|The usual disclaimer about everyone's bums being different always applies when it comes to seat reviews, but I don't think that I'm going too far out on a limb when I say that the Gobi is a pretty neutral feeling option that a lot of riders should get along with. This is in complete contrast to the rather flat and unforgiving Tundra model that is best suited to those with steel asses and a taint weathered to the point of it resembling beef jerky - those who are looking for something more forgiving than the Tundra will be fans of the Gobi. The middle of the road, convex profile is quite humane, and you don't need to be putting the power down hard for it to be comfortable, which matches the soft nose that doesn't feel like it's trying to split you open when you get up on it for a steep climb. The same can be said of the Gobi's back edge and sides - they never once felt like they were going to leave me bruised and sore. As far as comfort and compatibility goes, I'd give the Gobi high marks all around.|
Things are less promising when we get to talking about reliability, even considering the relatively short time that it's been under me, which was about 40,000ft of climbing and descending over the last month or so. In that time I've managed to bend the seat rails to the right side a bit, although it mustn't of been that hard of a hit because I can't recall when it would have happened. The stitching at the corners is also looking like it's about to take leave in a few places, and there's a strange issue happening to the sides of the seat, right along the mid-section, where there's some odd crease marks appearing. Not sure what's going on there, but it looks funny. Also, don't buy a white seat unless you don't mind it turning a light shade of brown after a bunch of use. Yes, I can scrub it clean with a rag and some proper cleanser, but I'd go for the black coloured Gobi if I were you.
Fizik sent me the seat to review, but I have to admit that I'd be kinda bummed about the reliability if I had gone to a shop and shelled out $149.95 for it instead. That's crummy given that, after being scared away by the unforgiving Tundra, I found the Gobi to be very comfortable for everything from hard, six hour days on the bike to casual cruises where I spent more time coasting the pedalling. - Mike Levy
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