Fizik Releases $400 3-D Printed Saddle

Feb 28, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  

Looking like the honeycomb of an extra-terrestrial bee, this Fizik Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptive saddle first caught our attention at Eurobike, but now we finally have concrete details on the saddle and the technology behind it as it has been fully released to the public.

We got to have a good squish of the mesh at the Fizik booth at Eurobike.

The carbon body we have seen before from Fizik's existing Antares Versus Evo 00, but the interesting bit here is the 3D printed mesh that lies over the top. This has been created in partnership with a Silicon Valley company called Carbon and Fizik claims it is the first-ever 3-D printed saddle. Carbon use a process called Digital Light Synthesis that uses "digital ultraviolet light projection, oxygen-permeable optics, and programmable liquid resins" to create a mesh that sits on top of the saddle.

So why go to all this trouble for just a saddle? Fizik claims its all about having a much higher level of tunability than a traditional saddle. The mesh is softer in some parts of the saddle than others with various zones designed for comfort or support. Fizik goes so far as to say it has four distinct zones that have been created based on different bike geometries, riding positions, and riding styles. Down the line, this technology could be used to tune a saddle to each individual rider by taking biodynamic information during a fitting session.


Fizik have been testing the saddle with its pro road teams and have apparently also subjected it to "the most severe tests, simulating accelerated weathering, UV aging and wear resistance." They claim that the mesh can be cleaned inside and out simply using a hose.

The saddle is available in 2 widths - 139mm (claimed weight 147grams) or 146mm (claimed weight 154 grams). It will retail at £369.99 / $399.00 / €390.00.

Fizik aren't the only brand using this technology, and Specialized also have their own version of a lattice saddle on the way too; there's more info on that saddle, here.


90 Comments

  • 145 1
 Fart dissipating mesh technology is worth any price.
  • 13 0
 you're a gas.
  • 10 0
 even better if i dont gotta stand up to fart! some these saddles really squeeze the cheeks together
  • 27 0
 Disappointed there's no option to have your undercarriage scanned with a laser and custom saddle made. Seems the least they could do for $400.
  • 21 0
 @Drew-O: no hand measuring for $400? Frown
  • 12 0
 @MDana87: $400 should have a happy ending.
  • 8 0
 Make sure you trust the fart, this design is prone to collect shart residue. It was designed to be cleaned with a hose, but depending on the case one may need a pressure washer...
  • 6 0
 Now they just need to add some activated-carbon particles to the 3D printing polymer to absorb the most noxious fumes and any offgassing from accidental sharts.

New marketing slogan: “You’ll smell fresh with our Active Fart Mesh.”
  • 3 0
 @Drew-O: $400? I bet you'll find lots of strange people whould scan your undercarriage witb lazers for free.
  • 2 0
 @Larkey1:

I normally pay a lot less to have my taint exfoliated.....
  • 1 2
 My crack goes the opposite way, can they make me a custom seat?
  • 78 0
 It's all fun and games until the bees move in.
  • 3 4
 Killer bees!
  • 60 6
 *yeti owners reaching for their wallets*
  • 7 16
flag bubbrubb (Feb 29, 2020 at 8:39) (Below Threshold)
 Yeti owners reaching over to downvote comment
  • 44 0
 Bit of winter mud and plant some seed in early spring....boom a nice summer flower bed
  • 20 0
 You'll be sitting on a Chia Pet!
  • 16 0
 @n1ck: a tama gooch ie
  • 27 4
 I need to invent an absurdly priced piece of bike gear that offers zero to minuscule performance benefit but will definitely be purchased by middle aged DINKs to impress their golf...I mean group ride buddies.

Additive Manufactured Aero Bashguards? (The AMAB I call it)

Transducer that creates vibration out of phase with any incoming vibration to cancel out the vibration? (3D printed or recyclable thermoplastic of course)

What's left that shouldn't be carbon but also isn't carbon? I'll make a carbon version of that and everyone will buy it.
  • 4 0
 Carbon bearings for Shimano pedals?
They will cost absurdly way too much and last only a week but you can offer a special discount of 30% for your old customers.
Because everyone likes to have a nice carbon parts and to save money at the same time
  • 1 0
 Well, carbon chain, cassette and chainrings Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Just add a unit for mild electrical stimulation to the private area for when those same gents privates go numb from a piss poor setup.
  • 3 0
 tires
  • 4 0
 @lkubica: carbon chainrings already exist
  • 7 0
 Gold coated carbon wheels?

Wait.
  • 4 3
 @NotNamed: Well, the carbon has to be on the outside so everyone knows you have carbon so, carbon coated gold wheels.

