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A relatively new player in the saddle game, UK-based Fabric has been seriously impressing us with its budget-minded saddles as of late. Built with clean lines and efficient materials, the saddles don't look or feel like the cheaper option; instead, they're well-executed, practical designs. Each of the five saddle families the company makes is constructed with a different purpose in mind, with the Line saddles entrusted with the goal of improving long-ride comfort. Slim and lithe, the Line Race Saddle comes with a pressure relief channel along its entire 270mm body that aims to reduce numbness and improve circulation on long days.
You don't have to exclusively spend more than six hours in the saddle for every ride to experience the effects of poor bloodflow and inefficient weight distribution out on the roads. Whether you ride an hour a week or are logging as many miles as you can fit in, the Line Race's blend of subtle foam cushioning atop a nylon base helps to limit road chatter and reduce fatigue for however long you're outside. Calling the Line Race's nylon base "flexible" may give the wrong impression, but it's a relative comparison we're aiming to make. Next to some of the masochistic carbon race shelves we've seen, the Line Race is undeniably flexible, but it doesn't yield so much to your body movements as to inhibit your efficiency or power transfer.
The saddle itself sits atop hollow titanium alloy rails, which lend impressive strength and the promise of durability to the setup without adding much weight, and a waterproof microfiber cover wraps around the entire saddle. Soft and supple, the cover protects the saddle's internals from the elements while providing a smooth interface between itself and your bib shorts.
- Improves long-ride comfort without draining your budget
- Pressure relief channel improves circulation
- Light cushioning and flexible nylon base absorb road chatter
- Hollow rails blend everyday durability with low weight
- Item #FAB0009
- Q & A
Not my tried and true Flite ...
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
... but with the classic Flites becoming more rare, it was time for me to try a new saddle.
You can tell right away if a saddle will be wrong, but not if it will be right. So far this saddle is working. The Line's profile is similar to that of my old Flites, and initial impressions are that this could be a really good saddle for my purposes, but I definitely need to put in some more miles to be sure.