Specialized Toupé Expert Gel saddle review

The staple saddle of Specialized’s road range, the ever-evolving Toupé has been a favourite of many for nearly a decade

Specialized Toupe Expert Gel saddle
Cycling Weekly Verdict

There is a reason that Specialized saddles are popular, they just work. The slim, flat profile works well for a variety of riding positions and proves very comfortable for longer rides. Specialized’s simple saddle fitting process eliminates guesswork in choosing saddle widths. The 30 day ride guarantee gives some reassurances that if, for some reason you don’t get on with the Specialized Toupé Expert Gel saddle, you can try something else.

Reasons to buy
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    Available in differing width and comfort options

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    Pressure relieving shape

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    30 Day fit guarantee

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Reasons to avoid
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    Slippery cover material

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    Flat shape might not suit all

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Developed with the aid of bike fit guru Dr Andy Pruitt and his years of experience, the Specialized Toupé Expert Gel saddle has a pronounced cut out and full length groove bisecting its flat profile. This oft-imitated Body Geometry groove is designed to relieve pain and numbness by reducing pressure on nerves, arteries and soft tissue ‘down below’, which can be felt when sitting on a saddle for hours on end.

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