Fi'zi:k Kurve Bull Saddle $217.00
Most of us roll our eyes when we hear the phrase 'comfort saddle'. After all, the term calls to mind images of boardwalk bikes and saddles with cutouts so large they look like medieval torture devices. Designed for riders seeking a saddle with a deep pocket and a slightly wider profile, the Fizik KURVE Bull Saddle proves that high performance and comfort can coexist.
Why Bull? Well, in an effort to eliminate some of the guesswork from choosing the saddle that suits you best, Fizik developed Spine Concept, a fit system that divides cyclists into three groups (Snakes, Chameleons, or Bulls) according to riding style and flexibility. Bulls have spines that aren't quite as flexible as Snakes and Chameleons and, as a result, rotate their pelvises forward when they ride, an adjustment that requires a saddle with a larger, deeper pocket. Bulls can also experience some discomfort from their sit bones on traditional saddles, and will benefit from a wider saddle with a bit more of top-to-bottom wave to decrease pressure in sensitive areas.
But let's talk about what truly sets the Fizik KURVE apart from the rest. In standard saddles, comfort comes from some form of foam padding; but foam takes a little while break in and can degrade over time. Instead of padding, KURVE saddles rely on the base of the saddle for comfort. The KURVE's composite Re:Flex shell behaves like a sensory receptor, mirroring your movements in the saddle as you ride. Key contact points in the shell -- such as those under your sit bones and perineum -- are constructed using fewer composite layers, thus enabling them to respond to pressure from your body. The new design means KURVE saddles have a more rounded top than their traditional counterparts -- that's the Re:Flex shell waiting to do its job. Once you hop on the bike, the saddle flexes, conforming to the shape that fits you best. Best of all, since KURVE saddles don't rely on padding for support and comfort, no break in time is required -- just install it and ride.
Fizik didn't stop there though. The KURVE Bull Saddle also features the company's new Tuner insert, an interchangeable nosepiece that allows you to customize the flex of the saddle. Need a bit more forgiveness while piling on your early season base mileage? Simply install the more flexible nosepiece for a softer, gentler ride. Want to muster every last watt of power from your legs during this weekend's time trial or triathlon? Switch to the more rigid nosepiece for more stiffness and less flex.
Like many of Fizik's top saddles, the KURVE Bull also features TwinFlex technology (the shell is comprised of interwoven fibers that flex like a hammock), WingFlex technology (small slits in the side of the saddle flex when pedaling, allowing free thigh movement with each downward pedal stroke), and the Fizik Mobius Rail (a one-piece circular rail system constructed of cold-forged aluminum alloy is stronger and lighter than individual rails). By themselves, each feature provides immediate benefits to the rider, but when combined with Re:Flex and Tuner they create a saddle that proves high performance and comfort can coexist.
The Fizik KURVE Bull Saddle is Black with an embossed animal logo. It measures 265mm in length and 146mm at its widest point. It is compatible with the Fizik ICS system of bags and lights.