Triathlete senior editor Aaron Hersh hands out awards—ranging from the most intriguing to the biggest disappointment—for the gear featured at the 2013 Eurobike trade show.
Best Fit Trend
Some of the more traditional saddle makers have embraced the tri-specific ergonomic design popularized by ISM. Just as Specialized, Bontrager, Cobb Cycling, Dash Cycling and others have done in the few years, Fizik, Selle Italia and Pro are coming out with real triathlon saddles in 2014. The time trial saddles that used to be repackaged as triathlon saddles are phasing out in favor of models that support the rider without acting like a tourniquet for sensitive bits. Fizik’s Trizone has two foam tongs that spread wider toward the nose and a trough between that is designed to provide undercarriage relief. It also has a mount for a hydration and storage system Fizik is including with the saddle. Pro also has a two-tong tri saddle. Pro’s version is narrower and has very firm foam supports that seem up to the task of lifting the rider without compressing too much. The narrower design may suit a different type of rider who may not fit the Fizik or ISM.