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Fizik Aliante vs. Arione: Who's ridden both and prefer one over the other

Old 06-14-06, 01:44 PM
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Fizik Aliante vs. Arione: Who's ridden both and prefer one over the other

I have a Fizik Aliante that feels great on one of my road bikes.

I'm in the final stages of a new roadie project and am contemplating the Arione Ti for it.

It looks like the Aliante and Arione will likely feel different as the shapes of the saddle are very different. I have no way to test the Arione prior to buying it (other than the Performance.com route which may not be worth the hassle for me).

Anyone ridden BOTH the Aliante and the Arione? Do they ride differently? Similarly? Which one do you prefer?
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Old 06-14-06, 01:45 PM
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Originally Posted by docbluedevil
I have a Fizik Aliante that feels great on one of my road bikes.

I'm in the final stages of a new roadie project and am contemplating the Arione Ti for it.

It looks like the Aliante and Arione will likely feel different as the shapes of the saddle are very different. I have no way to test the Arione prior to buying it (other than the Performance.com route which may not be worth the hassle for me).

Anyone ridden BOTH the Aliante and the Arione? Do they ride differently? Similarly? Which one do you prefer?
I've had both and I liked the Arione better, the Aliante was a bit too soft for me.
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Old 06-14-06, 07:59 PM
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I prefer the Aliante and sold my Arione.
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I had both. I much preferred the Arione.
Why?
I didn't like the curvature of the Aliante, it was like being stuck in one position. The Arione is flatter and allows you to move back and forth on the saddle depending on what you are doing (tt, climbing) or when you want to relax some parts of your rear. I also like the little bump on the rear on the Arione when climbing.
I just wish the Arione was a bit wider.
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Old 06-14-06, 11:27 PM
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I owned both. Sold the Arione, kept the Aliante, and now have the Aliante on both my bikes. The Arione is newer and has more impressive and persuasive marketing, while the Aliante is simply more comfy. The Aliante looks like nothing special. The Ti/basic model is more durable and is the better choice.

If I had to buy a stock bike with a seat other than the Aliante, I'd prefer the Arione over a generic brand (like a trek seat with a trek bike or a specialized seat with a specialized bike). But I would ultimately replace it with Aliante.
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I also prefer the aliante to the arione, but just by a little bit. I like the way it keeps me in one place and it (for me) spreads out the pressure a bit better in the nether region...
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funny.

because my tcr comp with a stock aliante i figured it'd be crap. i've also been using a flite and a san marco titanio for years.

i planned on putting a flite on the comp, or maybe try an arione - i've been jonesing to try the arione for awhile. well, i couldn't get the saddle cradle to budge at the time, so i left the aliante on for a bit. two months later and it's still there.

could it be lighter? yeah. is it a tad soft? yeah. but i don't fidgit so much on the saddle these days, which i'm sure is partly due to a better bike fit, but also the saddle.
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I have both and like both. They are very different though. Whenever I ride the arione the first second I sit on it feels hard, but within a minute I've forgotten about that and it feels natural. The aliante would probably still be my choice for a 4+ hour ride, but short of that I'm very happy on either of them.
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