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Fi’zi:k hates seatposts

At its “Backstage” media camp in Vicenza, Italy, recently, fi’zi:k displayed its first foray out of the saddle market: an alloy seatpost with a unique clamping mechanism that’s actually easier to use. The company has been investing considerable time and money into their braided-carbon rail technology lately, and since few component manufacturers have a clamp compatible with 7x9mm rails, fi’zi:k opted to make Cyrano Seatpost. Cyrano seatpost[nid:94007]

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By Brad Culp

The fi’zi:k Cyrano post

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At its “Backstage” media camp in Vicenza, Italy, recently, fi’zi:k displayed its first foray out of the saddle market: an alloy seatpost with a unique clamping mechanism that’s actually easier to use. The company has been investing considerable time and money into their braided-carbon rail technology lately, and since few component manufacturers have a clamp compatible with 7x9mm rails, fi’zi:k opted to make Cyrano Seatpost.

Cyrano seatpost

The fi’zi:k post head is tiny, allowing maximum saddle adjustability.

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While it was primarily designed to accommodate oversized rails, fi’zi:k’s engineers saw the project as an opportunity to solve problems they found on most posts on the market. First off, the fi’zi:k clamp has only a single, easy-to-wrench bolt. Angle-adjustment is done with a thumb-operated wheel and the rails are then secured with the aforementioned single bolt.

Fi’zi:k also made the clamp impressively tiny. At 25mm long, it offers an uncommonly wide range of fore and aft positions. The pint-sized design provides up to 25mm of offset from the center rail to the front of the upper clamp. While such extreme positions aren’t common (except among triathletes), this feature does give your bike fitter a wider range of offset, especially when the saddle is pushed back on the rails.

The low-profile clamp also fits nicely with saddles lacking much room between the base and rails. More importantly, the stout design keeps the top of the clamp away from the saddle’s base when you’re abusing your shocks on the trails. In addition to being road-and MTB-friendly, the post’s reversibility means you can quickly make your road rig slightly more tri-specific if you’re so inclined.

Seatpost Specs/Highlights
Weight: 180 grams (per 250mm of length at 27.2mm of diameter)
Materials: 3-D forged alloy
Available lengths: 270, 350 or 400mm
Available diameters: 27.2, 30.9, 31.6 or 34.9mm
MSRP: $125
Available: in September

Antares 00 saddle

The fi’zi:k Antares 00 saddle from the side.

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The newest saddle to sport fi’zi:k’s made-in-Europe, carbon-braided rails is the Antares 00. The saddle’s design began with feedback from Liquigas’s Ivan Basso, who preferred the shape of the Antares (over fi’zi:k’s Arione or Alliante shapes), but wanted the other models’ “wingflex” feature. The wingflex system (which Arione riders are likely quite familiar with) provides a little flex at the nose-base junction, which keeps the edges of the seat away from a rider’s inner-thighs as they change positions along the saddle.

While the designers worked on adding flexibility to the sides of the Antares, they also decided to make the 00 model stiffer through the center and lighter than previous iterations. To accomplish this, fi’zi:k uses a carbon shell reinforced with a high-density foam core, similar to the construction of many disc wheels.

The Cyrano post, with a saddle.

The Cyrano post, with a saddle.

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So what kind of rider will dig the new Antares? fi’zi:k’s three distinct saddle shapes are made to accommodate riders with three various levels of hip/lumbar-spine flexibility: The Arione is for those with the bend-ability of Gumby; the Alliante is for riders who haven’t touched their toes since third-grade P.E. class; and the Antares is best for those who fall somewhere in between. Basically, if you ride with your sit-bones on a preferred sweet spot, but occasionally shift a bit fore or aft, the Antares is likely right for you. Like the Alliante, this saddle has a small “pocket” to keep your child-producing region happy, but like the Arione, it also perfectly rideable if you slide away from the pocket.

Antares 00 Specs/Highlights
Weight: 135 grams
Rails: 7x9mm carbon-braided
Seating surface: 190cm2
Total padding: 171cm3
MSRP: $320
Available: in September

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