First Ride: Fizik Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptive Saddle

Fizik’s first-ever digitally 3D printed bike saddle

Fizik launched the Adaptive saddle in September 2019, and now it’s available to buy. Currently, there is only one model available and it’s based on Fizik’s Antares Versus Evo 00 platform. This is a high module carbon fiber, performance racing saddle with the new 3D printed Adaptive material on top.

The Adaptive saddle padding is crafted by Carbon (a Silicon Valley based digital manufacturing company) using its  Digital Light Synthesis technology. DLS is an additive manufacturing process which employs digital ultraviolet light projection, oxygen permeable optics, and programmable liquid resins to produce parts with excellent mechanical properties, resolution and surface finish.

This production method means Fizik was able to develop the first Adaptive saddle five times faster than traditional industrial methods, creating and field-testing hundreds of iterations. Being suitable for mass production, this technology completely remaps the traditional manufacturing process, accelerating and bypassing all intermediate phases.

THE RIDE

Under first inspection, our saddle is labeled regular with a width of 139mm and a length of 274mm. It weighed in at 156 grams and uses the carbon 7×9 rails. The upper material is a type of soft plastic that’s porous. The internal structure seems very complex and changes throughout the saddle allowing for different sections to have different levels of firmness and support.

In the saddle, the main section that we sit on is pretty stiff and supportive with the very top layer offering a bit of indentation. The very back is much softer and we never found ourselves in that area. As you move up onto the nose it’s a bit softer but still supportive enough. The sides of the material fold into the cutout in the nose section, making it more comfortable to ride in for longer periods of time than a traditional Antares for us.

The shape nearly mimics that of the normal saddle. The material in a normal saddle is constant throughout the length of the saddle and this is probably the biggest highlight of the Adaptive material. The support changes depending on which zone of the saddle you are positioned on. For us this is nice and we found ourselves moving to the nose a bit more to get over the pedals during big efforts.

We rode mostly smooth pavement but did take it on a short gravel section. We wouldn’t say it added compliance when things were rough but it does seem to have a more progressive feel being soft on the top but gets firm pretty quick. The normal saddle feels fairly firm all the time.

Since this was just a first ride we don’t have much feedback on the longevity of the material or if the structure will change over time, but the quality is evident. A few things that could be of concern is the nature of a Porous material getting debris lodged in it. The structure seems complex and small pebbles could get lodged in the small voids. Fizik claims it’s easy to clean and has been tested in extreme climates (-4 to +158F). They also claim it’s abrasion resistance but only time will tell.

SPECS

The saddle is composed of four zones, each with its distinctive cushioning and mechanical properties joined together seamlessly.

  • Nose – Supports the rider while pedaling in the most aero position
  • Middle – Supports the rider while pedaling on the hoods: providing the right amount of stability and support, while maintaining a healthy blood flow
  • Ischiatic zone – Supports the sit bones with a compression gradient that provides comfort and balance
  • Rear – Provides a soft cushioning for those rare occasions when the rider needs a more backward position

Available in two widths:

139mm
• Dimensions: 274x139mm
• Weight: 147g (claimed) ours 156g
• Height at 75mm width: 54mm
• Length from nose to 75mm width: 151mm

146mm
• Dimensions: 274x146mm
• Weight: 154g (claimed)
• Height at 75mm width: 54mm
• Length from nose to 75mm width: 151mm

PRICE: Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptive $399

www.fizik.com

First Ride: Fizik Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptive Saddle

A quick overview of our first ride on the new Fizik Adaptive 3D printed saddle that’s now available.

Posted by Road Bike Action on Friday, February 28, 2020

 

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