They are also only available in 29" rims because turning and agility are overrated.
  • 18 0
 I mean would it kill them to just admit it’s using SLA instead of hyper-marketing it with silly names?
  • 19 0
 Fizik hopes to "make the cyclists life better." High ass-pirations.
  • 14 0
 My butt is not worth that much.
  • 95 0
 Cheapass
  • 11 0
 Isn't 3D printing supposed to make things less expensive???
Can't you buy a real seat like a la-z-boy for this money? Just ride a shitty saddle and buy a comfy 400$ chair at home to recover from the "inferior" ride
  • 11 1
 No naked crits with that saddle. Someone might tie your butt hair together.
  • 12 0
 Sir, the only appropriate place to stop shaving your legs is just below your eyebrows.
  • 2 0
 Or in your case, dingle berry dreadlocks.
  • 3 1
 @RoadStain: it's not a bowl cut, it's a Brazilian!
  • 11 0
 $400 comment.
  • 4 0
 Ok so here is a perfect opportunity to make custom saddles. Take measurements, run through an algorith, produce perfect custom saddle. A lot of people would pay $400 for that. We have the perfect technology here for customization and yet they want to standardize its products. I think Fizik needs to think bigger.
  • 3 0
 They need to think butter
  • 5 1
 Okay so the saddle is 3D printed.. which should make the cost Significantly less??? No thanks Marketing! I'll roll my own! *fires up 3d printer* Yes it's a cool saddle, I would pay... 100. maybe.
  • 6 0
 This saddle will go well with those stupid gold wheels from last week!?
  • 6 0
 I thought that 3D printing was supposed to make stuff cheaper?
  • 4 0
 3D printing makes rapid prototyping cheaper because you can make something without buying the tooling first, then modify before you make the big investment. Really high end liquid printers can make end-use products, and cheap consumer printers can make chess pieces... But nothing you'd want to perform some functional part...
  • 2 0
 It's always interesting to see new technologies. Like everything new, it's a bit expensive. And like all new things, it'll be cheaper in a few years. But as someone who does a lot of rando/gravel/road events, I'm curious if theres any noticeable difference. Or have we reached a point where these differences(improvements) are so small that it's not discern-able?
  • 4 0
 Ass comfort aside, it looks like a regular saddle affected by some gross tropical disease.
  • 2 0
 does this look infected?
  • 2 0
 Still waiting to see.
  • 1 0
 @savagelake: naaaaaa.....just pour some whiskey on it.
  • 1 0
 @RoadStain:

Pour whiskey? I'm on it!
  • 6 2
 Hey you, guy out there reading this contemplating actually purchasing one. Stop ruining things for the rest of us.
  • 5 0
 $400, the jokes write themselves!
  • 4 0
 Yay!! I just need a $198 carbon fiber valve stem yet and I am set!
  • 3 0
 A test of how much people are willing pay. MTB pricing is getting out of control.
  • 4 0
 Or buy a 30000 dollar 3D and print your own for free!
  • 2 0
 This printer is $162,500. you might fit 2 saddles per print
  • 1 0
 @gcrider: worth it
  • 1 0
 How do people even buy saddles? If you are shopping for a $400 saddle and you need to go through ten addles to find the perfect one, you have spent $4000 on saddles, and nobody buys used saddles that smells like fart.
  • 2 0
 Lots of manufacturers will take returns on saddles. Fizik has dealers with test saddles that you can borrow for a little while. People may also own and like the lower tier version and decide to upgrade to the high tier if they need/want to purchase a new saddle.
  • 1 0
 @jj12jj: Ok, I will try it out.
  • 2 0
 For that sort of coin, I would expect it to cup my testicles and fondle appreciatively. However, since it is just a saddle...nope.
  • 3 0
 How much will it weigh after getting impregnated with mud?
  • 2 0
 Dang...Mud/3d Printed Saddle hybrid babies runnin'round all over da place!
  • 5 3
 stupid waste of money just like all the other high-priced items in the bike industry
  • 1 0
 Looks like they used the sole off those Adidas trainers to make a saddle.

static.dezeen.com/uploads/2015/10/Future-Craft_Adidas_3D_dezeen_1568_13.jpg
  • 1 0
 Always impressed by what can be done with advanced technologies, can’t imagine that many if any are run out and drop
400+ on a saddle like this.
  • 2 0
 Only saddle that is not from Velo
  • 3 0
 What does Tioga think?
  • 2 0
 Look! My saddle is made from milk! Cool. - said nobody.
  • 2 0
 Thought I was watching Prometheus trailer for a sec
  • 1 0
 5-7 years and they will be 10% of the price and your LBC will print a new one if ya break it.
  • 1 0
 Look, you jerky little ass. I ought to split your nuts off the side of your face.
  • 1 0
 Should've called it the waffle stomp.
  • 4 7
 Entre usual comments about being too expensive....
Revolution costs money. If you really are too dumb to see how this could be a game changer in comfort thats too bad. $400 carbon saddles are nothing new. Custom lattice structure designed for your specific body is something totally new and obviously beneficial.
  • 1 0
 Tell that to Bricks....errr...I mean Brooks
  • 1 0
 Looks like that could be a new helmet technology as well
  • 1 0
 Scan your head and custom print the inner that fits into a stock shell. Great idea. Someone must have that in the pipeline.
  • 1 0
 wait so $400 for a saddle i could myself for $15?
  • 1 0
 Then do? You could obviously make 10x profit
  • 1 2
 I will stick with my Trailmaster. Or four of them for the price of this space junk.



P.S. Where TF is the Grim Donut story??!!!!? You guys better deliver soon.
  • 1 0
 Saddle with multitool, gel and Iphone pockets.
  • 1 0
 400 Buck to know what type of an ass you are?
  • 1 0
 make a neat pen/toothbrush holder at the dentist office.
  • 1 0
 Hives of bees , release the honey from his a$$??
  • 1 1
 Interested to try but but concern mesh would damaged in a crash
  • 2 2
 SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY !
  • 1 0
 STL?
  • 1 0
 Antares Trypophobia....
  • 1 0
 Looks painful.
  • 1 0
 Pine needle magnet.
  • 1 0
 Hope its bleach proof

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