my legs and numb hands as the miles racked up. 

Despite numb hands, it must be noted that I never felt any numbness or discomfort to my delicates. I attribute this comfort to the wider cut out which does a good job of moving pressure away from soft sensitive tissue and avoided a loss of blood flow.

Verdict

Of course, every rider is different and my apparent incompatibility with the Power Pro is but a blip in what’s otherwise a sea of rider praise, including fellow Cyclingnews tech writer Josh Croxton who has had many years of comfort aboard a Power saddle. With any touchpoint on the bike, it's always recommended to try before you buy if possible to avoid investing in possible discomfort.

I suspect that the wider and slightly flatter shoulders, when compared to the previously reviewed Prologo Scratch, is what causes my discomfort. There is a good chance that if you like a flatter saddle you will love the Specialized Power Pro and like so many others it could become your go-to option, it's just not for me.

Tech spec: Specialized Power Pro Elaston

  • Price: £190.00 / $275.00 / €239.90 / AU$320.00  
  • Rails: 7mm
  • Widths: 143mm (tested), 155mm
  • Length: 240mm
  • Material: Carbon base with hollow titanium rails
  • Colours: Black or Chameleon
  • Weight: 229g (231g claimed)
Sours: https://www.cyclingnews.com/reviews/specialized-power-pro-saddle-review/
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Specialized Power Mirror saddle long term review

How good does a saddle need to be before it’s worth US$450? That depends, mostly, on how well you get on with other saddles. If you already found your happy seat, the Specialized Power Mirror probably isn’t worth it. But if you struggle to find comfort, this unique, 3D-printed design might be worth a look.

There are plenty of other high-quality saddles out there, and for the most part, you can pick up a whizz-bang saddle with all the “normal” tech for anywhere between $150-200 less. So does that extra cash make for a better fitting, more comfortable saddle? And is this a technology that we will see elsewhere in use on the bike?

The tech

To keep things snappy, I won’t delve too much into the tech behind how this saddle is made; if you want a deeper dive, then check out my first ride of the Power Mirror way back when humans were allowed to mingle at a bike race. The short and sweet description is that the upper uses a 3D printing process called DLS; this is where UV lights “print” the upper in a bath of liquid. This process has allowed Specialized to produce an upper that has minimal limitations in how they can adjust the comfort, support and pressure hot spots.

It’s a world away from the foam and gel padding of old, far more tuneable. That fancy upper is then paired to a FACT carbon shell, and just like the upper, it is tunned for flex, support and comfort. Finally, the rails are oversized and again made from Specialized FACT carbon.

Like the rest of Specialized’s Power range, it comes in two widths, 143mm and 155mm. Weight on our scales is 193 grams for the 143mm saddle, and the 155mm saddle adds just an extra four grams (that’s a manufacturer claimed weight).

Is the Specialized Power Mirror comfortable?

Yes. It’s super comfortable.

Our tech writer Ronan Mc Laughlin. recently reviewed Assos’ JohDah jacket with its wallet robbing price tag of $750. And just like Ronan, I fall into the camp of from the get-go wanting to hate the product for it’s asking price yet, finding myself struggling to tap into that hate to once I’ve used it. Quite simply, Specialized in their collaboration with Carbon, the company behind the printing process, they have knocked the ball out of the park when it comes to keeping your undercarriage comfy and sported.

I’m not the only one who thinks so. Our editor-in-chief, Caley Fretz, had it on a list of ten things he loved in 2020.

I go into far more detail in the video above, but here’s the gist: The 3D printed upper feels like no other saddle I’ve ever used. It’s softer to the touch, which is normally a bad thing, causing hot spots after long days. But this one doesn’t cause hot spots. You sink into it like a well-worn couch and it holds you there in sublime comfort.

The variable firmness throughout the upper seems to be the truck. There is a bit of a cutout down the middle, but rather than just leave a gaping hole, that cutout is filled with super soft, squishy, open-cell type material. It supports you better, while not putting any real pressure where you don’t want it.

I was initially concerned about durability, but it seems to be wearing just fine. There’s no obvious material loss despite half a year of use. I haven’t crashed it (knock on wood) and I do think it probably wouldn’t hold up particularly well to sliding on pavement, but what saddle does?

