Saddle Mapping at Sigma Sports

20 August 2019 ·

After the Prudential RideLondon I decided to get myself a saddle pressure mapping, although I have ridden 2,000+ miles on my now previous saddle (Fizik Aliante R1) It wasn’t the most comfortable for me.

You’re able to see from the pressure mapping below. I was creating some pretty bad hotspots on the front of the saddle. Instead of having my sit bones futher back, it turns out that the Fizik saddle was far from the right saddle for me.

Before

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Jack Harfield at Sigma Sports fitted me with my new saddle. After some additional mappings with some tweaks to my position, we managed to get the pressure on the Fizik to a more comfortable level. However, it still wasn’t ideal. Enter the Specialized S-Works Power

The below image is with myself sitting on the new Specialized saddle, with all the adjustments Jack made. As you can see I am now sitting further back on the saddle, with no major pressure points. It was safe to say I was 1. more comfortable and 2. much happier with my postion.

After

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The Power saddle from Specialized is ideally suited to riders who spend a great deal of time in the drops going at speed, Specialized’s new short-nosed Specialized S-Works Power Carbon Saddle is designed specifically to provide a great level of comfort for those who like to spend more time in more aggressive aero positions.

Jack was kind enough to give me a little blurb on why pressure mappings are so important:

The pressure map can be used to identify problem areas, in this case sitting far forwards on the saddle, high overall pressure and significant perineal pressure in the centre of the nose. The first steps are to check whether saddle positioning (height, setback and angle) are pushing you onto the nose, then once we have engaged the sit bones on a better part of the saddle we can check for width, shape and whether a cutout is necessary to alleviate the central pressure.