The shell has the right amount of flex.
It allows you to anchor your seat bones really well. I find this saddle really irons out the annoying high frequency vibration. This makes this saddle idea for the types who race gravel bikes.
I've used the regular Fabric Scoop saddles with success. When the Carbon Rail model went on sale I decided to pick one up. The 200 gram weight helped lighten my bike a little, plus the carbon rail model is even more comfort than the regular Fabric. The saddles shape reminds me very much of another one of my favorite saddles the Fizik Aliante. Highly Recommended...
After first trying the shallow model and discovering that it just wasn't quite right - something about the shape and padding created some friction just medial to the sit bones that made long rides a little more irritating that they should be - I gave the carbon rail flat model a try. It's really unbelievable what a millimeter or two of padding and profile does for comfort. This is the right saddle for me and my road bike. If you aren't familiar with Fabric saddles, they have nailed simplicity of form and function. These things are pure genius as far as I'm concerned. No staples, stitching, or hardware (aside from the rails). It's just the molding and the seat cover.
I bought this saddle on a little bit of an impulse when it was on a flash BTD sale. It is fitted to a Cannondale CAAD9 I've had for 8 years. I never paid much attention to my older entry level Selle saddle, even though I've always had discomfort on rides longer than 50 miles. I am a big person, 6'4' and 200 lbs, and this Fabric scoop saddle in the shallow profile has been great. I just did a Century with minimal discomfort, a first. I initially mounted it to an basic Cannonade C2 alloy seatpost, and in addition to better supporting my sit bones, I noticed a small decrease in vibration over chip-seal roads (not nearly the magnitude of damping I got from larger, 25c tires, but still something). Contrary to some reviews I've read online, I do not think the microfiber bonded cover looks cheap. However, it is true that it is slippery compared to most saddle covers. I think this only comes into play if you like the front of your saddle tilted downwards aggressively- you might slip forward more easily with this cover.
I would recommend checking out Scoop's USA webpage, especially their FAQs for help with fit and info on the different profiles and models of saddles offered httpusa.fabric.ccsaddles I wrongly assumed carbon was the most plush riding rail material, but they note that their Ti rails are best for comfort. Since I'm not a weight weeny, in hindsight I'm not sure it was necessary to get the carbon rails.
As somewhat of an aside, I've found that subtle 2-3 degrees of saddle nose down is perfect for me, but I had to upgrade to a seatpost with infinite up-down adjustment before I could dial this saddle in.
Purchased this to replace a light race saddle that was giving me some numbness. Tried both the flat and the shallow and prefer the flat model. Highly recommend for someone wanting a little extra comfort over a hard race saddle but still with the performance!
Bike seats are difficult to recommend but I have no trouble with this seat for it rides perfect and made different from any other seat on the market. Try one at the lowest price and the seat is just as good as the lighter seats. I have tried so many different seats and this seat is the best fit for me.
I purchased three of Fabric's saddles Two carbon railed ones, and one titanium, in all of the different curvatures shallow, flat, and radius. They are as comfortable as any saddle with maybe my WTB laser being more comfortable. That is great. I also like that they do not have a leatherpleather or other type of cover on them as this just seems cleaner. What I have not liked about them is the strength of the carbon rails. I broke both of the carbon railed versions in the first 15 months. The first was two months in when I came over a whoop hot and put a lot of pressure on the saddle. The whole thing exploded off the rails. Fabric replaced that one. Then, a year later, pressing through a xc race course with miniwhoops, one rail gave out on the second original saddle. This one is out of warranty so I am out of luck. I have never broken a saddle before, and weigh 154 lbs. You can say that I took a risk in getting the lightweight saddles, and you would be correct. Still, the saddle is advertised to be capable of being run on a cross country mtb. It is not like I am downhilling or that I am some clydesdale, or that I even crashed. Compare the Fabric warranty (12 months) to that of Shimano xtr, Crank Bros, or Chris King.
Saddles are alway a personal preference thing, but for me, the Fabric Scoop it the one. I have, like many, been through more saddles then I care to remember. After reading a ton of reviews in which no one had a bad thing to say about them, I took the gamble, and bought a Scoop Shallow based on my riding position, and have not looked back. On my first test ride, I immediately knew I had made the right choice. So much so, that I rode a metric century a couple of days later with no pain. The padding , along with the built in flex, makes this saddle disappear under me. My experience with it on my road bike was so positive, that I turned around and put another one just like it on my gravel bike. Again, the same great results of comfort in even more demanding conditions of gravel roads. If you have questions about which one to get, go to the Fabric website and have a look to see which one will fit your needs best. I can't recommend these saddles enough. They are not the cheapest saddle, but for a happy bum, they are worth every penny.
This one feels so good that you don't think about it. The nylon base gives more than the carbon fiber, and costs less. The rails are carbon, not sure why that matters, might be a few grams lighter than steel rails, who knows. The closest I've come to this fit is the Fizik Kurve bull, at over twice the price, but it's plastic frame wore our my bibshorts.
My sit bones have gotten a bit sensitive the last few years. I ordered this seat after talking to your customer service. It's on my mountain bike, is comfortable, hope the problem is solved. I'm about to order one just like it for my road bike. RAGBRAI is coming up!
Had been using various models of the Fizik Aliante, including the R1 that this replaced. This saddle was perfect right out of the box, no need to micro adjust to get it just right. Best comfort vs weight out there. Highly recommend. Just bought the Titanium version for my daily commuter. Selling off my Aliante collection.
34 years of racing, riding, and endurance events has had my rear end on many different saddles from Sella Italia, Sella San Marco, Brooks, Fizik, and more. However, in the end I'm a convert Fabric is the most comfortable saddle I've ever ridden.
The saddle is comfortable for long rides and at the same time the carbon rail makes it light weight. Now this is not one of those ultra light weight saddles like Arione R0 etc., but its a perfect balance of weight, padding and comfort. The way the saddle is constructed is so logical. Amazing piece of engineering! I have it on 2 of my other bikes. Would definitely recommend it to others.
Even more comfy than the ti-railed version. If you're looking for a saddle that's even better than the Aliante, this is the one. The Fabric Scoop shallow saddles have become my go-to for roadcxmountain. It's great to have a single saddle that works on everything.
I was so excited to replace my 10 year old Fizik Aliante for the above saddle. My first impression of the Fabric on my bike was OK but after a short while my butt (bones) were hurting. I could see that coming the night before when I really noticed barely any padding on the saddle. I mainly got this saddle because of the awesome reviews. I am not saying the saddle is bad, just it did not work for me. I read some reviews where Fizik saddles don't agreed with some people then others loved it, this Fabric Scoop did not agree with me.
I use my Fabric scoop carbon saddle on my Madone 4. I was struggling to find a comfortable seat and finally found one with this great saddle. It has a slightly longer profile so one has more options to find that sweet spot we all look for.