Spine Concept realises that
cyclists have varying degrees
of flexibility. Human flexibility
affects riding behaviour when
cycling in a high performance
position. Correct behavioural
movement permits the cyclists
perform at maximum output
and at maximum comfort for
extended periods of time.
come on man… if you are more flexible, especially through your hamstrings you are more likely to be more comfortable with a longer reach/lower drop stem, what happens when you reach lower? your pelvis is on a different tilt, hence the interface between your sitbones and soft bits is going to differ between different people and their saddles.
I havn’t even read their reasoning, but I assume it is along the above lines.
EDIT: and obviously there are exceptions to the rule, just like everything else.
^ You’re right Sime, but surely that is only one small factor in choosing the right saddle. Selle Italia and Specialized on the other hand go about sizing via width, ie how wide your butt is. That to me seems like a much more sensible approach.
It’s not just ‘one small factor’ it;s one large factor.
Specialized offer three core road saddles, each of their specific shapes arn’t too foreign to what fizik are doing, they just offer three widths aswell.
But that’s the point isn’t it- they give you width options. I’m assuming Fizik don’t.
And in any event even if you can touch your fucking toes, that says nothing about the actual setup you have got on your road bike.
And at least Specialized use a real scientific paper and not animals as the basis for their designs.
The Fizik Snake should instead ask ‘Do you slam your stem like a freaking Pro and run a 400mm seatpost??, then the Snake is for you!’