The Fizik Aliante is a comfortable saddle that offers enough performance to satisfy all but the most dedicated racers. Padding is more substantial than the on the Top Pick Fabric Scoop. A durable Microtex cover and Kium alloy rails make for a long lasting saddle. Well suited to both mountain bike and road bike use, it favors the rider who is less flexible and likes a more upright position. Road riders who enjoy long rides and prefer a frame with more relaxed endurance geometry will love its propensity toward the more upright position. You may buy it for its comfort but you also get a saddle that tips the scales at only 245 grams. If you spend a lot of time in the drops or like to move around on the saddle, take a look at the Fabric Scoop, the Editors' Choice Specialized Phenom Expert or the Specialized Power Expert.
Update for 2016
All Fizik saddles now have two options: R1 for a Carbon rail and R3 for an alloy K:ium rail. The Aliante is now offered additionally in regular and large sizes.
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Fizik Aliante has a classic shape, similar to the Best Buy Winner WTB Speed. With a slight rise in the rear and a width of 141mm, it has a definite sweet spot that we were always able to settle into. The padding is firm and more substantial than the other saddles we reviewed from Fizik — the Arione and Antares. Some of our testers experienced chaffing when their thighs rubbed the nose of the saddle where the lateral aspect is covered with a more suede-like material. We found the saddle to be comfortable but more sensitive to proper fore aft angle adjustment than most saddles. With too much negative drop we were constantly shifting our weight back, too little drop and we experienced pressure and numbness. With a -1.5 degree saddle angle it is very comfortable, and lets the rider find the sweet spot. If you like to move around a lot on the saddle, look elsewhere. If you are the kind of rider who likes to get into one position and stay there, this saddle is worth a look.
The Aliante is marketed as a performance road saddle for the less flexible rider. It has more padding than the Top Pick Fabric Scoop, and does leave the rider with the sensation that a bit of power is being lost. Riding on the nose when down in the drops does not feel as natural as it does with a higher performance saddle such as the Phenom. Overall the performance is good, just not as stellar as more specialized racing saddles.
The Aliante is very versatile. We like it on the mountain bike, road bike, and it performs well for cyclocross and commuting duties. If you like it on one bike, you may find yourself purchasing another for your other ride. We would even recommend it for road racing if you maintain a more upright riding position.
With rubberized plastic scuff guards, and the same tough Microtex cover found on our Top Pick Fizik Monte, the Aliante can take some abuse. We did abrade the cover at the rear of the saddle during a particularly spectacular crash that also cracked a set of handlebars. The shell and Kium rails are strong, durable and no worse for wear despite our abuse.
At 245g, the Aliante is competitively lightweight. The weight is impressive considering the substantial amount of padding and high level of comfort it provides.
The Aliante is versatile and can be used on both mountain and road bikes. Fizik recommends the saddle for less flexible riders and we agree. The Aliante was well liked by our testers who naturally prefer a more upright position on the bike. The Aliante is perfectly suited to a rider who uses a road frame with endurance geometry, such as the Trek Domane or the Specialized Roubaix. Mountain Bikers who focus on trail riding and hold a more upright position will also love the Aliante.
The Aliante is not cheap with a price between $159-$179, but it is well built and versatile. With the option to use it on multiple bikes, light weight, and good durability, it is a good long-term investment.
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