September 2, 2013
It sounds a little like an April fool, but Fizik is serious. It has deduced that 29er riders struggle to shift their weight forward enough to counteract the rear weight bias of a big wheeler and are running in-line posts with the saddle slammed forward on the rails. So, instead of making the world design steeper seat angles, Fizik has developed the Thar – a 29er-specific saddle.
Compared to something like the Tundra2, you can see that the saddle has a wider midsection. This is to encourage you to sit further forward on the body of the saddle. The saddle rails are 25mm longer and allow you to run the saddle further forward. In addition, that bobbed tail is so that the saddle doesn’t get buzzed by the rear tyre when you’re running a slammed dropper post. Finally, a splash of red ‘adds some colour to the all-black panorama’ of the saddle world. What do you reckon then?
And this is the 27.5in/650B saddle. No, we just made that up. It’s another Thar. We’ll get one in and see what we reckon. Wonder what happens if you run it on a 26in bike. Will it explode?
In other news, Fizik has produced some saddles with extreme channels in them, for riders worried about numb winkies. There was a semi-channeled model last year, but this is taking it a step further.
And then… taking it a step further and all the way to the top of the staircase is the new Tritone saddle. It’s for triathletes and riders on time trial bikes and it eliminates the saddle nose completely for riders in extreme ‘arse up, head down’ riding positions. Thanks to the extended tail, it’s UCI legal too. What would Graeme Obree ride?