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Fi'zi:kArione R3 Versus EVO Saddle
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September 20, 2019
Nylon shell sags, cracks over time
- I've put it through the wringer
This saddle is comfortable for me, a fan of Fizik's Arione shape, but the durability of the saddle's construction is questionable. I've ridden two of specimens of this saddle--the one I bought and one I received from Fizik as a warranty claim replacement--and both have had cracks develop in the nylon shell, towards the middle of the saddle, furthest from where the rails make contact with the saddle upper at each of the tip and the tail of the shell. This leads to sagging of the saddle's surface, which is only slightly uncomfortable and easy enough to ignore once you start moving on a ride, but the upper of my first Arione Versus EVO eventually completely collapsed after riding over a larger-than-normal pothole. The shell completely gave out, and in addition to the nylon shell's splitting, the foam upper split as well. At that point, the saddle was unridably uncomfortable, and I submitted my first warranty claim to Fizik. They promptly addressed the situation, and they gladly sent me another Arione Versus EVO, but alas, cracks are beginning to form on my replacement as well. Fizik has excellent customer service and appears to me to stand behind their products, but unfortunately, the Versus EVO incarnation of their Arione saddle seems to be an example of a poor design that slipped through their doors.