Sours: https://cyclingtips.com/2021/03/specialized-power-mirror-saddle-long-term-review/
Specialized Mimic Saddles - Romin Evo vs Power vs Phenom

The Specialized Romin Evo Pro was selected for an Editor's Choice award in 2020. This year's list contains 78 items which scored a 9 or 10/10 with our tech team - this gear is the best of the best, and has received the Cycling Weekly stamp of approval. 

Name a (women's) saddle and the likelihood is that I've tried it. Whilst I've never had major surgery requiring issues, I've also never really been able to find a perch that ticks all the boxes. The result? Constant shuffling, which I'm sure has been almost as annoying for anyone on my wheel as it has been for me. Good news: the Specialized Romin Evo appears to have put an end to my shufflebum antics.

To begin with - the Specialized Romin Evo has historically fallen within the men's saddle range. For women, there's now a MIMIC version which replaced the highly popular Oura. However, the brand makes it clear that since saddle comfort is personal, riders of either gender may find comfort aboard either option. I've tried as much as possible to review this saddle from a 'unisex' perspective, in the hope of providing comments useful for both male and female shoppers.

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The Romin Evo is a long nosed saddle, therefore bucking the short and stubby trend that has become highly fashionable in recent years. However, it's a perch you still see aboard the bikes of many pro riders on Specialized sponsored teams. Unlike noseless designs, this approach doesn't anchor the rider into one set position, allowing easy movement between the 'on the rivet' pose during efforts and a more laid back stance when spinning out the legs on those all important recovery rides.

The Romin Evo has a very slight tilt towards the nose, but is much flatter than the outgoing Oura - swapping to this from the discontinued women's model I feel much more planted in the saddle and I much prefer this shape.

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Running through the middle is a Body Geometry pressure relief channel, aimed at maximising blood flow. All products that carry the title 'Body Geometry' have been ergonomically designed and scientifically tested to help riders perform, injury free. With its big bucks budget - plus hundreds of thousands of Retül bike fit data points - Specialized has worked with some of the most famous names in cycling. Which is perhaps why items such as its shoes and saddles are quite so prevalent and well respected in the market.

For me personally, the cut-out is the most essential component of a saddle - it needs to be long and wide enough or I'll very quickly find myself repressing urges to chuck it into a hedge somewhere. The channel provided by the Romin Evo was perfect for me.

Very occasionally on long rides I found the edges of the cut-out a little tough, and I'd like them to graduate a tiny bit more - however I imagine that this could interfere with longevity and my awareness of the ridge was minor.

Specialized has used Level 2 padding, a medium density foam, and I found this provided plenty of relief on rides over four hours. The cover uses the brand's tough and water-resistant Micromatrix material which is seen across the range, providing a lovely, plush and top end aesthetic. On the bike, I felt the saddle looked smart and keeping it all black is absolutely a good move in my understated loving opinion.

This saddle is available in three widths: 143mm, 155m and 168mm. Riding a saddle that provides adequate support can have a chain-reaction effect throughout the whole body.  Saddle pressure mapping teamed up with Retül data has, in the past, shown that riding a perch that's too narrow causes me to shift my hips, creating a leg length and knee angle discrepancy. On the 168mm model, I know that I'm properly supported and the difference this has made to my comfort on the bike has been revolutionary.

This Romin Evo Pro model comes in at £158, weighing 214g in the 168mm width on test. It features carbon rails. There is an S-Works model (though this is only available in 143 and 155mm widths) which is lighter, whilst you can get the same shape at 'Comp' level with Cr-Mo rails for £84 with a weigh penalty of 71g in the 168mm version.

Carbon rails are a 'nice to have' and drop the weight of the product, also reportedly adding to compliance. However, in my opinion it's saddle comfort - the ability to put the power down pain free and ramp up the miles in the knowledge that saddle sores are far away - that plays the biggest role in optimising performance. The Evo Pro model at £158 stands up well against competition and represents great value for money, but I wouldn't think twice about fitting the £85 Comp version either.

Of course, saddle comfort is personal - what suits one rider could be the equal to a bed of nails for another. However, if you're like me - a little bit hypermobile, like the option of moving around on the saddle and appreciate a good sized cut-out - I'd say this is a good model to try. My only criticism is that, being marketed for so long as a 'men's saddle', it took me years of trial and error before discovering this level of saddle Utopia.

