Specialized BG2 review£25.00

Specialized has done more than anyone to highlight and then combat the potential problems of interrupted blood flow, and the crotch saving crusade starts here with the basic Body Geometry (BG) 2.

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Specialized has done more than anyone to highlight and combat the potential problems of interrupted blood flow, and the crotch saving crusade starts here with the basic Body Geometry (BG) 2. Broad profile and deep padding immediately marks it out as suitable for more upright seated, short mileage usage. Even then the squared edges meant it immediately divided opinion, with several riders finding it uncomfortable from the start.

Those that liked it found the broad, soft nose comfy, even when balanced on the tip for climbs, and the whole 'Elastic' shell is extremely flexible, which adds a noticeable amount of shock absorption. The deep centre V-Groove reduces pressure and adds a refreshing air-con breeze under your base, too. Plastic scuff guards add a bit of leaning on walls protection, but the back end is still crash vulnerable.

The V-notch at the back can also snag shorts sometimes if you're right off the back. There's plenty of length adjustment in the hollow cromo rails though, and if you manage to get on with the shape it's reasonably priced and weighted for its comfort and is also available in a women's version. We definitely recommend you try one before you buy, though.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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