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Tour Tech 2014: Fizik’s new reflective saddles

Tour riders’ saddles are available to buy in limited editions

Fizik have provided their sponsored Tour de France riders with reflective saddles that are also available to buy in limited editions.

This is the Arione R3 k:ium on the bike of BMC Racing Team’s Tejay van Garderen. The main pic (above) is shot with flash, so you can get an idea of its reflectivity, the one below is without.

And here it is shot with flash in the dark (below).

This saddle, with a claimed weight of 185g, is designed for highly flexible riders. That’s what the snake symbol represents. This limited edition model is priced at £169.99.

Fizik are also producing a reflective Antares R3 (195g, £169.99) that is intended for those with medium levels of flexibility, signified by a chameleon symbol.

Each of these two saddles has a shell made from fiberglass thermoplastic composites and Microtex thigh glides.

The reflective Aliante Gamma k:ium (259g, £139.99) is for those with less flexibility, so it gets a bull symbol. It has a carbon-reinforced nylon shell.

All three saddles are available now. They packaged in a La Tour Eiffel box set with spirit level and Fizik bar tape.

Fizik provide the saddles for seven professional teams, and they're all using these saddles. You can see them on Team Sky bikes (above), for example.

This is Chris Froome's Antares (above).

For more info go to www.fizik.com.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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