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Whither Brooks?(5 posts)

Whither Brooks?scottfree
Jul 10, 2002 10:12 AM
Now that Selle Italia's bought them, does anyone feel the need to buy a 'real' Brooks or two to have in reserve for coming years? Or do you reckon the new owners will keep a good thing going?

On a corollary topic, has anyone ever worn out a Brooks?
Not so much interested in SelleBrooks vs old BrooksLone Gunman
Jul 10, 2002 1:42 PM
angle, but I am thinking of adding an antique brown to my Lemond after I get it painted and putting the black to use on another one of my bikes. The paint is failing and am going to powdercoat it green, the green that is the green in the world champ rings on the decals with black decals that the LBS ordered. With red wheels and bar tape it should look like a watermelon.

My current Brooks is my first and I hope to wear it out.
I've come to the conclusion ...Humma Hah
Jul 10, 2002 2:38 PM
... that nobody ever sells a used Brooks, they just keep moving them to different bikes. A used Brooks probably means the rider died.

And you wouldn't want a used one anyway. You want to break one in to match your OWN backside. Unless you find one NOS, you'll be buying whatever is current production stock.

The website lists repair parts, so you can fix almost anything that wears, other than maybe a total frame collapse.
I am 100% sure there will be a market for what will be called...Djudd
Jul 10, 2002 4:52 PM
pre Selle Brooks saddles. I do not think the quality of the saddles will be compromised as Brooks employees are involved enough in the product to keep the quality up. However, this will not stop sellers from using the "pre Selle" tag as a selling point.
Wait and seeRay Sachs
Jul 11, 2002 4:10 AM
If Selle Royal (not Italia) significantly changes them / affects the quality negatively, there will be another round of Brooks buying mania like there was a year or two ago when they went under and it looked like there wouldn't be any more of 'em. But based on that experience, there will be plenty of back stock for the die-hards to be able to stock up, albeit at well inflated prices. If Selle Royal does right by 'em, no need to buy up the remaining stock of "pre-Selle" saddles. The way they last, I expect a couple more will last me well past the age of being able to ride.

-Ray