Fi'zi:k Arione R3 SKY Pro Cycling Saddle + Handlebar Tape $240.00
Snakes for Sky.
As you know, the past two years of the Tour have been dominated by SKY Pro Cycling. And when you look into the level of detail and planning that goes into their operation, it becomes obvious why. Every aspect of the race bike is scrutinized, and as a result, SKY strategically selects its components. That's why it comes as no surprise that SKY collaborated with Fi'zi:k in order to create the Arione R3 SKY Pro Cycling Saddle. And as an added token of gratitude to its fans, Fi'zi:k is also including 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 SKY Pro Cycling team colors of Black and Grey. The bonus bar tape is available in the color Black.