Watch the miles fly by like never before when you move up to Specialized's Romin Expert Saddle. Its extended cutout, Body Geometry ergonomics and lightweight padding all ensure that regardless of your mileage, you ride in comfort. Plus, the Romin boasts lightweight hollow-titanium rails and a durable, water-resistant Micromatrix top, too. And, it's available in three widths for a perfect fit.
|Option||Barcode||Manufacturer's Part Number||Store SKU|
|Black / 130mm||00719676903477||2711-2100|
|Black / 143mm||00719676903910||2711-2103|
|Black / 155mm||00719676904139||2711-2105|
|White / 130mm||00719676904818||2711-2110|
|White / 143mm||00719676903590||2711-2113||5590|
|White / 155mm||00719676903606||2711-2115|
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The shape and firmness of the saddle make it the most comfortable I've ever ridden. It can be a bit difficult to get it dialed in as the seat can be a bit sensitive with respect to the proper angle. However, once you get it dialed in, the saddle perfectly cradles the pelvis. While the saddle doesn't have much padding, this isn't a problem because the shape takes care of comfort. The huge issue for me is durability. The first saddle I had lasted about 9 months before the shell cracked near the cutout. That one was warrantied, but my next one cracked after 14 months also near the cutout. I've known others who've had similar issues and a local bike shop confirmed this reputation. The durability issue makes me question whether or not to stick with the saddle or move on. As I described to my wife: it's like finding the perfect pair of jeans only for them to fall apart after less than a year.
I tried the Romin saddle on the advice of professional bike fitter. The Romin is simply the best fitting saddle I've found in over 30 years of riding. With other saddles I've had I was regularly wiggling around trying to find the best position. On the Romin I find myself riding for hours without giving it a second thought.
I've been riding/racing over 20 years and I have usually stayed with a certain saddle type for a few years, only trying something new when I am hopeful that something out there is better. I had been riding a different saddle that I fell in love with a few years ago because I had minimal numbness and minimal pain "spikes" during and after long rides. Well, a few months on the Romin have convinced me to not settle for any numbness or pain. The true test was my indoor training sessions-I can spend 3+hours on the Romin and not experience the numbness or pains I had before. Once fitted correctly, the contour of the Romin locks you in a postion that is secure, leading to power and comfort-no more constant sliding fore and aft. And hammering on the nose of this saddle (something I commonly do) is not a problem either.
I had previously ridden a Toupe and I loved it. But I never felt like I could find the right spot fore and aft. As a result I would constantly change my position. The Romin Expert is a great improvement on the Toupe. it has more of a concave profile so I can sit "in" the saddle and feel comfortable. It is nice and firm as I prefer and I don't have any problems with numbness after a ride. The white cover holds up well against staining and dirt.