Now with light and super strong braided carbon rails. Soon after the Aliante was introduced to the market, it won the coveted Bicycling Magazine's Editors Choice Award. Featuring a dual density carbon shell that flexes down the center, the Aliante is as comfortable as it is stylish. Carbon rails with taped clamping area provide lightweight damping between the saddle and the bike for an even smoother ride. The Aliante is also an Excel Sport Boulder staff favorite.
The key element in the Aliante's comfort is the inner shell: bi-directional carbon and kevlar for flexibility:
Have been riding this saddle since it first came out 15 years ago. Great fit/feel/quality construction. I have had issues with foam rubber padded saddles in past. Am not bothered with the hot-seat issue with this saddle however.
Pros: light weight
Comfortable for the weight, but with only minimal impact, the carbon fiber rails broke, and I had to ride home without a saddle (no fun). I am back to titanium railed saddles.
Most comfortable saddle made and weighs 160 grams if you take off the plastic bumpers. The only draw back I had with this saddle though is it pushed me foward causing my hands to go numb and when I tilted the nose up to compensate my gonads went numb so there was never a perfect position but my butt never hurt. The foward position also made me feel less stable on steep down hills due to feeling like I was putting to much weight over the front wheel.
All I can say is this saddle is the jam. Having said that though, i must say that i have a butt of steel in that almost all saddles are pretty comfortable for me, but this one is by far the best and leather breathes better.
Very comfortable saddle, especially compared to the SLR it replaced. Beware of reliability problems. The carbon fiber rail snapped on mine after less 2500 miles. I weigh 150lbs and dont abuse equipment.
I hate saddle soreness & numbness! Who doesnt? But in this department this saddle does the trick. Fizik really designed the perfect saddle, from light spinning to racing on the drops. Its wide rear helps a lot on the climbs. In fact Ive owned over 6 different saddles and this one is the best by far. It does require the right set up (the .0883 technique work if adding 1.5 cm in the center) and once in place believe me youll be super pleased. About the price? Man.. Its worth every penny!
I have tried almost every saddle under the sun and this is easily the most comfortable. Something this comfortable should not be so light. It is so comfortable that it doesnt simply disappear, sometimes after a couple of hard hours I actually realise about how comfy my tush is compared to the rest of me. Set up is more critcial on this saddle than any other becuase it sits around you with contact front and rear, rather than you being perched up on the saddle, like the Arione and many other saddles. If it is not working make micro adjustments starting with the main section of the nose level and work up in very small changes (Fizik recommended this approach when I e mailed them). Some seatpost clamps with large teeth wont allow small enough adjustments. Also, the nose should be 0.5 - 1 cm further back than normal saddles. Persist with the fidddling as it is worth it.
In 2003 I rode Paris-Brest-Paris which turned out to be 1200km or about 786 miles in 86 hours. The qualifying rides were between 200-600km so I put many miles on the bike that year and subsequently. Most randonneurs use Brooks saddles but I avoided them because of weight. I tried many saddles before leaving for France and the Aliante stood out as the very best at any cost. I have them on all three bikes and have no reason to look for another brand. I also use chamois cremes for rides over 128 miles, which helps. I very highly recommend this saddle to anyone.
The Fizik Aliante is the most comfortable saddle I had ever ridden on, I am putting one on my mtn bike too. Light comfy and comes in many colors. I am never riding anything else.
The very best I have it on my Look 486 and Trek 5600 dont complain about the price. Its worth $500 and will last 5000 miles.
This saddle should last a lot longer than 5000 miles - ed
I have owned the carbon railed version of the Aliante for almost three years. It was the only item I kept when I upgraded my frame/bike. After four thousand miles, it still works wonderfully. Im looking to purchase another one since the silver is beginning to fade (price paid for a beautiful saddle). Ive considered going with the less expensive version, but Im too a gram counter. Will be riding on this for years to come. Cannot imagine riding on anything else!
For the past twenty years I have been a Selle Italia Flute fan. I have had the usual problems with soreness and numbness intermittently but brief trials with other saddles did not provide significant improvement. After reading these reviews I took the plunge and am very impressed. This is by far the most comfortable saddle I have been on. The difference is remarkable and has created for me new enthusiasm for riding longer distances. I then purchased the titanium-rail model for my mountain bike and can honestly say that there is no appreciable difference in comfort. Unless your body weight is down to the last 50 grams of fat, I probably would save the $30 and go with this less expensive version. One caution, the carbon model restricts seat placement on the seatpost to the reinforced area, slightly limiting the fore and aft position. The instructions also indicate the carbon model is for road use only.
This is the most expensive saddle Ive ever owned...and the most comfortable. Its serious money, but worth it. Id been off the bike for several years, had gained too much weight, and found my previous saddle all too uncomfortable. After researching the Aliante, I "went for it" and havent regretted a single dollar. I went all the way and special-ordered it from the factory in Italy so I could get custom colors and a white leather surface. It matches my bike perfectly, though if youre not as fussy about such as I, youll want to save the extra money and buy it here from Excel. Nevertheless, its a wonderfully comfortable, and rather light, saddle. If you can stomach the price, I highly recommend it to you.
After a year off the saddle I reviwed all saddles on the market so I can re-gain my fitness without being worried about saddle soreness. My choice even though scared for the price was the Aliante. Since day number one I did not felt any saddle soreness. I highly recomend it for anyone.
The price is steep, but your sit-bones and company will be a whole lot happier. So comfortable, that on a rode that normally jolts my prostrate, I had to check to see if I had a flat tire.
I have always been a Flite person. I decided to give the Aliante a try after seeing comments by Andy Hampsten in a web chat-room. It is right out of the box the best saddle I have ever ridden. I rode it on a bike training/tour in Calif. for approx. 380 miles the first week I owned it and it is all that and a bag of chips. When you have your height, fore and aft position figured out , you will probably find that the saddle feels right with a slightly nose-up attitude. Pay your money and enjoy the ride. If you got to save a few dollars then get the ti-rail saddle. Enjoy!!
For the past season, I have been riding a San Marco Aspide and have been reasonably happy with it. Not perfect, but acceptable. After a few months off the bike, I went for my first ride and the saddle was not working for me. Maybe because I gained a few lbs, not sure.. In any case I started looking at the Aliante. I know a few folks who use them, all of them are happy with the product. I chose to spend the extra money on the Carbon railed version because I am a gram counter and it saves 50 grams. My first ride was 3hrs long and I have never been more comfortable on the bike. If you are in the market for a saddle and Aliante is in the budget, I recommend it. I almost gave it 5 stars on sheer comfort, but the price of 209.00 brings it down to 4 stars.