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Fizik: Proven in the peloton

November 11th, 2015 - Colin O'Brien

We’re proud of the equipment we use. There’s no shortage of great choices these days when it comes to components and frames, but we believe our partners offer something extra.

Winning bike races lends a brand extra status, but it’s not just about prestige – it’s about proven performance. We all want the best for our bikes, and if a product is good enough for professionals winning World Tour races, it’s more than likely good enough for our weekend rides.

A new frame, groupset or pair of wheels might seem the more obvious upgrade to make, but when it comes to getting the most out of your time on the bike, nothing matters more than contact points. Shoes, bars and saddles – the areas where you physically connect with your machine. If they don’t feel right, nothing else will either.

We use Fizik because we think they make the best saddles on the market. And we’re not the only ones, because seven of the teams participating in this year’s Tour de France were riding on Fizik seats. If that weren’t enough, Sky’s Chris Froome and Movistar pair Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde – the trio who made the podium in Paris this July – were all using the same Antares model. Votes of confidence don’t get much more resounding than that.

 

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Everybody’s different, so at inGamba we have the full Fizik range for you to choose from. Many climbers and GC contenders favour the Antares, but the flatter Arione is a perennial favourite with elite level riders, too. The Aliante, meanwhile, is the go-to model for a lot of cyclists who have reduced flexibility.

 

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There’s no set-in-stone “best” option. It’s about finding what works for you. All of the Fizik range is lightweight and made by skilled technicians at their facility in Italy. They come with K:ium rails – their own titanium alloy – or braided carbon if you want to shave a few extra grams, along with some unique features like Wing Flex, which means the shell has engineered flexibility along the edges where the inner thighs contact the saddle, adapting to how your body moves.

 

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Having that choice allows everyone to find the perfect perch. Fizik came up with their unique Spine Concept several years ago, giving riders a simple way to better understand what will work best for them. Your contact points with the bike remain a very personal thing, obviously, but their Snake, Chameleon and Bull categories make a great place to start. More on that here.

It’s a system that draws on research into spine curvature and allows you to determine the best fit for you based on flexibility. And we all know that a better fit means faster – and more comfortable – riding.

 

 

Colin O'Brien

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