Fi'zi:k Kurve Snake Saddle $217.00
As cyclists, all of us have been forced at one time or another to choose between performance and comfort. If you were one of the early adopters of aluminum framesets, you especially know what we mean. Thanks to an innovative design that combines comfort and tuneability, the Fizik KURVE Snake Saddle proves that top performance doesn't have to hurt.
Why Snake? 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, and Bulls) according to riding style and spine flexibility. If you're a Snake, you prefer saddles that are flat and narrow; you're a flexible rider who changes positions frequently and supports your weight on your sit bones.
But let's talk about what truly sets the Fizik KURVE apart from the rest. With 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 Snake 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 Snake 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 the Re:Flex shell and the Tuner insert, they create a saddle that proves high performance and comfort can coexist.
The Fizik KURVE Snake Saddle is Black with an embossed animal logo and measures 294mm in length and 135mm at its widest point. It is compatible with the Fizik ICS system of bags and lights.
Reviews & Community
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
By far the best saddle I have ever used, fits me just like the what the snake said I would be. Lightweight, looks awesome. I wont ever ride another saddle.