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Fizik Kurve Chameleon Saddle
Fizik's Kurve Chameleon is designed for riders who like a slightly flatter, wide-ish saddle that supports the rider who repositions regularly, and who wants it to weigh in at 226 grams...super light and high performing. A microfiber cover is tough and supple to keep you comfortable and eliminate soreness in the saddle. Ride all that on mobius alloy rails which are light and comfortable, and it may be the beginning of a beautiful relationship.
226 grams is competition light
Microfiber cover is supple, tough, and comfortable
Alloy rails are light and provide a bit of flex for comfort
"Chameleon" shell cut for riders who like a little added width and flatness
I recently visited a bike shop that used Bontrager's gel sit bone measurement device. In the world of Bontrager's bike saddles, I measured just between their 138mm (Red) and 143mm (Yellow) sizes. In the world of Fizik Saddles, I'm a Chameleon. The Kurve Chameleon (144mm width) I've been riding was uncomfortable initially. For my first go, I started out on a 51 mile ride and had the saddle adjusted too far forward. Before I started out on the 111 mile beach ride, I adjusted the saddle back and ensured it was at a zero degree angle. The ride was mostly flat and I was in the drops for a good 83 miles. After the final adjustment, and 111 miles, all was good.
Fizik doesn't do a great job of explaining their RE:Flex Technology with this saddle. The Kurve RE:Flex is a great design concept with two oval cut-outs on their saddle shell with a goal of providing flex for the sit bones. Using my thumbs and depressing on the space provided by the oval cut-outs, I found there to be pretty decent flex. I think Fizik could have used a different material that would have provided more flex that would make their RE:Flex technology 10x more beneficial and comfortable. Great Idea Fizik!!
Often times, we roadies lean our bikes up against a wall or post using the edge of the saddle (you don't want to lean your frame up against anything and scratch it! No way!) The Kurve is designed with a hard plastic outer shell that doesn't scratch easily when leaning your bike up against any walls or objects to park your bike.
Please Note: This saddle uses 9mm Rails, not the standard 7mm rails you may be use-to using when installing a saddle on your bike. You may need to buy an adaptor or an entirely new seat post. They do this because of their new Tuner Insert Technology. Admittedly I didn't change and test the two different inserts they give you, but one is to make the stiffness of the saddle more soft or more hard based on your riding preference.
One more thing to note, the rails do not include any measurement markings to help cyclists figure out their adjustments on the seat post. Included a couple of pictures so you can see what the rails look like.
From a versatility standpoint, I wouldn't suggest this saddle for mountain biking, the 9mm rails make it challenging to fit on most mountain bike posts. Stick to the road with the Kurve.
Pros: + Great design concept with RE:Flex Technology, it could use some improvement + Hard Plastic outer shell holds up well when leaning bike against walls or posts
Cons: - No rail markings to help cyclists figure out and write down their measurements - RE:Flex technology could be improved to provide more comfort
Overall, I rode this saddle well over 2,500 miles and didn't have any issues with cracking or wear at all, I'm 5'8" and 145lbs. Other reviews I've read have all praised the Kurve for it's comfort and I have to agree, this is one comfortable and good looking saddle.
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend