A Saddle That Would Make Butch Cassidy Jealous
When you are riding hundreds of miles each year you have to think carefully about taking special care of the 3 parts of your body that make contact with your bike. Your hands, feet, and most importantly your butt.
There are many saddles out on the market today, and the variety in shape, size, and construction can be mind boggling.
One of my favorite saddles that I have raced with extensively is the Fi’zi:k Arione CX. All of Fi’zi:k’s (pronounced fi-zik) saddles are built of quality materials and have great style.
Knowing which kind of saddle will keep you riding with joy can be tricky. Fi’zi:k has developed an innovative system to determine what type of saddle you should purchase. They have created three categories, based on your flexibility. In their system you are either a snake, a chameleon, or a bull.
The Arione CX saddle is designed for snakes, or riders who are very flexible and easily shift their position while riding. According to their system, I was a snake and purchased the Arione CX. After two years of use, I have been exceptionally pleased with this saddle. I find that the long length of the Arione allows me to easily shift position and that the Arione hasn’t created any hot spots for me, even on a 206-mile bike race.
The CX model of the Arione saddle is a thinner and lighter model – specifically designed for the more serious racer. If you’re concerned about weight and a slimmer race profile, then this is the way to go as it shaves 20 grams off the standard Arione. Many people think that a slimmer saddle with be more painful, but in actuality, the slimmer profile has been very comfortable and not created any pain for me.
The Fi’zi:k brand has a great reputation for quality and has a strong presence in professional cycling. I can’t speak for their other saddles, but I have been very happy with Arione CX and would gladly recommend it to other “snake” riders. I like this saddle so much that I own two of them now.
The Bottom Line ~
For riders who are flexible and comfortable in variety of position, the Fi’zi:k Arione CX saddle is a great way to go. The CX model is thinner and considered more of a “race” style saddle. I have been impressed with the comfort, quality, weight, and design of the saddle. I would recommend this saddle to both the amateur and serious racer alike.