|For many roadies, the Fizik Arione is as close to "couch comfort" as you'll get on your bike.|
I started riding this saddle in 2004 and have been riding "them" ever since. I say "them" because I own four of them and have them on different bikes. Obviously I'm a fan of finding something that works and sticking with it, when it comes to bicycle saddles anyway!
There are several reasons I love this saddle, but the end result is that it's very comfortable - I've heard the phrase "couch like comfort" to describe this saddle before. Following are some of the reasons I love this saddle so much:
- It's long - 310mm long to be exact. This allows the rider to move around (fore and aft) a lot on the bike, which is critical to being comfortable on the bike. Adjusting your position forward or backward is also advantageous based on the terrain you're riding on (slide back a bit on the saddle for climbing, slide forward a bit for hammering on the flats, etc).
- It's somewhat flexible (but not too flexible), yielding a slight "hammock effect". The body of the saddle flexes a bit in the middle, absorbing road vibrations and shock. This further increases the compliance of your bike.
- Huge fore and aft adjustment range - 85mm to be exact
- The cool Fizik clip seat bag system. This is a strapless seat bag that clips into a hole on the bottom of newer Fizik saddles. No straps - what could be better? Note that Fizik is the only saddle company to use this system and only Fizik saddles manufacturer after 2007 or so are compatible with this system.
- The basic Arione weighs in at a svelte 225 grams, with lighter versions available.
I'm definitely a fan and think you should check this saddle out. Most likely, your bum will thank you!
|The top profile of the Fizik Arione. The length and room for fore and aft movement is evident in just looking at this saddle.|