The tri-speci­fity is huge, but is it for you?

220 Triathlon Magazine - - KIT ZONE -

The Mistica is Fizik’s tri-spe­cific sad­dle, with the very short and stubby nose de­signed to in­crease com­fort and pro­vide sup­port in the aero po­si­tion by al­low­ing you to ro­tate your hips for­ward. It comes with thick, braided oval-shaped car­bon rails but, af­ter try­ing the sad­dle on nu­mer­ous bikes, we did find a seat­post that couldn’t ac­com­mo­date it, so it’s worth check­ing if your seat­post will take thicker rails be­fore buy­ing.

We mea­sured the nose at 50mm in width, which may not work for you if you have nar­row sit bones, but for us it pro­vided a very com­fort­able ride in the TT po­si­tion for hours. It’s very tacky for im­proved grip and of­fers a far bet­ter so­lu­tion than sticky tape or Vel­cro, which time-tri­al­lists some­times add to their sad­dles. You also get a re­mov­able car­riage holder that can har­bour up to two bot­tle cages and a C02 can­is­ter, which is easy to fit and great for iron-dis­tance triath­letes.

The lip at the front for hook­ing your bike onto tran­si­tion racks adds the fin­ish­ing touch to a sad­dle that cov­ers all an­gles for mul­ti­sport rac­ing. Our big con­cern, how­ever, is the recog­ni­tion that the shape isn’t for ev­ery­one and those car­bon rails not be­ing com­pat­i­ble with cer­tain seat­posts. So try be­fore you buy if pos­si­ble. ex­

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