|There were a handful of reasons as to why the Kurve had me hesitant, with the flat-ish profile and scary looking edges all the way around it making me a bit unsure about having it anywhere near my undercarriage during a five hour jaunt in the forest. And then there are its aluminum rails, or rail system, since it is really all one single piece. Steel, titanium and carbon, sure, but aluminum seat rails? You get the picture - I wasn't so sure about Fizik's latest offering. But then a funny thing happened: I put the Kurve on my bike and went straight out for a long ride... and nothing bad happened, which is always a good thing when we're talking about our twig and berries. Over the years I've found that a seat with a more rounded, convex profile seems to work best for me, and I've tried to steer clear of seats with flatter tops like the Kurve, but I have absolutely nothing to complain about with the new Fizik offering when it comes to comfort. I adjusted it to sit close to level, with the nose down ever so slightly as per usual, and never once had to tinker with the angle or position, which is pretty rare for me when it comes to testing out new perches. That tells me that the Kurve is more neutral and forgiving than its svelte appearance and lack of padding would have you believe, which is something that also applies to the unpadded edge that runs completely around it. I've had bad luck with similar deigns in the past, finding that the harder material is adept at both being resilient and beating the hell out of the inside of my thighs, but that's not the case with the Kurve. The edges are flexible and not nearly as hard as they appear, and the shape of the seat kept them from leaving behind any questionable bruising. So yes, it looks kinda scary, but no, it isn't even noticeable. Fizik's approach of depending on shell flex over thick padding works well in the real world. |
The Kurve's aluminum rail system proved to be both reliable and noise-free, with no creaking or groaning to complain about, and that's after a few hectic moments of me getting bounced around with my feet off the pedals like I had no idea what I was doing. The interchangeable nose piece is said to allow the rider to tune the amount of flex, but I honestly couldn't notice a difference between the two on my mountain bike - maybe this would be more noteworthy when used on a road bike.
The Kurve is weird, which I'd usually not consider a good thing when talking about bike seats, but it turned out to be a winner in my books. It's the Kurve's price tag that is obviously going to be the issue for many riders: is it more comfortable and more reliable than a $100 (or less) seat? While I didn't have anything to complain about in either of those departments, the bottom line is that I can say the same thing about much less expensive seats out there. That said, my bum isn't your bum, so you should obviously take my words with a grain of salt, but the Kurve is worth considering if you don't mind trying something different and if its price isn't a deal breaker for you. - Mike Levy
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