Fabric’s new mega-light ALM saddle. With added Airbus!

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Back in 1994, you weren’t a proper mountain biker unless you had a Flite saddle. It was very minimalist, didn’t weigh much at all (even compared to modern saddles) and, well, it looked bitchin’. Then there came the carbon Flite, which had a (very shiny and slippery) pure carbon weave top and titanium rails to blow everybody’s minds.

Nothing has quite had that same effect until recently when Fabric (and Charge) Cycles teamed up with Airbus to design and 3D print some minimalist titanium rails for its minimalist carbon saddle. In the end, despite the ti rails being a success, it turned out to be cheaper and lighter to just make the whole thing from carbon.

The Fabric ALM Ltd saddle is now available for that museum-grade build you’re doing, coming in at a svelte 130g for a £249 price. There’s a superlight, laser-etched buffalo hide top – and that’s about it. However, given that the saddle rails stretch from nose to tail, they claim to offer a good amount of comfort.

 

The comfort’s in the shape, top and rails. The covering is to stop you slipping off.
Mmm… comfy! Or at least that’s what you’re hoping.

There’s a 10g heavier version, called the ALM Ultimate, that features a hint of padding under a vacuum-formed leather top for a slightly smaller £229. It still features those swoopy rails.

You can see the hint of padding on the left here. Just.
We can’t think of any other bike components with an ‘Airbus’ logo on them.

The saddle will be available from Cannondale Sports Group dealers or direct from Fabric.cc

Chipps

Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (3)

    That’s silly money which is kinda ok because its aimed at the silly money target market, from my perspective quite why any logical person would want to spend that much on a seat remains a mystery.

    beautiful and, if like the original Flite, will last years and years and be comfy too.

    Is the final production product still 3D printed? If so then whilst the price is currently a bit bonkers you can well imagine it coming down in the future for this or subsequent products. additive manufacture has so much promise, it’s almost worth having one of these as a momento of a nascent industry

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