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Looking for advice on Specialized saddles

Old 03-23-13, 07:29 PM
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Looking for advice on Specialized saddles

I'm going into my LBS tomorrow to get fitted for a Specialized saddle and I'm wondering of you guys have any advice. I've been testing some Fizik saddles with no success so I'm hoping the Specialized will be an improvement. .

Any specific aspects of the Toupe or Romin that I should be aware of? I hear the flatter Toupe is better for more upright posture while the Romin is better for a more aggressive posture but I'm not sure which one makes the most sense for my style of riding. I like to go fast but also like to be comfortable.

I'm 6', about 165lbs and ride about 100mi a week between commuting to work and riding for fun on weekends.
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you will love romin just give it few rides to adjust
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Originally Posted by Buzzatronic
I'm going into my LBS tomorrow to get fitted for a Specialized saddle and I'm wondering of you guys have any advice. I've been testing some Fizik saddles with no success so I'm hoping the Specialized will be an improvement. .

Any specific aspects of the Toupe or Romin that I should be aware of? I hear the flatter Toupe is better for more upright posture while the Romin is better for a more aggressive posture but I'm not sure which one makes the most sense for my style of riding. I like to go fast but also like to be comfortable.

I'm 6', about 165lbs and ride about 100mi a week between commuting to work and riding for fun on weekends.
The guy that manages the Trek & Cannondale shop by my house, recommended I try the Bontrager Evoke 1 . Said it came on his 4000.00 dollar something, For 70.00 bucks it was worth trying, no complaints yet. suspension seat post, I have a bad back.
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Wow...no. No one can ever determine what saddle will work best for someone else over the Internet.

OP...you just have to try them. Sorry. You can buy and sell them on EBay all the time without losing much if any value. Once you know what you like then hit the store. Also a good Specialized BG fitter will almost definitely get you in the right saddle and work with you until it's right allowing returns.

FWIW the Romin was an ass hatchet for me. Horrid. The Toupe and alias have been my favorite forever.
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Agree with Psimet. To help you make a better choice of saddle, it helps to understand what you didn't like about the other saddles you have tried before.
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Love my Romin pro. Switched from a Charge Spoon after a long ride gave me numbness after 120 miles. Never had any issues before, but it was more than enough to frighten me.

Saddles are VERY personal things. A good LBS will let you exchange them once they know you're serious.
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Originally Posted by Beaker
Agree with Psimet. To help you make a better choice of saddle, it helps to understand what you didn't like about the other saddles you have tried before.
Thanks for the replies guys. My biggest problem with my stock saddle and the Fizik's are that I'm getting a bit of numbness in the taint area. The channeled Fizik seemed to help a little with the numbness but caused pinching and chamois bunching instead which wasn't a good tradeoff.

I know I can't get the answer from the internet on this, just looking for some words of wisdom for folks who have done the saddle shuffle before with a Specialized shop.

The shop I'm going to is an "elite" Specialized dealer and BG fitter so I suspect they know their stuff and will make sure I get what I need.
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Just because of the closeness in shape I would go straight to the toupe.

The toupe and the romin are different sadles, one is flat and the other one is curved. Since the fizik is flat I would try the same shape but with the cut out, the toupe 1st. Then move to the romin if the toupe doesnt work.

Personally I cant stand the romin for more than 15 mins, good saddle but is way too curve and way too paddy for my taste, felt like an a s s hatchet after 15 mins, had to return it.

The other that is nice and I would love to see it with a cut out is the contact saddle, that thing is fantastic... but saddly I do need a cut out, we got one for test in another forum from the manufacture to pas along and that thing at the 1st second makes you feel that you are pedaling full power, never felt anything like that before but since i need the cut out i had to set it aside and hoping he guy designs one with a cut out or maybe one ultra thin like the toupe but with his shape.

Prologo sadles are pretty good but same situation, the cut out. If you need a cut out that leaves several saddles out.

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Guys who hate Fiziks seem to love Specialized, so there you go.
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Originally Posted by oldbobcat
Guys who hate Fiziks seem to love Specialized, so there you go.
And vice versa. The Toupe cut me to pieces, the Phenom was better but still unacceptable, a Fizik Aliante is just fine.
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Originally Posted by oldbobcat
Guys who hate Fiziks seem to love Specialized, so there you go.
Yeah, OP, you may get lucky somewhere in the Specialized line. As others have said sometimes the people who can't get happy with Fizik score in the Specialized line.

There's nothing Fizik does that works for me. I love the way they look (vain, I know) so I tried everything including Versus variants. I'm having blood flow issues in 5 minutes with an Arione. Antares is not much better. Aliante I can sit on for a little while but still not comfortable.

I'm 150 pounds but very wide sitbones so that may be why I don't get along with the Fizik options.

Try out as many as you can, both in styles and widths. The sit bones measuring device may help, they'll probably sit you down on that. For me the first time I sat on a 155mm Romin EVO I knew I found what I was looking for and that all would be right with the world. It did chew on the sit bones a little at first but compared to the other option of numbness I was quite alright with the trade off. Once that passed, and it wasn't long, I was in love. I only have to get out of the saddle if I want to these days. I can ride the Toupe as well I just found the Romin saddles to be better for me.
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OP...just to add having ridden the Toupe and Romin extensively...just sold my Romin and Toupe is all I ride. Best saddle I have found...ever.
Never liked the Romin...didn't hurt but wasn't comfortable like the Toupe I ride in 155mm width. Cutout + width sizing + Toupe's firm but flexible shell is a great combo for many. Kudo's to Specialized for moving saddle tech forward.
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To Psimet's point you really do have to try them out in order to determine what works for you. I tried the Toupe and it was an ass hatchet despite having used the ass-o-meter to get the right size.
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I just picked up a Toupe two days ago after having the same issues as you describe - numbness after 30+ minutes of being seated. I think that a big part of the problem was that the former saddle was too cushy, allowing compression of sensitive bits. After 90 min on the trainer yesterday (on the Toupe), no such issues. My sit bones hurt from being unaccustomed to the lack of padding, but the main problem was gone.

As far as the shop, the guy that I dealt with was good. Ask up front about the return policy and you should get the same answer - as long as I keep the 'packing' and make sure the saddle stays in good enough condition that it can be sold as new, I have 30 days to return or exchange. If the shop that you go to doesn't provide something similar, go elsewhere.
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I ride a Specialized Riva. It's the same geometry of the Avatar but with foam instead of gel (so about $60 cheaper as well). Has been a great saddle so far. I also used to ride a Specialized Sonoma which they no longer make, the LBS told me that the Dolce has replaced it. My wife got the Dolce and I road it and it was alot more cushion than mine but was a good ride (even though it's labeled as a womens design). My tried and failed saddles have been:
Fizik Arione (they could use this thing as a torture device)
WTB Silverado (Not bad but not quite right for me)
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The only thing others can do is tell you what saddle works for them. No one can suggest a saddle for someone else. I can tell you that Specialized has a very good test saddle program. Take advantage of it. You may find that no Specialized saddle is right for you. Now, having said that, I did take advantage of their test saddle program and ended up wit a Romin, which works great for me.

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I bought a saddle called a Toupe,
It threw my friends for a loop.
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