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Sit Up Straight: Triathlon-Specific Saddle Options Are Expanding

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Aug 28, 2013
  • Updated Sep 6, 2013 at 8:39 PM UTC

Fizik Tritone

The Italian company has only been around for a few years, but they have been fiercely loyal to the more traditional long nose style of time trial saddle until now. The Arione Tri2 triathlon saddle has a long foam covered nose without any slit down the middle, and it has been popular for a long time. For riders who don’t fit that style of saddle, the Tritone is a new-era triathlon saddle designed to relieve pressure from the middle of the rider’s undercarriage. It has a deep split between two foam tongs that widens toward the nose. It is broader than the Pro saddle, and similar in width to the Specialized. The foam rails feel slightly softer than the Pro, although Fizik states that the foam is sufficiently rigid to support a rider without collapsing and pinching the underside. It is available with carbon (220 grams) and aluminum (250 grams) rails. The carbon rails aren’t completely cylindrical and may not fit some clamps. It comes with a rear hydration system that bolts to the rear of the saddle with enough room for two bottles, a CO2 cartridge and extra tube. US prices aren’t available, but the carbon version will go for 250 euros and the aluminum is priced at 179 euros.

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Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh is the Senior Tech Editor of Triathlete magazine. To submit a question, write Aaron at Ahersh@competitorgroup.com.

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