EB13: Fizik Unveils New Triathlon, Mountain Bike Saddles, Plus New Road, Tri & MTB Shoes and More!
Fizik is adding options for just about all the touch points on your bike, from shoes to saddles, and they’re finally ready to go live with their cockpit parts.
Starting with the footwear, there are new and/or updated options for road, triathlon and mountain bike. The M3 (above) is a new mountain bike shoe that’s lighter than the M1 since it loses the heat moldable insole, kangaroo leather and replaceable treads. It gets a carbon sole, lighter rubber toe protection and a sleeker buckle. Claimed weight is 280g for a 43.
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The M5 mountain bike shoes and K1 triathlon shoe get new colors.
The new K5 tri shoe comes with a nylon carbon outsole and gets a massive heel loop for easier foot insertion. There’s also a rubber triangle on the inside end of the main strap, keeping it floating above the Velcro at the end, so it’s easy to find and rip open as you come into T2.
A new black color in the R3 road shoe is better for wet dirty roads than the white. The R3 Donna (background) gets updated with a lighter, more breathable mesh on the outside.
R5 gets a new white and black color as well as a new nylon carbon outsole that’s a bit stiffer thanks to a higher percentage of carbon. It also looks cleaner.
NEW 2014 FIZIK SADDLES
The new Tritone saddle is aimed at triathletes and time trialists. It uses a truncated nose but retains UCI legality.
It comes with the accessories mounts, which holds a tube, CO2 canister and two water bottles (cages and bottles sold separately).
They’ll still offer the Arione K-series (formerly Arione Tri 2) saddles, too.
New Volta is an entirely new shape that’s modeled after classic saddles with a very rounded profile. They’ve always had very flat tail sections, which keeps the spine static. The rounded shape makes it so the spine will see more movement. The large surface area Ella spread the load of your weight.
The shell builds in their Twin Flex center section and mildly flexible sides. Out in October in full carbon fiber R1 trim, and an R3 will come in the spring. Claimed weight is 165g.
The Thar is a new saddle that’s designed for 29er riders, very similar to the Tundra in shape. Their research shows that 29er riders typically sit further back. So, they redesigned the rails to help them get the saddle further forward, and made the nose a bit stubbier so it looks right. It gets the same one-piece rail as the Kurve with an adjustable front mount to set the tension on the top of the saddle.
The Antares gets new cover designs and adds their Wing Flex, but the shape stays the same. Naming scheme changes, too. It’s now R1 at the top, then R3 and R3 K:ium.
The Tundra mountain bike saddle gets the same changes, but with names starting with “M”, dropping all the way down to an M5.
2014 FIZIK COMPONENTS
Announced previously, the component line gets official and carries over the Spine Concept fit theories used on the saddles. The Cyrano seatpost has been out for a while, so the stems and handlebars are what’s really new. Bar widths are normal, it’s the reach and drop that’s a bit unique. The Snake has the deepest drop and longest reach, the Bull has the shortest and shallowest, and the Chameleon slithers somewhere between the two. Widths are 40/42/44 cm.
The 00 level will be the best and use hi-mod carbon. The R1, shown, uses UD carbon. R3 is alloy, and you can use clip on tri extensions on the R1 and R3, not the 00.
The stem only comes in R1 trim with an alloy body and ti hardware. They run 70/90/100/110/120/130 lengths and have 7° and 20° rise options.
Seatpost gets aesthetic updates, but is functionally the same. One little known feature is that you can dial the angle up enough to actually spin the post 180° in the frame to get a negative offset.