Specialized has rolled out its MIMIC technology to more saddle shapes - including the Bridge Comp, Power Pro Elaston and also a narrower Power model.
The female-specific technology replaces a traditional cut-out with a graded system that aims to 'mimic' biological entities.
A combination of memory foam, soft foam and firm foam combined with a flexible TPU relief section transpire to prevent the pain and swelling.
So far, MIMIC has been rolled out to the Power (opens in new tab) and Romin Evo (opens in new tab) saddles, and the solution has proved popular with many riders adopting this style. However, saddles are personal and we've had mixed experiences, so we would recommend trying before you buy if at all possible.
The MIMIC tech was championed by Alison Tetrick at the time of launch, and Specialized produced a video with the American rider, highlighting the benefits of the newly developed replacement for pressure relief cut-outs.
There are three new saddle models now available with MIMC tech, these are:
Bridge Comp with MIMIC - £90
The Bridge is a fairly long-nosed saddle designed for lifestyle riders - that could be anyone from a commuter to a rider fitting their perch to an exercise bike. The cut out has been replaced with the MIMIC tech, whilst the rear uses a 'level 3 foam' at the sit bones to add a little squish.
Power Pro Elaston with MIMIC - £200
The Power has become an incredibly popular perch, and the Elaston version uses the same shape, but with a padding made of tightly packed micro-units of foam. Over the top, a stretchy material seeks to eliminate friction. And now, the middle section uses MIMIC instead of a pressure relief hole.
S-Works Power 130 - £240
The Power with MIMIC initially arrived in 155mm and 168mm sizes. It went down so well, Specialized has now made it available in the narrow width of 130mm. This saddle comes with a carbon shell and carbon rails, weighing 164g.
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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan is a traditional journalist by trade, having begun her career working for a local newspaper, where highlights included interviewing a very irate Freddie Star (and an even more irate theatre owner), as well as 'the one about the stolen chickens'.
Previous to joining the Cycling Weekly team, Michelle was Editor at Total Women's Cycling. She joined CW as an 'SEO Analyst', but couldn't keep her nose out of journalism and in the spreadsheets, eventually taking on the role of Tech Editor before her latest appointment as Digital Editor.
Michelle is a road racer who also enjoys track riding and the occasional time trial, though dabbles in off-road riding too (either on a mountain bike, or a 'gravel bike'). She is passionate about supporting grassroots women's racing and founded the women's road race team 1904rt.
Michelle is on maternity leave from July 8 2022, until April 2023.
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