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Old 10-03-17, 10:14 PM
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Specialized saddles...

Which is the road model focused on endurance?
Or more comfort?

Romim evo?

Thanks in advance for the help
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Old 10-03-17, 10:20 PM
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I use the Specialized Power on both my commute and fair-weather bikes. It's "supposed" to be more of a TT saddle with its extremely short nose design, but it actually really works well for my type of relaxed upright riding. Main thing is it has a cutout, and the short nose means less pressure on the frontal area. Guy at my LBS recommended it to me couple years ago and said that every other one of his co-workers uses one except for the one mechanic who sticks to Brooks.
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Old 10-03-17, 10:51 PM
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Check out the Phenom. A little more padding than the Toupe.
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Old 10-03-17, 11:19 PM
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I like the Romin. It was recommended to me because it was the Spec saddle most like the Selle Italia Flite Ti, which was my former favorite saddle.
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I'd say romin would be better for upright position since its got that curve at the back
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I got cyclist nodules shortly after changing frames. Could not run the same saddle I had run for years. I tried many old and new saddles (I've always been able to ride anything, so I have quite a collection of old saddles over the years) and settled on the Toupe. Super comfy for me.
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Old 10-04-17, 09:28 AM
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Think I tried a Romin Evo Expert Gel. Spesh says it is designed for an aggressive position. I Couldn't level it to my liking. Not much padding.

Took it back to the store. Got an Avatar Expert (don't see it on Specialized's website now, only the Avatar Comp Gel). I like the Avatar a lot. It is a flatter saddle with more cushioning.
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Old 10-04-17, 10:46 AM
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Romin Evo +1
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I switched from the Toupe to the Romin when it first came out and have never looked back. Great shape for ME...but there's the thing...it's got to be right for you specifically. Good thing Specialized has a 90 return policy on saddles. Buy one...if it's not right swap it for another.
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The Romin does take a bit of tweaking, so don't give up on it too soon. On the other hand, if you can't make it work for you, you can't make it work.
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Specialized Power +1 This saddle was recommended to me during a professional bike fit and I purchased two in the 155 width so my sit bones would be on the saddle. It does come in other widths. I find this one to be very comfortable.
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+1 on Power saddle, the only saddle I've tried that I never notice it while riding
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I also switched to the Power (Power Pro, 155 width) and have been loving it. It's a little goofy looking with the short nose but I find it super comfy.
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My wife is on a Power Pro 155. Everytime I read anyone trying these they say they love them.
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I had a Romin Evo and it was comfortable up to about 30 miles and then it became very uncomfortable. I switched to the Power Expert 155 and I love it like a fat kid loves chocolate cake.
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was using their Avatar Gel 143 mm for a while. seemed comfy enough but eventually switched to a Brooks B17 which seems better for me
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Romin EVO on the 4 main road bikes, Power on my track bike....perfect for track racing.
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Nice to see many adherents to the Power on here. I dunno what it is about that saddle that makes it so good; I think the fairly large cut-out in the middle has a lot to do with it. Stock saddle I've used before had no cut-out, and was a literal pain in the ass! Can't believe I put up with it for years before deciding to try out the Power.
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+1 for the Power.

I was on the Astute Skyline VT previously and it was very comfy. Switched over to the Power and it took me 5-6 rides to break in. The Power was definitely harder on the cushioning (I was on Power Pro), but overtime I got used to it.
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Old 10-05-17, 09:26 PM
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Another vote for the Power. Its a very individual choice though.
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Old 10-05-17, 10:11 PM
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Power Pro here. Took a while to get it tweaked in. Several hundred miles. Small adjustments make a big difference with this saddle.
The Toupe that came with my Allez was ok, but I kept having trouble with prostate irritation with much time in the drops. I'm an old guy, btw. I got the Power saddle hoping the wide channel would give me some relief. So far it has. In fact, drops are the most comfortable position now.
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Old 10-06-17, 12:37 AM
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I have the older Phenom 143 on 3 of my bikes, 4th one broke where the rail met the saddle. 1 bike has the newer style Phenom, and it is not that great in comparison. Looking on eBay again for another of the older model Phenoms again.
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Old 10-06-17, 05:59 PM
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I'm a Power rider but just tried the new Power Arc for about 50 miles. I thought the more rounded shape would help with the very occasional issues I have with the regular Power, but so far the Arc is causing some discomfort. I may return it for a regular Power for use on bike #2. Anyone else try the Arc yet?
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The Romain is shaped extremely well but there is not enough padding (dense firm padding works best for my skinny butt) for me. It is great to about 25-30 miles. I will try the Power in 155.
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Love my Romin. Had it for many years.
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