Its no secret that I love the Specialized Power saddle on my CX bike, so when it was time to shop for a mountain saddle to replace the OEM anvil that Norco supplied on my Torrent 7.2 I went directly to my local Specialized dealer - The Brantford Cyclepath. Another go on the Specialized Ass Ruler and I was out the door with a blacked out Phenom in 155mm width. I briefly thought about buying the Henge (which I really liked on my old Fatboy) but was talked into the Phenom as it shares the same rear section as the Power saddle, just with a longer nose more suited to mountain biking.
Once installed it felt at home right off the get go. Comfort and fit are exactly what I expected after my experience with the Power saddle. I did have to do a bit more position tweaking than the Power and ended up with the nose slightly higher on this setup.
I've put alot of miles on this saddle now and it has been great. Lots of epic rides spending between 4 and 6 hours riding and it was still comfortable. Moving around and getting on the nose for climbing is quick and comfortable. The saddle has a waterproof grippy material covering it to keep you from sliding off unintentionally.
I do have two small gripes with the seat though. Firstly, the nose of the saddle has developed a bit of wear, which isn't too uncommon but I'd expect it to hold up better after only 6 months of riding and spending 130ish bucks.
My second concern is that the rear of the saddle where the rails go into the plastic base has developed some movement. While this does not affect performance, it does cause some creaking at times and again, I'd expect more from a saddle like this. Time will tell how much of an issue this may or may not become. I'll have to post an update after some more long term riding.
In the end, its one of the only mountain saddles I've been able to spend half a day on and not feel like I've had a vasectomy, only held back by two little concerns. I rate it 4/5 stars.
The Bric...._ mountain biker, road rider, heavyweight gear abuser. Built like a brick sh*thouse. No bike is safe.