Originally Posted by Carcinogent
Thanks a lot! This is exactly the info I needed. By preliminary looks it should fit. It is nice to see people using a Brooks in combination with modern carbon fiber parts.
On a unrelated note, Brooks claim that the Swallow is their most flexible saddle, do you have a solid base to push against when doing high effort or the saddle 'eats up' some of your power? Although knowing how stiff a leather saddle is I wonder what flexible actually is....
You're very welcome.
I can't say if it is their MOST flexible saddle, but it certainly is more flexible than their B17 (I have on my touring bike).
On my Swallow, I can push the leather down to touch the seat rails. BUT a bike store near me has the exact saddle, and with both hands, I can barely move the leather, it is THAT ridgid.
However, when I got the saddle I put too much proofhide on it, hoping to accelerate the breaking-in process (the saddle cost me $400, so I thought I was doing good to try and protect the leather). In short, this softened the leather a bit too much.
Check out this thread, where I post an email conversation with a Brooks technician http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...hlight=swallow
Since then I have tightened the adjuster nut 2 more revolutions.
Being a suspended saddle it does....bounce. But I do not find this to be an issue with regard to "eating up my power." Rather, I find that if I do not use some sort of anti-friction treatment on my sitbones I will develop 2 welts there.
My conclusion is that this bounce is causing my sitbones to move against the seat, thus creating the welts due to friction. But the anti-friction stuiff I use (BodyGlide) does alleviate this quite a bit, but not 100%.
I can't seem to decide if it is comfortable or not. Some days I'm thinking it is great, other days it feels like I'm sitting on the blade of an axe. It is better than the LAST saddle I had, a Selle Italia, but I'm still waiting for the magic to happen after my third summer on it.
At the risk of putting doubt in your mind;
If I knew then, what I know now, I would not have bought the Swallow. BUT I think I made my own problem here.
I would like to trade this Swallow for a Swift or Team Pro, if I could.