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Old 01-15-10, 05:34 PM
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Specialized Saddles

Anyone have experience with Alias and Toupe saddles? If so, how would you say they compare.
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Old 01-15-10, 05:39 PM
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I have a Toupe, best saddle that I have ever ridden. I highly recommend trying one out.
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Old 01-15-10, 05:54 PM
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I have used both and the toupe is by far the better saddle for me.

I found the alias didn't flex very much and after about an hour was quite uncomfortable on my sit bones. I don't have the same problems with the toupe.
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Old 01-15-10, 05:58 PM
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I had been used to having a cut-out on my saddle, but recently got a new bike that came with a saddle with no cut-out (as well as being pretty firm and hard). I'm getting some numbness as a result.

So I'm also interested in these Specialized saddle comments.

I'm pretty convinced I want/need a saddle with a cut-out. I'd use my old one, but I'm leaving it on the old bike (which will be my bad-weather bike), and besides, it was pretty heavy/clunky.

I'm looking for something that has a cut-out, while still being reasonably light. The Specialized Toupe and Avatar models are of interest to me, and I've also been looking at a couple of Selle Italia models that have cut-outs (although a lot of Selle Italia models are above my willingness to pay) - possibly also looking at a Terry model or two.

The poster who liked their Toupe - was it the one with, or without, the gel insert?

Any other saddles with cutouts to consider?
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Old 01-15-10, 05:59 PM
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A boatload of people on this forum use the Toupe, probably more than any other saddle. Mostly good things to say, but you have to try it out for yourself.
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I have ridden the Toupe Gel on an aluminum bike (Specialized Allez), and a normal Toupe on a carbon fiber bike (Specialized Tarmac). I have to say as ironic as it logically sounds, the Gel one is more UNcomfortable, and the Toupe works very well for me.

I am currently trying out the Romin SL, which has a rear section that kind of flares out. I have found that the material seems to be more "slippery", as it is easier to slide forward and backward depending on if you are on the hoods or on the drops. As to if I will switch, I don't know yet, I am still test riding the saddle, and have only gotten about 30 miles into it.

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Old 01-15-10, 09:03 PM
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Didn't ride the toupe but just started with the alias and its the best thing that has happened to me
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Old 01-15-10, 09:32 PM
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After trying a bunch of seats, Alias 143 on both of my bikes.
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Originally Posted by pkone View Post
I have used both and the toupe is by far the better saddle for me.

I found the alias didn't flex very much and after about an hour was quite uncomfortable on my sit bones. I don't have the same problems with the toupe.
+1. Exactly the same experience for me.
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Old 01-15-10, 09:41 PM
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I'm happy with my Toupe for centuries and longer, but I'll be back to see if umd leaves his ass hatchet experience later.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
I'm happy with my Toupe for centuries and longer, but I'll be back to see if umd leaves his ass hatchet experience later.
Yup. Ass-hatchet

Originally Posted by Quel View Post
A boatload of people on this forum use the Toupe, probably more than any other saddle. Mostly good things to say, but you have to try it out for yourself.
It is a fairly well liked saddle on the bikeforums, sure, but I'll bet if you took a poll I doubt it would be "more than any other saddle."
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Alias got uncomfortable after a while, switched to Toupe, which seemed to work OK for a while, then became very painful for rides >2 hrs. After several different saddles, am currently just tolerating a San Marco Regal. Funny, someone just recommended the Romin today. Coincidence!

Still looking...
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Old 01-16-10, 12:18 AM
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
Yup. Ass-hatchet
That was also my first experience with the Toupe. I first tried it when it was released, a 143. It was great for short rides but on my first ride over 50 miles it was a hatchet. It happened at around 60-70 miles, excruciating, like having razor blades in the shorts along the outside of the saddle. After trying other saddles I gave the Toupe another try when the 155 size was added to the line. It hasn't left my seatpost since close to two years now. My longest rides have been a couple of Death Rides, meaning long hours in the saddle.
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Old 01-16-10, 12:26 AM
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I've got the Alias, best saddle I've ever owned. Brother in law has the Avatar gel, he likes it as well.
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Old 01-16-10, 09:44 AM
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I am a fan of the Toupe saddle, it is really comfortable, well for me it is.
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