Thursday, January 9, 2014

Fizik Tritone Review

Triple Threat Triathlon guest writer, professional triathlete, and all around stud Guilherme Ferreira Campos wrote up a review of the new Fizik Tritone saddle for the blog... as always, thanks G! 

As a traditional Italian company, Fizik is known for their classic and detailed approach to all of their products. Their new triathlon and time trial specific saddle fits that philosophy, while bringing new features that will make even the most demanding & serious triathlete fall in love!

The Tritone is Fi'zi:k’s first 
short nose saddle, and although it maintains the same diamond shape as the popular Arione Tri saddle, it has a deep center "channel" that helps to reduce perineal pressure. This is a key point for long course triathletes and a common (and unpopular) problem among male riders. Talking a little bit from personal experience here, I was riding an Arione Tri 2 before upgrading to the Tritone, and despite not having any major pressure troubles with the Arione, the Tritone definitely has made things even more comfortable for me. If you experience any issue with that, the Tritone is a no brainer for you!

I also changed my ride for the upcoming 2014 season, going from a Fuji D6 to a Fuji Norcom, and the Tritone has played a huge role in helping me achieve a more aero/aggressive position. Specifically, it's enabled me to rotate my hip angle forward, allowing me to get lower in my TT position from saddle to aerobars.

As you can see in the pictures, Fizik cared about minimal but very nice details in the development of the Tritone. For example, there's a transition hook on the front, as well as removable hardware that allows you to mount a threaded 16g CO2 cartridge, tube, and up to two seat-mounted water bottle cages. If you’re considering some fine tuning to your triathlon/TT position leading up to your next race, you should think seriously about trying a Fizik Tritone saddle! It comes with your choice of Fizik’s K:ium metal or carbon rails, weighing in at 250 and 220g respectively.

front hook for racking your ride in transition

In case you missed it, check out last year's interview with G, his popular review of Fuji's new super bike, and his piece on choosing a triathlon wheelset.

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