|It’s pretty, it’s light, it’s tough, and it’s almost comfortable. What more could you ask for?|
The issue of not having a groove down the centre wasn’t really apparent until I went down to Central Oregon to visit my parents, and we did some longer cross-country rides. What started as “woah I’ve never ridden with the seat this high for more than 5 minutes at a time, I guess it’s alright” quickly turned to “oh my lord I don’t think I can still have children”. I was happy in BC when I was spending most of my time either out of the saddle or sitting on the back end, but it’s something of a pain when you’re on flat ground. With this in mind, I would caution against buying this saddle if you’re the type of rider that spends a lot of time using the whole saddle.
|Just so there’s no confusion as to what I mean by “groove”.|
|The section on the left here – the centre of the rails – is wrapped with very lightly resined carbon tape so the saddle doesn’t slide around on your post.|
I should also note that, as with most of Fizik’s saddles, there is a small clip on the underside of the saddle, to which you can attach specially-made lights, reflectors and the like. It seems like an interesting idea, but having never used it (nor shopped for the plug-ins), I unfortunately couldn’t tell you if it’s a feature worth paying for.
|Shown here with the plug that normally fills the space.|
Cons: Relatively Narrow; No Groove; Relatively Expensive, Stiff Hull
Down and Dirty: If the saddle fits you properly, it’s not a bad choice (particularly if you’re watching weight, since it comes in at 199g). Tough enough to stand up to my riding (which is not by any stretch gentle), but lighter than anything else I’ve ever had. Male riders take note, though – the lack of a groove will make long-term in-saddle riding uncomfortable.
So, should you buy this saddle? It’s tough as hell, light enough to forget (don’t do this, speaking from experience it will not be a fun ride), and surprisingly springy. If it fits you, I would definitely say you should consider it. If the lack of groove doesn’t bother you, and you have the money, go for it! Personally, I would only buy it again if it came with a groove, or if I was planning on using it exclusively for a downhill rig – it’s a good saddle, but there’s definitely room for improvement, especially at this price.
Side note: I know an unfortunately small number of female riders – if any of you are near me, I would be more than happy to lend the saddle out to get a different perspective on the groove/no groove issue!