IDENTIFY A PROBLEM, SOLVE IT WITH DESIGN, VALIDATE IT WITH SCIENCE
It all started in 1997 when Specialized solved erectile dysfunction issues facing male cyclists with the Body Geometry saddle—the first ergonomically designed, scientifically tested saddle in history.
Since then, they’ve been obsessed with ensuring the contact points where female, male, and non-binary riders become one with their bikes never hurt. If spending 25 years perfecting the connection between bike and body is mad, consider them crazy. There’s a madness to their method.
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BODY GEOMETRY SADDLES & CHAMOIS Say goodbye to that pain in your butt
Why does Specialized offer every saddle in multiple sizes, shapes, and materials? Why do they mold their chamois to fit your body and use triple-density foam? Because every body is different, but the issues facing them in the saddle are the same—sit bone pain, scar tissue build-up, and blood flow loss. Using pressure mapping, blind comfort studies, and even penile blood flow studies (yeah, they did that), they don’t just promise to solve these issues for men and women, they prove it.
Body Geometry Saddles
Their saddles come in multiple widths, ergonomic shapes, and with cutouts to support your weight with your sit bones, not soft tissue. Innovative materials manage soft tissue pressure, protecting blood flow and nerves to safeguard male riders from erectile dysfunction and women from pain and numbness in the labia.
Saddles that don’t properly support sit bones or feature shapes and materials that reduce soft tissue pressure can compress nerves and limit blood flow, creating pain and real medical issues in the last places anyone wants medical issues.
Pressure Mapping Performance
Specialized uses pressure mapping to validate their solutions are providing real rider benefit and are backed by real science. These pressure maps show how different Body Geometry saddles solve rider problems, from soft tissue pressure to sit bone pain, in any riding position.
Performance Riding Position: MIMIC vs. Traditional Saddle
Specialized saddles use innovative shapes and materials like MIMIC to dramatically reduce pressure in soft tissue, seen here as blue. Designed to solve soft-tissue issues for women, MIMIC has been widely adopted by men as well.
The traditional saddle’s rounded nose creates high pressure in soft tissue, seen here as red and yellow, resulting in pain, scar tissue, and real medical issues like erectile dysfunction and swelling and numbness in the labia.
Sit Bone Comfort: Mirror vs. Traditional Foam
By 3D printing Mirror saddles from a liquid polymer, they can infinitely tune density in a way impossible with foam, creating a hammock effect for unprecedented sit bone support.
Traditional foam performance saddles are thin and high density, creating painful pressure points under the sit bones, even with a proper riding position supported by the skeletal system.
Upright Riding Position: BG Cup Gel vs. Traditional Saddle
Featuring a supple honeycomb gel padding, even in an upright position, their wide and supportive saddles, like the Cup Gel, dramatically reduce sit bone pressure points.
With an upright position, traditional saddles create massive pressure on the sit bones, resulting in discomfort that can keep you off your bike, even for short trips around town.
Widths and shapes that embrace your unique body
Specialized saddles come in multiple widths—from 130mm to 245mm—and multiple shapes to match any anatomy, ensuring support and pain-free riding. Don’t know what width or shape is right for you? We can measure your sit bones and recommend the correct width and shape.
Material innovation for rider benefit
The Body Geometry ethos started with saddles in 1997, and they're far from done. They've introduced MIMIC, a multi-layer cushioning system that creates equilibrium and reduces pressure on sensitive soft tissue. Developed Elaston, which replaces traditional foam with thousands of foam “beads” for unrivaled support. And they pioneered the future of the saddle with Mirror Technology—3D printing liquid polymer to support sit bones with a hammock effect.
BODY GEOMETRY SHOES & FOOTBEDS Extra power, hold the pain
The human body evolved to walk, not pedal, which leads to power-robbing foot collapse, misalignment of the foot, knee, and hip, as well as “hot foot” in traditional cycling shoes. Every Body Geometry shoe solves these problems with three patented technologies to deliver a pain-free increase in power that’s validated by scientific testing and two decades of well-documented ass kicking.
With a 1.5mm built-in Varus Wedge, Body Geometry shoes stabilize the natural movement of your forefoot and improve foot, knee, and hip alignment, which increases power output and adds an average of 10 seconds to your time to exhaustion during maximum efforts.
The foot is built like a leaf spring. Great for running. Bad for riding. Body Geometry shoes are designed with patented, molded arch support in the outsole to create a rigid structure, which is paired with customizable footbeds to prevent foot collapse and increase power.
Ready to banish hot spots and numbness from your ride? By lifting and separating the bones of the forefoot, the Metatarsal Button prevents impinging and compressing nearby nerves and arteries, so you can say goodbye to the foot issues that used to plague riders.
Body Geometry in the Dirt
It’s not just roadies and XC racers that can benefit from the performance advantage Body Geometry brings. That’s why every one of their trail shoes, from the world-cup winning 2FO DH to our backcountry brawler, the RIME, feature the Longitudinal Arch, Varus Wedge, and Metatarsal Button. But don’t sweat the science. Just know on the trail, you’ll hit that perfect line.
BODY GEOMETRY GLOVES Hey bar, you’re getting on my nerves!
Ever had your two outer fingers go numb on a ride? That’s what happens when your ulnar nerve is compressed. How about all your fingers tingling? That’s from lack of blood flow. Specialized's leading ergonomic experts have designed gloves that reduce pressure and solve these issues, so you can confidently carve turns all day long.
Hands getting fatigued and going numb on long rides? Body Geometry Gel gloves disperse pressure by padding the ulnar nerve. So now, you can ride longer and with a stronger grip.
The Equalizer Pad in their Grail gloves maintains the natural shape of your palm, so it doesn’t flatten out as you grip the bars. This protects blood flow to all of your digits and creates an extremely confident connection to your bike.
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