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Replacing your stock saddle certainly can mean investing a significant amount of time and money, but it doesn't have to. We commend brands like UK-based Fabric for crafting saddles out of affordable materials that are accessible to a range of self-sponsored cyclists. The brand's Scoop line fits this description aptly, and Fabric fittingly makes it in three different shapes to accommodate different riding styles.
If you're just getting into racing, the Scoop Flat will have the aggressive profile you're looking for to pair with your aero bars or slammed frame geometry. If being in an "aero" position no longer holds much appeal for you, the Scoop Shallow encourages a more natural body position in the saddle as you duck into your drops and onto your hoods over the course of a ride. And if you're commuting and favor comfort and practicality over speed, the Scoop Radius' upright orientation is ideal. While each saddle's shaping varies significantly, Fabric kept construction the same throughout each, using a nylon base engineered to flex so that you don't feel every pebble or piece of road grit you ride over. The forgiving nylon sits atop hollow titanium-alloy rails, which manage to be both durable and light without nudging the saddle's price to extreme highs.
Though Fabric favors minimal designs for the Flat and the Shallow models, both come with the same bit of foam cushioning as their more forgiving sibling, the Radius. The padding adds some long-ride comfort and helps to absorb road noise, but Fabric showed restraint when using it to make sure you won't feel as though you're perched atop a pillow. Finally, a loyal waterproof microfiber cover protects the afore-mentioned internals from the often cruel elements, equipping the Scoop to become a fixture on your frame for the rides, races, and commutes to come.
- Accessible range of saddles accommodate a range of riders
- Available in upright, endurance, and race profiles
- Flexible nylon base provides a forgiving ride
- Sparing foam cushioning for long ride comfort
- Durable waterproof cover protects saddle's internals
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