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Buying Guide:  Fabric Saddles

Designed for everyone.

The Fabric saddle range has been designed to cater for all kinds of cycling, every saddle is intended to be used across any cycling discipline, allowing the same saddle to be ridden across multiple bikes.

Simple three part manufacturing.

All Fabric saddles are versatile because we have stripped everything back to the simplest form you can create a saddle in: Cover. Base. Rails. By making the saddle this way, Fabric have made them more comfortable, because they have less components and they’re lighter too.

Fabric vs Tradition.

Typically, saddles are made by pulling a cover tightly over a hard foam which creates imperfections and hard contact points. By bonding the foam directly to the base, the saddle can flex freely generating comfort from the chassis and we’ve been able to use a softer foam.

The result:

A multiple award winning saddle range that is suitable for every kind of cyclist.

Positions and profiles.

Fabric link your riding position to the saddle profile you need. Profile defines the shape of the saddle; Flat, for the most aggressive riding positions through to Radius, for sitting upright. As a cyclist sits more upright, they require the most padding because the saddle needs to support most their weight, but in an aggressive race position where the cyclist is leaning towards the front of the bike, less weight is focused on the saddle and a flatter more even surface is required to move around on.

Flat Profile.

The Flat profile has the flattest rear section and the lowest amount of padding. This profile is designed for the most aggressive riding position; the rider in this position will be pushing the hardest through the pedals. The Flat profile also has a thinner nose to allow better leg movement.

Shallow profile.

The Shallow profile has a more rounded rear section and medium padding. This profile is for riders leaning forwards, in a more natural riding position; typically, the handlebars will be slightly lower than the saddle with the rider’s weight being split between the saddle and handlebars more evenly, requiring less padding on the saddle.

Radius profile.

The Radius profile has the roundest shape through the rear section and maximum padding. The Radius profile is designed for an upright riding position; typically bikes in this category have handlebars slightly higher than the saddle, causing the rider to sit taller and requiring the most padding to support their weight.

 

The Scoop Saddle

The Scoop saddle has comfort by design. Traditionally, a saddle cover is stretched over foam padding and screwed and stapled to the base. By separating cover, base and rail into three discrete pieces, we’ve eliminated the stretch and tension, and been able to use a softer foam as a result. Available in three profiles, with three rail options and a choice of carbon or nylon base.
Weight: 266g | Length: 282mm | Width: 142mm

• Cro-mo rail
• Flexible nylon base
• Micro-fibre bonded cover
• Available in three profiles

 

The Line Saddle

Based on the award-winning Scoop saddle, the Line uses a split, single piece, full-length pad with a central relief channel to decrease pressure on the pudendal artery. The Line is supremely comfortable for longer days in the saddle. Available in two specifications and two widths.

Weight: 242g | Width: 142mm | Length: 270mm

• Cro-mo rail
• Flexible nylon base
• Micro-fibre bonded cover
• Profile: Shallow

 

The Cell Saddle

The Cell saddle has comfort at its core. Compressible pyramid cells, similar to those found in high-end running shoes, are at the centre of its three-piece design. An airtight seal prevents the cells from collapsing completely, meaning they always have more ‘give’ to give.

Weight: 355g | Width: 155mm | Length: 282mm

• Waterproof cover
• Air-sprung pyramid core
• Flexible nylon base
• Profile: Radius

 

The ALM Saddle

Innovative design, pioneering techniques and fresh thinking created the Fabric ALM; The perfect blend of low weight and high comfort is achieved from the carbon fibre leaf spring rail and base, designed in collaboration with engineers at Airbus Group Innovations.

Weight: 140g | Width: 142mm | Length: 282mm

• Rails: Carbon leaf spring
• Base: Flexible carbon
• Cover: Micro-fibre bonded
• Profile: Shallow

 

The Tri Saddle

The Tri saddle is compact, feature-rich, and designed specifically for triathletes and time-trialists, with integrated bottle mount and a central pressure relief channel that also acts as a drain for swim water.

Weight: 240g | Length: 240mm | Width: 134mm

• Cro-mo rail
• Flexible nylon base
• Micro-fibre bonded cover
• Flat profile

FAQ’s

Why are Fabric saddles better?

Fabric saddles are constructed from just three parts, each of these have been optimised to give the perfect balance of comfort and performance.

Why are Fabric saddles more comfortable?

Because Fabric saddles are bonded together, they’re not held restrained by the cover being staples to the base, the traditional method increases tension in the base making it stiffer. Fabric saddles not only flex in the base, but they use a softer foam.

How do I choose a Fabric saddle?

By starting with your riding position, your riding position effects the amount of weight that the saddle needs to support - the more you sit upright the more cushioning is required to provide comfort, as more weight is transferred forwards you require less padding and a flatter surface to move around on.

What about a road or mountain saddle?

Fabric focus on providing comfort where body and bike meet. We have professional athletes using the same saddle across multiple-disciplines. Fundamentally a saddle needs to support a cyclists weight and be comfortable, no matter what kind of bike you’re on.