Fizik TEMPO ARGO R5 Short Nose Endurance Saddle : S-Alloy Rail

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Equally at home on Gravel as it is on the road, the new Fizik Tempo Argo R5 saddle brings stability and optimal weight distribution for consistent power delivery and all-day comfort

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Season : 2020
Code : FTAR5
Weight : 0.4KG

The Fizik range of Argo saddles are a bit of a game-changer. We know you've probably heard that before but given our experience with it so far, we're confident in the statement!  Check out our thoughts on the range on the Blog :

Complementing the existing range of superb short-nosed Fizik Argo saddles, the new TEMPO ARGO R5 is a versatile endurance road saddle with generous ischial support that encourages stability. The simplified finish and alloy rail help to deliver the key benefits of the Argo range at a more cost inclusive price. 
The Argo range is a product of the Fizik Concepts programme, a cross-disciplinary collaboration of leading industry experts and academics carrying out research and analysis on technology, design, physiology and bike-fitting in search of ways to improve cycling performance. The result is a dramatically different saddle. Where a traditional saddle shape encourages riders to shift their position frequently for better leverage, Argo puts the rider in a more planted position, making for greater stability and better weight distribution.
The Tempo Argo’s short length allows the rider to sit further forward without placing undue pressure on sensitive tissues. It also features an ergonomic cutout that was developed using detailed pressure analysis and input from medical experts.
Tempo Argo has been engineered to deliver a riding feel that suits the balanced geometry of today’s all-purpose road machines. Its short-nosed design and ergonomic cut-out relieve soft tissue pressure. The padding is made from fizik’s Type 2 foam formulation, slightly thicker around the ischial sit bones area to support a more upright riding position. The cushioning is softer and more progressive than the type used on Fizik’s racing saddles, providing long-distance comfort.
The Tempo Argo R5 comes in S-alloy-railed R5 specification, available in two widths: 150mm or 160mm.
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Technical Information

Tempo: Versatility road series designed for the most enjoyable riding experience
Argo: versatile short nose saddle that encourages stability and reliefs pressure on soft tissue area
R5: a combination of a ride compliant carbon reinforced nylon shell and an S-Alloy rail
Wingflex: the shell's side edges flex and adapt to rider's inner legs movement
Type 2 foam: progressive cushioning, with lower compression modulus.


  • Length: 265 mm
  • Width: 140 mm
  • Weight: 225 g
  • Height at 75mm width: 45 mm
  • Length from nose to 75mm width: 114 mm
  • Rail: 7x7 mm



  • Length: 265 mm
  • Width: 150 mm
  • Weight: 232 g
  • Height at 75mm width: 45 mm
  • Length from nose to 75mm width: 114 mm
  • Rail: 7x7 mm


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    Reviewed by Derek,  On 03/06/2020 15:24:13

    Bought this after coming across Jeandres blog write up on the saddle and a long chat with him on the phone. I was looking for a new endurance saddle after a 2 year love/hate relationship with a Brooks Cambium, which really was beginning to annoy me on rides >3 hours. Great service from the guys at 700. Saddle arrived as expected and was exactly how they described it. Very well finished, nice and light despite being the heaviest of the 3 models, and the cutout made it accessing the clamp screws so much easier for fine tuning saddle angle. As it was 2 years+ since I had fitted current saddle, decided to fit Fizik from first principles. Inside seam and heal-on-peddle both gave almost the same measure so used that - more on this in final "Lessons Learned" paragraph!!! Adjusted fore/aft to knee over peddle axle and set up level as starting point. So to first ride - immediately quite different from the Brooks - the padding definitely added an immediate comfort missing on the Brooks. After around half hour though could "feel" the saddle again my inside thigh just where the saddle widens out. This became really annoying but persevered as a "breaking in" issue and it lessened and disappeared over a couple of rides - it was just a matter of getting used to Fizik. All in all, liked it, that is until I reached 3hr+ when it started to get generally uncomfortable. Net, I put around 500km over 2 weeks and while it was great on shorter rides, it just wasnt doing it for me on longer ones. Given the "Lesson Learned" from initial fitting, I refitted my Brooks from scratch and went out on it - it was like re-meeting a long lost friend. Did a 5hr+ ride following day and yes, butt was beginning to feel it towards the end, but I was back in love with the Brooks. The Fizik is not a bad saddle in any way, but the Brooks is better for me. As to the Lessons Learned - for what ever reason, I was riding the saddle some 30-40mm too high!!!! Having reset to the new (dont want to use correct - Im no expert) height life is so much better. Rides are more comfortable, Ive more power which is resulting in faster rides, and easy rides are just delightfully easy. Yeh, 5hrs+ non stop in a saddle still becomes a bit uncomfortable towards the end, but nowhere near what it was. How did I get to such a wrong height - really dont know, but I have loaned out my bike on occasion and suspect someone hasnt returned saddle to my height and I havent noticed!!! Hope this helps.
    YES Derek would recommend this item
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