6 days ago
Fi’zi:k Aliante R3 K:ium Saddle
Light, affordable, and comfortable don't always come in the same package, but Fi'zi:k managed to bring them together under the banner of the Aliante R3 K:ium Saddle.
Store: Steep and Cheap
A favorite of road and 'cross riders for years, the R3 uses more affordable materials but much of the same technology as Fizik's top-end R1. If you, and not your team, are footing the bill for your upgrades this season, consider replacing your ill-fitting saddle with the Aliante R3.
Like its pricier R1 sibling, the R3 comes built with a dual-layer TwinFlex shell, which consists of a stiffer outer layer handling power transfer and a forgiving center that flexes slightly for long-ride comfort. Though the R3's TwinFlex is made from nylon and fiberglass, as opposed to the carbon of the R1, most self-sponsored cyclists will likely find the modest difference in flex offset by the R3's more accessible price. Supporting all of it, Fizik's proprietary K:ium rails provide a durable, impressively light platform for seasons of hard riding. The mysterious titanium alloy sheds weight over solid titanium alone, and boasts a significantly higher strength-to-weight ratio than aluminum.
Get a comfortable, light saddle without emptying your wallet
Made for less flexible Bull riders within Fizik's Spine Concept
Fiberglass-injected nylon shell blends flex with responsiveness
K:ium rails deliver impressive stiffness and low weight
Easy-to-clean Microtex cover protects saddle's internals
Rails: K:ium (titanium alloy)
Shell: TwinFlex (fiberglass-reinforced nylon)
Seat Length: [regular, large] 279mm
Seat Width: [regular] 138mm, [large] 154mm
Claimed Weight: [regular] 7.6oz (215g), [large] 7.8oz (220g)
Activity: road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years