Fizik saddles are one of those things you see everywhere, come stock on lots of bikes, but have seemed the same for years. No longer, thanks to a complete refresh of all three models for 2018. The Fizik Aliante, Arione, and Antares all get three new versions, each of which come in two sizes and two rail options. Two of the versions, the Versus.Evo and Open, use central reliefs to reduce pressure on sensitive areas.
The standard saddles get mostly cosmetic refreshes, with graphics and matte/gloss embossing that matches the new lineup. The real push is the Versus.Evo, which has an entirely new Wing Flex shell and progressive cushioning that work independently to support you.
Underneath, the R1 models use braided carbon rails, and the R3 gets their K:ium alloy rails.
Using the Aliante as an example, the three versions available are the regular…
…the Versus.Evo with the full length center channel…
…and the Open with a central cutout. All use their integrated clip system for compatible saddle bags.
2018 FIZIK ROAD, MOUNTAIN & GRAVEL BIKE SHOES
Fizik’s shoes get an update, with an all new design for their top-shelf R1 and X1 models. Shown above, the R1 (road) also gets a knit version (sense a trend here?), followed by four colors for the standard model with a perforated synthetic Microtex upper.
What’s new? The 2018 R1 Infinito (top) adds additional channels for the Boa lacing to snake through, creating something like an infinity symbol (hence the name). They say this distributes pressure more evenly, and it let them improve their Volume Adjust tech:
The upper channel is connected directly to a wrap-around strip running under your arch, helping to secure your foot inside the shoe.
Underneath are lots of air vents to cool your dogs, plus a replaceable heel tread.
The standard R1 comes in at €350…
…and the R1 Infinito Knit is €380. The next level down, the R3, gets a lot of the old R1 features and will retail for €275.
The top of the line X1 Infinito mountain bike shoes get the same updates, but add a sweet looking rubber and tread surround.
The Terra X5 is their XC / CX / Gravel shoe that comes with a suede microfiber upper (€175) or Microtex synthetic upper (€150). It has a carbon-injected nylon sole with a similar TPU rubber cleat/tread system.