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Old 04-15-08, 11:00 PM
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fizik arione

just bought a
arione on ebay. $30.00 bin. intentions are to resale. but i might try it. currently using a koobi chrono. nice. but a little firm. could a minimalist saddle like the arione be as comfortable as my koobi? i'm 160 lb.s and ride in a semi aggressive stance.
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Never ridden a Koobi but I've never considered my Arione to be minimalist either.
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Originally Posted by lechat View Post
just bought a
arione on ebay. $30.00 bin. intentions are to resale. but i might try it. currently using a koobi chrono. nice. but a little firm. could a minimalist saddle like the arione be as comfortable as my koobi? i'm 160 lb.s and ride in a semi aggressive stance.
fwiw, arione's are not that "minimalist"

And yes, a lot of people will say they are extremely comfortable.

edit: dubayoo beat me...
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Old 04-15-08, 11:18 PM
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Agree. Comfortable and not minimalist. They are very flexible, fairly substatial, and not particularly light, except for the carbon ones which are a bit more than $30. I love mine.
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How would you guys compared Arione's to SLR's?
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it just looks minimalist my koobi chrono is 'round 240 gm's
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Old 04-16-08, 12:08 AM
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and not particularly light, except for the carbon ones which are a bit more than $30

this one has ti rails. and i didn't buy retail. you can't get a nashbar/ performance copy for 30. bucks either.
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Originally Posted by lechat View Post
and i didn't buy retail. you can't get a nashbar/ performance copy for 30. bucks either.
Nashbar Glide was $27.99 last week. Now $44.99. But I bought an Arione AG2R instead.
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Originally Posted by 55/Rad View Post
Nashbar Glide was $27.99 last week. Now $44.99. But I bought an Arione AG2R instead.
but can you sell that that seat if if it doesn't suit you? i just sold pair of used speedplays. for $82.00 on ebay they're like new. but no better than my bebops.
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I switched from the Koobi to the Arione. Koobi went to my brother-in-law. Arione is great (for me). I really like the ability to slide back and forth on the saddle depending on cadence, effort, etc.. I really did not like the Koobi.
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Originally Posted by jcbenten View Post
I switched from the Koobi to the Arione. Koobi went to my brother-in-law. Arione is great (for me). I really like the ability to slide back and forth on the saddle depending on cadence, effort, etc.. I really did not like the Koobi.
The Arione is longer than most saddles. I too find it very comfortable.

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Old 04-16-08, 07:32 AM
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Originally Posted by lechat View Post
just bought a
arione on ebay. $30.00 bin. intentions are to resale. but i might try it. currently using a koobi chrono. nice. but a little firm. could a minimalist saddle like the arione be as comfortable as my koobi? i'm 160 lb.s and ride in a semi aggressive stance.
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and not particularly light, except for the carbon ones which are a bit more than $30
this one has ti rails. and i didn't buy retail. you can't get a nashbar/ performance copy for 30. bucks either.
Originally Posted by lechat View Post
but can you sell that that seat if if it doesn't suit you? i just sold pair of used speedplays. for $82.00 on ebay they're like new. but no better than my bebops.
We dont want to buy your saddle. If you want to post it for sale buy a red star and post in the for sale section.
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Old 04-16-08, 07:33 AM
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Either they've changed designs slightly, or they do tend to break in (down) a little. My older (3 yrs) Arione in blue with silver stripe is a bit comfier than my newer (6 mo) black Arione. This is probably more the cover stretching a little than the plastic shell itself.
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Originally Posted by lechat View Post
and not particularly light, except for the carbon ones which are a bit more than $30

this one has ti rails. and i didn't buy retail. you can't get a nashbar/ performance copy for 30. bucks either.
Retail or not, the standard (and relatively inexpensive) Arione with Ti rails weighs in around 230g. There are versions with lighter rails that are more $, and then there are ones with carbon shells that are starting to get to the 160g range and the k:1 all carbon version that is 149g. That is minimalist. And it retails for $400, whereas the base version is closer to $100.

I don't really understand what you are asking/trying to prove. Many people consider the Arione comfortable, but I don't see how you can call the base version "minimalist"
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Originally Posted by s4one View Post
How would you guys compared Arione's to SLR's?
I have an Arione on one road bike and an SLR on another. The Arione is longer and I find that I can move around on it better than I can on the SLR. I also find it a bit more comfy than the SLR.

I've ridden both saddles on 100+ mile days. No problems.
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Originally Posted by lechat View Post
just bought a
arione on ebay. $30.00 bin. intentions are to resale. but i might try it. currently using a koobi chrono. nice. but a little firm. could a minimalist saddle like the arione be as comfortable as my koobi? i'm 160 lb.s and ride in a semi aggressive stance.
HOLY ****!!!!!!!!

That's you? I'm the seller. Seriously. I got the saddle from CL for $20, so I'm passing the saving on to you.
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I started with a SLR and then went to the Arione. This week, I went from normal Arione to the Arione CX @159g. It is really nice and slick looking. Feels like a little bit less padding, but that is better for not getting hotspots for me. Also, it does not have any seems at all to rub which can matter on a long ride.
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^^^ That's what I ordered, but the carbon version in white. Its supposed to come in this week.
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Originally Posted by s4one View Post
How would you guys compared Arione's to SLR's?
I did a saddle 'survey' a few years back where I compared a bunch of ~200g saddles. I tried an SLK, SLR, WTB Devo, Forte Pro SLX, Aspide SE, and Arione.

At the time I was getting numbness with my Forte Pro on longer rides even though it is 'anatomical'. It worked pretty well but the width of the ridges wasn't quite right for my sit bones.

The SLR was pretty comfy and super-light (mine was 145g) but there was a raised ridge in the middle that would eventually cause mild numbness after about 45 minutes, but it was far better than some of the other saddles. I guess I'm a little fleshy in the middle, but need good support on the sitbones at the right width. There was basically only one good position on it. Riding the nose wasn't terribly comfortable.

The Arione has those wing flex things that are basically cutouts of the plastic, and because the plastic is weaker there it fractures depending on your weight. So in a way it'll mold to your body wherever there's stress concentration, kinda like a Brooks. This was great because it provides nice soft padding in the middle, but also handles the width problem the other anatomical saddles had. In order to really see if this saddle works for you, you have to break it in. I agree with the thing about having multiple positions due to the length and well-padded nose. It was the most massive of the bunch (my samples were 250-255g ) but that's an area where I was willing to compromise.

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Originally Posted by umd View Post
^^^ That's what I ordered, but the carbon version in white. Its supposed to come in this week.
Yea, I couldn't take the color for my bike in trade for the 10g difference. My bike is all red/black/silver.
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Yea, I couldn't take the color for my bike in trade for the 10g difference. My bike is all red/black/silver.
My bike is red/white. By bars and saddle are white
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