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The hammer of Thar.
Ever had to stand up in the saddle because your butt hurt and then lost traction on slick ground? Us too, which is why we've seriously thought about mounting up the Fi'zi:k Thar Saddle with K:ium Rails on our favorite 29er. That's right, the Thar is designed especially for big-wheelers, with a design that better sets up your weight over the bottom bracket for improved comfort, stability, and pedaling efficiency--no more moving the saddle forward or sitting in a spot where you're not supposed to.
Of course, the Thar still uses the same technologies as Fi'zi:k's other saddles. The rails are made of K:ium, a special alloy that's tougher than carbon but lighter than titanium, so you can ride hard without stressing your saddle. The carbon-reinforced nylon shell uses TwinFlex technology to supply the perfect balance of firmness and flex, and Fi'zi:k's WingFlex design builds in a special flex zone at the sides of the saddle for irritation-free pedaling. Microtex gives the saddle a smooth but durable surface, and there's even a replaceable nose insert that can be swapped out to fine-tune the Thar's stiffness.
- Carbon-reinforced nylon shell
- TwinFlex technology
- WingFlex design
- K:ium alloy rails
- Replaceable nose insert
- Microtex cover
- Item #FIZ002Q
- Q & A
Flat as a board
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This saddle is almost completely flat. As far as I'm concerned that's the business. In addition it has a fairly narrow profile with a shortish nose and teardrop back. All that makes it easy to slide off the back when you need to.
I'm a New England rider. That translates into mostly tight wooded terrain. The fallout of that is I don't ever get to sit for very long at all. For my purposes this saddle is perfect, it has a really usable shape and great power transfer (it's stiff). I can't speak to its 29'r specific properties. I'm using it on a 27.5 +. I also can't tell you what it would be like if you had trails where you had to sit and grind it out for long periods. But for me, A. maybe A+.
Comfortable and sporty.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I'm using this saddle with a Jet9 RDO and it looks great. I'm not sure how Fizik designed this specifically for 29'ers but ergonomically it is comfortable, firm and suits this frame very well. I like a saddle that disappears when I'm riding - it's not something I want to think about.