Once in a while, a brand comes along and creates something out of left field to try to scramble the marbles of the competition. Oftentimes, the "groundbreaking innovation" works just fine, but other times, it may just change the standards altogether. European industrial designers at Fabric are hoping to do just that.
A new company, as of early 2014, Fabric makes an array of enthusiast and up-market bicycle saddles to fit every rider's leanings—the ALM (designed by Airbus Group engineers), Line, Scoop, Tri,
and Cell. Their philosophy is simple: Keep it simple.
Their latest, the Fabric
Cell saddle adds something beyond foam and standard plastic to the mass market. And it's ideal for weekend warriors who don't follow the rules. Though a bit heavy for enthusiast
riders where every ounce counts, the still light Hex-air cell design takes a page from the book of the Nike Air, adding rebound and spring, plus it's extra-wide and far more supportive for
all-day comfort. Perfect for people with wider sits bones, too. The boon is a better, comfier ride for longer so you can crank out the miles.
The Tech: Based off of the below Nike Air Max technology, the Fabric Cell wants to gives your ride a lift with elevated, forgiving, responsive technology. "Each cell compresses individually to maximize comfort at all times and keep its shape throughout the life of the saddle," according to the company's website.
This sweet saddle is out in September 2015.
When you sit on it, you notice it's a little wider and that if you have an actual butt (like I do) that this may be a promising ride after all. I sat on it expecting pillows, but it's not that,
but the give that you feel creates a springy effect, like shock absorption when riding on uneven Brooklyn roads or off road.