A saddle is one of the most personal and individual components you might ever purchase -- and a choice often affected by both tangible and perceived comfort. The Fizik Aliante Versus K:ium Saddle was created with these concepts in mind. It offers almost immediate comfort for a wide range of riders.Realizing that cyclists come in all shapes and sizes, Fizik developed the Spine Concept fit system to match saddles to riders according to spine flexibility and riding style. Using animals as codes to help consumers differentiate one from the next (you're either a Snake, a Bull, or a Chameleon), Fizik offers three distinct saddle shape choices (the Arione, the Aliante, and the Antares). A shorter, waved saddle that offers a more upward-facing rear platform, the Aliante is designed for "Bulls" -- rigid riders who generally sit in one spot for the majority of their ride.But Fizik doesn't stop with just fit options. With its Versus channel design, the company also offers saddles for customers who want specific saddle shape choices plus a visible pressure relief zone. These saddles were developed with three key considerations in mind:First, surface area was maintained so that Fizik's Versus saddles have the same surface area as their standard counterparts. Cutout designs decrease surface area by removing material, leaving you unsupported in key areas. Fizik Versus saddles ensure that weight-bearing tissue occupying the pressure relief channel receives the surface support it needs for optimum comfort and performance. Second, Versus saddles maintain structural rigidity by using the same base as Fizik's other road saddles. Cutout saddles have weaker bases and tend to flex and sag -- Versus saddles have no such issues. Lastly, Versus saddles use an optimized ergonomic channel shape to ensure relief. Cutout designs often have sharp edges that can add to the discomfort they are supposed to relieve.The Fizik Aliante Versus K:ium Saddle is made with K:ium rails and a nylon shell that's reinforced with carbon fiber. The K:ium (rhymes with "zoom") rails offer a better ride than standard titanium rails. They're 8% lighter, possess a greater strength to weight ratio, and damp more vibration. The saddle's low-density padding and microtex microfiber cover is comfortable, durable, and doesn't snag on shorts or bibs. It's available in Black or White and measures 265mm long and 142mm at its widest point.
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