fi’zi:k Tundra Saddle Review

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Bottom Line:
The fi’zi:k Tundra is a firm saddle, but if you keep your weight centered in the sweet spot, it rides nicely. The shape of the saddle worked well for doing technical moves, had plenty of maneuver room and the sides were decent for squeezing, and it had just enough slipperiness for moving around. The flat pointy nose is a great place to get up on for those steep climbs, but the nose was a bit hard and not the most comfy spot to sit on for extended climbs. I think that a tad more padding on the nose would really be a great addition. The carbon rails are very innovative and I really like the carbon cloth wrapping for gabbiness it gave to the seatpost clamp, but not all seatpost clamps might accept the somewhat fat carbon rails, so be forewarned. And let’s just say the seat is White!

fi’zi:k’s has another winner with the Tundra Carbon in the cross country racing and weight weenie category, although it is a tad heavy for the weight weenie guru.

Strengths:
-Durable
-Tacky nose
-Square flat nose
-Carbon taped rails
-Lightweight
-Water resistant

Weaknesses:
-Nose needs more padding
-Firm
-White
-Expensive

fi’zi:k Tundra Specs:
Weight – 209.8 grams (2 grams less if you take off the ICS fi’zi:k logo insert)
Color – White
Carbon railed – $199
K:ium railed – $159
Blin:k light – $19
Pa:k bag – $25

Value Rating: 3.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers
Overall Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

fi’zi:k MTB url: http://www.fizik.it/products_mtbsaddles.aspx
fi’zi:k Tundra url: http://www.fizik.it/catalog.aspx?subid=Tundra_braided

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • Andreas says:

    Well, I wouldn’t call it a WW saddle. It’s heavy? WW saddles are like 100g. (ish)

  • Anonymous says:

    The average weight weenie saddle weighs around 160g, yes there are some that weigh less, but a lot of those have given me short term nerve damage, so call the Tundra an overweight weight weenie saddle if you like! Trust me, I have tested and reviewed my share of WW saddles. The Tundra is a cross country race saddle that will appeal to a WW.

  • Andreas says:

    It could very well appeal to some WW’s, but it’s still not light. Maybe very good, but not WW light. Not even close.
    Tune Speedneedle Marathon weighs just around 107g. and ít’s reasonably comfy = WW saddle. Becker mtb approx 60g., not very comfy and not padded. But it’s a true WW saddle.

  • Brian Mullin says:

    The Becker can be comfy if it fits your butt, the Speedneedle gave me numb legs (i.e. nerve issues) so it sits on the shelf at home, much like many of my WW saddles. The average normal saddle weighs around 300 grams (or more) for comparison, again this is a cross country race saddle that will appeal to a weight weenie person or someone looking forward to lighten their bike. My job as a reviewer is to look at this saddle in relation to a lot of criteria, and although might be considered a pig dog heavy weight saddle to the weight weenie aficionado, it is a fairly lightweight and decently comfy saddle. I have been a weight weenie myself for over 2 decades, so I always feel the tug!

    Gram

  • Andreas says:

    I guess there’s a big difference in what difines a WW, from Danish cyclingculture to the American then. In Denmark a 200g. saddle is no way near beeing a WW product.

    How do you define a WW?

  • Francois says:

    Wonderful review as usual Brian!

  • hardmtnbiker says:

    200g is light for an MTB XC saddle. Maybe for the hardcore racer it’s heavy and most them use road saddles anyway. If your racing out of the saddle for most of the race then comfort is not an issue. Everyday trail MTB riders that like to keep their rig light and add bling will like this saddle. I think it looks nice but still like to have kevlar edges on my saddles for durability.

  • Andreas says:

    That makes more sense, but I just wouldn’t call “Everyday trail MTB riders that like to keep their rig light” WWs.
    Well it’s a cuestion of what you put into the words WW and personal preference.

  • Brian Mullin says:

    Your point has been made, lets not continue with this thread, please. Like my review states “fi’zi:k’s has another winner with the Tundra Carbon in the cross country racing and weight weenie category, although it is a tad heavy for the weight weenie guru.”

    Brian “Gram” Mullin

    weight weenie

    1. (slang) A cyclist that is concerned about the weight of his/her bicycle.

    weight weenie

    Bicycle enthusiast who becomes obsessed with subtracting weight from his bicycle at all costs, including overriding safety concerns and practicality. A Weight Weenie will always replace a 100 gram component with a 99 gram component regardless of all other factors, including cost, durability, and overall design and functionality. Materials that are commonly used in the pursuit of lightness include: aluminum, carbon fiber, composites, and titanium.

  • Andreas says:

    Fair e’nough.

  • Thor says:

    Ha! No way a WW saddle… 200 gram, you must be crazy if you call that for a WW.

    If you are a real WW, you don’t fucking care about the comfort

  • Anonymous says:

    WTB Rocket V SLT 210g, and comfortable to boot :)

  • Indiefab says:

    My OEM-takeoff WTB Silverado with Ti rails is just under 200g, cost me $60 and is comfortable as a leather couch. I’d like to try the Tundra, but don’t plan on switching.

  • Too fat to worry how much my saddle weighs says:

    Brian Mullin says:

    “I have been a weight weenie myself for over 2 decades, so I always feel the tug!”

    Except when the aforementioned nerve issues kick in, I guess.

  • dingo says:

    Top review. It draws attention to the considerations needed when making a purchase so i’m better armed when i walk into the shop.

    One question tho. I note the stitching seems to be pulling in the photo of the saddle rear. Is that normal?

    rgds

    Dingo

  • pastajet says:

    The picture just make sit look that way, the stitching is fine, they use some large thread also so it makes it stand out a bit more.

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