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Old 06-01-07, 04:04 PM
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Fi'zi:k Arione

I am looking for some opinions on this saddle. It seems like it would be good for me as it is supposed to be better for someone who rides on the nose of the saddle a lot. My only concern is how narrow it is.

Do any of you have a problem with that or notice how narrow it is? There site says its only a 132mm wide. That seems very narrow.

How have your experiences been with this saddle? Thanks
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I compete in triathlons on a Litespeed Saber and ride a Bianchi road bike. I have a Fi'zi:k Arione on both bikes. This is a great saddle in both applications. Highly recommended.

I do tend to inch up in the saddle on both bikes, especailly in the aeros and drops. Since it is long, it works well for me.

Good luck.
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Love it...Love it...Love it...Love it...

I ride hills and I ride centuries and it is a very comfortable saddle...

There is no one sweet spot, no pressure on my perinium, and it gives you room to move around....

Now that said, saddle fit is very personal...

I believe I have narrow ischial tuberosities...
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I like mine. I'm not crazy in love with it especially considering the price. I think I'd like something with a little more flex. I do find it roomy, fore to aft (obvious). I may try a Toupe next. Honestly, the cheap plastic "Raleigh Road" saddle that came on my Rush Hour is almost as comfortable. However, saddle opinions are like what sits on top of them. Everybody has one.
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Love it. Great saddle for those with narrow sit bone widths, like me.
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i've heard it's better for lighter riders, and most of the people that i know of that use one are lighter, but like someone else said saddle fit and comfort are very personal...
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I had one, hated it. I also hated the Toupe.
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Mine was wonderful for about 20 miles then I experienced pain like I've never had with any saddle. Loved the looks but hated how much it would beat me up.
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Arione is great for skinny cyclists whose legs would otherwise be rubbing against both sides of a fatter saddle. The long length gives you lots of seating positions, which is great in the mountains.

Bigger riders will probably be more comfortable on a wider saddle.
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Loved it at first, hated it for a while, now I love it again. But I doubt I would add a 4th to my collection of 3.
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I hated it at first. However, I tilted the nose down a little bit, and since then, it is comfortable to a point. I do get some pressure in the perinium, and have bought an Selle Italia SLC on back order to see if I can get some of that pressure removed. However, overall, it is a decent saddle, and the multiple positions allows for you always find a comfortable position (which I think is the secret to keeping numbness to a minimum. Even if there is some pressure, because you can move around, it releases the pressure and moves it to a different spot).

By the way, this is the best saddle for the drops.
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Originally Posted by FIVE ONE SIX
i've heard it's better for lighter riders, and most of the people that i know of that use one are lighter, but like someone else said saddle fit and comfort are very personal...
I'm 190lbs... that being said I consider myself a relatively light rider
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I was watching Oprah and she had her usual Dr.___ (I forgot his name) on her show talking about common medical issues that most people are not aware of, and bicycle saddles was one of the topics. He says that he really recommends saddles that have a cut-out to relieve pressure on the perineum.

How is the arione so popular among avid riders when it does not have a cut-out that is strong ly recommended by not only this doctor, but many others as well?
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Great saddle for a lot of folks. Scoot back a little farther on the saddle for the wider part of it if you are someone who prefers a wider vs. narrower saddle. I have/had them on all my bikes. I am now trying some different Brooks style saddles given I'm increasing my distance dramatically (for me) and want something that I can ride 75 to 150 miles on in one sitting.
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Originally Posted by F = MA
I was watching Oprah and she had her usual Dr.___ (I forgot his name) on her show talking about common medical issues that most people are not aware of, and bicycle saddles was one of the topics. He says that he really recommends saddles that have a cut-out to relieve pressure on the perineum.

How is the arione so popular among avid riders when it does not have a cut-out that is strong ly recommended by not only this doctor, but many others as well?
Because it doesn't take a cut out to lessen/eliminate/relieve pressure on the perineum... it takes proper bike fit, a good chamois, and your sit bones properly supported... but I'm not a doctor so I wouldn't listen to me
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Originally Posted by F = MA
I was watching Oprah and she had her usual Dr.___ (I forgot his name) on her show talking about common medical issues that most people are not aware of, and bicycle saddles was one of the topics. He says that he really recommends saddles that have a cut-out to relieve pressure on the perineum.

How is the arione so popular among avid riders when it does not have a cut-out that is strong ly recommended by not only this doctor, but many others as well?
This doctor wouldn't happen to be working for Specialized and really like the saddles that he designed for them, would he?
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Like others have said, your weight should be supported by your sit bones. Having a cut out means that you have less overall surface area in contact with the saddle, meaning higher pressure on those parts of your body. Not good.

That said, if your sit bones are properly supported and you don't have any significant weight on your delicate bits, a cut out MAY help to some extent.

Oh, and FWIW, I have had a fizik for about 2 months now, and I can't complain. It's a helluva lot better than the squishy stock saddle that came with my bike that's for sure!
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Dang, that makes 2 of us that understand this. I'm not alone!
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Originally Posted by Turboem1
I am looking for some opinions on this saddle. It seems like it would be good for me as it is supposed to be better for someone who rides on the nose of the saddle a lot. My only concern is how narrow it is.

Do any of you have a problem with that or notice how narrow it is? There site says its only a 132mm wide. That seems very narrow.

How have your experiences been with this saddle? Thanks
This saddle came with my Masi. I think a lot depends on how you're built. I'm 5' 9-10" and weigh 185 lbs. (ex-college football player DB) On shorter rides of 30-40 mi. it was fine. Once I got near three hours in the saddle it started to become uncomfortable. I needed a wider rear but like the narrow nose. So, I tried a Selle Italia Blaze that had the right dimensions but almost no padding. I found that I couldn't adjust to it during the first 100 mi. A friend who is 5'8" and weighs about 140 lbs. traded me a new Selle Italia Flite Trans Am Gel for the Fizik. (He just loves that Arione.) Very similar to the Blaze but with the addition of gel. Seems to be working. I'll know more tomorrow during a club 50 miler.
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Did not work for me. 140 lbs so weight was not the issue.
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I like mine so far at 240 lbs. 545 miles coming next week so I'll know for sure after that.
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600 miles on mine, jury is still out, not finding it uncomfortable but not finding it a pleasure either. I came from a stock Bontrager.

Can't find a brooks dealer in Singapore or I might give that a go.
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Great saddle. Been riding it for four years, have one on each of my road bikes and if Fizik ever stops making them, I'll buy another 10 to stash them.

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I put 15,000 miles on an Arione before the leather cover started peeling off, then I replaced it with another Arione. Best saddle that I've ever tried.
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Great saddle. I'm 6', 170 lbs. I ride lots of hills, and the ability to move from front to back is terrific. The smooth leather surface provides amazing grip when I wear my PI Microsensors - a perfect balance between smooth enough to allow easy front to back movement, and grippy enough to lock into just the right spot. Difficult to describe. If I rode flatter, more paceline rides, I may prefer a saddle that has that "one perfect spot". I've noted that if I hit some really washboard roads, I actually bounce up and down on the saddle. I've done rides between 90 and 110 miles, with 5500 to 8200 feet climbing, and didn't notice any discomfort from saddle.
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