It's no secret. I've got this thing about saddles. The Alias is STILL the saddle of reference for me. After buying the Troupe, I sold my beloved Alias (almost a year on this saddle) on eBay, and promptly started wishing I hadn't. I've put about 1,500 miles, including a 75 miler on the Toupe, but yet...
Anyway, last Saturday, Linda and I go to Erik's Bikeshop in Maple Grove. Naturally, I'm checking out saddles, and what do I see but a Speclialized Alias that somehow doesn't look like the Alias I know and love (and keep going back to). So, I dutifully pick it up and carry it up to the counter to ask the manager, Dan, what is the story with this Alias. Turns out, it's a 2007 model.
So, naturally, I bought it
It feels just like well, an Alias. but the familiar round pads where the sitbones rest and the stitching are gone, making for a smoother, and less shorts-wearing experience. Also, as there's no stitching to wear out, the saddle should look new longer.
So, here's a pic of my new 2007 Alias: