Specialized Alias Saddle

2.56/5 (27 Reviews)
Weight : 315 grams MSRP : $100.00


Product Description

  • Optimal sit-bone support
  • Carbon reinforced nylon shell
  • Memory foam & tuned density foam padding
  • Medically-proven Body Geometry technology
  • Water-resistant MicroMatrix synthetic leather


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dblspeed a Cross Country Rider from Dublin

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2011

Strengths:    Very comfortable saddle.

Weaknesses:    Too wide for effective mtb use.

Bottom Line:   
My first BG saddle, bought to replace the WTB Laser V. Very comfortable but it's a road saddle, too wide for effective MTB use and soon replaced by a Phenom Gel.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything unpaved

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   WTB Laser V Stealth. Specialized Romin, Phenom, Henge.

Bike Setup:   SS 29er.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by 2_Salukis a Cross Country Rider from Colorado

Date Reviewed: October 30, 2010

Strengths:    Lightweight, soft tissue cutout, styling, scuff guards

Weaknesses:    No give or padding

Bottom Line:   
Never could get comfortable on it. Was good for ~10 miles, then felt like I was sitting on a board. Was really hoping it would work out, but after several rides decided it just didn't fit me right.
If you can get a good deal, then it's probably worth a try.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   San Marco Regal, WTB Shadow SLT, Selle Italia Aspide

Bike Setup:   Stumpjumper FSR

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by kumes12688 a Cross Country Rider from Middletown, Ny, Usa

Date Reviewed: September 23, 2010

Strengths:    Comfortable, light

Weaknesses:    Weak Rails!!!

Bottom Line:   
Comfortable, light saddle, except extremely weak. Broke 2 within six months. Was given the second due to warranty after the first one broke; ten miles on the second one and it broke. Won't ever get this saddle again.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Similar Products Used:   specialized avatar

Bike Setup:   sir 9

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Wonny a Downhiller from Mammoth lakes ca

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2009

Strengths:    Soft tissue relief. Pedaling comfort. Weight.

Weaknesses:    Lack of cushioning on sides and back of saddle for freeriding/ dh

Bottom Line:   
The alias is a great saddle for experienced trail riders looking for a supportive ride. The body geometry design (i.e. Split seat) is worth every penny. This is the best pedaling saddle I've ever owned. Do not buy this saddle if you don't ride on regular basis. It will be too firm

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Favorite Trail:   Live wire

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $110.00

Purchased At:   Lbs

Similar Products Used:   Wtb pure, wtb rocket, sunline race

Bike Setup:   spec Sx trail Easton havoc wheels

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jcc456 a Cross Country Rider from Denver, CO

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2009

Strengths:    Nice flat-design
Right amount of cushioning
Light


Weaknesses:    None yet

Bottom Line:   
Great shape for those who like flat saddles but with more padding than the toupe. No numbness or discomfort at all. No break in period. Will put this on all my bikes.

This is the 2009 model without the strange cushion insets shown in the current photo here.

Expensive but worth it.

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Favorite Trail:   White Ranch

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $109.00

Purchased At:   Bike Source

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Avatar & Rival

Bike Setup:   2008 Stumpjumper FST Expert

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by pakdoc a Weekend Warrior from Mountain Brook, AL USA

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2008

Strengths:    Light weight, comfortable. Have two, one on road bike and mnt bike

Weaknesses:    Broke rail and replaced with Avatar on mnt bike and not as comfortable. Road bike still holding up well.


Bottom Line:   
Not a good mnt saddle, weak rails. Good road bike saddle.

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Favorite Trail:   BUMP

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Bob's Bikes

Similar Products Used:   BG Comp, Avatar

Bike Setup:   BLT2, XO, RF Next, CK IsoDiscs/X819's

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by S.D.C a Cross Country Rider from Australia

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2008

Strengths:    Light enough for a decently priced mtb or road saddle. Looks half decent to. Comfortable enough for light-medium weight riders.

Weaknesses:    Stitching around the end of the saddle can come loose after a few falls, but it's generally well made.

Bottom Line:   
This would be a great saddle for road riding. This saddle is a good buy if you can pick up a second hand one cheap. it's Light enough for cross country MTBing to and quite durable, it's a great seat. I'm not sure i'd pay $160 AUD for a brand new one however, and if you're a heavier rider or into drop offs and jumps, perhaps look for something a little bit tougher.

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Favorite Trail:   Woodend

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Various Specialized and giant saddles.

Bike Setup:   medium level hardtail cross country mtb

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Joel a Cross Country Rider from France

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2008

Strengths:    Pretty light and beautiful

Weaknesses:    Not the most comfortable saddle I've had and hard to wash after it gets dirty because of the cotton sewings

Bottom Line:   
Most of the reviews below blame the saddle for its weak rails and I have to admit I can't say anything about that yet.

I'm a heavy rider but I never sit on my saddle on difficult sections or obstacles. My crankset and pedals always get most of the punishment.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   From a friend.

Similar Products Used:   Fizik and Selle Italia

Bike Setup:   On a Truvativ seatpost and Hope clamp

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Bert from Chicago, Il. USA

Date Reviewed: November 3, 2007

Strengths:    Very comfortable. durable, I use it on the road.

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
I was having taint issues with the Terry Fly and the Bontrager seat the bikes came with. I like this seat. The BG design hits the spot (or doesen't hit the spot;) I do century rides and did three on this seat and felt as well as ever after a century. I just bought one off ebay for $60 for the mountain bike.
Now I'm a little concerned after reading the other reviews.

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Favorite Trail:   Palos

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Cycles and Sports

Similar Products Used:   Terry, Bontrager

Bike Setup:   Madone, Lemond. Just buying a Giant Trance to do some mountain

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Alex a Weekend Warrior from Houghton, MI

Date Reviewed: October 25, 2007

Strengths:    Looks cool. Light. I love the seat. It's very comfortable, but bear in mind that I rarely sit while riding my dirt jump bike.

Weaknesses:    Very narrow. Make sure you really want narrow. Very expensive. I got a deal because I got mine on clearance. $120 or whatever they are full price is way too steep!

Bottom Line:   
This was a peculiar choice for my dirt jump bike. This seat is narrower and lighter than the seat on my old road bike. I bought it knowing what I was looking for. MAKE SURE YOU WANT NARROW! 130mm ain't no joke. I measure closer to the 120mm mark in the wide spot and about 40-45mm in the narrow part. Take a look at a ruler and make sure you know what we're talking about.

Again, I absolutely love the seat and knew what I wanted. It would really be better suited on a road bike. I'm thrilled. I just hope I'll still be able to have kids later on...

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $44.00

Purchased At:   Specialized.com

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager (crap)

I went into the bike shop and said I needed a new seat for my Specialized dirt jump bike. They put that on there. It was probably about a 150mm seat. I didn't like it. I hated it. But it helped me decide what I really wanted.


Bike Setup:   05 Specialized P.2 SS

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Aaron a Cross Country Rider from Columbia, MO USA

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2007

Strengths:    I rode this saddle for a little over two years. It was reasonably light (263g) and stayed looking great even though most of my riding is off-road.

Weaknesses:    The most painful saddle I've ever ridden. It feels great for about 20 miles, then turns into the most terrible thing this side of a nail to sit on. Even the paper-thin Aspide it replaced was more confortable. Painful, painful, painful. Too costly (but all Specialized stuff is).

Bottom Line:   
By far, the worst saddle I've ever owned. I should have replaced it far sooner than I did. On the plus side, it never broke and looked great while I owned it.

If you plan to sit for miles and ride, buy something else. This saddle will only do if you spend most of your time standing up.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Local shop

Similar Products Used:   Selle Italia Flite Gel, Selle San Marco Aspide, SDG Bel-Air SL, various others

Bike Setup:   Fisher SuperCaliber

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Ben from Newark

Date Reviewed: July 11, 2007

Strengths:    pretty light. Very narrow and low profile, good for mountain biking styles/conditions under which you want to drop behind the seat frequently. Because its narrow and low profile, you can slight behind it and back pretty easy and without catching your pants

Weaknesses:    Very painful, and unnessicarily so. I am used to a very stiff saddle but this is just too hard. Ti rails and carbon support is great, but you need at least a little padding. Poorly built. Rails are not held securely to the saddle, they are held loosely in holes that cannot be tightened up without squirting glue into them to fill in the gap. Makes the saddle shift slightly, but more significantly it makes the saddle squeek and crunk as you ride, really thats just an annoyance though, doesn't hurt performance.

