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Fizik Aliante Carbon Saddle

3.5/5 (8 Reviews)
Weight : 250 grams MSRP : $225.99

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Product Description

The Twin Flex shell technology offers full-length pressure relief from the saddle's nose through the flank.

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Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by hookooekoorider a Cross Country Rider from East Bay, CA

Date Reviewed: September 15, 2010

Strengths:    Very comfortable. Carbon shell and rails flex just enough to conform to your shape.

Weaknesses:    Expensive.

Bottom Line:   
I'm a 180 lb. cross country rider, and the Aliante carbon is the most comfortable seat I've ridden on (incl. WTB speed, which is also a comfy saddle, and WTB rocket). Perfect fit for me, just the right shape for the sit bones, just right cushioning, but the main advantage is the added flex from the carbon shell and rails that help the seat conform to the shape of your arse and flex just the right amount under load. To be honest, I had some numbness when I first switched to the Aliante Carbon, but that went away as I got used to it. Perhaps the saddle broke in a little and perhaps I adjusted my sitting position. IMHO, this is a saddle where you have to adjust the position just right for it to be comfortable; and b/c there isn't a cutout, you don't want to sit too far forward on the saddle. To the reviewers below who broke their Aliante Carbons...come on, this is a road bike saddle. Don't get the carbon railed version if you are going to downhill, crash, jump, etc.; get the K:ium (carbon shell, kium rails), gamma, sport, or XM (mtn bike specific) versions instead. BTW, I also have the gamma and sport versions, and neither are as comfortable as the carbon. And to the reviewer whose rails "melted," but didn't try customer service...you should have...their customer service is excellent and they do replace defective saddles. 5 chilis overall for comfort, 4 chilis for value b/c it's so expensive.

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Favorite Trail:   Shell Ridge

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   craigslist

Similar Products Used:   WTB Speed, WTB Rocket, Bontrager, Nashbar

Bike Setup:   Giant NRS

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Joe Biggen a Weekend Warrior from Marietta, GA

Date Reviewed: May 1, 2008

Strengths:    comfy, looks great, light

Weaknesses:    not the strongest, but hey, its a ROAD saddle

Bottom Line:   
Super comfy ride, and light, but not the burliest out there. However, this is a ROAD saddle that I've switched over to a trailbike so take that into consideration. Obviously some other folks didn't read the catalog and don't know the difference.

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Favorite Trail:   chilhowee

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   oem

Similar Products Used:   Spec's, V's, etc.

Bike Setup:   fs trailbike

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Mike a Cross Country Rider from Flower Mound, TX

Date Reviewed: February 28, 2008

Strengths:    Pretty comfortable, soft padding, light

Weaknesses:    Soft padding, weak rails that break, uncomfortable in long run, too soft

Bottom Line:   
I used the saddle for a little less than a year and the carbon rails turned to pasta. They didn't snap, but rather slowly got soft until they came out of the saddle. Not a good saddle for MTB. I only ride once a week on average and I am very kind to my equipment. Never dropped it hard on the saddle or anything. This is a clear case of defective materials and craftsmanship. I haven't tried to get Fizik to cover it because I have doubts they would and don't have time to chase them down. But I would try another one if they offerred. Maybe it was just a bad unit.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $125.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   WTB, SLR, Serfas

Bike Setup:   Rocky Mountain Element

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by scott a Weekend Warrior from aliso viejo, ca, usa

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2007

Strengths:    reasonably comfortable, easy to move fore and aft, light

Weaknesses:    popped off rails on third ride

Bottom Line:   
I was just riding small circles while my wife rested. I didn't realize I was clipped in and just did a drop on my side - dumb, but still getting used to the clipless thing...

Anyway to my great surprise the seat popped off its rails - the thing is like brand new... the plastic base is not sufficiently well designed to prevent this from happening - unfortunately was not able to get the seat back on the rails while on the trail. Used the rubber band/casing from a Crank Brothers multi tool to hold the nose of the seat to the front of the rails to get me home...

