FIZIK MISTICA CARBON
The tri-specifity is huge, but is it for you?
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. extrauk.co.uk