After the S-Works Power with Mirror and the S-Works Romin with Mirror, Specialized has now introduced its 3D-printed upper at a slightly more affordable price point. The Power Pro with Mirror features titanium rails along with a reclaimed carbon base and costs £290.
Mirror, if you missed it, is Specialized’s take on using a 3D-printed lattice construction for a saddle’s upper. It is made using ‘struts’ and ‘nodes’, with this Power Pro model getting the same 14,000 struts and 7,799 nodes to create the unique design.
Specialized creates this Mirror upper by 3D-printing a liquid polymer to form what they claim to be “an infinitely tuneable honeycomb structure.”
The benefit, they claim, is that the matrix of strands can be tuned in a way that is impossible with conventional foam, thus allowing Specialized to create a saddle that “cradles and supports the pelvis, creating a hammock effect that lets the saddle support your weight, not the soft tissue around your sit bones.”
Being a saddle from the Power range, the saddle is designed for road bikes with a lower front end. The short shape flares quickly at the rear and rises towards the tail, with the idea being that the saddle is supportive when you’re hunkered down in the drops.
At the base, you’ll find a rather interesting feature, though we’ll forgive you if you’ve never found the base of a saddle to be interesting. Specialized says that “innovations in manufacturing allow us to utilise reclaimed carbon from factory production” and Specialized describes this as a “first step on the road to closed-loop production.”
That closed-loop production is a process where materials are recycled indefinitely without their base properties being sacrificed. It is seen as a sustainable approach to the supply chain so while some bike brands push environmentally harmful NFTs, it’s good to see Specialized is actively looking to clean up its carbon footprint a little.
The saddle base uses 15% reclaimed carbon that is combined with injected nylon to form a composite shell.
Attaching the saddle to your seatpost is a set of titanium alloy rails in a 7mm round size. This is the unofficial industry standard size and Specialized says that it has been chosen as it is more versatile than a 7x9mm carbon rail and will therefore fit more seatposts.
The saddle is available in two widths, the standard 143mm and the wider 155mm. One is on the way to us for testing, so we’ll have a review online soon.
Son of a Marathon runner, Nephew of a National 24hr Champion, the racing genetics have completely passed him by. After joining the road.cc staff in 2016 as a reviewer, Liam quickly started writing feature articles and news pieces. After a little time living in Canada, where he spent most of his time eating poutine, Liam returned with the launch of DealClincher, taking over the Editor role at the start of 2018. At the weekend, Liam can be found racing on the road both in the UK and abroad, though he prefers the muddy fields of cyclocross. To date, his biggest race win is to the front of the cafe queue.