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fizik Adaptive 3D printed bicycle saddle opening new realms for bike tech

Not only does it look fascinating, the fizik prototype for the Adaptive saddle suggests that the bike world is hovering on the edge of an whole new realm of technical possibilities. In contrast to the common ‘additive’ 3D printing processes, the fizik Adaptive saddle relies on a different type of 3D printing called Digital Light Synthesis.

fizik have partnered with the Silicon Valley based company Carbon who have created the technology of curing resin materials (including polyurethane, silicon and epoxy… no carbon fiber) and establishing more control over the structural properties. In the case of the fizik Adaptive saddle, an Elastomeric Polyurethane material is printed as a matrix where cushioning, shock absorption and stability can be predefined.

3d printed bike saddle matrix
Photo: supplied

At Eurobike, the prototype was revealed although consumers will have to wait, fizik have suggested that it should be released before the end of this year (you can expect it to be expensive). Two sizes (139mm and 149mm) of the fizik Antares Versus Evo 00 are earmarked as the first models to be available with this tech. Although the bulk of cyclists will skip the first-mover compulsion, the new possibilities of this technology make the Adaptive saddle particularly interesting.

The nature of 3D printing allows smaller product quantities to be cost-effectively manufactured which means a higher level of personalisation is possible and more affordable. Saddle comfort is a major issue for cyclists so the process could resemble ordering prescription eyewear. Following the measurements and rider testing, the saddle matrix is created and a few weeks later the finished product is available.

If a rider is slightly physically imbalanced, instead of making a standard saddle with symmetrical halves, the saddle could be asymmetrical with minor adjustments in size and behaviour accommodating individual fit and performance requirements. This also extensions across the entire construction with adjustability of the structural properties across the entire saddle to suit.

More Info
Overview of the Carbon Digital Light Synthesis Technology
Fizik Antares Versus EVO 00 Saddles (coming soon)

Christopher Jones
Christopher Joneshttps://www.bicycles.net.au
Christopher Jones is a recreational cyclist and runs a design agency, Signale. As the driving force behind Bicycles.net.au he has one of each 'types' of bicycles.
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