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Fizik's Kurve Saddle is a Fine Italian Chair for Your Bike

The importance of a good saddle cannot be overstated. If you have a bad one or, even worse, one that doesn't fit you, you will probably come down with a devastating case of holy-f*ck-I-can't-feel-my-dick-what-if-it's-permanent-itis. This harrowing condition is known to induce a code-red-seven-alarm full-blown panic attack and could have you in the ER pleading for a sympathetic urologist to give you the keys to your junk back.

But thanks to contemporary saddles like the Fi'zi:k Kurve Chameleon, a numb grundle doesn't have to just be "part of the game" anymore.

Fizik's concern with your nethers isn't just out of consideration for your future children's existence, but rather the simple truth that a person with a comfortable and fully awake taint will actually enjoy riding a bike. Since everyone's spine and butt are of different sizes and flexibilities, they've made three different Kurve saddles—bull, chameleon, and snake for stiff, average, and flexible riders.

Fizik's been using these "Spine Concept" categories for a while, but the Kurve is far more than simply the shape. In lieu of cutouts, the saddle uses a different construction with a one-piece carbon rail that attaches at the saddle's edges, which enables the entire structure to flex as a cushion. No padding needed. When you're on it, your weight compresses the saddle and the cleverly chosen reinforced areas underneath put everything where it's supposed to be.

In addition to the new flex areas, Fizik also lets you control how hard the nose feels by giving you swappable inserts to tune it the way you like it. 

It's great to see saddle innovation alongside crazy new carbon frames, aero wheels, and newer drivetrains. You really appreciate your bike much more when it's topped with a luxurious piece of Italian furniture.

Get the Kurve for around $350 with carbon rails (185 grams) or for $139 with aluminum rails (225 grams).


Ethan Wolff-Mann is the Deputy Editor at Supercompressor. His ass is wide awake. Follow him on Twitter @ewolffmann.