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Specialized Toupe or Toupe Gel Saddle?

Old 10-04-06, 11:20 PM
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Specialized Toupe or Toupe Gel Saddle?

Is the gel a gimmick? Does it wear out/harden over time? I currently ride an Alias on my MTB and like it, so I am planning to get the Toupe for my roadie based on all the great reviews. Please help me decide whether to get the regular or the gel. Is the only advantage of the regular that it is minutely lighter?
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Old 10-04-06, 11:38 PM
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I thought to myself, "there's no way that hot seat is comfy", I have a new avatar gel that was great too, but that toupe is light and quite comfy. Not sure if it's "as" comfortable as the avatar but it comes pretty close.

couldn't tell you much about the gel. All I know is that stiffer is more supportive.
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Old 10-05-06, 05:18 AM
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I "squished" the gel on a new one at the LBS last weekend. I have the white Toupe 143, and the "squeeze" was on a white Gel Toupe 143. I'd have to put them right next to each other to feel the difference. After the break in, the Toupe I have, sans gel, is fantastic.
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I have the Toupe without gel and I can't believe the gel would make it any more comfortable. I would buy another Toupe without the gel in a heartbeat.
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I had the Toupe for most of the year and just got the Gel. To me there just isn't a whole heck of a lot of difference in the two saddles. What does stick out to me though is that the frame of the Gel doesn't flex nearly as much as the original Toupe. Now I wonder if this is a running design change to tthe original model as well because I know some people complain that it flexes too much. I haven't seen a newer std. Toupe to confirm this though. They are the same cost and its really a coin flip...both are great.
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