Fi'zi:k Gobi XM Carbon - 7x9 Braided Rails $149.95
The Fi'zi:k Gobi XM Carbon saddle with 7x9 Braided Rails is designed for long miles off road, wither it's an endurance race or all-day backcountry adventure. Fi'zi:k uses carbon fiber extensively not only keep weight down, but to tune the Gobi XM Carbon for performance and fatigue reduction as well. What's most impressive however, is how they design different saddle shells specifically to a rider's flexibility.
They call this Spine Concept. And Fi'zi:k refers to each level of flexibility as Snake, Chameleon, and Bull; with the serpent being the most limber and the ox intended for muscular riders. The Gobi XM Carbon falls into the Chameleon category.
If you can easily touch your toes, then the Snake would be your ideal saddle shape; if toe touching is as out of reach as a World Cup podium, then a Bull designated saddle will support best. Right in between the two is the Chameleon profile. The wings are a bit wider at the sit bones, but they're still narrow enough for you to easily maneuver fore, aft, and side-to-side for unrestrictive, instinctive movement while riding.
This is perfect for XC racing and trail riding alike, and so are the light and strong carbon braided rails. The weave is filled with unidirectional fibers for added strength and trail damping while enabling Fi'zi:k to keep the Gobi XN under 200 grams. Also adding to lightness, fit, and chatter-filtering capability is the nylon shell that's reinforced with carbon.
The shell's carbon nose and rear portion, where your sit bones reside, are constructed from carbon fiber. This keeps weight low, yet provides a solid platform where necessary. Surrounding and in-between those pieces is a flexible nylon. This forms what Fi'z:k calls Wing Flex.
Wing Flex allows riders of varying pelvis and thigh shapes to find a comfortable position on the Gobi XM Carbon for a custom fit. It also assures pedaling is as unrestrictive as possible. The shell is covered with a microtex fabric that's durable and easy to clean. It's lightly padded because of the shell and rail's ability to dampen and support.
The Fi'zi:k Gobi XM Carbon saddle with 7x9 Braided Rails comes in Black with White sides and is 130mm wide and 290mm long.