Saving grams is always a good thing - unless it comes at the expense of comfort. Indeed, a lightweight saddle is of little use if it's a literal pain in the backside. That was the general design philosophy behind the new Specialized S Works Romin EVO, which is the lightest perch in the line, but also utilizes level 2 padding that's a comforting step above the typical weight weenie offerings.
Claimed weight for the 143mm width model is 135 grams. Our tester 155mm saddle came in at 141 grams, which is about 25 grams less than the outgoing S Works model, and 70 grams lighter than the Romin EVO Pro model we'd previously spent time on.
Highlights of the new Specialized S Works Romin EVO include a center cut-out that helps keep blood pumping where it's supposed to, and a carbon shell and rails that maintain solid support while keeping weight in check.
On-bike feel (for me at least) has been goldilocks good, delivering an acceptable level of feedback but not feeling overly mushy or too firm. You know, it was just right. Of course, like most S Works offerings, price may be the deciding buying decision factor. This new saddle sells for $300, which is $100 more than the next model down.
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