Review: Specialized Henge Comp mountain bike seat

specialized henge comp saddle review

The Specialized Henge Comp mountain bike saddle is one that came installed on my 2012 Stumpjumper FSR Carbon Comp 29er dual suspension mountain bike.

I am a fan of Specialized saddles in general, and the Henge is a saddle that has been comfortable and held up for me over the past year or so of using it. I successfully completed the Leadville 100 mountain bike race on this saddle, which took me more than 11 hours to finish. If you can ride a saddle for 11 hours and still like it, it’s a winner.

Specialized saddles come in three different widths. The mountain bike came with the medium width saddle, which also happens to be the width that I am supposed to ride. These saddles are designed to prevent any kind of problems with restricted blood flow, and I do not suffer from any kind of wiener sleepage when I ride it.

I almost bought a Phenom Expert saddle for this bike, because I use that saddle on my cyclocross bike and love it. But I didn’t get around to it, and the time kept getting closer to the Leadville race until I didn’t feel comfortable making any last minute changes to my bike. The Henge is only 40 grams heavier than the Phenom Expert, (280 grams versus 240), and it has more padding. So I figured it wasn’t worth worrying about to swap it out.

Overall, I give this saddle a good rating when it comes to comfort and durability. It’s a great mountain biking saddle that you can’t go wrong with.

Here’s what Specialized says about the saddle:

The Henge is a perfect XC or All-Mountain saddle with its anti-snag rounded tail, broad, flat midsection for added control, and carbon reinforced shell tuned for moderate flex.

  • Patented Body Geometry design is lab tested to assure blood flow to sensitive arteries

  • Lightweight and supportive PU foam for increased comfort over longer rides

  • Stiff, carbon-reinforced shell for longevity and all-day riding efficiency

  • Flush mounted scuff guards for increased durability

  • Light and super durable hollow Cr-Mo rails

  • Tough, light and water resistant Micromatrix™ cover


Have you ridden this saddle? Leave a comment with your opinion!

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