There is a small plastic plate under the nose of the seat which also popped off - held on by one tiny wood screw ??

It might be fine in a road application, but doesn't seem rugged enough for off-road usage...

Based on this experience I can't recommend this product, and thought others should know.

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Favorite Trail:   aliso wood - closest

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   oem on new Ibis

Similar Products Used:   bontrager, ritchey

Bike Setup:   Ibis Mojo SX build - fi'zi:k Aliante Gamma w/titanium rails = std seat

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Kent a Cross Country Rider from Shawnee Ks

Date Reviewed: March 24, 2007

Strengths:    Comfort and weight. This review is for the Aliante Gamma Ti.

Weaknesses:    Price is about twice as much as a WTB Rocket V SLT saddle.

Bottom Line:   
My last saddle (wtb rocket v slt) was very light but was not comfortable at all. The Fizik Aliante Gamma Ti has both covered, it is light (256 grams) and without all the seams on the WTB saddles, the Fizik is very comfortable.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   WTB Rocket V SLT, WTB Pure V, WTB Speed V.

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz full suspension, Fox front and back, Mavic ect.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by John Dovine a Racer from Tampa, FL USA

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2006

Strengths:    Fairly comfortable after a short break in.
Looks good to me.

Weaknesses:    Durability is not a quality of this saddle.

Bottom Line:   
I hate to lay a review out like this considering some folks really liked this saddle, but the truth speaks for itself.
Had an older Fizik that this one replaced. It lasted almost 4 years.
This Aliante Carbon was expensive and was expecting great things.
Won't go into too much detail on the comfort because that is subjective, but this thing has way too much padding for me. It felt like I was wearing diapers at first. After a couple of weeks break in it felt pretty good and I could have lived with it.
Within 6 months this saddle was destroyed. I was worried about the thigh glides on the front sides of the saddle, and sure enough the material began to tear along the stitching. I wear a baggy style short and do up to 70 mile or so rides on the weekend, but this tear can not be reasonably repaired. Got it superglued together until I get another one. I was hoping this thigh glide was sewed over the top of a more durable material, but that is not the case. Just foam rubber underneath. Bummer!!!
Also, just leaning it against a tree or wall on the saddle side badly scuffs the material. It had not formed another tear there yet, but I could see it coming. Many others complain about this saddle coming apart. Should have listened.
This saddle did not even make it through a single season so Fizik never again, unless it's free.

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Favorite Trail:   Flatwoods

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $160.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Another cheaper Fizik that lasted forever - hence the reason I paid the big bucks for this one.
Had a Brooks saddle previous to that.

Bike Setup:   Aluminum hardtail XR racing machine, a few Ti parts, Chris King hubs and head set, Rockshox, XTR, ect...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Logan a Racer from Concord, Ca

Date Reviewed: July 24, 2006

Strengths:    Comfortable, good looking; durable

Weaknesses:    none yet; price?

Bottom Line:   
This is the beautiful (silver) C-dale Team Replica Model w/yellow carbon weave underneath: Very comfortable saddle! I can race a 12-hour mtb. race on this and feel fine (and look great while doing it!) Saddle seems quite durable too. Definately a good indicator for me purchasing another Fizik saddle in the future for any of my other bikes.

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Favorite Trail:   technical singletrack - T-ho or Redwoods

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Fizik Plateau, WTB Laser V Pro; multiple Italian leathers on road bikes

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Scalpel Team Replica

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by calixto a Racer from chatsworth, ca

Date Reviewed: July 10, 2006

Strengths:    comfortable!!!!!!! I have terry mens ti and it numb me.

Weaknesses:    non so far

Bottom Line:   
Too new-but very promising. I'm planning to changed out my terry mens ti on my mtb bike.

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Favorite Trail:   rocky peak

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   lbs

Bike Setup:   LOOK 565 - road bike- all campy chorus
Sugar 3 XT drive train, CK, marzzochi, rp3, mavic, easton

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