Fizik debuts 29er specific saddle

New saddle developed in conjunction with Santa Cruz for V10 29er

The uncertainty relating to the availability of suitable tyres and rims, and the effects on handling and geometry, have been the biggest questions on everyone’s minds since 29er downhill bikes began to hit the circuit in earnest last month at Lourdes.

While we’ve really enjoyed seeing what unique solutions mechanics and racers have come up with to get around the various issues that bigger wheels pose, few would have expected to see saddles becoming 29er specific.

The prototype saddle (left) next to the original mockup (right)
The prototype saddle (left) next to the original mockup (right)

Fizik has just signed a contract with the Santa Cruz Syndicate which will see the team move from WTB to Fizik saddles for this season. This ties in with the team’s long-term use of Crank Brothers pedals, another brand owned by parent group Selle Royal.

With the ink barely dry on the contract, Fizik was immediately tasked with producing a new saddle for the team to use on its new V10 29ers.

The original prototype is just a Gobi with the back hacked out of it
The original prototype is just a Gobi with the back hacked out of it

The original Gobi looks portly compared to the new, shrunken prototype
The original Gobi looks portly compared to the new, shrunken prototype

The new — and as of yet unnamed saddle — is essentially a Gobi with a big wedge chopped out the back. This was done to prevent the rear tyre from buzzing the back of the saddle when bottoming out on the new bike.

The original prototype pictured was created by Syndicate lead mechanic Doug Hatfield.

The new prototype saddle is a much more refined affair
The new prototype saddle is a much more refined affair

After photos and dimensions of the prototype saddle were sent through to Fizik, the company was able to turn around a batch of the new saddles in just two weeks — something the brand claims it was only able to do because its factories are located very close to its offices in Italy.

The new saddle is just a prototype, but Fizik expects the saddle to go into full production soon, especially as 29ers become more common on the circuit.

Keep your eyes peeled for a pro-bike check and more coverage from Fort William over the next few days.

Jack Luke

Staff Writer, UK
Jack has been riding and fettling with bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.
  • Discipline: Long days in the saddle by either road or mountain bike
  • Preferred Terrain: Happiest when on a rural road by the coast or crossing a remote mountain pass. Also partial to a cheeky gravel adventure or an arduous hike-a-bike.
  • Current Bikes: Custom Genesis Croix de Fer all road adventure wagon, Niner EMD 9.
  • Dream Bike: A rigid 44 Bikes Marauder, all black please.
  • Beer of Choice: Caesar Augustus
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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