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ERGONOMICALLY DESIGNED, SCIENTIFICALLY TESTED
Saddle pressure makes riding bikes a real pain—literally. But the all-new Women’s Power Saddle with MIMIC technology makes numbness and pain disappear with a design that mimics the body’s response to different types of pressure to create equilibrium within soft tissue.
Society says it’s an uncomfortable subject, but guess what? Many women experience saddle pain and numbness on their labia when they ride, and it has real consequences. Some women will ride less, some will quit riding altogether, and in extreme cases, some will even seek surgical intervention.
This isn’t OK with us, so we set about solving the issue once and for all with the all-new Women’s Power Saddle with MIMIC technology. Harnessing decades of Body Geometry knowledge and methodology, this revolutionary saddle’s been ergonomically designed and scientifically tested to provide structural and anatomical support, while also reducing pressure on “sensitive areas.”
No more suffering in silence—no more suffering at all. So what if society is uncomfortable hearing about pain and numbness on your vagina (or more accurately, your labia)? That’s no reason for you to be uncomfortable on your bike.
This is the saddle that puts you first. True to all Body Geometry products, this saddle has been ergonomically designed and scientifically tested to reduce pressure and to provide the structural support needed for blood flow to key areas. The multi-layer cushioning system molded into the saddle, meanwhile, prevents overly high pressure on soft tissue, so you can do longer rides with more comfort.
Where there’s a will Dr. Andy Pruitt and his team find a way. And to get to this design, they built on the foundation of Body Geometry: Identify a problem, solve it through design, and validate it with science.
To solve this “suffer in silence” problem, the team first had to find women from all cycling disciplines that were willing to talk about it. They created a core group of over 20 women, including Alison Tetrick, and split them into data collection and saddle prototype tester groups. And throughout the development phase, this group provided rider insight and testing data of the highest order.
Using a mix of traditional and non-traditional data collection methods, like heat mapping, modelling, anatomical markers, and good ol’ fashioned rider feedback, Andy’s team was ready to move to the next phase—prototyping.
One of the most surprising things the team found concerned the cutout. While traditional heat mapping identified pressure on the nose and rear of the saddle, non-traditional testing with anatomical markers showed that, for some women, soft tissue was actually swelling through the cutout. The solution wasn’t filling in the cutout, though. Instead, it required a foam that provided support without adding a pressure of its own. And with that, MIMIC was born.
Need a saddle truly designed for women? You have to test, test, test. In fact, this saddle is one of the most tested in our history. Rapid prototyping gave Andy and his team instant feedback on how different foam densities and placements affected the ride. And by matching the tissue density between the saddle and the body—“mimicking” soft tissue—the saddle stands alone in combining the firm support that the sit bones want with the density-matched firmness your body needs.
Support for the Right Position
When you’re seated in the right position, the kilometers just tick by. A good position on a correctly-shaped saddle ensures you’ll be sitting on your sit bones, not on your arteries, nerves, and soft tissues.
Widths for Every Body Type
The Women’s Power Saddle with MIMIC comes in multiple widths to match your anatomy and to ensure total comfort and support. What width is right for you? Any Specialized retailer can measure your sit bones and recommend the correct width.
MIMIC reduces pressure and provides both structural and anatomical support for soft tissue. At the nose, soft foam eliminates pressure. At the rear, firmer foam provides sit bone support. And in the cutout, soft memory foam delivers anatomical support to prevent soft tissue swelling.
“My position on the bike is pretty aggressive–I spend 50-70% of my rides in the drops or with my forearms on the top part of the bars. With Power [with] MIMIC, I’m not even thinking about having a saddle. I don’t think I’m going to ride any other saddle ever.”
Gravel World Champion, 2018
“I’ve always been a little bit of a Goldilocks when it came to saddle comfort, and MIMIC has given me the “just right.” Everyone is unique, from our riding styles to our bodies, to what feels comfortable. I believe MIMIC will change the cycling world with its technology that allows us to find our own “just right” comfortable.”
Colorado Masters Road Champion, 2012
“This saddle solved problems I didn’t know I had. For years, I rode unconsciously positioning myself to avoid putting pressure on my soft tissue saddle area. The cushion the Power with MIMIC [has] allows me to relax into the saddle without triggering numbness, and therefore, maintain a proper position–even on long rides.”
“I am loving the saddle. My favourite one before this was an old squishy thing I have been told is embarrassing, but now I realise it’s because it’s the only saddle I’ve used in the past that is padded where the pressure lies.”
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