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Sours: https://www.cyclingweekly.com/reviews/saddles-seat-posts/specialized-romin-pro-saddle

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Specialized Power Expert Review

The Power Expert is well suited to long road rides, and offers a level of comfort not found on other saddles. If you like to ride low in the drops or use aero handlebar extensions, then this may be the ideal model for you.

Performance Comparison


The Power Expert is ideal for road racing and riding.

The Power Expert is ideal for road racing and riding.

Photo: Curtis Smith


Comfort


The Power Expert has a massive cutout to relive pressure when riding...

The Power Expert has a massive cutout to relive pressure when riding in an aggressive position.

Photo: Curtis Smith


Our testers think that this is a very comfortable saddle. Our test saddle came with a 155mm in width, which is wider than the most other contenders in our test group. With a length of 240mm, the Power saddle is one of the shortest models we have tested. Specialized recommends that this model be set up 3cm farther back than you would set up a standard length saddle. We followed the recommendation and found that it put the sweet spot on the saddle in roughly the same area as our personal saddles. The shape of this saddle is flat, and we immediately felt comfortable set up at a -2 degree angle, as it is very comfortable in an upright position, but the saddle truly shines the lower you get on the hoods.

Many riders struggle to maintain a low position on the hoods (elbows at the same level as the top of the bar) for long periods. There is a fair amount of research that shows that for most riders, the low on the hoods position is the most aerodynamic, and thus most efficient position to ride in, as long as you can sustain the hip angle this creates. The Power is an excellent saddle to push your limits in this position, as the padding is adequate, but the shape and cut out are what make this saddle a stand out for comfort.

Performance


The Power Expert is the shortest saddle we have tested.  A short...

The Power Expert is the shortest saddle we have tested. A short nose and deep wide cutout provide excellent power transfer and comfort when riding in a low aggressive position.

Photo: Curtis Smith


As discussed above, the Power allows the rider to get into a very good position for aerodynamics. When it comes to performance, this is a big advantage. Not only did we find it easy to get into a nice low position, but we were able to maintain power in the low position with increased comfort over many other saddles with traditional shapes. The only drawback to the design is when it comes to steep climbing; the saddle is comfortable in an upright position, but due to the short length, you are relatively locked into one spot. We like to move around a bit into different positions, especially on long sustained climbs, and that is not possible with this seat.

Versatility


All of the factors that make this such a great saddle for flat hard efforts on the road also limit its versatility. We did not care for it on a mountain bike due to its short length, and the massive cutout lets a lot of water and mud through when used for cyclocross. We test all saddles on a variety of bikes because it is nice to be able to use a saddle for more than one discipline; the Power was designed for use on road and time trial bikes, and that is what it excels at.

Durability


We found this saddle to be quite durable when used on a road bike. The cover shows no signs of wear following thousands of miles of use, but the saddle scores lower in the durability category due to its lack of scuff guards or other protective measures. However, when used as directed, this will likely not be an issue.

Weight


Our home measurements indicate that this saddle weighs in at 238 grams, 22 grams lighter than advertised. Not quite a featherweight, but it is competitive with other road saddles in this price range. If weight is a concern, the Power line of saddles are offered in a range of materials; for a price, you can get the weight down substantially.

The Power Expert has titanium rails to lower weight.

The Power Expert has titanium rails to lower weight.

Photo: Curtis Smith


Value


The Power Expert is a great value. Try the Expert version, and if you love it, you can always upgrade to the available S-Works model to shave some weight.

Conclusion


The Specialized Power Expert is a unique saddle that throws conventional looks and design out the window. It is well worth a look if you struggle with long hours in the saddle.

Other Versions and Accessories


Specialized offers the Powersaddle in four different versions and three widths. With the top-end S-Works model boasting carbon rails and a carbon shell.
Sours: https://www.outdoorgearlab.com/reviews/biking/bike-saddle/specialized-power-expert
£350 Specialized S-Works Power Mirror Tech saddle FIRST RIDE - Most Comfortable Saddle in the World?

It’s been almost three years since Specialized rolled out its Power saddle with Mimic technology — designed specifically to gently cushion the soft tissues of the vulva — in a bid to improve its already popular Power model. 

