Fizik – the renowned cycling shoes and saddle manufacturer from Italy – has finally made its first-ever digitally printed bike saddle – the Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptive – available to buy for everyone. The new 3D-printed saddle has been announced last September but just now became available to wider audience.
Based on fizik’s Antares Versus Evo 00 platform, the Adaptive saddle is a high module carbon fibre, performance racing saddle, so probably it wouldn’t go too well a dutch-style bike (just saying). Digital 3D-printing is a new area for fizik but thanks to this innovative production method, fizik was able to develop the first Adaptive saddle five times faster than traditional industrial methods.
The Adaptive saddle padding is crafted by Carbon (a Silicon Valley based digital manufacturing company) using its Digital Light Synthesis technology – or DLS for short. In case you were wondering about the technicalities, DLS is an additive manufacturing process which employs digital ultraviolet light projection, oxygen permeable optics, and programmable liquid resins to produce parts with excellent mechanical properties, resolution and surface finish. The more you know!
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From paper to prototype to final product
3D-printing enables manufacturers to create different zones within one material as opposed to having to create the same effect using different compounds within the product. Using Carbon technology, fizik was able to design and manufacture multiple functional zones within the Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptive saddle, tuning each of them separately for specific mechanical properties.
Professional cyclists and amateur riders were included in the research process, in both the fizik labs and on the road. A great focus has been put on understanding how the pressure patterns change according to different bike geometries, riding positions, and riding styles. The result is this thorough research is a saddle composed of four zones, as per below:
- Rear – Provides a soft cushioning for those rare occasions when the rider needs a more backward position
Fizik Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptive: specs and maintenance
Th new Fizik Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptive is very easy to clean. Even in extreme conditions, a simple water hose is all that’s required (please see the linked video below for more info). Adaptive has undergone the most severe climatic tests from -20 to +70℃ to extreme UV and abrasion resistance testing. The new saddle comes in two different widths:
139mm • Dimensions: 274x139mm • Weight: 147g • Height at 75mm width: 54mm • Length from nose to 75mm width: 151mm 146mm • Dimensions: 274x146mm • Weight: 154g • Height at 75mm width: 54mm • Length from nose to 75mm width: 151mm
The new fizik Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptive is available now at fizik’s webshop for the RRP of £369.99,/399/€390.
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