- Sheds mud well
- Good price
- Could be lighter
The Fabric Scoop Elite Shallow is a Cro-Mo railed saddle with 3 shapes to suit riding style, the shallow style one tested is a very comfortable, well constructed saddle which bench marks what a decent saddle should be.
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Sat on chromoly steel rails, this 142mm wide, 282mm long saddle uses a plastic base that gives a really good amount of flex for comfort. It never feels too flexy, either.
There soft foam padding gets a waterproof covering that's smooth and easy to move on, but not so smooth you slide around while pedalling hard. Its also easy to clean, and doesn't hold mud due to the smooth top and lack of channel.
This Shallow profile is one of three the Scoop comes in – the others being Flat, aimed at head-down aggressive pedalling, and Radius, for those who sit upright and take it easy). Shallow sits in the middle and is for all types of riding.
The Scoop is similar to the Fabric Line I tested a while back, but it lacks a channel – fine by me as, whilst comfy, such channels can just fill with mud and water off road. Even without one, the Scoop is comfortable from the very first ride, and stays that way over many miles.
It has enough space to move around when climbing technical trails, and the neutral, shallow shape is fine for sitting down and spinning out miles when you have to. Though lacking the obvious scuff guards and fabric patches of others, both the cover and the rails are tough enough to easily endure the usual abuse.
It may not be the lightest thing out there at a claimed 266g, but for the price you probably won't mind – the Fabric Scoop Elite Shallow is an excellent saddle for most riders, offering a great blend of comfort, ruggedness and performance.
I had à scoop shallow saddle (not elite) on my topstone. It was ok until I started ridding three days for bikepacking. And then it was not at all comfortable. May be the bad size? Anyway I changed it to a Brooks B17. It is not comparable!