The Specialized Phenom is the winner of our Editors' Choice Award. It received our highest comfort rating while maintaining a competitive weight of 245g, but it can be difficult to find. Your local shop or the Specialized website are the best places to look for this awesome saddle. If you're looking for a bike saddle immediately, consider our Top Pick, the Fabric Scoop, which outscored the Phenom in the weight category.
Designed as a high-performance XC race saddle, it does not disappoint. It provides excellent power transfer, and a multitude of possible positions allow the rider to get into a good position no matter the demands of the trail or road. Despite the design intent, the Phenom is one of those rare saddles that works equally well for both road and mountain bike use. Universally liked by all of our testers, we could not find a type of bike that did not benefit from an upgrade to the Phenom.
With all the praise that the Phenom received from our testers, it also saw a huge amount of use and abuse. Despite countless crashes and lots of riding in the most abusive conditions, the Phenom came out of testing virtually unscathed. This contender will cost you almost three times as much as our Best Buy winner, the WTB Speed Comp, but it outperforms the Speed in every category. The Phenom is likely to stay firmly clamped on our testers rigs for some time to come.