For those of us with a vulva, getting a saddle right can be a painstaking exercise in trial and error but thankfully saddle technology has come a long way over the past few years. Many of us have felt drawn to the truncated shape of the Specialized Power, with its stubby nose, wide flanks and proportionally large cut-out, which has proven popular with all genders despite being originally marketed towards women cyclists.

The US brand doesn't shy away from experimenting with new saddle technologies in an effort to provide more comfort, and earlier this year, Specialized released an updated version of the Power Pro saddle, which not only featured Mimic, but also its similarly successful Elaston technology.

With two comfort features built into this already exceedingly comfortable saddle, is the new Specialized Power Pro Elaston with Mimic the best women’s road bike saddle? Read on to find out what we think of ours.

Design and aesthetics

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Very much resembling its ancestor, the Power Pro Elaston With Mimic saddle features Specialized’s Body Geometry design that consists of a stubby nose up front and a wide back-end to support the sit bones. The central cut-out, proportionally large in relation to the size of the overall saddle, is filled with the Mimic technology that also graces the front end. Besides being squishy, Mimic is recognisable by its shimmery silver-on-black patterning.

Meanwhile on each of the flanks you can see the more subtle appearance of Specialized’s Elaston technology, which it describes as “1,000 miniature pillows”. Looking closely at the surface, it’s possible to spot the mottled texture beneath, signifying the small beads expanded into the foam that makes up its construction. Compared to Mimic, Elaston is a lot more firm, although it has a lot of give. Mimic, on the other hand, feels very soft and is easily compressed with a thumb.

Covering it all is the brand’s Super Stretch material that it claims is capable of prolonging comfort by preventing friction. To the touch, it feels slightly tacky, which explains its ability to maintain grip and stop you from sliding around.

Underneath, the Mimic foam is visible inside the cut-out, coloured bright green. Holding it all together down here is the Specialized’s Fact carbon-fibre shell, designed to provide compliant support while keeping the weight down, and further to that the whole thing rests on hollow titanium rails. Speaking of weight, the Power Pro Elaston with Mimic tips our scales at 239g, putting it in line with the Fabric Line-S Elite Flat Saddle, and 140g lighter than the ISM PM 2.0 Saddle.

The saddle base also features integrated SWAT mounts, allowing you to connect a number of the brand's accessories, should you wish to.

Performance

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During the testing period, I tried the saddle with several of the best women's cycling shorts I have to hand, to see how well it works with a variety of chamois types. While I had no problems with any of them, I definitely recommend a less bulky chamois for all-day riding on this saddle, such as the one found in Velocio's Ultralight Bib Shorts.

Riding atop the Power Pro Elaston with Mimic, and pretty much everything promised is delivered. I’m already an avid user of the original Power saddle, as well as the version with Mimic, so adding Elaston into the mix is just begging for a five-star rating. 

First off, as someone with a vulva who experiences pain when riding on unisex saddles with a longer nose, I really appreciate the truncated nose on the Power. It enables me to ride in almost any position — I’ve used it atop road bikes and touring bikes — without feeling pain or pressure on my labia and soft tissues. Adding the Mimic foam to this area, as well as the central cut-out makes this even more dreamy. The softness of the Mimic foam perfectly cradles those delicate parts in a way that doesn’t crush or rub, and allows me to cycle for hours without discomfort.

Why fill the cut-out with foam as well? I know that when using the original Power saddle for hours at a time, I would occasionally feel the edge of the cut-out pressing against my nether regions in a way that wasn’t painful, but noticeable. Having the central Mimic section actually softens those edges while maintaining the pressure relief the cut-out is intended to provide.

Meanwhile, the wide flanks — I tested the size 155mm — perfectly support my sit bones without creating any undue pressure at the rear. 

Resting your weight on your sit bones on the rear end of a saddle, however, does require a little extra padding in the middle just to keep your undercarriage adequately supported. There is a danger though, of having too much support in the way of thick foam cushioning that can end up cutting off your circulation. It’s a delicate balance and Specialized gets it just right with Elaston, which covers the rear half of the saddle. It feels a lot softer than the PU cover of the original Power saddle, and the expanded beads beneath the surface work their magic by softening and supporting your weight, then springing back into shape after use. 

It’s true that over time, foam cushioning can become worn down, but having pedalled countless miles atop this saddle, I can confidently say it still feels good as new, while the Mimic section at the front has moulded into shape. 

