Bike racers and triathletes – and any other cyclists who like to get in a low position on a bike – now have the Specialized Power saddle designed specially for them.
Those of us who race or spend a lot of time bent over the bars know that an aggressive position can often bring discomfort, numbness, and pain in the nether regions with a saddle.
The Power is designed to reduce the discomfort with a short nose (30mm shorter than a traditional saddle), with a wider cut-out channel, proper sit bone support, and a light level of padding, all of which increase blood flow.
And the Power is designed for both men and women.
All Specialized Power saddles as well as bikes, apparel, and bike gear are available at Ben’s Cycle, 1013 W. Lincoln Avenue, Milwaukee. We’ll put you on the special “butt-o-meter” to measure the distance between your sit bones. Our fit expert Brett Meinke can make suggestions for you as well.
The Power also has two threaded holes at the back to allow for SWAT (storage, water, air, tools) accessories, extra water bottle cages, even a GoPro mount!
Specialized Power Keeps Riders Numbness-Free for Hours
Bike Radar did some long-term testing of the Power, and James Huang said he stayed comfortable and numbness-free after several hours on the bike.
Once you’re settled into the saddle’s sweet spot, you’re treated to a firm yet supportive perch that quickly disappears beneath you and stays that way for hours on end. The relatively flat cross-section combines with the generously-sized central cutout to reduce pressure on soft tissue to nearly nothing, but without feeling like you’re on an unforgiving slab of lumber.
More impressively, those comfort levels carry through even to extreme hip angles where unconventional saddles often hold an advantage. One tester who regularly experienced numbness on another saddle brand swapped to a Power and was able to go a full hour on aero bar extensions with no issues.
Specialized Used Blood-Flow Devices to Design Power Saddle
Cyclingtips described the process used by Dr. Roger Minkow, who designs the Body Geometry saddles for Specialized. Once Minkow was able to use a transcutaneous oxygen monitor, he was able to refine the saddle to increase blood flow and reduce numbness in the perineum region.
The reviewer from Cyclingtips said the saddle allowed him to get low on the bike and stay comfortable on the saddle.
I’ve been riding the Power for just over a months now and was impressed from the moment I first sat on it. Sitting up on the hoods or crouched down in the drops, both positions are just as comfortable and I can, for nearly the first time, say that I almost forget that a stiff, thinly-padded carbon saddle sits beneath me. Personally, the overall effect of the design translates into a feeling of decreased pressure in the perineum, and a comfortable but solid platform for the sitbones and surrounding area. Specialized says they designed the Power to accommodate one position, and one position only.
Specialized Power Saddle Works for a Single Sweet-Spot Position
RoadBikeAction also tested the saddle and said it was “beyond comfortable,” but warned there is a sweet spot that prompts you to roll your hips forward – which our bike fitter Brett says you should be doing anyway. (Instead of rolling your back, bend forward at the hips to get a flatter back.)
Living up to its expectations, the Power saddle is beyond comfortable. Rolling your hips forward to get to the drops isn’t just comfortable, it is actually easier with less material inhibiting the pelvis from rotating. The contouring shape, contributed by the Phenom, lets you sit in the aggressive position without fuss of shifting around to find a place to settle in. The minimal padding was never an issue, the pressure on the pelvis was dispersed so much to where it felt like there was no saddle underneath.
I would warn that there is definitely a sweet spot for the saddle. If your hips are rolled too far back you are met with an immense amount of pressure n the sit bones that makes rolling forward necessary out of discomfort. Riding too low, you may also see a good amount of discomfort from sheer pressure in the largest part of your perennial area. All in all, when riding with the proper sized saddle (see your local Specialized dealer for sizing) and it the right position, the Power saddle will meet expectation not thought to exist for a bicycle saddle.
Specialized Power Comes in Three Sizes, Three Colors, Four Models
The Specialized Power saddle comes in 143, 155, and 168mm (for Comp, Expert models) widths as well as in black, Team (red), and white colors.
- The S-Works model with FACT carbon (Specialized’s carbon lay-up system) shell and rails. 300.-
- The Pro Power has a carbon shell and titanium rails. 200.-
- The Expert Power has a bit more cushioning, carbon-reinforced shell, and titanium rails.
- The Comp Power has a bit more cushioning, carbon-reinforced shell, and alloy rails.