All three Fizik performance road saddles – Arione, Antares and Aliante – are now available with the Versus Evo full central channel design, and with the highest specification level. As part of a full suite of options, alongside the ‘Solid’ surface and Open design, Versus Evo saddles deliver a ‘choice for maximum comfort to suit every rider’.
Fizik adds that the ‘00’ designation, new to Versus Evo, brings the very highest levels of materials and technologies to the range.
The Versus Evo channel provides pressure relief on the soft tissue, effective on rides of any length or intensity. Fizik notes that the majority of the rider’s weight is transferred to the sides of the saddle, bearing on the ischial (‘sit’) bones and is evenly distributed across the surface of the saddle – crucially ensuring that pressure is not placed on the delicate soft tissue which is accommodated by the central channel.
The length, width and ergonomically designed contour of the channel are created for comfort, following a ‘detailed and extensive research, designing and testing program’.
Fizik points out that every other aspect of the three Versus Evo saddles is about professional-level race-ready performance. Like its sister Arione, Antares and Aliante models, the Versus Evo 00 range is part of a suite designed with, and for, pro riders.
‘The materials, technology and construction methods are exactly the same as the saddles provided to WorldTour teams AG2R La Mondiale, BMC Racing Team, Movistar Team, Team LottoNL-Jumbo and Team Sky.’
The high module full carbon shell is ‘tuned for maximum power transfer’. The single carbon rail offers stiff support. Its ‘Mobius’ closed loop design helps to deliver better weight distribution and aims to eliminate any pressure hotspots on the ischial bones.
The texturized cover is applied using a vacuum process, creating ‘progressive cushioning for additional comfort, along with increased grip for race-worthy performances in any conditions’.
Profiles and widths
Fizik adds that spine flexibility and pelvic rotation are inextricably linked to saddle comfort. The three Versus Evo models each have a distinct profile, following the general shape of the ‘Solid’ saddles, and accommodating the central comfort channel. Each is available in two width options to suit the different measurements between the rider’s sit bones – ‘which can vary significantly in their distance apart, typically in line with rider weight and power output’.
Arione 00 Versus Evo is made for riders with high body flexibility and no pelvic rotation while pedalling. The Arione is long, flat from nose to tail and with a narrow nose. It is available in Regular and Large sizes, with 130mm and 140mm maximum widths respectively.
Antares 00 Versus Evo is made for riders with medium body flexibility and low pelvic rotation while pedalling. The Antares is a neutral profile saddle with support and flexibility. It is available in Regular and Large sizes, with 139mm and 146mm maximum widths respectively.
Aliante 00 Versus Evo is made for riders with low body flexibility and high pelvic rotation while pedalling. The Aliante is a waved profile saddle, with support and flexibility. It is available in Regular and Large sizes, with 136mm and 149mm maximum widths respectively.
“Of course, we know that riders come in all different shapes and sizes and that the human anatomy can vary a little, or a lot, from one rider to the next,” said Luca Mathia Bertoncello, fizik’s Brand Director. “It’s this that we always remember when we consider the full range of models we create and make available to all our customers worldwide.
“What we also know is that all those riders want and deserve the highest level of performance equipment. That is why we offer the Versus Evo channel design on all our performance road saddles, with the 00 specification, and all available in a choice of widths.”
Priced at: €350 / US$400 / £325, the Versus Evo 00 range of saddles are all finished in a stealthy black colorway and are compatible with fizik’s Integrated Clip System, to attach accessories such as lights and bags.