Selle Repente has added a new gravel specific model to its ever-growing range of saddles called the ARTAX GL, offering a special anatomical shape, thick padding, non-slip coating and a curved tip profile to meet the rigorous demands of “gravel grinding”.
According to Selle Repente, considerable time was spent analyzing gravel cyclists in the field, including the Italian Rodeolabs Pro Gravel Team, when developing the ARTAX GL.
“The ARTAX GL is a lightweight and comfortable saddle, designed with both male and female users in mind. The shaping of the support in the rear part of the saddle is designed to minimize high pressure points on the ischial bones. Pressure relief in the perineal area is guaranteed by the anatomical channel and the smooth profile of the saddle,” says Selle Repente.
Padding is one of ARTAX GL’s strong points, comprising a “reactive” and “extremely light” material called Eva, which has been added to “delicate” areas of the saddle with the aim of increasing cushioning over rough terrain. And, for cyclists who like to ride in the “drops”, or rely on in and out of the saddle exploits, the curved tip profile is designed to anchor the rider and make for a seamless transition.
The structure of the ARTAX GL is built using LCF (Long Carbon Fibers) technology and the “noble” polymer PA12, which makes the saddle both exceptionably rigid and immune to deformation over time, while the rails are made of UD carbon fiber.
Additionally, Selle Repente chose a special non-slip outer material to combat slippage during wet riding conditions, while the brand’s proprietary RLS (Repente Locking System) allows the cover to be easily replaced.
In the end, Selle Repente says the new ARTAX GL tips the scales at a feathery 160-165 grams.
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