Weights for widths:
The Toupe comes in two widths to best accommodate the size and shape of a cyclist’s derriere. At 130mm wide, the saddle weighs a fleeting 150 grams, while bumping up to the 143mm width only adds five grams. These admirable figures are possible thanks to hollow titanium rails, the use of carbon in the saddle’s shell, and a minimal use of padding.
Fist off, its reassuring to know that Specialized works with Germany’s University of Cologne to ensure every Body Geometry saddle provides maximal genital blood flow.
In the case of the Toupe, comfort is supplied by a host of factors, the first being the above mentioned multiple width selection that ensures the sit bones bear the majority of a riders weight. And yes, the 13mm difference found between the two sizes noticeably effects the way this seat feels.
A pressure relieving cut out further aids in maintaining healthy blood flow, while a nice degree of flex takes the sting out of road buzz and speed bumps. Plus, the nose of the seat is on the narrow side, great for those with monster thighs.
Before setting up the Toupe on my road bike, I couldn’t help but wonder, “How can such a low profile, light seat offer five hour ride comfort?”
Ten miles into my first outing, the Toupe’s secret was reveled, as I noticed a new sensation of pressure on my sit bones. The feeling was not unconformable, and served to prove the Toupe was supporting my skeleton more than my personal saddle.
After two months of riding, I continue to be impressed with the seat’s comfort, whether that’s when bent over on the drops, spinning along for hours on a social outing, or pushed back for low cadence climbing power.
A serious price tag may be
the only drawback, but in this case, you’ll be getting much more than you pay for.
Specs: 155 grams (143mm width)