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Specialized Power Pro: 600 mile report. It’s a win.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 by  
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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.

The Specialized Power Pro Saddle mounted on my Madone.

The Specialized Power Pro Saddle mounted on my Madone.

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.

John Stone Fitness Comments

2 Responses to “Specialized Power Pro: 600 mile report. It’s a win.”
    • The short nose and the large cutout are definitely part of it, and I’m also digging the minimal padding (thicker padding can often be less comfortable than thin padding, especially on long rides). It just seems to fit me right and doesn’t rub me the wrong way (literally).

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