The S-Works Chicane road saddle is a return to a more traditional shaped saddle for Specialized. In development for over a year with pro athletes, the impetus for the saddle was that a lot of pro tour riders tend to prefer a saddle shape that is reminiscent of the traditional saddles they grew up racing and training on. With it’s rounded down sides and edges, double density foam padding, and a slight Body Geometry channel, the Chicane appears to fit the bill nicely for these riders.
What we noticed first about the Chicane after removing it from it’s awesome wooden box packaging, is the padding. The padding on the Chicane is more abundant than what you’d find on saddles in this class or price range. Less flat, more rounded, and with tons of padding this saddle still conforms to the strict Body Geometry guidelines that Specialized has outlined for themselves. The saddle was designed to retain as much of that classic shape as possible, yet with a slight depressed channel, still allows plenty of blood flow and circulation. Now that it’s out of the box, we’re looking forward to mounting it on our bikes and finding out for ourselves why this is the saddle of choice for Tom Boonen.
Available in black or white, 3 sizes (130mm, 143mm, and 155mm), the S-Works Chicane retails for $299. We’ll be putting a ton of miles on this saddle in the coming weeks and will report back on what we find.