Bottom Line:   
I like stiff saddles, but this seat has no padding what so ever. BG would work well if they added just a little bit of padding. I got it because i drop my hips behind the saddle a lot in the area i mountain bike, and for that its good because i can get my legs around it. I've used bontrager racelite X and racelite XXX on road bikes before and found them much more comfortable without compromising performance. This is the only seat i have or ever have had that I use padded shorts with, and it is still more uncomfortable than any other seat i own. Bottom line, this seat was ill conceived and poorly designed. They spent too much time focusing on buzz words like titanium, carbon and BG that they forgot you had to sit on it for hours at a time. I bought it on clearance and i'm still not convinced it was a good buy, would gladly pay full price for a better seat

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $65.00

Purchased At:   specialized.com

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager racelite X road saddle, some of the other bontrager seats

Bike Setup:   Trek SLR frame, Fox F-80 rlc, Avid bb7, Bontrager crank, XTR shifters, XT filling out the rest

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Chris a Cross Country Rider from Belgium

Date Reviewed: July 6, 2007

Strengths:    very comfy, body geometry really works for me

Weaknesses:    one of the rails broke...

Bottom Line:   
Purchased in may 2005, didn't ride a lot in 2006 (rebuilding house), then hollow ti-rail broke in may 2007.
I also broke a rail on a Flite. I'm probably too heavy for Ti rails (90kg/198lbs). No jumps, stunts but I like climbing in the saddle and pushing gears. The rail on the Alias broke where it exits the seatpost-clamp. Some say to get a post with wider support (like Thomson or Syntace) but I even read about failing rails on those.

The BG works for me so I'm now looking for a Specialized Rival saddle. The Rival SL is lighter and has solid Ti rails but the reviews tell me to stay away from it. Hopefully the hollow CroMo rails on the Rival will hold up.

bottom line:
Great comfy saddle (no pain after a 6-hour ride) but bad rails. Innovate or die.... ;-)

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Favorite Trail:   all

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $114.00

Purchased At:   BikeSportive

Similar Products Used:   couple of Selle Italia Flites (can't sit on them anymore), 2002 BG saddle

Bike Setup:   2002 Specialized Stumpjumper, Marzocchi fork, 8-speed XT, Avid V-brakes

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Robert Patterson a Cross Country Rider from UK

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2007

Strengths:    There are no strenghts to this product, its just awful.

Weaknesses:    Its too hard and very badly designed for Mountain Biking and I suspect Road Racing too.

Bottom Line:   
My assumption was this saddle was for Mountain Biking. Its not. I do 8 hour multi-day XC rides and this saddle actually ripped my backside clear off my body. Its designed so you sit directly on your pelvic bones so the only real contact the saddle has with your body are 2 small pressure points directly under your pelvic bones. After 2 days of constant friction on these 2 small areas, I had no skin left. Used Bel-Air for 10 years never had a problem, bought the Specialized on a whim. Back to Bel-Air.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Similar Products Used:   SDG Bel-Air RL

Bike Setup:   Orange 5 with Shimano XT everything, Mavic 819/Maxxis CrossMark

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Eric Menigat a Cross Country Rider from Bloomington, IN

Date Reviewed: April 13, 2007

Strengths:    Light weight, quite comfotable while road riding and decent comfort offroad

Weaknesses:    like almost everyon else here the rails are very weak, i bent em and bent em back at least twice and now i just got in from a ride in which i cracked one rail so it is now a goner

Bottom Line:   
If youre a cross country weight weanie who weighs around 150 lbs then this might be your saddle!

If your more into trail riding and on the heavier side look elsewhere!

Myself, well, I now have got a brooks saddle on the way and I cant wait!!!

great road saddle but bad mtb saddle.......

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Favorite Trail:   Wapehani Mountain Bike Park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $89.00

Purchased At:   REVOLUTION BIKE & BEAN

Similar Products Used:   titec p.o.s. and a specialized body geometry saddle on my s.s. road bike

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Genisis Frame, cane creek wheelset, avid juicy 7,

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