Specialized Phenom Gel saddle review

Works pretty well for the right rider.

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £59.99 RRP | USD $95.00
Specialized Phenom Gel Saddle

Our review

Soft nosed, firm tailed saddle for technical trails, but mind your shorts
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Specialized’s latest fat nosed, thin tailed saddle looks a bit odd, but it works pretty well for the right rider.


The Phenom is based on the very thin Toupe road saddle, but without its sharp nut-cutting rear and sphincter-spearing front. Cue a firm split tail back section in either 130mm or 143mm widths that pedals really well, but has a broader nose for comfort when you’re clawing up technical climbs.

The shape makes it as comfortable as many saddles with twice the padding, although you do have to go through a breaking-in period first.

The padding is limited, which keeps the saddle’s weight at a reasonable 278g.

We did catch our baggies on the forked back edge occasionally, which is a shame for a saddle that’s otherwise excellent for technical riding. 

Features include a central cut-out slot for pressure relief and a hint of hammock swoop to keep you centered – thankfully, the Toupe’s sharp scuff guards have been smoothed out on the Phenom.


Specialized offers the Phenom in gel, gel titanium or stripped-down titanium-railed SL versions.

Product Specifications


Name Phenom Gel
Brand Specialized Bicycles

Weight (g) 278
Width (mm) 130