Preview: New Tools, Bottles and Saddles from Fabric

by David Hayward 2

Chipps will be checking these things out a bit more at Press Camp this week, but as well as racing (and winning the Women’s Sport 4!) at Mountain Mayhem this past weekend, our correspondent Beate Kubitz got a closer look at some new things from Fabric. All of the items below will be arriving August 2016.

Tools:

Sixteen tool, £21.99:

Fabric Sixteen Tool
Aluminium side pieces keep the weight down.
Fabric Sixteen Tool
Fabric Sixteen includes a chain breaker.

Beate: “Nifty, comprehensive tool with chain tool included. Super tactile and quite satisfying in the palm, which comes in a can’t go wrong weight. Nice sensible price all rounder”. One of four tools Charge will be offering in the UK, with some going right down to roadie/weight weenie offerings, this was the most MTB specific.

Chamber Multitool, £34.99:
Fabric Chamber Multitool
Here’s a tantalising first shot of their new Chamber multi-tool too; a ratcheting, reversible tool that contains a variety of bits covering all the hex, torx, phillips, and slot head bit sizes you’re likely to need on the trail.

CO2 Lever Kit, £19.99:

Fabric CO2 Lever kit
The Fabric CO2 Lever kit has a handy rubber mount to tie it to your seatpost.

Beate: “The CO2 Lever kit has a rubber pack that fastens to your seatpost. I know that it’s sad that I like this, but it appeals to my inner (not that inner really) racer.”

Bottles:

Following the launch of cageless bottles last year, the range is expanding, starting with this 750ml bottle, for £11.99:

Fabric 750ml bottle
Shown next to it’s 500ml cousin.

Also brand new is this insulated 600ml bottle, for £15.99:Fabric 600ml insulated bottle

They’re also launching a cageless tool keg for £12.99. Each item in the range comes with a pair of mounting studs, so no need to buy them separately.

Saddles:

The saddle range has some new additions too. Firstly, the women-specific Scoop Gel will be available for £44.99:

Fabric Scoop Gel
This is a cutaway view that shows where the gel inserts are. The saddle itself has a smooth cover just like the rest of the Scoop range.

It’s comfort focussed saddle in a 155mm width, with a shorter nose and added gel inserts. This is positioned as an entry level women-specific saddle, with more on the way in other specifications and widths. Don’t be put off by the gender specificity; if you’re a man with wide sit bones, it’s in gender-neutral colours for those sweet delicate sillyheads who worry about being seen with non-masculine hues.

Side view, Fabric Scoop Gel

The Line saddle also now comes in 142mm width as well as the 134mm size it launched with. A seat for every pelvis!

Charge also had some bike lights on show, apparently made by a diving lights manufacturer, and a full range of new pumps, from micro to track. Expect more from Chipps later this week, and for now, you can also see a few more sneaky product photos on the Fabric Instagram.

Comments (2)

  1. as I said last time you published the fabric stuff, the chamber tool is missing a huge, blindingly obvious, feature: a hex driver opening in the vertical axis so you can use the tool like a screwdriver for the low torque/high speed stuff. Why wouldnt you?

  2. Good news on the larger bottle, well impressed with my 500ml one

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