Fizik Ares Time Trial Saddle Pro Review

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Fizik Ares Saddle Pro Review - By Twain Mein

  • Specifically designed for to meet UCI regulations for time trials
  • Cost: $199 MSRP
  • Natural Leather Seat Cover
  • Made in Italy
  • ICS bag compatible
  • Cool black and white color scheme. However, the white is subject to grease and fingerprints.
  • Weight: Claimed 155 grams. Actual: 159.

This is a review of the Fizik Ares saddle, which is expressly designed for time trials. Fizik has been making some fantastic products and the Ares is the newest in the line. Fizik’s most well known offerings include:

The Arione — extremely popular and uniquely longer than most saddles (unfortunately, this saddle causes numbness for me)

The Aliante is perhaps the most comfortable saddle ever made; I can’t recommend it highly enough for folks who commute. And it will make any “superstiff” bike a lot more tolerable.

The Antares, while not as comfortable as the Aliante, is an excellent triathlon saddle and provides a firmer ride than the Aliante that doesn’t rob any power.

So I was really excited to test the Ares, thinking it could be the ultimate triathlon saddle.

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About the author: Twain Mein

Twain Mein has been a fan of mtbr.com & roadbikereview.com since 1996. After meeting Francis, he became fascinated with the technology and gear aspect of cycling and became one of our first product reviewers. Twain has been doing triathlons since 1987 and was ranked in the Top 50 U.S. National Age Group in 2012. He’s recently been learning swimming tips from his 10 year-old daughter who has way more natural talent!


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  • derek says:

    Great set of photos showing the differences in length for the different types of saddles. Also, thanks for explaining the TT rules.

  • Ted says:

    I have definitely found that after a 40km TT competition or a training ride of the same or longer distance, the nose of this saddle buried between my thighs begins to get very uncomfortable. I think that it is good at exactly what it’s designed to do and to expect it to be anything more is resetting expectations. I have also ridden the ISM Adamo podium and found that it pinched things I did not want pinched over the course of a long ride, if you know what I mean. It may work for others, though.

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