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Fi'zi:kAliante R1 Saddle - 7x9 Carbon Braided Rails

Sale 30% OffCurrent price:$174.97 Original price:$249.99

Item # FIZ002X

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Item # FIZ002X

Aliante R1 Saddle

If you're in the hunt for a new saddle type, then we can't recommend a better starting place for any rider and any application than the Fizik Aliante R1 Saddle with Carbon Braided Rails. It's been the sweetspot for so many cyclists from all rides of life that it may be both the beginning and the end of your quest for comfort. Plus, the incorporation of carbon fiber throughout its construction means that you can rest assured that it's as lightweight and durable as possible without making any concessions in comfort.

The saddle's body sees a return of the TwinFlex foundation, which uses a stiff outline for support, with a more forgiving interior to provide cushion for your perineum. The R1's TwinFlex body is made from carbon-injected nylon to save weight compared to the R3, which uses glass fibers instead of carbon. In Fizik's Linnaean estimation of cyclists-as-animals, the Aliante is for bulls. Bulls are less flexible and rotate their pelvises forward when they ride, an adjustment that requires a saddle with a larger, deeper pocket — but, truth be told, we know many cyclists who can touch their foreheads to their knees while stretching but still prefer the Aliante.

The R1 also saves weight by using braided carbon fiber instead of Kium for the rails. The braiding provides a new level of strength against both the clamping force of your seatpost and the load the saddle bears when you take a load off. We've all had it happen to ourselves or a friend: halfway through a ride, you notice your posture has taken on a strange, tilted bounce owing to a broken rail. Not only is this embarrassing, but — depending on the severity of the rail failure — you may have a long ride out of the saddle to the nearest shop. (You can thank us later for not contracting "rail failure" to "railure.") The whole thing is capped off with a black microtex cover for equal parts longevity and style.

  • Fizik’s Bull shape profile
  • TwinFlex foundation with Carbon-injected nylon
  • Braided carbon fiber rails
  • Black Microtex cover

Tech Specs
Rails7x9 Carbon Braided
ShellTwin Flex Carbon
Seat Length275 mm
Seat Width140 mm
Recommended Usecycling, cyclocross
Manufacturer Warranty2 years

Actual Weight

Black/Black, Large

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What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 3

Took some adjustment

I've put it through the wringer
Runs small

Saddle preferences are particular--everyone's butt is different. I was a happy and long time user of the Aliante Gamma, so I thought the Aliante R1 would be a light weight upgrade. For me, this saddle initially felt too hard and a little narrower. This seat made my sit bones numb. After reading a bunch of reviews online, I tweaked the angle of the seat and found a sweet spot that I liked. It's not as comfortable as the Gamma, but if you stick with it and find the right setting, you can be happy.

>Rating: 2

I really wanted this to work out.

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I really wanted this saddle to work out. Long time Aliante user from the Gamma to the Team to the Versus, Versus X, and now R1 and R3. I first tried the R3, and it just didn't "fit" when I rode. Exchanged it for the R1, thinking the different shell materials might have the saddle ride differently; still didn't work out. The nose of the saddle has definitely gotten narrower, as I've done side by side rides with bikes with previous iterations. Out of the series, I favor the Versus X Carbon and just bought a second one to replace this Aliante R1. I'm running the Versus X with Kium rails on my cross bike as that bike isn't weight conscious. I definitely prefer the wider stance of the previous iterations, and the Versus X cutout really does relieve pressure from an over zealous chamois. The R1 just gives me epic wedgies after two 30mi rides.

>Rating: 2

Padding on the new R1 is much firmer tha

I've been riding on Aliante Saddles for years. I currently have the Aliante Versus saddle on my bikes. I thought I'd give the new R1 a try. Expensive mistake. The padding is much firmer. It's not even close to past Aliante saddles. Reminds me a little of the Specialized Romin.

Couldn't agree more. I have used several Aliante in the past and this is NOT the same saddle. The R1 is much stiffer and defeats the purpose of the older design. If you are looking for the comfort of the old Aliante, look elsewhere

>Rating: 5

Like coming home from a work trip

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I was "a Fi'zi:k" guy for years, then spent 6 years on another brand of saddle. 2015 brought a reunion for my rear end and Fi'zi:k...and let me tell you, I was a little apprehensive. This fear was unwarranted. Saddle mounted, numbers measured, it was like I never left home. Fear not, change, for the only change we really need worry about is that which comes from within. Switching saddles ain't no thang.

>Rating: 5

Wow... the best saddle just got better!

Round of applause to Fizik with their new design of my all time favorite comfort/performance saddle. This is my 2nd Aliante in 5yrs and the new design is incredible. Its super supportive and game changing. Love it! Never going with any other brand. Get on a Fizik, you won't regret it.