Specialized Phenom SL saddle review

Firm race platform

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £78.29 RRP | USD $116.87
Specialized Phenom SL Saddle

Our review

Lightweight and firm race saddle, but an unforgiving and rigid ride
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The Phenom is a sub-200g saddle and it feels like it. Despite the notched V back, it rode rigidly with no discernible flex to the rider and has a hard section at the nose, which we were conscious of all the time.


The Phenom’s construction is solid and durable with edging round the back of the seat to prevent damage and it has a long central cut-out that ensures there’s no undercarriage squish.


If you like to ride an incredibly solid platform when you race then you might get on with this (and it is available in different widths), but we felt hammered by every bump.

Product Specifications


Name Phenom SL Saddle (09)
Brand Specialized Bicycles

Description Patented Body Geometry design is lab tested to assure blood flow to sensitive arteries, Available in 2 widths for optimum fit and comfort, Carbon reinforced shell is tuned for sit bone flex, Flush mounted scuff guards, Lightweight hollow titanium rail, Ultralight tuned density foam padding Tough, light and water-resistant Micromatrix cover, Length - 270mm
Weight (g) 198
Colour White
Width (mm) 144
Road/Performance Compatibility Race Road
Saddle Padding Foam
Saddle Decoration Logo
Saddle Rails Titanium
Saddle Shaping Built-in Flex
Saddle Width Availability 2 widths