Fi’zi:k Gobi M3 K:ium Seat - Review

Mar 11, 2015
by Mike Levy  
Fizik Gobi seat review test

Fi’zi:k's new Gobi M3 K:ium is designed to be a softer, more forgiving option for those who don't have race-hardened rear ends. That means that it's equipped with more padding and a rounder top than the company's sportier Tundra seat, not to mention a few other interesting features that are employed towards the same cause. The 207 gram Gobi measures in at 126mm wide and 285mm long, and is available in the white/grey/black shown here or a less flashy black/grey/black colour combo. MSRP $149.95 USD. www.fizik.it

Fizik Gobi seat review test
  The Gobi's 126mm width and 285mm length, along with a decently convex profile, should make it comfortable for a lot of people.


Fi’zi:k has incorporated a few of their own unique design features into the Gobi, making it a pretty interesting seat compared to those with just some padding and fabric laid over a plastic shell. Then again, at $149.95 USD, it better have some cleverness going on. One of the more notable things is the 'Wing Flex' design, which are basically reliefs cut into the two sides of the shell where a rider's thighs would rub, something that Fi’zi:k says is so a ''rider can achieve a full range of leg movement in a wide range of riding positions.'' Basically, the reliefs allow for more flex. There's also some engineered flex built into the Gobi's tail section for the same reason.

Fizik Gobi seat review test
Cordura corners are used for added durability.
Fizik Gobi seat review test
Strange crease marks have began to appear after about a month's worth of hard riding.

Fizik Gobi seat review test
The plastic piece with the Fizik logo pops out, allowing you to clip a proprietary seat bag or light into place.


The Gobi's tubular rails are made from a proprietary mix that Fi’zi:k is calling 'K:ium' that is said to offer a better strength-to-weight ratio than titanium, with them claiming that it adds up to an eight percent lighter rail system than if they were made out of solid titanium. Eight percent of not a lot to begin with is pretty small, but it does add up, not to mention that the K:ium rails are likely less expensive than their titanium counterparts. There's also the 'Integrated Clip System' at the back of the seat that allows I.C.S bags and lights (Fi’zi:k offers their own) to be mounted quickly and easily without fussing with screws or Velcro.

The seat's EVA foam is laid over a ''composite glass co-injected nylon'' shell, with a Microtex fabric cover that's available in the swanky white that you see here or a more subdued black and grey option. The seat's corners sport black Cordura 'Thigh Glides' that should hold up to your bike flipping end over end when you eat it, and they're also used to keep your legs moving freely.



Pinkbike’s Take:
bigquotesThe 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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77 Comments

