Scicon’s all-new saddle uses a fashionably short design. The Elan Power Ergo (to give it its full name) measures up a scant 240mm long (the same as Specialized’s Power saddle) and is 144mm wide.
Its shape is reminiscent of Fizik’s Aliante, curving downwards from the back of the saddle to the centre before rising gently again towards the nose. Its base is formed by carbon rails slotted into a carbon/nylon hull and the whole thing weighs 206g.
The padding on the Elan is extremely generous and this, combined with its deep centre channel, large cut-out and flexible hull, helps to create a supremely comfortable saddle.
I found it was just as good for brief-but-fast blasts as it was for long days in the saddle. The top cover is soft and stretchy, but its underside isn’t quite as nicely finished as the one on the Syncros Tofino.
The carbon rails have clearly defined clamp zones that are covered in a non-slip texture.
The top cover mixes matt and gloss finishes for style, while the front third gets a lightly dimpled texture that aids grip, which I found particularly good for riding in wet conditions.
It’s also available in a limited-edition pack with an Elan saddlebag (loaded with patches, an inner tube, tyre levers and a CO2 adaptor for £219 / US$299 / AU$399).
The Elan’s luxurious padding makes for a truly comfortable saddle and its curvy profile works very well in this shortened design. It’s only diminished by the creases on the cover’s underside fixing and exposed staples, which take the edge off its classy looks.
Scicon Elan specifications
- Rails: Carbon
- Width: 144mm
- Length: 240mm