VICENZA, Italy (BRAIN) — Fizik says its new Thar saddle line was specifically designed for use on 29er mountain bikes.
The company said the Thar saddles have rails that are 25 mm longer than usual, with the extra length added to the rear. That allows the saddle to be positioned further forward on the seatpost. Fizik said this is to correct for shallower seat angles and longer top tubes on 29ers.
"Positioning the saddle further forward corrects the weight distribution on long 29er frames, improving climbing performance and enhancing front-wheel grip. The result is a well-balanced ride with no fighting to keep the front wheel on the ground on steep climbs, leaving the rider able to focus on pedaling," Fizik said.
The company said the saddle also has a shortened tail to give increased clearance for the rear wheel if a dropper post is used.
"The height of a 29-inch rear wheel can limit how far the seat can be dropped, but the Thar’s shape fixes that," Fizik said.
The saddle also includes a choice of two Tuner Inserts. These nylon spacers can be swapped to change the amount of tension along the top of the saddle shell, allowing the rider to customize the flex in the saddle.
The Thar saddle will be available in various colors and with two rail material options: Manganese and "K:ium." The 195-gram K:ium rail saddle has a suggested retail of $150. The 225-gram Manganese rail saddle retails for $99.