One of the most popular saddle brands available on the market and the Fizik Arione R1 is especially a firm favourite amongst pros and amateurs alike
The Fizik Arione R1 lives on all my bikes and is one of the first things I change when I get a bike in for testing. The saddle is renowned across the cycling world from top flight WorldTour pro’s to us mere mortals on the local scene.
The Fizik Arione R1 here is the regular version that has no cut out (relief channel). Personally this suits me well and I haven’t found the need to go wider or have a cut out.
The saddle is long, longer than most and measures 300x130mm. So basically a long narrow nose and flat from tip to tail, with wings that don’t hinder your leg movement, even when sat right back. This is largely thanks to something called Wing Flex technology, which enables flexibility where your thighs meet the saddle.
And that is what I love about the Fizik Arione R1, I can move around freely, to find a comfortable position or help me produce the power I want to. Whether that is on the road climbing, sitting in a bunch chewing the handlebars or on the track whizzing around at full speed.
It features a composite carbon co-injected shell bonded with a braided 7x9mm carbon rail and is handmade in its Italian factory.
Down sides? Well arguably weight is one as you can buy saddles that weigh far less for a similar amount of money, although these may not be as well rounded at the Fizik Arione R1.
The others that I can hear you shout … too narrow, doesn’t have a relief channel or isn’t the right shape for me… Well Fizik offers all of those things. The Arione is available in regular and wide fit and now available in closed and open too to suit all needs of cyclists.
And if the shape isn’t for you then follow Fizik’s saddle finding app; whether you are a Snake, Bull or Chameleon (Arione, Aliante or Antares) you’ll find something to suit you. Fizik even offer colour customisation, what’s not to love!
I'm a big fan of the Arione shape, which is for the Snake type rider, who likes a low down aggressive position. I've found I can move around on the saddle as I please and always found a comfortable spot even on the longer days.