  • + 46
 "best suited to those with steel asses and a taint weathered to the point of it resembling beef jerky" What a visual that gives me. O_O
  • + 3
 Is Mike describing RC?
  • + 8
 Weathered taints, beef jerky, and RC have more in common than you might think...
  • + 15
 Charge Spoon, and the newer Charge Scoop. Well priced, comfortable, and quite durable to boot in my experience.
  • + 3
 Totally agree with you. At the price, these two saddle are top of my list. Oh, and Ive seven bike, six of which have a spoon or spoon type saddle on and Ive two spoon saddle ready to fit. Only other make fitted to my 'seventh' bike is a WTB Pure V that Ive just gravel rashed down one side, shame as it is very good but I think if I had done the same to a spoon the saddle would be in the bin now but thats not knocking the spoon!!
  • + 1
 3 Ti scoops, and counting...
  • + 0
 speciliized make the best saddles
  • + 2
 The best saddles are the ones that don't turn your gluteus maximus the shade of purple Smile
  • + 7
 The best saddles don't make you impotent
  • + 2
 charge spoon is like $30
  • + 6
 The best saddles are ones you forget about while riding
  • + 2
 Here's my thoughts on the Fabric Scoop, which (I think) is the same as the Charge version: www.pinkbike.com/news/fabric-scoop-radius-seat-review-2014.html
  • + 2
 Yup, the Charge and the Fabric seats are one and the same. For the price, it's just so much seat. Glad you like it as much as I do Smile
  • + 14
 Bent rails , failing stitching and strange creases in a month for only $150usd ! ....well I have always been a sucker for a bargin.
  • + 15
 Did anybody else read K:ium as potassium?
  • + 37
 ...or Potassiumium
  • + 3
 : ' No' : ' ´
  • + 4
 ...Maybe they're made in Kazakhstan?
  • + 2
 i think it's the sound you make after ten minutes climbing on this saddle- "Kay-IUM!"
  • + 5
 Yes comrades. made in my motherland of Kazakhstan:ium (the native's spelling)
  • + 1
 CubanB, is the sound ur taint makes after 30 sec on saddle.
  • + 0
 potasium-colon-ium...well the seat would be connected to your colon in a way i suppose, but whats the deal with the potassium?
  • + 1
 K is the symbol for Potassium
  • + 1
 dude...give me some credit, i was trying to be ironic. i did four years of chemistry at uni for fks sake!
  • + 1
 Actually I was referencing Borat.
  • + 3
 hahaha oh right "kazakhstan number one exporter of potassium, all other countries have inferior potassium..." classic borat
  • + 1
 Remember, all other countries are run by little girls... POTASSIUM!
  • + 6
 I own this saddle. Absolutely hurts the ass more than any other saddle I have ever owned. I switched it out for a WTB lazer V and my ass is much happier. Throw that freaking Gobi in the garbage.
  • + 5
 Doesn't look very scranus friendly for long seated climbs without any relief in the middle. When it comes to xc or trail bike seats, it's hard to beat the WTB or Specialized offerings. But to each their own.
  • + 3
 I have a silverado on my trail bike now. It's funny because it came stock on my Fury. Switched it out with a deity mainline and put the silverado on anything that has me seated for any longer than 10 minutes.
  • + 1
 I had the tundra 2 on one of my older bikes. It was great. Good size and shape for dh and am applications. For 100km xc's though, not sure.
  • + 1
 My mate has a Giant with a Tundra on, always complaining about how hard the saddle was. After a year, hes now changed it for a Charge Spoon and hes a happy man now. Charge Spoon is also my go to saddle, cheap and comfortable with a good build quality. I do like SDG and WTB, but they are more expensive than the Charge. Ive not really tried a Fizik, but what ive been told and from just sitting on them I think there a bit of a Marmite saddle!!
  • + 2
 I agree with the WTB and Spec. comment. Fizik is a road bike company. Not that there is anything wrong with that, (I like them on my road bikes) but the demands are completely different.
  • + 2
 I saw someone refer to Fizik saddles as "ass hatchets" I felt no need to disagree with him.
  • + 4
 I've really liked the stuff Fizik has put out, but it seems to me like they just have trouble holding up, which is a bummer for an otherwise interested person like me. I guess I'll just stick with my Chromag, WTB, and SDG saddles for now then.
  • + 10
 just out of curiousity why do you have 3 seats?
  • + 16
 One brown, one red, one yellow. Switch them out depending upon your stomach, bladder, and time o' the month.
  • + 1
 fetch me my brown pants
  • + 0
 Alright Bill.
  • + 8
 Jimmy0- I have multiple bikes, and each saddle has been picked to fit my needs for its respective use.
  • + 1
 Put out? They use oem molds which are the same as most other manufacturers. then charge 4x because it says Fizik on it. Google 'Charge Spoon Scoop' Wink
  • + 1
 Let's all be honest. Chromag overture for everything. I have one on all my bikes. AM DH BMX DJ.
  • + 3
 I've had two Gobi's (one new, one warranty), rails popped out during a crash on the first one, and the rails bent on the replacement. I'd stick with WTB or Chromag if you want a saddle that'll last.
  • + 6
 At least this seat doesn't have a suction area for your balls...
  • + 1
 ahhhh, the old selle italia flite. best saddle of all time. wish they'd make 'em again. i liked my gobi, but i bent the rails on it. in a rather uneventful crash. only saddle i've ever done that to-in 30 years of riding and crashing. replaced it with a bontrager RL something or other. very, very nice saddle.
  • + 1
 For me saddles are all about the width. Never felt comfortable on a saddle with less than 130mm, and my ass never failed to aprove one wider than 140mm, so i'm kinda ceptical with designs, techs, and that stuff. Just give some generous area to sit on, and you dont even need chamois.
  • + 1
 I absolutely love my Aliante saddles! I have been using them for 10 years with no issues whatsoever. Mind you that one was Ti and the other Chromo. The bike that my Ti was on was stolen Frown , but I was able to get the Chromo replacement for $40, and I have been using it since '08. I have been in this game for a long time and have tried out all the different brands and shapes, the only other saddle I would consider is the Charge/Fabric Spoon which looks like a clone of the Aliante!
  • + 1
 The Aliante! I have a carbon railed, carbon shelled Aliante with a baby blue cover from my road riding days that I'd love to put on my mountain bike, but I don't think it'd hold up... That thing was waaaaay too expensive to use it how it was never intended to be used. Too bad, it's very comfortable. It's sitting on a shelf now Frown
  • + 1
 Got a gobi years ago when they first came out, the £80 version.

