The Marathon gets its name from a saddle designed for Marathon events - basically a saddle that was meant to be comfortable and performance orientated for long durations in the saddle. When you think it through, if a saddle is comfortable for long rides, then it is equally as comfortable for short rides too. In short, the Marathon is just a great saddle regardless of how long you plan on riding!
The wing shell design provides a good balance of flex and stiffness. To much flex creates unneeded slop in the saddle and greatly effects performance. Ritchey found a nice balance here. The shell of the saddle is constructed from 35% carbon which helps to dissipate vibration and cut down on weight. Titanium rails are super durable and will never let you down. As an added bonus, Ritchey applied a small amount of Kevlar on the lower rear section of the saddle to reduce wear. This is a common place for any saddle to get scuffed and damaged.
All in all a solid design that offers low weight durability and a saddle shape that should appeal to many riders. Choose from black or white.