Take one of the most popular saddle designs on cycling since 2000. Apply the lightest, highest performing materials. Add-in proven technology, and a design standard that defines the manufacturer and you have created the Arione R1 Carbon. Light? How about 145 grams. High performance and high technology? How about braided carbon fiber rails that define stiffness, yet expand and contract as necessary under the extreme loads of professional cycling. Combine that base with the Composite Carbon co-injected Nylon Wing-Flex shell and you have just the balance of support and comfort that not only enables hours in the saddle, but keeps you fresh for the competitive finish. Fizik strives for, and delivers, magic.
The Arione falls into the Snake category within Fizik's Spine Concept, recommending riders have full flexibility from the hip (touch hands to the ground when bent at the waist). Our experience riding and selling this saddle is that many riders of different body types will enjoy the Arione. One of the challenges in designing a saddle that is both supportive and forgiving is durability. There is a fine line between flex and a lack of support. If you are a high mileage rider who loves the Arione design, the R1 Carbon is the best choice for you. This saddle delivers a consistent feel and flex for thousands of riding hours. At this level, you more than get what you pay for. Heavier riders who love the Arione will truly benefit from the material choices and longevity as well.