Fizik has added two new saddles to its 3D-printed Adaptive line, the Antares Versus Evo R1 and the R3 Adaptive, which feature the same distinctive latticework honeycomb-style padding that made its debut on the Italian brand’s Antares Versus Evo 00 Adaptive earlier this year.
The Adaptive saddle padding was created by the Silicon Valley-based company, Carbon, using its Digital Light Synthesis technology, wherein digital ultraviolet light projection, oxygen permeable optics, and programmable liquid resins are used to produce parts with excellent mechanical properties, resolution and surface finish.
This process enabled allowed Fizik to develop its first Adaptive saddle five times faster than traditional manufacturing methods, allowing them to create and field-test hundreds of iterations before finalizing their design.
“DLS is an additive manufacturing process that utilizes digital ultraviolet light projection, oxygen-permeable optics, and programmable liquid resins to create zonal cushioning – a variable support network that provides improved comfort, weight savings and performance,” says Fizik
“The Antares Versus Evo R1 and R3 saddles benefit from the same revolutionary 3D-printed zonal cushioning system,” adds Fizik. “[They’re] joined to a more ride-compliant carbon-reinforced nylon shell, with a choice of either lightweight carbon or Kium rail systems. And this time, both saddles come all-black, ready to match almost any bike’s colorway,” adds Fizik.
The R1 features carbon rails, reducing weight by 35 grams compared to the R3, which comes with lower cost Kium hollow rails.
The both the Antares Versus Evo R1 and R3 Adaptive are offered in two lengths, a standard 149mm and a snub-nose 139mm model, which sell for $300 and $250 respectively.
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