The Fizik Antares Versus Evo R1 Adaptive Saddle is a 3D printed bike saddle with a carbon-reinforced nylon shell and a highly stiff carbon rail (R1) that offers seamlessly engineered zonal cushioning.
The evolution of digital 3D printing allowed fizik to develop a new saddle without the constraints or limitations imposed by traditional production methods and materials.
The Adaptive saddle padding is crafted by carbon using its revolutionary Digital Light Synthesis technology. DLS is an additive manufacturing process that uses digital ultraviolet light projection, oxygen-permeable optics, and programmable liquid resins to produce parts with excellent mechanical properties, resolution, and surface finish.
Using carbon technology, biomechanists and engineers have achieved an unprecedented possibility: to design and manufacture multiple functional zones within the saddle, tuning each of them separately for specific mechanical properties. Each of these key functional zones is engineered with a distinctive cushioning and mechanical response, joined together progressively and seamlessly in the same padding.
Professional cyclists and amateur riders were tested in both the fizik labs and on the road. During each development phase, every iteration was carefully tested. A great focus has been put on understanding how the pressure patterns change according to different bike geometries, riding positions, and riding styles.
Thanks to this one-of-its-kind combination of process and material, fizik has been given the chance to develop a product five times faster, creating and field-testing hundreds of iterations. Being applicable to mass production, this technology completely remaps the traditional manufacturing process, accelerating and leaping over all intermediate phases.
The saddle is very easy to clean. Even with the filthiest road muck, all you need to do is simply hose it over with water. Whatever gets in, gets out. fizik has put it through the most severe tests, simulating accelerated weathering, UV aging, and wear resistance by following strict protocols.
B-Stock - This product has one or more B-Stock units available. These units can be purchased at a discount (see option select). B-Stock units were returned from other customers and may have missing or damaged packaging materials. Saddle rails may have minor scratches. These units are otherwise as new. The full manufacturer warranty applies. Click Here for more information.
Saddle Type: Road Saddles
Black - 139mm
Mfg PartNum: 70A5DODA0P002
I broke two of these saddles on two consecutive early season rides in precisely the same way. Both times the saddles were on my gravel bike, and temperatures were just above freezing. Both times the plastic shell cracked about 1.5" behind the nose of the saddle while riding uphill on a relatively smooth dirt road. Both saddles were less than a season old. There is clearly a problem with these saddles.
I bought this in the throes of winter training for an upcoming Gran Fondo and my trusty Fizik Antares R1, was just feeling a little too stiff anymore. While it may be ok on the road, it is several years old and decided it was time for an update. I generally wait a version or two before jumping into a new product. Knowing Fizik, I thought it would be worth the risk. There is a little break in time required but not much. Makes my 4+ hour endurance trainer sessions more tolerable. Initially, it is a bit tacky feeling and you cannot slide on it like a traditional saddle - a little frustrating. After a couple months of use, it is burnishing a bit, so smoother and more ability to shift weight as needed.
Cannot wait to get out on the road with this.
Iï¿½ve owned about 4 Antares saddles over the years. Iï¿½ve had them on my different bikes because of how well they work for me. This one is even better. Iï¿½ll have to order a second one for my other bike.