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Revolutionary, 3D printed Adaptive saddle by fizik and Carbon®

The latest innovation in bike saddle technology is here.

fizik’s first-ever digitally printed bike saddle – Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptive – which was launched in September 2019 is now available to buy. Based on fizik’s Antares Versus Evo 00 platform, the Adaptive saddle is a high module carbon fiber, performance racing saddle that delivers unrivaled power transfer and light weight in a full channel design that offers soft tissue pressure relief.

The benefits of 3D printing
Thanks to the innovative production method, fizik was able to develop the first Adaptive saddle five times faster than traditional industrial methods, creating and field-testing hundreds of iterations. Being suitable for mass production, this technology completely remaps the traditional manufacturing process, accelerating and bypassing all intermediate phases.

The Adaptive saddle padding is crafted by Carbon™ (a Silicon Valley based digital manufacturing company) using its revolutionary Digital Light Synthesis technology. DLS is an additive manufacturing process which employs digital ultraviolet light projection, oxygen permeable optics, and programmable liquid resins to produce parts with excellent mechanical properties, resolution and surface finish.

Development
Using Carbon technology, biomechanics and engineers have an unprecedented opportunity: to design and manufacture multiple functional zones within the saddle, tuning each of them separately for specific mechanical properties.

Analyzing the data collected from pressure mapping systems, fizik have been able to establish how saddles would produce a smoother ride, combining cushioning, stabilization and energy return for the most efficient power transfer. Body zones have different characteristics: with different blood flow between ischial bones, soft tissue areas and nerves, each area needs specific support in every riding position.

Lab tested, road proven
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.

The result is a saddle is composed of four zones, each with its distinctive cushioning and mechanical properties joined together seamlessly. They are:
Nose – Supports the rider while pedaling in the most aero position
Middle – Supports the rider while pedaling on the hoods: providing the right amount of stability and support, while maintaining a healthy blood flow
Ischiatic zone – Supports the sit bones with a compression gradient that provides comfort and balance
Rear – Provides a soft cushioning for those rare occasions when the rider needs a more backward position

Pro peloton
Riders from some of fizik’s sponsored professional teams – Team Ineos, Team Jumbo Visma and Movistar Team, have been testing the Adaptive saddle during training camps and will be depending on it during a number of WorldTour races this year.

Maintenance
Adaptive is very easy to clean. Even in extreme conditions, a simple water hose is all that’s required. Adaptive has undergone the most severe climatic tests from -20 to +70℃ to extreme UV and abrasion resistance testing.

Specs
Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptive RRP: £369.99, $399, €390 – available in two widths:

139mm
• Dimensions: 274x139mm
• Weight: 147g
• Height at 75mm width: 54mm
• Length from nose to 75mm width: 151mm

146mm
• Dimensions: 274x146mm
• Weight: 154g
• Height at 75mm width: 54mm
• Length from nose to 75mm width: 151mm

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