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Specialized launches a new 3D-printed Power Pro saddle

Specialized's Power Pro saddle with Mirror
(Image credit: Specialized)

Specialized and Fizik are in somewhat of a 3D-printing saddle arms race at the moment, both brands released their takes on the futuristic padding around the same time and since then there has been a bit of a duel as each brand expands the tech across its ranges and price points. 

Specialized's Mirror padding uses a 3D-printed honeycomb structure which allows greater control over padding densities to offer more support and comfort over traditional foam. Specialized Mirror has until now been exclusive to the brand's premium S-Works saddles but in its latest move, Specialized has trickled its Mirror tech down to its Power Pro saddle.  

That means you get the same Power shape and Mirror padding as the top of the range saddle, but it's mounted on titanium rails rather than carbon. Specialized says that speccing the titanium rails means that the Power Pro with Mirror is the strongest saddle with the Mirror tech and is now rated for use on trail mountain bikes, not just gravel and road.

Specialized's Power Pro saddle with Mirror

(Image credit: Specialized)

Specialized says it has also started to make inroads in improving the sustainability of the saddle. To reduce the effect of the carbon used in manufacturing, Specialized is building the Power Pro with Mirror's carbon base using a new reclaimed carbon process. The process uses carbon scraps from factory production which is combined with injected nylon. The base may only contain 15 percent reclaimed carbon fiber, although Specialized points out that this is just the first step to maximizing efficiency in production and minimizing waste.

The saddle will be available in two sizes, 143 and 155, and our test saddle (143mm) weighs in at 255g. The Specialized Power Pro with Mirror is now available in-store or from Specialized's website and will retail for $325/£290/€370.

Graham is all about riding bikes off-road. Based in Edinburgh he has some of the best mountain biking and gravel riding in the UK right on his doorstep. With almost 20 years of riding experience, he has dabbled in downhill, enduro and, most recently, gravel racing. Not afraid of a challenge, Graham has embraced bikepacking over the last few years and likes nothing more than strapping some bags to his bike and covering big miles to explore Scotlands wildernesses. When he isn’t shredding the gnar in the Tweed Valley, sleeping in bushes or tinkering with bikes, he is writing tech reviews for Bike Perfect and the muckier side of Cyclingnews 


Rides: Canyon Strive, 24 Bicycles Le Toy 3, Surly Steamroller

Height: 177cm

Weight: 71kg