The Aliante Gamma XM is 1 of fi’zi:k’s 3 Spine Concept™ MTB Saddle shapes. Of these 3, the Aliante shape is the widest and most longitudinally waved.
Differences over its Road Saddle counterpart:
More rounded at the front and rear for ease of getting over the front or back.
More padded nose, including gel
Kevlar-reinforced rear panel protects the cover from the wear and tear associated with MTB'ing
Aliante Gamma is for The Bull: Rigid Spine.
If you have a relatively low degree of spinal flexibility (more than 90 degrees between your straight legs and back when bending over as far as you can, keeping your legs straight a shoulders’ width apart), you are a Bull. Your degree of Spinal flexibility will top out quite quickly when attempting to adopt the performance position. For this reason you will rotate you pelvis fully.
You will benefit from the increased curvature (support) of the Aliante shape.
Shell: Nylon Carbon Reinforced with Twin Flex™ ‘sweet spot’ at the centre
Scuff guards on either side towards rear of saddle
Integrated Clip System: Yes
Buy Fizik Aliante Gamma XM K:ium Saddle from Chain Reaction Cycles, the World’s Largest Online Bike Store.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Anonymous Comfy, but not cheap
I have tried loads of different saddles looking for 'the one'. According to the Fizik website I am a bull and this is the saddle I should use. Seems they are right - 45min seated climb last night and no 'numb nuts' as I normally get. Very happy! Don't see the amazing quality for the price though.
28 February 2013