Fizik Ari­one R1 Open sad­dle

£160, ex­

Cyclist - - New Gear -

If Fizik’s ex­haus­tive range of sad­dle de­signs is enough to make you dizzy, you may want to take a seat be­cause the Ital­ian brand has in­tro­duced a whole new sub-divi­sion to its pop­u­lar Ari­one, Antares and Aliante mod­els. The new Open range re­tains each model’s over­all shape but in­cludes a cen­tral cutout in the name of per­ineal pres­sure relief. It hasn’t just been a case of slic­ing up the old de­signs with a hack­saw, how­ever. Fizik says the cutout has been re­searched to give the best bal­ance of pres­sure relief with­out af­fect­ing hull rigid­ity – an is­sue it claims plagues many cutout-based sad­dles.

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