I recently built a new bike with a radically different set-up that ultimately rotated my body forward about 2 degrees for better aero. Thinking this might put more pressure on my wedding tackle, I built the bike with a Specialized Romin. And I'm pretty impressed with it. For general cruising, it is more comfortable than the Arione. However, when I go really hard on the flats and pull myself forward on the saddle, it gets a bit less comfortable. My overall set up also puts more weight in my hands, ordinarily I'd manage that with saddle tilt (the Arione gets set dead level), but to to balance weight in hands vs. nether region comfort, I've set it up so that the tail is slightly higher than the nose.
So to my questions
1) is there a general consensus on the appropriate set up for the Romin in terms of leveling (and how do you measure, since it has the high tail)?
2) is the general consensus that the Romin is a more than one position saddle or not?
3) if not, is there a specific Specialized saddle that offers a little more mobility of position front to back, as well as more rotational flexibility?
1. Both are setup to be slightly tail high with the front level. I slide back sometime to use different muscles and for climbing.
2. The romin has a slight downward angle, which should allow you a slightly more forward and aggressive position while on the drops.
3. That could be the avatar, or maybe choose romin/toupe with more gel and a ti rails for more flex?
It too prefer the Toupe, it's more firm where I can just easy throw my bum around it and still get the same support and feel.
I found this out the hard way.
I set my toupe up with a level across the nose, through the notch in the back. Seems to work well for me.
I'm currently testing a Fizik Antares, which also seems to allow for a decent amount of movement. But, I have been getting a good amount of pressure on the bits, since it lacks a cutout.
I really wish I could find a saddle with the same shape/padding level as an SLR... but with 142mm width. That would be ideal for me.
Ramjm_2000 wrote:Mine are all setup "dead nuts" level.
Dead nutts, thats is really a poor fit...lol
Level for me also, however not dead nutts. I recently moved to the Romin EVO more nose drop and more cut out near the nose. More comfort in the drops than the Romin Expert on my other bike.
I had Toupes in the past and the Romin works for my bum better, 143
Every bum is different
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2012 Scott CR1 Pro Ultegra 6700
2015 Specialized SWorks Tarmac Da 9000
2016 Specialized SWorks Tarmac DA 9100
Briscoelab wrote:The Romin is more like a Fizik Aliante, in that it locks you into one position more than others. The toupe is a flatter saddle and lets you move around more.
+1, this is what my bike fitter told me. I have a toupe and love it, he wanted to put me on a romin because he could then control exactly where I was sitting relative to the BB at all times..
They both have a slight upward curve at the back to support the sitbones but the romin is more extreme. I find the toupe just right.
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