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5 5

In short, this saddle is the proverbial "bomb!" It's awesome.

I bought this saddle from a local bike shop a couple of weeks after it hit the market in the U.S. I've owned three other saddles: a Selle Italia SLX flow, a Specialized Toupe + Expert, and an Antares, which I found terribly uncomfortable after mile 45. After re-checking the "animal" in me, pursuant to Fizik's spine concept, AND measuring my sit bone width properly, I realized I am a "snake," not a "chameleon."

After nearly 1,300 miles, including a Century and a 200K, and just under 70 hrs on the saddle since acquiring the Arione VSX, I can tell you this saddle is, by far, the most comfortable saddle I've ever ridden.

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Saddles are a very personal thing. The recommendation of many, including Clint at Competitive Cyclist, is to try out three or four, or as many as necessary, before selecting the best saddle for you. I didn't want to buy three or four saddles and return two or three, so I demoed the Aliante versus, the Arione CX and the Antares with carbon braided rails, before having my LBS order the Antares K:ium. Unfortunately, I didn't demo either saddle on longer than a 40 mile ride. BIG MISTAKE!!!

I'm between a "Chameleon" and a "Snake," according to Fizik's spine concept test, and my sit bones are about 130mm apart. I'm 5'7", big bone, 194 lbs, with a rather muscular built. After riding my Antares for nearly 500 miles, I had to take it off my bike, and slap my Specialized Toupe+ Expert back on. Had no comfort issues on rides 45 miles and under. But, on longer than 45 mile rides, by mile 49+, I had to get off the saddle often, just to get comfortable.

So, by process of elimination, if the spine concept is correct as far as flexibility is concerned, and I believe to that extent it is, then flexibility and rider built aren't a parallel correlation and the spine concept makes a terrible assumption that flexibility also equals rider built. And it simply isn't so. I was far more comfortable on the Arione CX than I was on the Aliante versus.

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