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Fizik Kurve Bull bicycle saddle $137.50 shipped

Pogo 463 447 August 7, 2016 at 11:41 AM in Sporting Goods (4)
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Last Edited by Pogo August 7, 2016 at 11:44 AM
This is sort of a modern, high tech version of the old leather Brooks saddles, but with a lot less weight.

Found on Competitive Cyclist
http://www.competitivecyclist.com...bius-rails
Aluminum rail version for half price.

This is a novel design from Fizik and reported to be one of the most comfortable saddles out there. Here's a good review: http://road.cc/content/review/133...ium-saddle

Amazon lists for $200 (that's about the lowest US price I've found). UK-based probikekit has it for $145 plus shipping - and pbk is taking heat in the biking community for some sketchy practices. As for Competitive Cyclist? Top class in my book for customer service.

I was really thinking about the mid-width Antares (Chameleon) version until I saw this youtube from Clive de Sousa from glorycycles.com (shout out to GC - great guys)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4Eof3zV9rM

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GRADING ON THE BULL KURVE.

How does a bull hide from ranchers? By painting its nails red and climbing a cherry tree. How does a bull ride a bike? On the Fizik Kurve Bull Saddle. In Fizik's Linnaean estimation of cyclists-as-animals, Bulls are less flexible and rotate their pelvises forward when they ride, an adjustment that requires a saddle with a larger, deeper pocket.

Bull cyclists can also experience some discomfort from their sit bones on traditional saddles, and will benefit from a wider saddle with a bit more of top-to-bottom wave to decrease pressure in sensitive areas. This type of thinking is just one example of the R&D nous that went into the Kurve.

Instead of relying on padding — which can degrade over time and is really only treating the symptoms of saddle discomfort — Fizik looks to imbue the saddle's actual form with elements of comfort. The Kurve's composite Re:Flex shell incorporates Kevlar in order to behave like a sensory receptor, mirroring your movements as you ride to offer support while conforming to your body. This further complements Fizik's TwinFlex and WingFlex technologies, which provide pedaling compliance in the center and wings, respectively.

The Kurve Bull Saddle also features Fizik's new Tuner insert, an interchangeable nosepiece that allows you to customize the flex of the saddle. By installing the more flexible nosepiece for a softer, gentler ride or the rigid piece for more stiffness and less flex, you can fine-tune the saddle's properties for comfort or efficiency.

The Fiziki Mobius Rail is a one-piece circular rail system constructed of cold-forged aluminum alloy. Rather than supporting the saddle along its latter half, it places the support along the back edge. This lets the Kurve's various elements — especially the TwinFlex center — provide even more comfortable compliance.

7x9mm aluminum rails
Mobius rail provides support without padding
Designed for "Bull" type riders, with slightly-less-flexible spines
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I really need to get a saddle but my crappy bike cost me only $35 and this would be an overkill.
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Quote from purple View Post :
I really need to get a saddle but my crappy bike cost me only $35 and this would be an overkill.
Saw that one coming!

I had to swallow hard on this purchase, butt! I am really sick of the saddle on my street bike.
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Aside from frame size which is a given, saddles are easily the most important part of riding in comfort.
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I'm not an anti-bike-snob. I have a carbon road bike as well. However, I wonder if these boutique bike saddles are like monster cable and Prada handbags... - Basically priced based on marketing and not measurable benefit.

I look at the weight of mid-price to premium saddles and they are mostly in the 200-250g range. (This particular one 231g) In terms of material, I don't see significant difference between a "lower" brand that sell for $100 and a "premimum" brand selling for $250. I think fit is probably the most important factor...

This is probably a case of NOT "you get what you pay for".
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Last edited by chunky649 August 8, 2016 at 06:08 AM
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This is a good price for new, but it's pretty easy to find nearly new Fizik or similar saddles on ebay or craigslist for much cheaper. People buy a nice new bike and don't like the saddle so swap it out and sell it. I've gotten two Fizik Antares R3 on ebay for $49 and $67.

Same thing with stems.
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Damn, wish I owned a bull so I could get this saddle for him.
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