Spotted: Hands-on with rumoured S-Works Romin Evo Mirror saddle
A Marcus Burghardt Instagram post earlier this year caught our attention not because Burghardt hoped to race the next day but rather because of what looked like a 3D printed S-Works Romin Evo Mirror in the background.
CyclingTips global tech editor, James Huang, speculated at the time about the demand for a 3D printed Mirror technology Romin Evo plus likely weights and prices.
While Specialized is yet to make any official comment on the saddle, we spotted it again on Daniel Oss’ Tarmac SL7 ahead of this week’s Tour de France Grand Départ in Brittany. I took the opportunity to get a hands-on investigation into the new saddle.
While the saddle doesn’t have the words “Romin Evo” anywhere on it, this is undoubtedly a Mirror version of the popular Romin Evo. With a very similar profile and measuring in at the same length and width as the Romin Evo, the base design concept is identical to that of the already popular Romin.
The liquid polymer 3D printing process used in the Mirror saddle construction allows Specialized to vary the material density throughout the saddle. This varied density means Specialized can create a more cushioned and softer feel in specific areas while retaining a more rigid and supportive pad elsewhere for what is said to be an overall better ride feel.
While I couldn’t remove the saddle to check the weight, it certainly looks light with the carbon rails and Fact carbon shell.
We will bring you more information on this new saddle as we get them.