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Description

What’s the Scoop?

The Fabric Scoop Ultimate saddle uses top-shelf materials and a simple design to keep things light and comfortable. The Scoop saddle comes in four varieties: Elite, Race, Pro, and Ultimate. The Scoop Ultimate starts with carbon fiber rails and a carbon fiber base.

Fabric says its Scoop Saddle is "designed for everyone," and that’s exactly what it is. Like many of today’s bicycle saddles, the Scoop is designed to work with road, mountain, or cyclocross bikes. Unlike many of today’s saddles, however, the Scoop gives you options for fit, feel, and style. You can choose between two different base materials for the Scoop saddle: nylon or carbon fiber. The Scoop Ultimate comes with a carbon fiber base. This base is both lightweight and comfortable. The Scoop also offers three different rail material options. The Ultimate model comes with Fabric’s 9mm oval carbon fiber rails, which are both the lightest and stiffest in the line.

The Scoop saddle comes in three different shapes, which vary in curvature from tip to tail. The three shapes are Flat, Shallow, and Radius. Which saddle you choose depends on which saddle is most comfortable for your body type. All of Fabric’s Scoop saddles feature dense polyurethane foam for cushioning and a waterproof microfiber shell fabric, which is available in either white or black.

  • A lightweight cycling saddle designed for competition
  • Carbon rails and body leave no gram un-shed
  • Microfiber cover grips without abrasion
  • Light padding adds comfort without muddying ride quality
  • Fabric's clean lines and muted aesthetics match today's understated stealth race frames

Tech Specs

Rails:
carbon fiber
Shell:
carbon fiber
Cover:
microfiber
Seat Length:
282 mm
Seat Width:
142 mm
Claimed Weight:
[flat] 162 g, [radius] 180 g, [shallow] 182 g
Recommended Use:
cycling

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Difference between the Ultimate and Pro

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had been looking for details about differences between the Scoop Shallow Ultimate vs Pro but wasn't able to find anything too helpful. I was interested mostly in the flex of the saddle base between the two but there doesn't seem to be a review of the differences.

I initially purchased the Ultimate Shallow version. I was surprised to see on the scale the actual weight was 202g, not a big deal but expected it to be less than the advertised weight of the Pro. Installed it on my bike and it was a big improvement from the stock saddle, enough of an improvement that i moved it over to my gravel bike. It was also a big improvement over the Specialized Phenom i had on it. There is considerable flex to the carbon base, much more than I expected after reading other reviews. The leaf spring rails and flexible base are true to Fabric advertising.

I like the Scoop Shallow well enough to have also ordered the Pro version for my gravel bike. I received the Pro and the weight was 197g, even lighter than the carbon Ultimate version. The Pro definitely has more flex, feels even more compliant than the Ultimate. I am happy to have this on my gravel bike and prefer it over the Ultimate for gravel. Haven't had the Pro on my road bike to be able to tell if there would be too much flex.

Overall I am happy with the seat, lightweight and comfortable. Five star seat but four stars for the differences between actual and advertised weights.

Avg. ride time: 4h 58m per week
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This could be the one ...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is for the Scoop Ultimate, Shallow, 142mm. I've put about 1,000km on it on my 'cross bike under winter riding conditions and so far am loving it. I'm 190cm, 95kg. I typically run a "flat" saddle and my saddle to bar drop is ~13cm on my 'cross bike and ~19cm on my road race bike. I've tried many many different saddles, virtually all of the high end saddles out there and my favorite in terms of comfort for long 150km+ rides has been the fizik kurve but I've never had one last more than about 10,000km which is less than a year. The kevlar fabric that suspends the seat cracks under the sit bones and it's game over.

The first ride on the Scoop was 90km right out of the box with the same set up as the Prologo I've been running and it felt great. It's winter so all my rides are in the 2-10C range but even with the low temp it is very comfortable and after the first 300km or so and some minor position tweaking has pretty much "disappeared" which is a good thing. Seems to be very well made and probably the most comfortable saddle I've had. I'm reserving the 5th star for after I've had a chance to do a couple of 200 km rides on my road bike to see how it feels and after I've got a few thousand more kilometers on it to see how it holds up. At this point it's looking like a real winner. I'll update the review in a few months.

Scoop Shallow Ultimate 142mm

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm 6 foot, 210 lbs and purchased the 142mm. I started riding while I nursed a shoulder injury for something to do until I could go back to crossfit. I have tried several saddles since getting a road bike. The Specialized Phenom saddle that came with the bike was way too firm for me. I tried my Fitzik Allante VS saddle from my mountain bike, but that seemed uncomfortable after 20 miles. It works on my mountain bike because I don't normally ride more than 20 miles at a time. I also tried the carbon Fitzik saddle, but don't recall the name. It was way too firm and went back after only a few rides. The second best saddle I tried was the Specialized Avatar. I kept searching, because I wanted to find a saddle that I didn't notice on rides longer than 20 miles. I didn't want to have to keep changing positions to be comfortable.

