fi’zi:k has announced a striking new series of three saddle designs, which will be used by its sponsored teams at this year’s Tour de France. Seven pro-teams use fi’zi:k saddles, including the reigning Tour de France and Giro d’Italia champions Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana. All seven teams have committed to using the stunning saddles during the 2014 Tour de France. Nicolò Ildos, fi’zi:k Marketing & Racing Manager says, “These are some of the most beautiful saddles that we have created and we’re delighted that all seven pro-teams that have been using the Spine Concept series saddles have committed to using the new design. We can’t wait to see the lights of the Champs Elysees reflecting off them as the riders sprint for the finish line in Paris.”
The saddles use the latest material technologies, with the core of two models constructed from fiberglass thermoplastic composites and the third saddle made from carbon reinforced nylon. All three incorporate eye-catching reflective accents on a black Microtex cover, which also acts as a reminder to all cyclists to think about visibility when riding.
All three saddles will be available from fi’zi:k saddle and shoe retailers immediately.
The fi’zi:k Arione R3 and Antares R3 both use the same structure and Microtex thigh glides with reflective film as the pro version, and incorporates a k:ium rail. The 185 g Arione R3 is designed for highly flexible riders and 195 g Antares R3 for those with medium levels of flexibility. Both are both priced at $250. The fi’zi:k Aliante Gamma uses a carbon reinforced nylon shell to cater for less flexible riders and is available for $200. This saddle weighs 259 g and incorporates the same reflective film and Microtex cover as the pro-standard version of the saddle, again along with a k:ium rail. All saddles will be packaged in a La Tour Eiffel box set which also includes a special fi’zi:k bar tape and saddle level.