Specialized Power Pro: 600 mile report. It’s a win.
I’ve had my Specialized Power Pro saddle for 2 weeks now, and have put 600 miles on it. I think it’s time for a follow-up to my initial report.
The saddle sores I developed when I was demoing the ISM Breakway saddle started going away within a few days of switching to the Power Pro; they are now 100% gone.
On my previous saddle (Selle Italia Max Flite Gel Flow), after a metric century ride (or longer) I’d feel a little soreness when riding the next day. This was doubly true on the ISM Breakway seat. Well, on Friday I rode a metric century, and on Saturday morning when I rode I felt absolutely no soreness. In fact, there was not even the slightest hint of tenderness.
Saturday’s ride was a little over 50 miles and, once again, I experienced no saddle discomfort whatsoever.
On Sunday I did a short 31 mile ride. My legs were definitely feeling the previous two rides, but there was zero tenderness or discomfort in my butt.
I rated my previous saddle, the Selle Italia Max Flite Gel Flow, a 6 out of 10 on the comfort scale. I put more than 20,000 miles on that saddle.
I rated my comfort level on the ISM Breakaway a 2 out of 10. I put 1,300 miles over a 1 month period on that saddle before returning it. That month was truly the most uncomfortable I’ve ever been on a bike. To be fair, many cyclists love ISM saddles, which underscores the fact the saddle choice is highly individual.
My initial rating of the Specialized Power Pro was 8 out of 10 on the comfort scale. I’m going to bump that score up slightly to 8.5 out of 10.
I was supposed to do a century on the Power Pro this past Friday, but a broken spoke forced us to cut the ride short to 62 miles. We’ll be making up that century, probably this week. If I am comfortable for the entire 100 miles and the day following, I’ll be increasing my rating to 9 out of 10.
I can not describe how nice it is to finally ride without saddle pain. If you spend a lot of time in the aero position, you’ll definitely want to give the Power Pro a whirl.