We didn't see this one coming. A saddle designed to be 29er specific? That is what Fizik
is claiming. Here is how they explain it...
"Called the Thar, the new perch addresses a number of issues that riders and bike fitters were facing with big-wheeled mountain bikes. The changes in frame geometry needed to accommodate bigger wheels often result in shallower seat angles and longer top tubes, which tends to move the rider's weight further back relative to the wheelbase.
"The key design element of the THAR saddle is that the rails are 25-millimeters longer, with the extra length being added at the rear. This gives a usable rail length of 95 millimeters and, because the rails are effectively offset more to the back, there's scope to move the saddle considerably further forward. Positioning the saddle further forward corrects the weight distribution on long 29er frames, improving climbing performance and enhancing front-wheel grip. The result is a well-balanced ride with no fighting to keep the front wheel on the ground on steep climbs, leaving the rider able to focus on pedaling.
"Another unique feature is the shortened tail of the saddle; this gives improved clearance to the rear wheel if a dropper post is used. The height of a 29er rear wheel can limit how far the seat can be dropped, but the Thar’s shape fixes that.
"The THAR also includes a choice of two Tuner Inserts. These Nylon spacers effectively change the amount of tension along the top of the saddle shell, allowing the rider to customize the flex in the saddle. With the Soft insert, the top of the saddle is able to flex a little more for extra comfort. Riders looking for a solid pedaling platform and who are willing to compromise on comfort can use the hard insert."
The Thar solves a problem we didn't know existed, but any product that offers the rider more options in dialing in their riding position should be a good thing. We will try to get a Thar and give it a full Mountain Bike Action Field Test.
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