SPE­CIAL­IZED POWER ARC PRO

£175

Cycling Plus - - NEW KIT -

Railed it

The Power Arc Pro is a new ad­di­tion to the Power range. It uses the same siz­ing (143 and 155mm widths), length and ma­te­ri­als as the pre­mium S-Works model, but fea­tures a hol­low ti­ta­nium rail in­stead of the more ex­pen­sive FACT car­bon. The ti­ta­nium doesn’t seem like a down­grade, though – it’s su­per-light, has plenty of com­pli­ance and will fit any seat­post de­sign. Use Spe­cial­ized’s fit sys­tem in store to find the ideal width for you.

Down to hull

Like the Prol­ogo, the Power Arc’s hull is made us­ing car­bon fi­bre, with a bonde­don sec­tion that re­in­forces the edge of the long, deep chan­nel. This bonded sec­tion houses the rear rail fittings and neatly in­cor­po­rates twinthreaded mount­ing points for Spe­cial­ized’s range of SWAT ac­ces­sories – tube and pump wraps and tools, for ex­am­ple.

Pad­ding around

Spe­cial­ized of­fers the Pro with its Level 2 pad­ding. On the bike it feels deeper and softer than its min­i­mal looks would sug­gest, and the deep, an­gu­lar chan­nel that runs the full length of the sad­dle, with a full cen­tral cutout, pro­vides a pres­sure-free feel when you’re rid­ing, mak­ing the Pro a se­ri­ously com­fort­able rac­ing sad­dle.

As with any short sad­dle your abil­ity to shift around is min­i­mal so setup is para­mount, but when you get it right it’s a great place to be. At 203.2g it’s light for this level of com­fort.

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