If the Look 795 Aerolight took the prize for the sleekest looking bike we saw at the Bike Place show this week, the award for best looking piece of smaller kit has to go to the Fabric ALM saddle.
From the same people who brought you Charge bikes, Fabric saddles launched last year and has certainly built up a decent amount of momentum ever since and we featured the Fabric Scoop saddle in our Christmas Gift Guide.
If the Scoop, starting from £39.99, might be seen as a bit of a bargain, the top-of-the range ALM, with models at £225 and £249.99, most certainly is not. We haven’t had a chance to ride the Fabric ALM quite yet, but if the beautiful design is anything to go by, we think it might just be worth the expense.
Designed in collaboration with Airbus, both the base and the rails of the ALM saddle are constructed from carbon-fibre, and the company claims that the seamless construction will offer the same level of comfort offered by a traditional leaf spring design.This allows Fabric to give minimal padding on top, thereby keeping weight to a minimum. The two models available, the ALM Ultimate and the ALM LTD come with an ultra-light PU foam pad and a laser etched buffalo leather cover respectively.
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As you’d expect from this level of engineering (and this price), the final product is incredibly light, with the ALM Ultimate barely troubling the scales at 120g.
We’ll be looking to get a Fabric ALM saddle in for test as soon as possible, but in the meantime head over to the Fabric website (opens in new tab) for more details.
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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
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