I’ve been looking at the Specialized Power saddle for a while now, as soon as it came out I was curious about it. It didn’t help that one of my mates who works at Specialized was singing its praises.
The saddle came out a while ago, 2015 to be exact, but it’s taken me this long to actually get around to buying one. In fact, it’s taken so long that Specialized has released a new version of it. It’s called the Specialized Power Arc.
I did a fair bit of research between the old and the new and tried to work out which one would better suit me. I then decided that I would go for the latest addition, according to a lot of the reviews, the main thing that people complained about the old one was the ‘sharp’ edges around the cut-out. The arc version appears to address this. Otherwise, they’re both as good as each other.
The newer model was only £5 more than the original, it seemed like a no-brainer to me. The plan is to put this saddle on my track bike. The one on my road bike still works fine, although if this is as comfortable as people say, a second one may find its way onto my road bike too.
The current saddle on my track bike is just the one it came with, nothing fancy about it, It’s a toupe sport, it has a small cut out and a little bit of padding. Interestingly, I have the toupe expert on my road bike which I love. The sport, however, isn’t very comfy. It’s ok for short blasts on the bike, but after that, it causes all sorts of problems for me.
I set about fitting the saddle to the Langster. Remembering to add a little strip of electrical tape around the bottom of the seatpost. At least that way I don’t have to worry about setting the correct height again. I pulled the seatpost and existing saddle off the bike and started to loosen the saddle bolts. Not long later and the old saddle comes away from the seatpost.
It’s a bit of a faff getting the new saddle on, mainly because of the clamping mechanism of the seatpost. But once on, it looks great. I refitted the seatpost back onto the bike; lining the piece of tape is stuck on earlier with the top of the seat clamp. I then spent a bit of time making sure the saddle was level and tightened up all of the bolts.
A little test, albeit in jeans, and it felt pretty good. I think I need to go and properly try it out. It’s also something that I can tick off my list.
When was the last time you got a new saddle?
Until next time.
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