Popular with pros such as Sir Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas, we tested the Fizik Arione R5 saddle

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 8

Fizik Arione R5 saddle

Pros:

  • Long profile means the rider can change position whilst riding
  • High quality, robust construction

Cons:

  • The weight won't suit everyone
  • At the higher end of saddle pricing

Product:

Fizik Arione R5 saddle

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£124.99
This product is featured in: Five best bike saddles 2017: a buyer’s guide.

According to Fizik’s Spine Concept guidelines it will best suit ‘snakes’ — flexible riders who adopt a low, aggressive position on the bike. Through our experiences, we would agree.

However, the Arione is also a fairly narrow saddle, so it will also suit riders who have narrower sit-bones. Opinion was divided with the Fizik Arione R5 saddle, with half the CW tech team liking it and the rest finding it rather uncomfortable.

Sitting in one position can cause a build-up of pressure that is uncomfortable on any saddle, but fortunately the Arione is relatively long, which allows the rider to adjust their position while riding.

It is the heaviest and most expensive here, but the quality of construction and robustness more than makes up for it. A nifty feature not to be overlooked is Fizik’s integrated clip system that allows for easy fitment of saddle bags and lights.

The actual weight was also slightly higher than Fizik’s claimed 205g.

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Verdict

A good saddle that is favoured by the pros for a reason, but some may look elsewhere if not wanting to spend quite so much

Details

Weight :212 grams
Rail :Titanium
Sizes :One size
Colours :Black, red/white