There are only three places where your body touches a bicycle: The handlebars, the shoes, and the saddle. Specialized revolutionized how riders make contact with bicycles!
Specialized has long been an innovator in bicycle technology. The inventors of Body Geometry, Specialized designs products that perfectly match your body to your bike to improve your performance, your comfort, and even reduce your chances of injury. After 20 years of innovation using the materials available to them, Specialized had seemingly reached the end of what they could do with foam. By teaming up with the technology company Carbon®, Specialized broke into the future with Mirror Technology!
The Carbon® system is essentially a 3D printing process from the future. Specialized and Carbon® are 3D printing liquid polymer with a process called Digital Light Synthesis, which allows them to fine-tune each and every aspect of a product to perfectly match the shapes and needs of that product. Basically, these products are “grown” from liquid with light and oxygen!
The first product that Specialized used the DLS process for was the S-Works Power Saddle with Mirror crafted by Carbon®. The S-Works Power Saddle with Mirror crafted by Carbon® features a lattice of 14,000 struts and 7799 nodes that can be tuned individually. This process allowed the engineers to adjust the support, softness, vibration damping, and even the texture properties of the surface finish of the saddle, something that would take thousands of different foam and covering materials to accomplish before the development of DLS.
Here’s what one of our ERIK’S Staffer’s has to share about his experience using the S-Works Power Saddle with Mirror:
“The mirror saddle has been amazing. It helps me sit into the saddle more comfortably and has stopped the feeling of numbness in my finger tips that I sometimes get on longer rides. I also feel like I move around a lot less on the saddle, especially when climbing. It’s been great.” ~ Zane Thomas, ERIK’S Staffer
And… check out this sweet video he made setting up his new Mirror Saddle!
The result is a saddle that supports where it needs to support, cushions where it needs to cushion, damps vibration throughout, and feels pleasant and secure underneath your body. These saddles provide more sit-bone comfort than any other performance saddle that Specialized has ever tested. The Mirror product also supports to protect blood flow and reduces pressure on your soft tissue to protect your most sensitive areas.
Because these products are 3D printed quickly, it allows Specialized to design, print, test, refine, print, and test again over and over until it’s perfect all in a fraction of the time that it used to take to bring a product to market, allowing Specialized to complete the development cycle of the Mirror Power Saddle in just 10 months. A product like this usually takes up to 24 months to accomplish!
Look for the S-Works Power Saddle with Mirror crafted by Carbon® ! The Specialized Mirror Power saddles are available in 143 and 155 widths. Check them out at shopERIKS.com and at select local ERIK’S Locations!