|This image the Kurve Bull Saddle. Note the round shape of the saddle frame.|
It's reasonably light at 220 grams but by no means a ultra lightweight saddle when super light comes in around 130grams but 90grams for comfort I would gladly pay so I set out to test all three Fizik Kurve saddles like I had done before with the regular Snake, Chameleon and Bull, See review here...
|This image my demo Kurve Snake demo saddle. Note how long and slender it is.|
The Kurve Snake is based on the most popular Fizik saddle the Arione so I started with it. Out the box it was a little harder than expected even with the "soft" tuner in place. After a few weeks the saddle seemed to break in and felt more in tune with my butt as I had expected it would. I had to make a few adjustments to the saddle tilt and once I found a sweet spot with the nose slightly up I started liking the saddle a good deal more.
The alloy rail's seem to dull road vibration more than a carbon rail saddle, I have to think this has more to do with the rail design and the way the rail is round at the back than the material but either way it's a very strong point for the Kurve. Road vibration at an all time low makes this saddle one of the most comfortable I have ridden.
The shape of the Snake agrees with me and the type riding I do which is a combination of climbing and hard flat hammering. The extra length of the Snake gives me some room to slide back on the climbs and forward on the flats.
The Kurve does not have padding and a cover like a conventional saddle, it's composite shell is covered with a rubber foam of some kind and it has a rubberized frame running around the outer perimeter of the saddle. This smooth frame comes into direct contact with your shorts while riding and is very smooth allowing for greater freedom of movement when pedaling. All round I think the Kurve is a smarter more advanced design and Fizik are onto something here.
No one saddle is for everyone. To find the perfect saddle you need to fish in the pond of saddles that would seem to match your needs and then hope you hook the right one. The Fizik Kurve design I feel makes hooking the right saddle a lot more likely because of the way the shell of the saddle shapes to the rider. Unlike conventional saddles that have a harder shell covered with padding that might be thinner or thicker in areas we hope are the areas we need it. The Kurve design does what Brooks leather saddles do and offers relief in the exact area where most pressure is applied. While riding the Snake I felt this really worked the way it was intended.
Video review below, Bull and Chameleon test rides to come but right now very happy with everything about the Kurve Snake.
Glory has a very good demo program should you want to try this saddle before you buy it see here...