Fi’zi:k Turns to the Past for Inspiration on the New Volta Saddle

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After a number of saddle designs squarely aimed at the future, in their latest saddle Fi’zi:k is getting some inspiration from the past. Instead of the chiseled, minimalist designs that have begun to flood the high end saddle market, Fi’zi:k’s new Volta saddle draws on the classic saddle shape that was popular in the 70’s and 80’s. Crafted with deep sides and the almost ubiquitous U-shape of the saddles back then, the Volta definitely has the shape of a classic, but with the technology that Fi’zi:k employs in the rest of their range.

If you’re pining for the feel of your old Turbo, but want something a bit more modern, check out the new Volta range next.


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R1 on the left, R3 on the right.

According to Fi’zi:k the curve of those famous saddles from the 70’s and 80’s varied less than 5% from model to model. Using this general shape as a starting point the Volta was designed and fine tuned using rapid prototyping to offer modern day comfort. After a number of prototypes were created to test the strength of the carbon shell and saddle components, Fi’zi:k went through the typical saddle testing with staff, professionals and recreational riders to gain feedback on the design.

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R3 on the left, R1 on the right.

The Volta is offered in two models, the flagship R1 and the more affordable R3. In order to create the 165g R1, Fi’zi:k uses a 00.7mm thick carbon fiber core with a carbon reinforced nylon layer making up the other half of  the Twinflex shell. Foam padding is then injected directly onto the shell, covered with a thermowelded Microtex cover.

The R1 also uses the one piece carbon fiber Mobius rail which is held in place with 5 stainless bolts .

The R3 differs slightly in construction with a fiberglass and thermoplastic composite Twinflex shell and alloy K:ium rails. The shape of the two saddles is the same, but the R3 weighs in around 203g and will retail for €169,00 instead of the R1’s €250,00 (about $230 and $340).










The Volta will be sold in 4 different colors, the R1 in Black/Black, and White/White, and the R3 in Black/Anthracite/Red and White/Blue/Grey. Head over to Fi’zi:k for more.


Robo - 02/12/14 - 1:06pm

We got one of these at the shop and I have to say, I have never encountered a more painful looking saddle. My god….

Offrhodes - 02/12/14 - 1:42pm

Remember when you could get Flite saddles for under $50.00?

RickJones - 02/12/14 - 1:50pm

^^^^^Those were the days……..

pol - 02/12/14 - 1:53pm

no one is forcing you buy this stuff

erik eagleman - 02/12/14 - 1:58pm

Nice work Torgny Fjeldskaar!!!! Looks great!

Dave S. - 02/12/14 - 2:02pm

Painful looking, Robo? You had a chance to ride it yet? Just curious if the ride matched your expectations. Thanks.

mark - 02/12/14 - 2:34pm

Yes, I’m sure that a major seat company with a high reputation researched and released a seat for the sole purpose of being painful to everybody.

Andrew B. - 02/12/14 - 3:59pm

This sentence is the first OF ALL TIME FOREVER which contains both the words “comfortable” and “fizik.”

Mindless - 02/12/14 - 4:06pm

Fizik are the most comfortable saddles I have ever run. If your ass is not compatible, it is not Fizik’s fault.

Carl Spackler - 02/12/14 - 4:41pm

Tried it. It feels like the jaws of life are breaking your pelvis in two, choking off all oxygen to your balls and ensuring you walk bow-legged for the rest of your life. Thank god it was borrowed and I didnt drop coin on this ass hatchet.

drider - 02/12/14 - 4:47pm

This looks like it might work for Arione addicts like myself. But of course, that’s just a guess-from-a-distance.

nathanB - 02/12/14 - 4:53pm

Carl Spackler just won… every one can go home now.

Frank - 02/12/14 - 6:19pm

This is nothing like a Turbo. The difference between the tail, sweetspot and tail on a turbo was much more pronounced, and curved, than this. This is almost a straight line from the tail to the tip!

EpicThroatBeard - 02/12/14 - 6:38pm

you guys are angry.

What? - 02/12/14 - 6:57pm

FACT: Only real men can ride a Fizik saddle.

Paniagua - 02/12/14 - 9:31pm

Ass-Hatchet! Carl you made my day

greg - 02/13/14 - 1:50am

only real men that no longer want their man bits to function ride Fizik saddles.

gringo - 02/13/14 - 2:56am

the optik of this new saddle reminds me of a playboy gentleman who wears a beige turtleneck with a Camelhair suit, wears fade-tint aviators has feathered hair, and smokes Kool cigarettes.

Trés Retro!

Antipodean_G - 02/14/14 - 6:46pm

+1 for FI’ZI:K’s being the best saddles for my backside, though I agree, they either work for you or don’t with almost no middle line. Other than the original Flite, I would not not use anything else but as for this one, that’s maybe a little too much coin for me, regardless how well it may/may not sit.

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