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Fi'zi:k Arione R3 BMC Racing Team Saddle + Handlebar Tape

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Unless you've been living under a rock, you've surely noticed that both Cadel and van Garderen have been putting on quite the show. And whether it be the 2013 Giro or Tejay's heroics on the Alpe d'Huez, the Fi'zi:k Arione R3 BMC Racing Team Saddle was there for the ride. That's why the Swiss titan and the Italian powerhouse collaborated on bringing this design and colorway to the public. And as an added bonus, Fi'zi:k is throwing in its venerable Handlebar Tape.

Fi'zi:k has developed a spine concept system that takes into account rider flexibility in order to determine which saddle shape is optimal. It refers to the three levels of flexibility as Snake, Chameleon, and Bull. So, which one is for you? Well, if you're easily able to touch your toes, then the Snake is your ideal saddle shape. The Fi'zi:k Arione R3's Snake profile is narrow, and it's intended for riders who naturally position their sit bones to receive the most weight.

The Arione R3 is constructed from a fiberglass and thermoplastic composite shell that's been reinforced with fiberglass in the rear portion, or the paddle, where your sit bones reside. This provides a solid platform where it's necessary, and not where it isn't. Surrounding, and in-between those pieces, is the highly flexible thermoplastic. This forms what Fi'zi:k calls Wing Flex. Wing Flex allows riders of varying pelvis and thigh shapes to find a comfortable position on the Arione R3 for a nearly custom fit. It also assures that pedaling is as nonrestrictive as possible.

The Arione R3 uses Fi'zi:k's proprietary K:ium rails. Essentially, these are a combination of metal alloys, along with a specific tubular design, that increases fatigue-resistance. The result are rails that are lighter than solid titanium, and with an incredibly higher strength-to-weight ratio than most alloys. This enables Fi'zi:k to keep the Arione R3 at around 185grams — a respectively light race-day perch. Finishing off the construction, the shell has been covered with Fi'zi:k's MicroTex fabric for every-day-durability and comfort.

Compatible with Fi'zi:k's Integrated Clip System (ICS), you're easily able to attach a Fi'zi:k saddle bag or light without worrying about straps. This special team edition saddle also comes with Fi'zi:k's bar tape.

The Fi'zi:k Arione R3 Saddle with K:ium Rails is 132mmm wide, 300mm long, and is available in the BMC team colors of Red and Black. The bonus bar tape is available in the color Black.

Tech Specs

fiberglass thermoplastic composite
Seat Length:
300 mm
Seat Width:
132 mm
Compatible Components:
Fi'zi:k ICS
Claimed Weight:
185 g
Recommended Use:
road cycling and racing
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

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Avg. ride time: 8h 31m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Love the Arione

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great saddle, even better to pick it up on discount. Finally time to get my backup bike a color matched saddle that I also know is comfortable.

Special edition packaging is also awesome.

Avg. ride time: 1h 29m per week
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Great saddle and got it on sale

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I absolutely love this saddle. I rode anolder antares for a while and never could seem to find the sweet spot. With the arionne I have a hard time finding an uncomfortable position whether sitting way back during climbing or up on the nose when I'm doing descents. Also looks great with my Cervelo R3 ultegra. Based on fizik's spine concept, I'm a snake and this works great based on my range of motion. The tape is also really light and grips well. Don't wrap too tightly or you'll tear it.

Unanswered Question

is this saddle and bar tape presented in...

is this saddle and bar tape presented in special packaging

Is this offer only for the Snake version...

Is this offer only for the Snake version of the Arione saddle?

All Arione saddles are designed for Fizik's Snake body type. Check out their Spine Concept guide:

Call us if you have questions about what Fizik saddle will be most comfortable for you.