Specialized's Toupe is a minimalist saddle with Specialized's Body Geometry technology for top-notch comfort. It features a carbon-reinforced shell, ultra-light foam padding and hollow titanium rails for extreme lightness. More importantly, with 3 widths to choose from, Specialized's world-renowned ergonomics and a water-resistant Micromatrix top, this high-tech seat is amazingly comfortable and durable, too.
I'm a Roadie!!!! I've ridden a road bike for five years now and I'm in my late forties. I've bought several high end saddles, never found one I liked.Money wasted, I went to a bike shop just outside of Ashville NC and purchased a Specialized Toupe Plus and placed onto my Kestrel road bike. I was fitted for a 154mm and the salesman recomended this saddle. I wanted to purchase a Specialized saddle after all I'd read and heard about from other riders. I LOVE this seat. make the move and try one for yourself. A thirty mile ride with no pain and I haven't even gotten it broken in yet. I can only imagine it will even feel better as time and rides go by. I'm just a weekend warrior but I try to ride a few rides a week or 75 miles. This was worth every penny just for the comfort. With the other saddles over twenty miles was complete pain. and you needed a day between rides just to recover. this is one thing worth buying.. Trust me... Good Luck and Safe Riding....
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: September 16, 2012
Strengths: Really like the BG fit and sit bone sizing on the Toupe. Have had fizik and Selle San Marco saddles over the years, and the 142 width fits perfectly and makes for a very comfortable ride - short and long, in the drops and slid back a bit on the climbs. No numb bits or abrasions from wing edges, etc.
Weaknesses: That said, have had two failures in 3 years. I'm 200 lbs and ride smooth roads with very little "pave", but 2 years ago the left wing cracked. Got a replacement under warranty, and today one of the rails gave way. Good thing was only 10 miles into the ride.
Great design and dig the BG science. It works. Durability seems to be a problem however.
Weaknesses: May only be useable on certain bikes, very strange.
I bought this saddle for my carbon Bianchi after snapping a rail on my Fizik. Popped it on, got changed and headed out. Jeez, 100 mtrs in I thought i had forgot to put the saddle on, the pain was so great. Suffered for another hour and returned home near to tears. Ordered another Fizik that afternoon. However, thought I would try it on my Orange P7 commuter bike and cannot believe the difference, simply the most comfortable saddle I have ever ridden over long distances ! So the moral of the tale is if you like the saddle, change bikes as you can't change your butt !
Strengths: Works great, comfort-wise, when it's dialed in to your body size/shape, riding position, and bike geometry.
Weaknesses: Can be murder on your butt if all (or any?) of the above are not quite right.
I've been riding a Toupe gel for over two years now. It literally fell into my hands as a give-away from a work colleague. I knew of its reputation so it seemed like a great windfall.
I first mounted it on the borrowed bike I had been riding for over two years-- an early-2000s aluminum-frame Bianchi that is my girlfriend's old bike (before she bought her Madone). That bike got me started in road riding, but my body was at the ragged edge of the fit envelope for it. I struggled with the Toupe on that bike. So much so that at the end of a 2-day, 190-mile ride (after riding it for many months) I was chafed raw on the inside of my sit bones. I was about to give up on it.
Then I bought my Bianchi Infinito, and everything changed. Somehow, this saddle just WORKS on that frame geometry, for me.
It’s a really subtle change of riding position, but it makes all the difference. Now I ride a century and start to feel a little tender after about 80-85 miles, but at the end of the event I could ride further without major discomfort. Before, my butt was so tender after 40-50 miles that I’d be standing and coasting each time I saw a rough patch of road approaching. Today, the Toupe is an old friend and I’ll keep it as long as it lasts. I’m a big guy, 200+ lbs, if that makes a difference.
Moral of the story: It’s not only the saddle that determines the comfort of your ride and the health of your backside. Frame geometry and material. Saddle position. Stem length. They all matter. I can’t believe the difference I’ve experienced with the exact same saddle on two different bikes.
Bike Setup: Bianchi Infinito with Ultegra triple, Kysirium SL wheels, a few other component tweaks from stock Infinito setup.
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: June 14, 2011
Strengths: It’s Comfortable, compliant and feels great. I believe it’s the best saddle I’ve ever ridden.
Weaknesses: However, I am a 200-lb plus guy. After about 6 months one of the rails will break and I’ll have to replace it. This is the 2nd or 3rd generation saddle. The first generation would break at the wing above the rail. Specialized seem to fix that problem, so now the rail is the issue.
The Toupe is light and very comfortable, no pressure or numbness on even very long rides (10 hours+). Adjusted properly it did not take getting used to.