Really comfy straight away, light and rock solid never had an issue with it.

Bought another couple of years ago and you could tell them quality wasn't as good. Within couple of rides cover was starting to unstick. Glued it back down and has been fine since but my original gobi is still getting hammered whilst the newer on languishes on the shelf.
  • + 3
 oh, don't compare the gobi to the tundra. the tundra is awful in every way...
  • + 1
 Flame suite on: I bought one, and love it so far. No failures, stitching is solid, and moving around in the saddle on climbs and technical has been not too slippery or tacky, just right.
  • + 4
 Is it brown from mud or because it ripped your ass open?
  • + 1
 Probably the latter.
  • + 1
 Don't mind the Gobi, when the saddle doesn't split across the bottom... but my favourite Fizik saddle is a Tundra 2 that came stock on a Giant XC bike. flat and wide. Has remained comfy after 5000k under my inelegant arse...
  • - 1
 "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"

haha, you guys pay nothing to review products, look at that they sent you a saddle for free wow

good job on the review keep it up.
  • + 2
 Seriously, why are seats so expensive? We should be able to buy a decent seat for under $50. It's just two rails and a plastic/synthetic sitting area.
  • + 3
 Because people will buy it. If everyone would stop paying stupid money for bicycle parts, prices would come down.
  • + 3
 Charge scoop/spoon, £20 done!
  • + 3
 When I was buying a new saddle that one came highly recommended.
  • + 1
 It's strange that I had the exact opposite experience with a Gobi XM. I found it very durable, well constructed saddle but it was the most painful of all the saddles I had.
  • + 1
 Far too narrow for my rump. On my dropper I run a 143 Spec Phenom Ti and on the rigid I run a 156 Romin Evo Pro. Narrow saddles are torture devices!
  • + 2
 Great Italian design, terrible saddles.
(for sale fizik tundra carbon 40$)
  • + 1
 Get a scoop...cheap. hard wearing, looks good, comfortable. What more do you want?
  • + 1
 I love the Gobi XM Kium! It's the only saddle I'll run on any of my mountain bikes, be it XC or Enduro.
  • + 1
 Also have an older Gobi which bent the rails. Never had a crash on it... won't buy another one.
  • + 2
 what ever happened to just sticking a flite on and be done with it
  • + 2
 Same thing as thumnshifters. Time. Having said which, the selle italia flite ti is still one of the most beautiful saddles ever. And yeah, once upon a time if you were building a bike you were dropping fifty sheets on a flite. Now then.. black.. or grey?
  • + 1
 that was the 90s and aught's. but i agree it's prob the most beau saddle ever
  • + 1
 I always have to think of a desert on this product....not sure why....ah wait...its the color!
  • + 1
 i had grey and black on two bikes back then, also got a set of old xt thumbies in a drawer in the shed ,
  • + 3
 n:c3 S€@T
  • + 2
 Who the hell has a 126mm ass?
  • + 1
 So you really do push your seats forward in order to have more room?!
  • + 1
 "taint weathered to the point of it resembling beef jerky"
lol
  • + 1
 Chromag Lynx DT. /thread.
  • + 1
 Selle Royal Qbix £30 and a darling of a seat.
  • + 1
 Tried it years ago then switched to a chromag lynx dt. No jerky since.

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