Introduced relatively recently, San Marco’s Zoncolan racing saddle features a wide, unusually expansive rear section and short, narrow, well-padded nose. The overall plan form is designed to offer a comfortable ride and enhanced range of movement while seated rearwards along with good comfort levels while riding on the nose.
For 2010 it gets the carbon-fibre saddle rails common to the Italian manufacturer’s Carbon FX range, bringing the weight of this Zoncolan model down to under 150g. These “Full Carbon Waist” rails are moulded in one piece with a unidirectional weave and 10mm deep central section to provide the desired level of stiffness. This is said to be tuned to match the stiffness of the Xsilite steel rails used for the base model Zoncolan, which sells for £99.99. The benefit of this is apparently that it allows the Zoncolan rider to fit a less expensive, heavier saddle for training and a lighter saddle for competition while enjoying the same ride sensation from each.
The upper comprises a carbon-fibre-reinforced base with a Lorica synthetic leather covering, which itself has a “Microfeel” texture, developed for football boots to improve ball control, to reduce slippage riding when in the saddle. A Carbon weave-effect strip trims the rear.
Colours are black and white for the standard Zoncolan Carbon FX, which is priced at £134.99. There is also a version with Racing Team livery, which costs an additional £5.