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I had been riding my ORCA OMX for 2 years with the Specialized S-Works Power Saddle.
For the first 10 miles of every ride I would always experience a gradual numbing/lack of blood flow(?) down my inner left leg. Standing out of the saddle would immediately remedy it, but I knew that wasnï¿½t something I should have to be doing to become comfortable ESPECIALLY on the flats.
I decided to go in to get an updated fit at Piermont Bike shop by Jason. We realized I was now riding much more aero than 2 years ago and obviously something else in my body dynamics was changing. We dropped my stem dramatically (as well as some other things tweaks) and he pointed out that the Power Saddle had a very severe drop off in width. I couldnï¿½t imagine the nose width of the Pro would be comfortable. I was wrong. I now ride w/o thinking about my saddle which is how it is supposed to be.
Granted, that doesnï¿½t mean this saddle will work for you. Unfortunately, chasing comfortable saddles and shoes is time consuming and expensive $$ (I was married to Sidi and Shimano shoes, but once introduced to Lake, theyï¿½re here to stay). Having a great fitter will lessen the cost and shorten the search in the long run as long as they are honest and would admit the lines they carry arenï¿½t best for you and would recommend other manufacturers.
The only thing I miss about my specialized saddle, is that in grey, it looked awesome on my Orca ??
This has to be one of - if not THE - best saddles I've ever ridden! It's very comfortable and provides a comfortable ride on short or long rides. The padding is not too soft and the center cut-out is not too big or small.
With several widths to choose from here at BTD you surely will be able to nail it. Be sure and get your specific width correct and it's a fantastic ride. That makes all the difference in the world as well: get that saddle to match your sit bone width.
I've tried many, many other saddles, especially after I went through a debacle with my prostate gland. Trust me: this one takes the cake. Buy it! You won't regret it!
When I first put these on my bike (Fezzari Shafer carbon), it looked downright silly. Actually, even after a few months, they still do. But the shallow reach and wide flare is perfect ï¿½ it's completely transformed how I descend and my confidence through rough patches of gravel. I spend a lot more time in the drops. By conventional road bike standards these would be considered too wide for me (I got the 46cm, FYI, and I ride a 55-56cm / Medium bike), but this is gravel ï¿½ï¿½and comfort and control is what I want from my gravel rig. While less aero, they are all-around very comfortable, especially with the wider top bars and gentle backsweep. Get them on sale for less than $100 and it's a steal.
I got this to make a somewhat too big (primarily too long reach) road bike rental work for me and improve comfort. The angle was critical to reducing the effective reach and increasing comfort. This stem was reasonably priced, and I think BTD knocked off a few bucks when I got it with a sale. The quality for the price was good, and the delivery was amazingly fast. This stem was such a success that the rental shop owner asked if he could buy the stem from me, so I am going to get another one now for future travels!