Reviewed by Brian Mullin aka Gram and MTBR.com Pastajet
I have been out testing the new fi’zi:k Tundra for a couple of months now, and for a cross-country saddle I have been very impressed. It is not going to win any awards for the most comfy saddle in the world, but it is a specialty beast, and it competes well within its realm. It seems that the road-specific fi’zi:k Arione saddle has been tweaked as an off-road saddle, creating a minimalist cross-country saddle meant for the racer, cross-country rider and weight weenie.
Per fi’zi:k, the company was “Born in 1996 as a brand made for high performance, fi’zi:k was designed in the USA, and handmade in Italy by the world’s largest saddle manufacturer, Selle Royal. Fi’zi:k is the phonetic spelling of the word physique, referring to the form or state of the human body.”
The new Tundra is fi’zi:k’s lightest mountain bike saddle, and it comes in 2 versions, the Carbon braided railed version in white (which I tested), and the K:ium railed (a Titanium alloy) version in black. My test Carbon version weighed in at 209.8g (2 grams less if you take off the ICS fi’zi:k logo insert), and it is supposed to weigh around 20-40g less than the version?
The Carbon braided rails are not round, but have a fat ovaloid shape (7×9 mm), so it might not fit all seatpost clamps. The carbon rails are wrapped with another layer of carbon fiber cloth, so they have a grabby feel to them, so when it fits into a seatpost and is clamped down, it stays put, which is a very nice feature. The carbon fiber cloth is also supposed to reduce any damage to the carbon rails.