I've been riding Fizik Aliante saddles for years. I recently built up a gravel bike, so I thought I'd give the Scoop Radius a try, since it's half the price, about the same weight, and has a similar shape to the Aliante. I find the Scoop just as comfortable as the Aliante. I've ridden several hundred miles on it, and am still very pleased. It's a little longer than the Aliante, which I like. I'm going to order a second one for my travel bike.
What's not to love about this saddle? Well it comes in a variety of colors to match just about any paint scheme. The saddle is very comfortable on par with Selle, fitzit, and an array of other saddles too many to mention. Did I mention styling? Fabric has that covered as well. The Scoop Cromo is the one defintive example where form and function align to provide a seat worthy of a place in a museum of art. (I digress) . But, should you require a saddle that stands alone at the top of the heap, this should be the throne where your tush resides.
I bought this saddle for my commuter, so I ride almost daily with it, but rarely more than 10 miles. It was comfortable out of the box, is lightweight and has a minimal look, which I like. Overall I think it is a good purchase if you are looking for a nicer saddle without breaking the bank.
After a slight pitch adjustment I forgot I had a new saddle. That is until I rode one of my other bikes and started really feeling it 20 minutes in. I'm sure it is part of Fabric's diabolical plot, but I'm planning on buying more for my other bikes. If you want no frills, great colors, and comfort out of the box, there isn't really a reason to keep looking beyond the Fabric Scoop. Also I got the white model and wrote customer service about cleaning it. They were fast, polite, and provided great advice (any degreaser will work, but they like brake cleaner).
I mtbroad bike about 50-70 miles per week, mostly on the mtb. I was getting saddle sores from my older setup, making most rides less enjoyable than they should've been. After reading great things about the Scoop, I went for it and so far so good. Saddle sore is much better and I'm thinking about the ride more. Build quality is great - nice and sleek.
What a saddle! If you like classy looking saddles that feel great then the fabric scoop is for you. Wide enough to accomodate ample American asses and just plush enough to keep you comfy over long rides. What else could you ask for?
Fabric is making some nice saddles for reasonable prices, and if you prefer a saddle that is fairly narrow and firm, this Fabric Scoop Elite Saddle may work well for you. For longer rides (over 100 km), I'm finding the Fabric Scoop Gel Elite Saddle and the Fabric Cell Radius Saddle to be a little more comfortable because they are slightly wider and softer. Whichever model suits you, thumbs up on Fabric.
Sized, shaped, and fits very much like a Charge Spoon, but this Fabric Scoop is more comfortable. The cover's coefficient of friction is about perfect (you can move but it's not slippery) and overall quality appears very high.
To make it perfect for my 230 lb. carcass, it should be just a smidgen firmer, but I am very pleased with my new Fabric Scoop.
When I first got on this saddle it immediately disappeared under me. Without a doubt the best shaped saddle out there (at least for me). There is a definite lack of padding however so it gets hard after about 30 minutes. That's my fault, not the saddles. I bought a thin get padded seat made for this type of saddle which should help. Haven't tried it yet. But this saddle is a definite keeper.
I bought this to replace a WTB Speed Progel on my commuteradventure bike, which is an Origin8 CX700 frameset built up with quality components and wheels. It's a Monster Cross bike that can take up to 29x2.1 tires. It sees a lot of road miles for commuting and fitness as well as gravel rides, rails to trails and forest rides. I have 630mm wide30mm high riser bars on it, no drops.
I had the WTB Speed Progel on it for about 1,200 miles this year. It was ok, I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it, either. And sometimes, it really just didn't feel all that comfortable. I have the Speed Comp on my XC bike and I like it better. I thought I'd give the Fabric Scoop Radius a shot after reading about them. I have my bars level with my seat and according to Fabric, the Scoop Radius is for riders who have their bars like this.
I've only got 150 miles on it at this point, but I like it more than the Progel. It's lighter, more supportive and more comfortable. I feel like I'm not wasting as much energy due to the padding compressing when I'm on the gas. It's comfortable with or without a pad as well. I bought the Elite BlackBlack model with hollow Chromoly rails. It's mounted to a ZIPP Service Course alloy seatpost w 20mm setback.
I'd recommend it if you're looking for a comfortable, lightweight saddle that won't break the bank. Be sure to read which saddle profile fits your riding style and body position on the Fabric website.
Best seat IMO out there.. have one on both MTN bikes and one on my road bike.. I've used several different brands and although you can get used to just about any seat this one you forget about it.