AX-Lightness Saddle Line Review

By: Art Penz

AX-Lightness Apollo Carbon Saddle

The AX-Lightness Apollo has a very traditional saddle shape and benefits from a center grove that starts just behind the nose of the saddle and runs to the split in the rear. This grove helps reduce perennial pressure and numbness while improving blood flow. Only the Apollo has this feature.

The AX-Lightness Apollo is an impressive 74grams and has a maximum rider weight of 176lbs. Its 127mm wide and 270mm long, just slightly larger than the AX-Lightness Phoenix and smaller then the San Marco Aspide - which it looks very similar to.

Weight: 74grams

AX-Lightness Endurance Carbon Saddle

The AX-Lightness Endurance saddle is 135mm wide, which in saddle terms, means it will cater to the largest audience. It's 279mm long, meaning it gives the most room for you to move around on. Check the Life-Size to see how it compares to your current saddle.

Compared to:
Selle Italia Flite Endurance is 5mm wider and 1mm shorter
San Marco Aspide Endurance is 3mm wider and 1mm longer
Fizik K1 Carbon - Endurance is 5mm wider and 21mm shorter

Weight: 78grams

AX-Lightness Phoenix Carbon Saddle

The AX-Lightness Phoenix is one of the lighter saddles with a more defining quality then weight alone. With the saddle flipped its unique leaf sprung rail system is reveled. The AX-Lightness Phoenix rails blend into the front and back of the saddle with a standard round rail section for your seat post to clamp onto. (Traditional rails are round and mount directly to the base of the saddle). The leaf system, improves ride quality by absorbing more road vibration. Oh the marvels of German engineering ultra-light and designed with comfort in mind.

The saddle is 125mm wide and 260mm long with the rear slopping allowing you to push off the saddle.

Weight: 58grams

AX-Lightness Sprint Carbon Saddle

The AX-Lightness Sprint saddle is 124mm wide, which in saddle terms, puts it on the smaller side. It keeps a longer length of 274mm giving you a fair amount of room to move back and forth.

Weight: 72grams

All of the AX-Lightness saddles are constructed in Germany by hand in a slow and meticulous process. AX-Lightness doesn't bolt or screw their rails to the saddle shell but rather goes through the process of molding them together during the manufacturing process. This creates a monocoque construction which fully integrates the rails and shell. This greatly improves the saddle's strength and ability to absorb road vibration.

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The Author is owner of We Keep You Cycling, they have the parts to keep you riding, from SMP Saddles to AX-Lightness Carbon Saddles.

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