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Lepper SaddlesKellyCross
Sep 23, 2002 8:00 PM
just picked one up the other day for $60 CAD, was this a good deal, was intrigued by the Reynolds 531 rails. Anyone riding this?
re: Lepper SaddlesStampertje
Sep 24, 2002 4:21 AM
Yes, I got one last year for a lot more :(

The 531 rails were used on the old model Lepper Voyager. It's easily the most comfortable saddle I have ever used (there weren't that many but they did include a Brooks Conquest).

I just ordered another one for my other bike. The new model comes with titanium rails and a slightly redesigned top. I've seen them and they still look very good to me.

N.B. I contacted Lepper about this saddle and they do not recommend treating it with oil or fat - just ride it and keep it dry. To make it more water resistant, they did suggest natural beeswax. Their addy is lepper@euronet.nl.
re: Lepper Saddlestarwheel
Sep 24, 2002 4:56 AM
I bought a used Lepper Voyageur with the steel rails last spring. It's the most comfortable saddle I have owned and the long rails make it easy to adjust. Unfortunately, my saddle broke -- the rivets that attach the leather top to the frame sheared off. I was tempted to buy one of the new ti versions, but couldn't make myself spend that much money after my experience with the steel one. I've always heard leather saddles will last for years but not in my case. Hope you have better luck with yours.
Common problemscottfree
Sep 24, 2002 5:38 AM
Internet BOB has frequent discussions about this. Their frames, rivets etc just seem prone to breakage, and usually within just two or three thousand miles. Lepper's apparently pretty good about giving you a free replacement saddle (even an upgrade to ti rails, if you push it) but you're still stuck with a saddle that's likely to break again.

Too bad. They sure are comfy, and look cool to boot.
Ouch...Stampertje
Sep 26, 2002 4:32 AM
After reading about failures on the BOB list, I took a quick look at the frame of my saddle... there are small cracks where the rails join the wider tube in the back. If you're light on your equipment (I misguidedly put mine on a 'cross bike, and I weigh 190) it could be fine, but don't go downhilling on it...