I really wanted this to work out.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I really wanted this saddle to work out. Long time Aliante user from the Gamma to the Team to the Versus, Versus X, and now R1 and R3. I first tried the R3, and it just didn't "fit" when I rode. Exchanged it for the R1, thinking the different shell materials might have the saddle ride differently; still didn't work out. The nose of the saddle has definitely gotten narrower, as I've done side by side rides with bikes with previous iterations. Out of the series, I favor the Versus X Carbon and just bought a second one to replace this Aliante R1. I'm running the Versus X with Kium rails on my cross bike as that bike isn't weight conscious. I definitely prefer the wider stance of the previous iterations, and the Versus X cutout really does relieve pressure from an over zealous chamois. The R1 just gives me epic wedgies after two 30mi rides.