The Arione R5 goes under the microscope of Fizik's Spine Concept which considers the varying degrees of flexibility in cyclists and then classifies the different ranges into certain animal types to provide a guideline for choosing the correct saddle. As a "Snake," the Fizik Arione R5 Saddle is built for those with more flexibility who can bend to a greater degree at a lower part of the spine. In this position, the sit bones manage most of the body's weight with little pressure on the perineal region. To optimize comfort for "Snake" cyclists, Fizik utilizes Wing Flex technology that allows the shell to flex downward where the inner thigh contacts the saddle, allowing more efficient pedaling and a full range of movement. This Nylon carbon thermoplastic composite shell is stiff enough to quickly respond to powerful accelerations, yet flexible enough to keep the ride smooth and supple, while the K:ium rail offers a high strength-to-weight ratio and exceptional vibration dampening. The Arione R5 is also compatible with Fizik's clever tool-free Integrated Clip System for quick attachments and removal of Fizik packs and blink lights.
Wing Flex shell flexes downward where the inner thigh contacts the saddle, allowing more efficient pedaling and full-range of motion
Nylon carbon thermoplastic composite shell
K:ium Rail: special alloy with a high strength-to-weight ratio and excellent vibration damping (8% weight reduction compared to solid titanium)
Integrated Clip System (ICS): tool-free interface in the saddle base that allows quick attachment and removal of Fizik packs and blink lights (ICS is found on all saddles unless noted)
I have three of these saddles now with that said you'll need to be a bit flexible to enjoy this model - if you put 8 or more hours a week on the your bike you may really like these saddles - I move forward and aft depending on terrain I'm encountering and I always feel comfortable ..
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