Fabric Line Seat - Review

Sep 10, 2015
by Jeremy Muskat  
Fabric Line saddle review

Fabric Cycling is a relatively new company whose roots started as a producer of accessories for Charge bikes in the UK. Eventually the quality of the accessory line provided Fabric the opportunity to become their own independent brand. Fabric's goal is to be innovative with their design and manufacturing in order to improve on classic gear like seats, grips, and water bottles.

Fabric's Line saddle has a simple elegant look and comes in enough colors to complete anyone’s kit. Its slim design is achieved with two full length pads that are split by a central relief channel on a flexible nylon base. The widest part of the saddle is 134 mm and is the narrowest saddle that Fabric offers. The central relief channel is claimed to decrease pressure on the pudendal artery, preventing numbness or discomfort below the belt. The rails of the saddle are modeled after a leaf spring suspension design which creates a comfortable saddle with minimal padding.

The Line saddle comes with the choice of chromo or titanium rails. All of the saddles are black and the nylon base and the split are highlighted in color. The chromo version is available in black, blue, green, red, or white, and the titanium just in black and white. The 240 gram chromoly railed version is priced at $39.99 GBP (approximately $60 USD), and the titanium railed option costs $54.99 GBP (approximately $85 USD).

Fabric Line saddle review
The rails modeled to act like leaf spring suspension.
Fabric Line saddle review
The central relief channel and thin padding.
Fabric Line saddle review
A full colored nylon base.
Fabric Line saddle review
Bird's eye view.




Pinkbike’s Take:
bigquotesWhen I first sat on the Fabric Line it didn't immediately stand out as anything extraordinary - after all, it is a seat and worked really well for sitting. I decided to put it to the test and set out on some of the most uncomfortable rides I could think of, including one that starts with a 10 mile dirt road climb at just the wrong angle of elevation. In the past, this particular climb has forced me out of the saddle in order to revive my privates that had fallen asleep. Surprisingly, the Line saddle fixed this. The central relief channel worked as claimed, and it worked so well that I was able to sit for the majority of the climb without any numbness.

My quest to make myself uncomfortable on the Fabric's Line continued, and on some rides, I even removed padded shorts from the equation. Like any seat, I achieved discomfort, but only the normal soreness from a long day on the bike. The Line's performance was impressive, and I also appreciated the fact that Fabric was able to incorporate a relief channel into the seat without sacrificing its modern aesthetic.

I did manage to accidentally scratch the nose of saddle when I dragged it along the camper shell of a truck while removing the bike from the back. This was not the fault of Fabric, but my fault for not being able to control my excitement to get on the bike. Other than that scratch the saddle has proven to be durable and has remained free of any creak or squeaks. For riders who are considering updating their saddle and are looking for a slim and comfortable option, the Line fits the bill, and I'd say for the price, it is even worth it for the rider who only cares if their seat matches their wheels.
- Jeremy Muskat

http://fabric.cc


54 Comments

  • + 46
 I am reading a saddle review… I have officially reached a point of boredom so extreme that even politics could suffice.
  • + 37
 I can't know for sure if that saddle's straight or not, but it doesn't look it and that's causing me severe mental agony.
  • + 0
 Also, what post is that? Looks like a KS eTen but it isn't black.
  • + 1
 Thompson maybe?
  • + 1
 a fraction to the right?
  • + 7
 It's a KS Dropzone.
  • - 5
flag helibike (Sep 10, 2015 at 23:01) (Below Threshold)
 is that a slit on the tip?
  • + 10
 @helibike : Read the review.
  • - 1
 Reading......pftttt Not when there is bike videos and porn on the net. But really.... ya ok fine
  • + 1
 Gah! I didnt see it until you said that! Now im on the verge of rocking myself to sleep in the fetal position!
  • + 1
 The post is a Drop Zone. Oops, someone already answered that.
  • + 19
 Wait this isnt $368? PinkBike did a review on a product that a majority could afford?!
  • + 9
 From a guy: Is it more masculine to lose feeling below the waist and deal with it, or use a female saddle and know your junk is alive? After trying several high end saddles I settled on a wsd seat from specialized and I know my "junk" is riding with me. Is it better to feel like a man riding a women's bike or a woman riding a man's bike?
  • + 8
 i went to Specialized Headquarters in may and was actually surprised that many men are using the Womens MYTH MTB saddle. It was a super wide cradle for your balls forward of where most cut outs are. So when you are climbing and getting agressive, the loose lip cup fits the jewels perfectly.
  • + 14
 There is nothing wrong with riding a woman's saddle if that is what helps you physically. Would you rather ride a men's saddle that gives you junk issues and tell a woman: "sorry can't have fun cause my junk is dead from riding a male saddle" or ride a woman's saddle and be able to bump some Marvin Gaye afterwards?
  • + 7
 Man nothing gets me going like bike saddles!!!
  • + 1
 How I choose my saddle- "hmm, what's big and comfy and less than $25 on Jenson USA...? This one? Ok. Done."
  • + 2
 How I chose my last saddle: " Man I cased the $h!t out of that last jump and bent my saddle rails really bad, lets see what the bike shop at the foot of the mountain has in their used bin. An old no-name saddle take-off from some mid-level bike? $10 you say? perfect!"
  • + 4
 I have (had, before bike was stolen) a Fabric Scoop and it was the most comfortable seat I ever sat on. My sausage got numb after extended riding so I'm particularly interested in getting this one as a replacement.
  • + 4
 I own the fabric scoop. Looks sweet and feels great. They sell them in different widths. I've owned wtb, fizik, bontrager, selle italia. The fabric has been the best.
  • + 2
 Saddles are really important.

