Tioga has confirmed that counterfeit versions of Spyder saddles are being manufactured and sold, around the world, by unauthorized distributors and/or individuals to unsuspecting customers, particularly via internet. Distinguishing authenticity of the Tioga Spyder saddle may be difficult at a glance. Upon close inspection, however, the poor quality of materials and workmanship of counterfeits are readily exposed. Still, many customers are unaware that they are purchasing a counterfeit until the saddles are put to use. Tioga cautions customers from purchasing products from any source other than its authorized distributors, dealers and resellers.