Taipei International Cycle Show: Charge launch new Scoop saddle

New material and manufacturing process results in a very flexible perch

by Mat Brett   March 20, 2013  

Charge Scoop saddles

Charge are launching a new Scoop saddle with new technology, a very flexible base, and a distinctive look, and they reckon it’s super-comfortable.

We were just strolling around the halls of Taipei Cycle this afternoon and bumped into Charge’s Nick Larson. Lucky we did, because Nick was secreting new saddles about his person. The Scoop – as ever with Charge, it’s named after something you’ll find in the kitchen (you’ll know they’re running out of names when they call something the Manky Dishcloth) – comes with a really flexible base made from plastic/nylon.

That base is one-piece. Everything on the underside, apart from the rails, is moulded together. It makes for a really tidy look (not that the underside of the saddle is the most visible part of your bike). You can easily flex the saddle with your bare hands so we’re guessing there’s going to be a load of comfort on offer here.

While we’re gawping at the underneath, those are hollow ti rails that have been curved rather than bent – they're flowing rather than angular. Again, that's designed to add to the comfort. 

The base – or ‘shell’, if you prefer – is covered by a thin layer of PU foam. Charge can make it so thin because of the comfort you get from the other materials. Over the top of that you get a new microfibre cover that’s again very flexible. It’s all very cunningly bonded together to leave a tidy looking saddle.

The overall shape is based on that of Charge’s ever so popular Spoon saddle, although it’s a little lower profile thanks to the thinner padding. The whole design came from Charge and it belongs to them so you won’t find this saddle out there with anyone else’s name on it.

It’ll be available in a load of different colourways – black and white, obviously, but also white on black, black on white, orange, green… and a bunch more.

How much do you reckon? Have a guess...

Nope, wrong. Charge will be selling the Scoop at £45 a go. The saddle will be available some time this summer, maybe by June. More news on the arrival date when we get it.

We have a couple of Scoops to play with so we’ll let you know how they ride before the release.

Visit Charge at chargebikes.com.

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I know a few people who'll be happy with that smooth upper surface - one or two didn't get on with the Spoon because of the stitching on the cover.

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posted by John_the_Monkey [418 posts]
20th March 2013 - 11:09

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I have a few specialized toupe saddles, they have quite a flexible base and as a result i got pain after a long ride as there is not enough stiffness/support around where the rails attach, leaving 2 'points' supporting the majority of the rider weight. Hope this wont be an issue on this saddle?

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posted by STATO [411 posts]
20th March 2013 - 18:40

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Now if they did a version with a "flow" style cut out I'd buy one for each of my bikes.

Still a great looking saddle, with good design based in funcion rather than fashion and at £45, well mpressed.

posted by MadDog Madill [9 posts]
20th March 2013 - 18:46

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Weight?

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posted by TheHatter [810 posts]
20th March 2013 - 20:28

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Not sure this is aimed at the serious cyclist; you soon get used to a good quality stiff saddle and this one might well be less comfortable the more you ride.

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posted by Forester [85 posts]
21st March 2013 - 9:40

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Forester wrote:
Not sure this is aimed at the serious cyclist; you soon get used to a good quality stiff saddle and this one might well be less comfortable the more you ride.

I'd challenge anyone to get used to the Pro Logo Nago PAS I rode (briefly). I think they're outlawed by the Geneva convention now.

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posted by John_the_Monkey [418 posts]
21st March 2013 - 14:18

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TheHatter wrote:
Weight?

249g, according to the road.cc Scales of Truth.

posted by Mat Brett [1856 posts]
3rd April 2013 - 15:06

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Forester wrote:
Not sure this is aimed at the serious cyclist; you soon get used to a good quality stiff saddle and this one might well be less comfortable the more you ride.

you might be mistaking 'flexible' for 'heavily padded' there, it's not a sofa. probably about the same amount of padding as the Spoon, which has seen me happily through a 350km ride and a fair few other long ones. I prefer a bit more padding. Each to their own; the Spoon is popular for a reason.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7302 posts]
3rd April 2013 - 15:46

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