3D-Printed Saddles: Fizik Antares Versus Evo vs Fizik Vento Argo Adaptive vs S-Works Romin Mirror vs S-Works Power Mirror
Road bike saddles are subjective. Tons of factors impact comfort -- weight, height, body proportions, tailbone structure, fitness level, style of riding, bike frame, fit, geometry, wheels, tire size / pressure, etc.
Even small changes in a saddle angle, position, and seatpost height can turn the best riding saddle into the worst and visa versa.To provide an objective comparison, I tested three 3D-printed saddles on the same bike with the same wheels, tires, and fit.
Here are the parameters:
- Rider weight: 230 lbs (approx.104 kg)
- Rider flexibility: average
- Miles per year: 5,000
- Climbing per year: 300,000 ft
- Bike: Pinarello Dogma F12 Disc
- Wheels: Zipp 404 Firecrest
- Tires: Schwalbe Pro One Evo 28mm tubeless - 65-70 psi
- Test terrain: Mixed - from very smooth to decent asphalt to severely broken asphalt to gravel to offroad / double track MTB road
All four saddles took a good amount of road vibrations out and made the road smoother - akin to what a good carbon frame does versus a good aluminum one. After using these saddles for over a year, I would find it very hard going back to non 3D-printed saddles.
All four saddles are comfortable, but for an XL/XXL rider, Fizik Antares Versus Evo is the best one for performance road bikes and aggressive rides, while S-Works Romin with Mirror is best for endurance road bikes, like Specialized Roubaix or Trek Domane.
is the best saddle for performance bikes, long rides, big climbs, and any whether. I think it looks the best among all saddles reviewed here as well.
With Fizik Antares, it was not love from the first ride though. I didn't get immediately impressed when I sat on it. It didn't wow me at slower speeds. It didn't "dissolve" under me like S-Works Power or Romin did.
#2. Specialized S-Works Romin with Mirror. This saddle is the most comfortable for shorter rides and for endurance road bikes.
It impresses you from the get go. It smoothes rough surfaces right away. It makes you feel comfortable even when riding in jeans.
In conclusion, I think 3D-printed saddles represent the future and are here to stay. I don't think traditional saddles will go away anytime soon -- as traditional watches are not going to disappear due to popularity and convenience of smartwatches.