Our verdict on the new Specialized Sitero Expert Gel tri saddle
Specialized Sitero Expert Gel
Specialized’s first triathlon saddle has a chunky triangular design, with a widening pressure-relief channel down the middle that encourages you to perch on the front and roll the hips forward into an aggressive aero position.
In this pose, there’s little rubbing, discomfort or feeling of pressure, with the perforated cover helping to avoid slippage for added security. It’s a very different situation when you’re sat up, though – the saddle’s wide shape meant it brushed the inside of our thighs and the padding felt so minimal that it took several painful rides to get used to it.
The titanium rails have 85mm of fore-aft adjustment to help achieve a perfect fit, and Specialized has built a bottle cage mount into the Sitero’s carbon fibre reinforced shell – a handy addition that can be swapped for a transition hook or adapted to add puncture supplies. The Expert Gel version weighs in at 254g (295g with bottle mount), which is quite respectable for a tri saddle, but there’s also a carbon-railed Sitero Pro for £150 if you want to shave a few grams.