For 2013, Shimano has a three-model line of PRO performance saddles, each coming in two widths with either titanium or carbon fiber rails, in either standard or anatomic cut-out models. Shimano has adopted a rider-style model similar to that of fi’zi:k, but the Japanese company has dubbed the three types of riders as flyers, workers and neutral riders who fall in between. BikeRadar recently received a PRO Turnix, the “neutral” saddle, in the 142mm width with titanium rails.
The PRO Griffon saddle has a rounded profile, which Shimano dubs “perfect for the workers who demonstrate a lot of movement in the saddle,” while the PRO Falcon “offers a flat shape for smooth-pedaling flyers.”
The turnix features a gently curved shape with medium-density padding: Ben Delaney/BikeRadar
The Turnix has a gently curved rear shape
The PRO Turnix falls somewhere in between, with a shape similar to a fi’zi:k Aliante, but with less padding and slightly flatter.
The Turnix has a subtle anatomic groove, and the padding through the center gives more easily than that under the sitbones.
Our sample Turnix weighs 201g.
Each of the three come in either 132 or 142mm widths. Suggested retail price is $120/£75 for the titanium-railed saddles and $190/£120 for the carbon-rail models. The carbon models are roughly 50g lighter.
Look for a review of the PRO Turnix on BikeRadar soon.
The turnix is the middle of pro’s three-saddle line: Ben Delaney/BikeRadar
Neither “flyer” nor “worker,” the Shimano PRO Turnix