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    Anyone have a Romin saddle yet?

    I was thinking to getting one of these. Anyone have any experience on one yet?

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    My co-worker rode a 155 mm Romin (not yet in production... he rode it at Specialized's HQ)
    and loved it. We have sold some, but have no feedback from customers yet.
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    I'm curious too... eyed it at the LBS the other week. Couple things I noticed, as compared to the Toupe, it has a much wider nose and it isn't as flat, drops off a little more on the edges.. sort of rounder seat section. I'm curious to try it. I've had pretty good results with the Toupe, but it does tend to chafe a little at the edges of the seat.

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    it has a much wider nose and it isn't as flat, drops off a little more on the edges.. sort of rounder seat section. I'm curious to try it. I've had pretty good results with the Toupe, but it does tend to chafe a little at the edges of the seat.
    Good to hear. That's the primary reason I moved from Toupe to SLR.

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    Have bought one (Black Spe Romin 143) for Xmas and will test from 26 December 2009 onwards. Will report shortly thereafter. Am replacing a Fizik Aliante, comfy but soft and heavy (260 grams).

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    I was going to buy one and the guy at the lbs said they are great when your in the drops but awful if you ride on the hoods or top of the bars. I chose not to buy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sit-n-spin
    I was going to buy one and the guy at the lbs said they are great when your in the drops but awful if you ride on the hoods or top of the bars. I chose not to buy it.
    I wonder if the guy at the shop actually tried the saddle. The marketing material states that the saddle is designed for more comfort when riding in the drops, but that doesn't mean they compromised riding on the hoods. Not calling him a liar, it just sounds a little suspicious. Did you ask him why?

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    The guy I talked to actually owns one. It seems it was designed for racers who stay in the drops. He said riding on the hoods is unconfortable. I've known the guy for a while so I wasn't about to drop $150 to try and prove him wrong.

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    Romin

    Please make sure you are properly fitted to the saddle and you are using the correct size saddle.

    This saddle is comfortable on the hoods and the drops, but the fit is key especially with this saddle shape.

    Thanks!

    Piet vand er Velde

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    Romin test ride results

    Bad weather here in France but I have about 200 miles on the new Romin saddle since Christmas. It's nice and comfy and lightweight at 201 grams, as weighed by myself.

    I don't get the "it's a saddle for the drops" idea. Sounds, again, like pure hogwash. The Romin has a similar contour to the Fizik Aliante which was never hyped as a in-the-drops saddle. The Romin is comfortable and minimalist, with nice shape and style which definitely compliments a Specialized steed if you have one.

    As for the LBS guru who declared the saddle expensive and uncomfortable...may I remind you that those are both subjective notions. I paid 79 euros here in France and it's comfy for my butt. End of discussion on this topic for me.

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    Funny this thread just came back around. I talked to someone yesterday that has one and he loves it, He rides 90% of the time on the hoods and has no problems. Looks like its time to get one.

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    Unfortunately they made the Romin models really really bland-looking.
    Pinstripes? c'mon...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4cmd3
    Unfortunately they made the Romin models really really bland-looking.
    Pinstripes? c'mon...
    Yeah, but it'll be under yer butt so you won't see the blandness of the pinstripes.

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    Thumbs up

    I have had my Romin SL 143mm saddle for a few weeks now. It's on a Specialized Elite 06'.

    The short: I love the saddle!!!

    -Romin replacing a koobi tri

    I ride 2hrs a day on the flats here in Florida, U.S. No pians or discomfort of any kind.


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    I was about to get a 155 Romin tonight, but it says out of stock on specialized's website. Anybody know if they are in stock in show rooms but out of stock at the factory website? My toupe shell cracked and I gotta replace this seat soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DAVESAX36
    I was about to get a 155 Romin tonight, but it says out of stock on specialized's website. Anybody know if they are in stock in show rooms but out of stock at the factory website? My toupe shell cracked and I gotta replace this seat soon.
    That could very well be a warranty issue. Before replacing it consider having your LBS contact Specialized.

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    That could very well be a warranty issue. Before replacing it consider having your LBS contact Specialized.
    Yep. I had one replace under warranty for that very reason, and the seat had about 12,000 miles on it. No questions asked.

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    thanks for the fast replies, guys. The guy at the shop suggested I contact specialized as well. I'll shoot them an email and probably send them the seat in hopes of getting one in return. I bit the bullet and bought an 08 model when I went to the shop saturday afternoon. If I get one as a warranty replacement, I'll never run out of seats...

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    I've got a couple rides on mine now. I really like it!

    It seems to cradle my sit bones more than the Toupe I've grown accustomed to over the last couple years. That always made me feel like I was sitting on a shelf in a good way. Great support for the bones and no soft tissue pressure. The Romin is still very supportive but I don't feel that pressure on the sit bones.

    Two thumbs up for me after 3 rides! I'll report back if that changes!

    Cheers!

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    155's are available now. They had some at my LBS this week anyway.

    LOVIN' IT!

    Cheers!

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    I have a Romin SL that I'm still testing. I find it quite comfortable. It pretty much disappears.

    The only issue I am having with it deals with the width at the nose. My thighs rub on the nose to the point where I had a blister after a ~2 hr ride. Maybe the skin will toughen up and things will be fine. I hope I can get around it because it is a comfy saddle for the right bum.

    I'm coming from a Fizik Arione.

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    I am currently riding a Koobi Xenon; haven't quite made up my mind on this one yet. Previously I was using a Spec. Toupe. I really like the design of the Toupe for keeping pressure off where it doesn't belong. My problem with the Toupe is that my sit bones felt like they were grinding into the shell of the saddle. This is why I tried the Koobi which has more padding (but very firm). In terms of padding, how does the Romin compare (more, less, same)? Does the turned up rear of the saddle provide any additional support over the flat Toupe? Do you feel less pressure directly on sit bones? I am thinking of trying the Romin, but wonder if I will ever find the right saddle. TIA.

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    Bob,
    Definitely give the Romin a try. I felt the same way on the Toupe. Great for relieving pressure where it shouldn't be but the sit bones get rubbed a little raw.

    I have found the Romin to spread out that pressure yet still keep it off the blood vessels and nerves. Very comfy.

    If you ride a 143 Toupe you may like the 143 Romin but also try the larger 155.

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pvdvelde
    Please make sure you are properly fitted to the saddle and you are using the correct size saddle.

    This saddle is comfortable on the hoods and the drops, but the fit is key especially with this saddle shape.

    Thanks!

    Piet vand er Velde
    Is there some fitting for it other than the "assometer" that you sit on at the Specialized dealer to determine correct saddle width?

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    You can measure your own sit bones. Take a string, squat and/or lay on your back with your legs over your head, feel for your sit bones, stretch the string from one sit bone to the other sit bone (measuring the outer edge of each). Take that measured distance and that is the saddle width you need. There really isn't any magic to the whole thing.

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