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BROOKS SADDLES - OLD MEETS NEW?(7 posts)

BROOKS SADDLES - OLD MEETS NEW?Paul XXX
Jul 20, 2003 2:09 AM
OK I don't ride road bikes, but I need your help?

After riding MTB's for almost 10 years, I have still not found a
saddle I can do more than 20 miles off-road without getting a sore
arse. My current saddle is a Selle Italia Flite Gel Titanium. After 2
years it is no longer comfortable and the stitching is worn.

After researching all the top branded saddles to add to my new Santa Cruz
Blur I came accross an old English company "Brooks" who have been
making leather saddles for 140 + years http://www.brookssaddles.com

I'm interested in their top of the range Swift model
http://www.wallbike.com/Swift.html, it's not cheap at $150.00 but
very retro and strange looking on a full suspension rig.

Has anyone used one of these saddles before for aggressive x-country MTB'ing, is it
comfortable and suitable for cross country trails? Your comments
would be helpful in my decision making.

Paul
YesFarmer John
Jul 20, 2003 3:12 AM
I have used a Brooks off road. It was an older saddle and it killed it. Too wet, too often.

Water, the bane of leather saddles.
YesPaul XXX
Jul 20, 2003 5:04 AM
I heard this also...but where I live in Israel it only rains 3 weeks a year, at which time nobody rides anyway due to severe flooding. I forgot to mention, that I heard all leather saddles are good for hot climates, this is also important in my decision making.
re: BROOKS SADDLES - OLD MEETS NEW?TheJoker
Jul 20, 2003 11:09 AM
Have a gander at the Azonic saddles. The Love is nice, and the Lounge is huge...
Leather + water not the best - how wet are your MTB rides? (nm)Kerry Irons
Jul 20, 2003 5:37 PM
Leather + water not the best - how wet are your MTB rides? (nm)Paul XXX
Jul 20, 2003 11:16 PM
It only rains here 3 to 4 weeks a year, so getting wet is not a problem. I put the same posting on MTBR and 2 people commented that the Brooks is harsh when you mover your body around on technical trails, you risk getting whacked by the hard leather and metal, this they say can be very painful. Has anyone else experienced this.
re: BROOKS SADDLES - OLD MEETS NEW?kilimanjaro
Jul 21, 2003 7:56 AM
I would e-mail call wallbike to see what he recommends. My understanding is that the swift is designed for roadbikes with the handlebar 1" to 2" bellow the handlebar. He may recommend a different saddle. I think Wallbike has a six month return policy to make sure you like your saddle.

My understanding is that Brooks can be ridden when wet as long as you wipe it dry afterwards.