Here’s something we’ve not seen before, Specialized’s new Body Geometry Elaston saddles, claimed as they are to let you “ride a cloud of 1,000 pillows” which sounds amazing if you’ve ever suffered saddle discomfort.
Specialized hasn’t quite managed to condense that many pillows into a saddle. What it has actually done is used a new padding technology that expands thousands of small beads into foam, which it reckons gives the effect of sitting on a cloud of pillows. But how do they know how that feels? Have they built a rig?
"We've replaced the traditional PU padding for an Elaston foam construction that's made up of small beads that are expanded into the foam. The result? The feeling off sitting on 1,000 miniature pillows rather than one piece of foam," explains Specialized.
The new padding replaces the usual polyurethane and is found in the company’s stubby nosed Power saddle, the Power Pro Elaston to give it its full name. Aside from this fancy new padding, you’re looking at a lightweight carbon fibre shell with a central channel and hollow titanium rails. Two widths, 143 and 155mm, are available, with the narrowest weighing a claimed 231g.
The road.cc tech team have always found Body Geometry saddles to generally be very comfortable, with a good range of shapes to choose from. The short-nosed Power is part of a growing trend of performance focused saddles intended for very aggressive rider fits, helping to reduce pressure on soft tissue when in the aero position. We look forward to seeing what impact this new padding has on saddle comfort.
These new saddles don't come cheap mind, coming in at £190 compared to £175 for a regular Power Pro saddle. More at www.specialized.com
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.