So far this has been the most comfortable saddle and doesn't make you feel like you've just been released from prison, so to speak. I will keep putting miles on this one, but feel like it's a pretty good saddle for me. I don't find myself changing positions all of the time and it's nice and smooth so if you do shift, it doesn't seem to grip your shorts like the Specialized Avatar. I probably have over 500 miles on this saddle and will update this post if something changes. I'm trying to build up to a century ride, so a lot more miles are in the forecast.

Stiff Yet Comfortable

    I have ridden the nylon and carbon shelled versions of this saddle and the carbon shell is noticeably stiffer. It tends to raise my perineum off the saddle but provide a bit more pressure on the sit bones. Still trying to find the right shape for me.

    Avg. ride time: 2h 7m per week
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    Perfect Saddle?

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have been running Selle SMP's for the last year and decided to give the Fabric a try. Put it on last week, only had a ride around the block to see if it was set up correctly, then rode 60 miles with a fast paced group with one stop for water. Unbelievably comfortable! And, the shock absorption from the design can really be felt......meaning very comfortable! The SMP's have the large cutout for the "soft" tissue and after 60 miles with the new Fabric I had no discomfort or numbness........don't know how it works, but its great. Going to buy one for my hard tail mountain bike!

    Avg. ride time: 3h 3m per week
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    Perfect saddle

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have the shallow version and was coming off the fizik kurve chameleon and bull. This is the first saddle that I don't feel after 40 miles on my CAAD10. I've converted my other bikes to use this saddle as well.

    Avg. ride time: 6m per week
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    From Fizik Arione R5 to Fabric Scoop

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I rode on a Fizik Arione for a year, and endured semi-painful rides. I'm close to 200 lbs, so the bumps were pronounced. I made the switch to a Fabric Scoop saddle a couple of months ago, and I'm loving it. Beforehand, I felt like I could only ride twice per week tops, and definitely not back-to-back. But with the Fabric Scoop, I can ride twice that amount. The main reason is because of how the Scoop flexes when you hit bumps, taking away some of the abuse from your sit bones and "t'aint" area. Totally worth the investment.

    Avg. ride time: 11h 27m per week
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    Close to Perfect

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I ride 150 to 200 miles a week and have an intermediate position--not flat and not upright--with limited time in the drops. This saddle felt good from the start and feels like an old friend as the number of rides on it increases. The padding is fine for an older person whose glutes have basically disappeared and the shape is great for my style of riding. The looks of the saddle are awesome and the surface feels fine, although it grips a bit more than other saddles I've ridden. I can recommend this saddle without reservation and the fit and finish are well worth the money.

    Which version do you have - flat, shallow or radius ? I'm trying to figure out which one is closest to my ProLogo Scratch Pro saddle.
    Thanks.

    Avg. ride time: 1h 41m per week
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    AWESOME Saddle

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Was going to take a long time for my warranty on the Alm to be fulfilled so Fabric gave me one of these as a fill in. I am not Craigs-listing my Alm. This is teh best saddle I have ever ridden. I run the flat, and it is just pefect. As said below, you don't realize it is there, which means it is doing exactly what it is supposed to do. Can recommend this saddle highly enough.

    Is the Scoop Flat the same shape as the ALM?

    Short break-in, now I forget it's there.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I purchased the "flat" profile, 142mm to replace a saddle of similar shape/profile which I loved. I spend most of my time on the bike in a low position, and according to the Fabric web site, the flat profile was recommended. (http://fabric.cc/shop/saddles/scoop/). Un upright riding position should be best served by the "Radius" profile, and in-between position would use the "Shallow" profile.

    My initial concern was the lack of a cutout channel, but that has not been an issue at all. The first ride I did on the Scoop Ultimate was about 50 miles, hard pace. Not the ideal way to "test" a seat, but I had limited options. As would be expected, it did not feel great that day. After a few more sensible rides and a few small adjustments in position, the next big ride was a 60+miler at race pace with lots of flats and a solid 10 mile-isn climb to finish off. That's where the Scoop felt great, sitting back towards the end of the saddle suffering through the climb. I legitimately forgot I was on a new saddle!

    The microfiber covering is comfortable and seems to have a good balance between providing grip and letting you easily move around on the seat. Being waterproof is a plus, as I intend to give the seat a try on both the mountain bike and cross bike.

    So far, the Fabric Scoop has been well worth the money and I'm excited to see how it works on the other bikes as well!

    "The three shapes are Flat, Shallow, and Radius. Which saddle you choose depends on which saddle is most comfortable for your body type."

    So how do I know which saddle is most comfortable for my body type? How do I choose?

    Best Answer

    Per the Fabric website, go with the Flat if your position is low and aero. Go Radius if you ride very upright. Shallow is in the middle.