What results is a saddle that I am happy to come back to again and again.

Verdict

The Specialized Power Pro Elaston with Mimic is an incredibly comfortable and supportive women’s saddle that feels just as comfortable in an aggressive ride position as it does while relaxed and more upright. It is built to last, and has so far given me three months of almost daily use, with countless all-day rides and who-knows-how-many miles covered.

As an advocate for women’s cycling I am forever recommending the Specialized Power with Mimic saddle to people who ask, and now I will be adding the word ‘Elaston’ to that recommendation.

Tech Specs: Specialized Power Pro Elaston with Mimic

  • Price: £200 / $275 / AU$400 / €260
  • Weight: 239g
  • Sizes: 143mm, 155mm* (*tested)
  • Rails: Titanium

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Specialized Power saddle with Mirror Technology review

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When I tested Cadex’s Boost saddle a few months ago, I touted it as one of the most comfortable saddles I had tested recently. I certainly stand by that, but now that I’ve been using Specialized’s Power saddle with Mirror Technology, I can firmly state I have found the most comfortable saddle I’ve tested. The Power saddle with Mirror blows everything out of the water.

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It sounds ridiculous to admit this, but the first time I sat on this saddle and started pedaling, I actually said — out loud, to no one in particular — “Wow!” Yes, this saddle made a cheesy infomercial out of me. But the Power saddle with Mirror technology earns the accolades, especially on long rides that require a bit of a softer touch on your softer tissues.

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Mirror Technology

You can listen to the Tech Podcast episode with Specialized product manager Garrett Getter to learn all about why 3D-printed saddles exist in the first place. And you can read a bit more about the Power Saddle with Mirror Technology here to get a sense of what makes it unique.

But the gist of it is, the 3D printing process allows Specialized to tailor densities and support areas based on its data from countless pressure-mapping sessions to create a perch that’s light and supportive — minus the drawbacks of the more standard foam materials used in most saddles. Specialized uses a 3D-printed liquid polymer and promises a saddle that supports where you need it and cushions softly everywhere else, and otherwise keeps pressure off tissues you don’t want to experience pressure.

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Riding the Power Saddle with Mirror Technology

Man, this thing sure is cushy. I got only a few rides on the Power Saddle with Mirror Technology before my colleague Ben Delaney absconded with it. He tested it on a Canyon Ultimate, which has a split seatpost that also works to help cushion the rider. Ben found the saddle to be a bit too cushy in combination with the Ultimate’s seatpost, leading to something of a bouncy feel.

But on the two bikes on which I tested the saddle — a Trek Emonda SLR 9 eTap, and a second bike I can’t talk about just yet — the Power Saddle with Mirror Technology was a revelation. It’s the most comfortable saddle I’ve ever used on a road bike, hands down.

It’s important to note that the Emonda features a seat cap design, which does add some compliance to the rear of the bike. The other top-secret bike on which I tested the saddle only features a 27.2mm seatpost to offer compliance. On the former, I did get a bit of extra bounce, but I didn’t find it bothersome. On the latter, the Power saddle was ideal, adding all the cushion I needed to a bike with an ultra-stiff rear end.

Notably, scooting forward on the saddle didn’t come with the typical discomfort of perching on this part of the seat. The 3D-printed lattice system seems to accommodate the extra weight here, so you can scoot forward for an aggressive aero or descending position without too much worry.

Power Saddle with Mirror technology: verdict

So what’s the catch? Why not give the Power saddle with Mirror technology five stars? Look at that price tag and you’ll know exactly where that final star went. Look, this is definitely a comfortable saddle, and I wouldn’t even hesitate to call it the most comfortable saddle I’ve tested in the nearly six years I’ve been writing for VeloNews.

But no one should ever have to pay this much for a saddle.

Specialized S-Works Power saddle with Mirror Technology

Granted, the price is on par with other 3D-printed saddles on the market like Fizik’s Antares Adaptive saddle, but just because everyone else is charging an arm and a leg doesn’t make it right.

So while the Power Saddle with Mirror Technology is indeed a comfort revelation, it would be even more of a dominant force in bicycle technology if most riders could afford to add it to their rides.

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Sours: https://www.velonews.com/gear/road-gear/specialized-power-saddle-with-mirror-technology-review/


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