Over the years I have never found a comfortable one. I have bought expensive saddles, that had great reviews from the public and magazines, but they were never really that comfy. I just bought WCB volt something or other, second most expensive, but that wasn't great and I am probably going to sell it.

Ironically, I was forced to ride my 1992 Cannondale M1000 in June because my other two bikes were under repair. The saddle on that bike cost $10 ten years ago from a bargain bin at a LBS. It isn't really that padded but the shape fits my backside like an armchair. It looks crappie on my Trek Remedy, but not having "numb bum" after a 40-km ride makes the world of difference. When it finally breaks I shall look for the updated version and hope that works.
  • + 6
 Seat of the pants stuff here
  • + 8
 Trust pinkbike to get to the bottom of it.
  • + 12
 The article was a bit padded but comfortable to read if you cut out the middle
  • + 2
 Yeah butt!
  • + 3
 I just bought a Fabric Shallow saddle a month ago. The most comfortable saddle I've owned in 25 years of MTB.
  • + 3
 Can't wait for the seat to come out, me and be junk has been waiting for it for months now. All hail the boners!
  • + 1
 Ti-rails, and that centre relief at that price sounds awesome, I might have to get one for my cyclocross bike and my XC bike.... Definitely have that numb problem on big sit down rides sometimes,
  • + 1
 Is this one going to make the most horrendous creaking noise like the Charge Scoop? Felt like the rails and plastic shell were coming apart all through every ride and ruined an otherwise excellent saddle.
  • + 2
 If you ever experience creaking, I've found the dripping a bit of chain lube into the rail/saddle contact point resolves the issue.
  • + 2
 Tried every possible cure, it doesn't work.
  • + 2
 I am also having the same creaking issue with the Scoop and emailed Fabric. They said they will exchange it if it keeps creaking after cleaning the seat clamp and trying to lube the rails...
  • + 1
 it's not $60, @scott-townes. it's $85.

the other price was gbp, as I recall. I'm too lazy to scroll back up and look though. : )
  • + 2
 Certain to receive a seated ovation
  • + 1
 Line Elite MSRP $119.99 CDN (Chromo Rail)
Line Race MSRP $149.99 CDN (Ti Rail)
Shipping mid-November.
  • + 1
 who is the distributor ??
  • + 1
 OMG the rear pic of the saddle where the rails are held looks like a pair of balls......
  • + 1
 Would be nice to see a direct comparison with the Scoop. Same, different?

How does the channel handle rain/mud?
  • + 1
 Ti version needs all colors too.
  • + 1
 Charge Spoon it is everything I need.
  • + 1
 I've never used this saddle, but it looks like quite the ass hatchet.
  • + 2
 The Fabric/Charge saddles are deceptively comfortable. The only complaint I have about my Scoop is that the exposed plastic on the sides hits my legs when hitting aggressive stuff with the saddle dropped. but it is fun to say ass hatchet
  • + 1
 Anyone else have a Fabric seat start creaking on them?
  • + 1
 Would love to try one! "The Right" seat for my junk has been illusive!
  • + 5
 'Elusive' or 'illusive'? Either way, it's always good to have one's junk sorted!
  • + 1
 Where can you buy this?
  • - 1
 Still $100 after taxes. Not cheap enough!
  • + 2
 $40 in taxes? where do you live?
  • + 2
 Hmmm, still have $100 or be able to feel my nuts. That's actually a pretty hard decision. $100 can be well spent at the titty bar to revive your nuts though.
  • + 1
 Probably in California.... Where I can vouch for that tax rate!
  • + 1
 @scott-townes

@ReignMan942 is correct. Good old California. Oakland, to be exact. Where our tax rate is 10%.
  • + 11
 @pancakeflatted I'm no math teacher but I'm pretty sure 10% of $60 is not $40...
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