Charge’s sister company Fabric releases several new products including some interesting new saddles
Based in Frome, Somerset, Fabric is making a name for itself as a brand that thinks outside the box. It definitely appears like it looks at the status quo and wonders how it can shake things up- as shown by its revolutionary water bottle.
In total Fabric has three new saddles in the pipeline to join its established Scoop and ALM. The new saddles are the Cell, which is built for comfort and aimed at more leisurely riders, the Line that is for riders with a more aggressive position and those who could benefit from a central cut-away, and lastly the pre-production Tri saddle which as the name would suggest is aimed at triathletes and time triallists.
In addition to the new saddles, Fabric has also developed two new cycling tools, the Co2/lever kit and the impressive Chamber 13 function tool.
Fabric’s established saddles are themselves definitely worth a mention. The Scoop has a classic appearance and uses Fabric’s three piece design of a nylon base, micro fibre top and high density padding.
Fabric says there is a Scoop for every rider since it is available in three different profiles- the Flat for an aerodynamic position, the Shallow for performance and comfort, and finally the Radius for an upright position.
Further, the Scoop is available in several colours and can come with a range of rails, from the entry level Elite Cro-mo (RRP £39.99) to the top of the range Ultimate Full Carbon (£159.99). Having ridden the Flat with titanium rails I can confirm it is a comfortable ride.
Named after Additive Layer Manufacturing, the ALM is a great looking saddle. The rear mount points of the rails are to the outer edge of the base rather than the standard position. Fabric claims that the way that the rails have been designed dampens road vibrations and promotes optimum flex across the saddle. The ALM felt very light when picked up and as you’d expect with a top end carbon saddle it costs over £200 ( £225).
Now on to the new and exciting stuff.
The Line saddle has a narrower profile (134mm) than the Scoop. The 1cm deep split runs from the back of the saddle to almost two thirds of the way across the saddle. The nose of the saddle is filled in but has a slight indentation. As is common across the Fabric saddle ranges the Line is available in several colours. We have a Line saddle to test, if it lives up to our expectations the price is a steal with the Elite Cro-mo costing £39.99 and the Race Titanium £54.99.
The Cell looks a little different/unique, not necessarily a bad thing. It definitely looks like it is designed for a rider leaning more to comfort than speed. The Cell is said to use unique air-sprung technology which helps distribute the rider’s weight evenly across the saddle. If it is the saddle for you it will set you back £49.99.
The saddle I was particularly intrigued by is the pre-production Tri. With the large channel, it looks similar to some other time trial specific saddles. However, there are a few instances where it sets itself apart.
The first being the drainage indents, followed by the central relief channel which is not open meaning you won’t get soaked by road spray. Arguably the most impressive feature, which could interest long distance time trialists, is the rear bottle cage mount which can be fixed securely to the saddle. The Tri saddle will cost £54.99 for cromo rails and £64.99 for titanium rails.
As mentioned, it wasn’t only saddles that were being revealed. The Chamber 13 function tool looked really sleek with its shiny finish. Available with a fixed head or ratchet head (£29.99 or £34.99 respectively) this multi tool could be a good option for your longer winter rides when you need to be prepared for the worst.
The Co2/lever kit looks nice, but rather simplistic which may appeal. It is made up of one Co2 cartridge, two levers and a Co2 head that works with Presta and Schrader valves, all of which is bundled together and attached to your bike with a durable silicone band. I can’t dispute that the bundle looks nice, but whether the silicone band passes the test of time we’ll have to wait and see.
I look forward to testing the latest Fabric products in the coming months.
For more details please go to Fabric.