Combining light-weight, most stiffness & the height of tuned Adaptive ergonomics, the brand new high of Fizik’s Argo saddle household will even match on extra bikes than ever, because of a shift to extra customary 7x9mm rails!
Fizik Vento Argo Adaptive 00 full carbon + 3D-printed saddle
The important thing level Fizik is stressing with the brand new Vento Argo Adaptive 00 saddle is the improved stiffness and extra weight financial savings that comes from the total carbon shell & one-piece Mobius carbon rails within the step up from the earlier R1 stage to this new high 00. However most likely extra essential is the shift from the 7x10mm oval rails of earlier R1 & 00 stage carbon rails that restricted what seatposts might really match Fizik’s top-tier carbon-railed saddles.
In reality, mounting every other current carbon-railed Fizik saddle to this PRO Uncover seatpost wouldn’t have been doable with out the particular set of seven×10.3mm clamps that PRO makes for fi’zi:ok compatibility.
From a tech perspective, Fizik’s lengthy naming system is kind of descriptive. fi’zi:ok Vento Argo Adaptive 00. Vento means racing – street, gravel, cyclocross, or XC. Argo means short-fit. Adaptive means 3D-printed padding. 00 means gentle & stiff with full carbon shell & rails.
Technically, the 00 is the one half that’s new, as there already was a fi’zi:ok Vento Argo Adaptive R1 mannequin with a bolstered nylon shell and 7x10mm carbon rails.
However the improve to 7x9mm Mobius carbon rails is an enormous shift, and one I hope filters by way of the remainder of the Fizik lineup. Many seatposts that clamp simply the highest & backside of a saddle’s rails just like the basic Thomson 2-bolt or Ritchey 1-bolt can work with both 7×9 or 7×10 oval carbon rails. However seat guts that clamp the complete facet of the rail – like this 1-bolt PRO design or ENVE’s comparable resolution – want particular adapters to suit Fizik’s non-standard outsized rails.
The Fizik Vento Argo Adaptive 00 saddle shares the identical 265mm general size with the opposite Argos, and is available in 140mm & 150mm widths. The 00 variations are additionally 2.5mm shorter in peak, because of the thinner carbon development.
First Impressions Putting in & Driving
This Adaptive model makes use of the identical Carbon Inc. Digital Mild Synthesis 3D-printed TPU honeycomb patterned padding, that options vastly various structural stiffness. General it feels fairly tender in hand, however extra agency & supportive whereas using.
It will get an excellent supportive really feel on the edges beneath your sit bones, solely getting a bit softer on the nostril. However the middle rear panel is tender to the contact right down to the carbon shell, whereas the identical softness central stress reduction zone appears like there’s minimal resistance as you possibly can push by way of the cutout within the carbon shell.
Fizik calls the brand new Argo Adaptive 00 the “most stiff and light-weight choice” of their short-nosed, Adaptive vary… however that’s a reasonably restricted window.
In actuality, the 140mm Argo Adaptive 00 claims a weight of 175g (ours was simply 1g heavier), or 186g for the 150mm broad model. That’s simply 15g/10g lighter than the Argo Adaptive R1, and truly a full 41g/47g heavier than the conventionally padded Argo 00.
Evaluate it to the Antares which first debuted the 3D-printed Adaptive padding, and the Argo Adaptive 00 is 7g/15g heavier than the longer & narrower Antares form.
Evaluation ideas on sturdiness
Considered one of my largest issues with any 3D-printed saddle is how its open lattice construction will accumulate dust & particles. The Argo Adaptive 00 definitely can choose up some mud and dirt. And outdoors of the central cutout within the carbon shell, the dust does accumulate within the open honeycomb.
I’ve been using with Ass Savers’ newest Win Wing rear fender to maintain heavy mud accumulation to a minimal. However I nonetheless have seen a number of little bit of dust accumulating within the open lattice of the padding. Apparently sufficient (though perhaps probably not shocking), once I rigorously turned my bike the other way up after 3 or 4 mixed-surface rides, much more dry dust fell out of the lattice than I might see when the bike was upright.
I’m undecided how that may impression long-term sturdiness of the padding, as that seize dust is sitting contained in the lattice on a regular basis, theoretically appearing as an abrasive towards the inner padding construction with each bump the saddle absorbs or each impression from my butt smashing down towards the seat.
That stated, the Fizik Vento Argo Adaptive 00 saddle is really light-weight, and it truly is snug, particularly over combined gravel & street using. So, I suppose I’m going to grind it to see what occurs…
Fizik Vento Argo Adaptive 00 – Pricing, choices & availability
It’s not low-cost. Really, it’s about as costly as saddles get.
This 3D-printed full-carbon Fizik Vento Argo Adaptive 00 is obtainable now for $400 / 400€, by way of companion retailers or direct from Fizik. That’s $100€ greater than the ever so barely heavier Argo Adaptive R1, or $100€ greater than the considerably lighter Argo 00 with standard padding. It’s actually the costliest saddle that fi’zi:ok sells. Whether or not you possibly can justify that pricetag for the stability of supreme ergonomic consolation and a little bit of weight financial savings is as much as you.
I’m curious the way it will survive the soiled lifetime of combined street and gravel using, so I’ll definitely hold using it.