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20 April – Pozzoleone, Italy – Fi’zi:k, the elite hand-madeItalian saddle manufacturer is releasing limited edition Team Replica Arionesaddles. In honor of Italian fi’zi:k sponsored teams participatingin the 2004 Giro d’Italia, the company is producing a limited number ofcustom team replica Saeco Macchine per Café, Alessio-Bianchi andVini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie Arione saddles.The limited edition Arione team replica saddles retailing for $139,will be available in late May and will be distributed in the US throughfi’zi:k’s exclusive US distributor, BikeMine (www.bikemine.com – 800.223.3207).In December, fi’zi:k released 650 World Championship limited Arione saddlesfollowing Igor Astarloa’s decisive road World Championship win; the saddlessold out in three days. Consumers should sprint to their nearestbike shop to reserve a saddle.Hailed worldwide by cycling publications and websites as providing botha comfort and performance advantage, the Arione quickly carved itself aplace in history long before its actual aftermarket introduction.
Both Saeco’s Gilberto Simoni and Igor Astarloa were the only two professionalracers to use the Arione throughout the 2003 race season, capping whatcould be considered their winningest race seasons with Simoni winning theGiro d’Italia and Astarloa, the road World Championships. Fi’zi:k’s claimthat innovation and design can improve race performance has been backedwith results to support the theory.Three key features differentiating this saddle from any other saddleon the market today are Wing Flex? technology, its 30 centimeter lengthand 85+ millimeters of rail adjustability. The carbon wing flex shell allowsthe rear sides of the saddle, where the backs of the thighs often rub,to flex downward when pedaling. This feature combined with the saddle’sextended length and longer rails allows the rider to find his most comfortablesitting position. The Arione’s features benefit the rider by providinga custom fit, multiple positions and with 12% more sitting area, increasedcomfort.For information about fi’zi:k’s new Wing Flex? technology featured onboth the Arione and the new multi-disciplined Gobi, or to learn about otherfi’zi:k models including their new CP3 comfort performance saddles, visitthe website at www.fizik.it. Fi’zi:k saddles are distributed exclusivelyin the US by BikeMine, www.bikemine.com.