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Fizik Aliante- durability? Carbon or Titanium?(7 posts)

Fizik Aliante- durability? Carbon or Titanium?blw
Oct 31, 2003 7:47 PM
I've heard good things about this saddle but I'm worried with what I've heard about it's durability. For that price I would hope it would last for years to come. Anyone have feedback about its durability or lack thereof?

What is the differences between the carbon and titanium rails. I weigh about 150 lbs. Is there a durability issue here too? Comfort?

Thanks
re: Fizik Aliante- durability? Carbon or Titanium?lyleseven
Oct 31, 2003 8:05 PM
At your weight you can ride the carbon. I have the Ti Aliante and have ridden on it for about 2000 miles with no problems. I have heard they last very well. Very comfy saddle....
re: Fizik Aliante- durability? Carbon or Titanium?divve
Oct 31, 2003 9:03 PM
I have a black leather carbon version. The rails appear to be very strong and in my opinion the saddle can be used without reservation. It's very light (~175g) considering the amount of padding. The materials and manufacturing finish is amongst the best I've seen in a bike saddle. Very cleanly made indeed. The seat shell itself basically consists of a carbon fiber outer perimeter with a flexible carbon/kevlar weave in the center region for relief. It's very comfortable indeed. The only downfall I've read so far are the delicate edges at the rear. Separate scuff guards are available and standard included with later versions.
re: Fizik Aliante- durability? Carbon or Titanium?koala
Nov 1, 2003 3:20 AM
I have the carbon version and it weighs 181 grams.I have had it on the bike for about 3000 miles but the leather cover is thin so leave the scuff guards on or it will fray. The saddle, however is a revelation. I am building up my rain bike and thats getting an Aliante too. I have heard thos with both ti and carbon versions swear the carbon is more comfy. I have only tried the carbon.
Fi'zi:k AlianteBixe
Nov 1, 2003 6:13 AM
I like 'em. At 150 lbs, you'll be comfortable with either version. The carbon rail model is a bit more comfy, but the difference is slight because it's the shell that makes this saddle so nice.

These saddles have at least 12k miles under them collectively. The wear and tear is due to the usual scuffing around the edges and it's the one without the bumpers whose cover is banged up.

You will end up with the same saddle whether or not all that punctuation is included in the manufacturer's name....
re: Fizik Aliante- durability? Carbon or Titanium?ramboorider
Nov 1, 2003 4:49 PM
I've got one of each and have the vast majority of my miles this year on the carbon one. I weigh about 165. No problems. I had a little decal strip off of the leather cover of one (not sure what it said, it wasn't a problem at all), but otherwise they've been very durable. Although I was at my LBS the other day and saw one where the carbon rails just flat broke off at the saddle clamp. There was about 2 inchs of each rail just flat GONE from the saddle. Didn't look like it would have been a fun ride home.

I don't notice any comfort difference between the two, so I'd probably get the ti version if I was buying one today, just to be on the safe side. (I bought the carbon because it was the only one I could get for quite a while).

-Ray
re: Fizik Aliante- durability? Carbon or Titanium?netso
Nov 2, 2003 2:28 PM
I weigh 203#, have a carbon Aliante that is almost 8 mos. old and has over 2000 miles. Wear is negligible! I think it is hell of a confortable saddle.
Stan