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Used Fizik Ares or New Anteres?

Old 03-22-14, 06:52 AM
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Used Fizik Ares or New Anteres?

So I've tested a bunch of saddles from my LBS (which is actually a tri store), and ended up testing the Fizik Ares (essentially the Antares but missing 3.5cm of nose). For those who don't know, the Ares was made to replicate the Antares, but conform to UCI regulations governing the TT (specifically saddle setback). I figured that I could get a feel for it, then order the Antares through them (I ride a road bike). I've ridden it on the trainer a few times and only once outside on a pretty non-aggressive ride. I haven't had any issues with the lack of nose be it handling or riding position, and I'm aware of what the benefits of more nose is. I am someone who is fairly prone to numbness, so I don't see myself riding solely on the nose hardly at all, either.

So here's my situation: I can buy the demo Ares that is in great condition and a couple years old for a great price. Or I could still order the Antares new, but for a lot more money.

I think it's worth the savings to buy the Ares, because I've had no problems with it. But do you think the lack of nose and relative 'oldness' of the Ares is not worth it?

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Old 03-22-14, 07:06 AM
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I ride an Antares. I'd have no qualms getting the Ares. For me it would depend on the condition and price difference. Age wouldn't matter.
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Ya, I have to firm up what the exact price will be. The condition is pretty amazing for an older demo saddle.
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Originally Posted by Proxer View Post
Ya, I have to firm up what the exact price will be. The condition is pretty amazing for an older demo saddle.
Where are you from? Since I have a used antares with carbon rails which came of a new bike, it only has a 100 km's on it. I'm from Europe, so if you're from America it might not be worth it but otherwise send me a pm.
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Old 03-22-14, 10:10 AM
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Originally Posted by chil2makefun View Post
Where are you from? Since I have a used antares with carbon rails which came of a new bike, it only has a 100 km's on it. I'm from Europe, so if you're from America it might not be worth it but otherwise send me a pm.
Ahhh sorry I'm from Canada. But thanks for the offer
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Look on ebay, tons of barely used or new Antares. I got mine for $85 brand new
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Cant you try the antares? If you feel essentially no difference, go for the ares, if the length of the antares ends up being benficial, get the antares.
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Originally Posted by Doughboy6 View Post
Look on ebay, tons of barely used or new Antares. I got mine for $85 brand new
I agree they're pretty cheap, but I've been testing a saddle every 1 or 2 weeks for about 2 months at my LBS. I'd hate to finally get one I like, then buy it elsewhere and get my deposit back. I'm in there at least every week riding on the Kickr, too, so it would be a bit awkward lol.

Originally Posted by Cookiemonsta View Post
Cant you try the antares? If you feel essentially no difference, go for the ares, if the length of the antares ends up being benficial, get the antares.
My LBS is primarily a tri store (that's where I got my road bike and because I also do sprint tris on it), and so their saddles are catered more for that. I tried some Cobbs, some Adamos, but the only Fizik they have is the Ares. Doesn't look like any of the few other bike shops in my area carry the Antares, so I doubt I'd be able to test it without a bit of hassle. Having had no problems with the one road test so far, I haven't noticed any negatives with the shorter nose compared to other full length saddles I've ridden outside. I'm thinking for the sake of ease and price, the Ares should be ok.
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Whichever one fits your bottom better.
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Competitive Cyclist has the Ares new for 80 bucks.

Fi'zi:k Ares Saddle | Competitive Cyclist
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Hmmm... I wouldn't worry about the age of the Ares, if it's in good condition it should be fine.

The only concern I would have is losing the opportunity to move around on the saddle. I have an Antares, and move from the back to the front depending on what I'm doing (climbing, hammering in the drops, or whatever). The Antares is made for that, and without riding it I can't tell if the Ares will also support that. You really need to ride both then decide.

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