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Old 03-11-14, 02:00 AM   #1
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Buying Brooks Vitesse 600 saddle

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Is this saddle worth buying?? A old bike shop still keep it and willing to sell me at USD 100.

I understand that Brooks saddle will eventually memories your shape...that's the unique key of it.

Is every model have the same feature particularly this Vitesse 600 model?

Thanks.
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I've never seen one in the flesh, but I believe the Vitesse 600 is a nylon/plastic shell design with padding and a leather covering - so it will not mold to your individual shape in the way that a traditional leather saddle (leather stretched over a steel frame) will. I would pass, personally.

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IIRC, the Vitesse saddles were Brook's first foray outside of their traditional suspension leather saddle design, most likely done in an attempt to provide something more modern and maybe a bit lighter back in the 80's when I think the other saddle makers were really eating into their sales with their similar padded, leather covered plastic based saddles. Thing was, I think most of Brook's customer base were not convinced by the new saddle and these pretty much faded into oblivion in a tough market dominated by Selle Italia and Selle Sam Marco, with their Turbos and Concors.
These Vitesse saddles had been popping up in the last few years once n a while at eBay, and they never really sold for too much out there and some of them sit for a while with no buyers as they are just not that sought after, even by most C&Vers. Saying that, personally, I would hesitate to pay more the $65/70 max for an NOS/perfect example.....and I would only be buying it because I might need a saddle asap that should work good enough to ride on and not because it's an old (Italian made) Brooks....
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Three or four years ago I found a NOS Brooks Vitesse 600 in a local bike shop. Stamped into the bottom it stated that it was made for Brooks in Italy.

The shop had tagged it for $18 when it was new, and I paid $18 for it.

I found it to be an OK saddle, but on longer rides, not so great. It looked cool, though. I wouldn't pay anything near $100 for one.





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Hi,

Is this saddle worth buying?? A old bike shop still keep it and willing to sell me at USD 100.

I understand that Brooks saddle will eventually memories your shape...that's the unique key of it.

Is every model have the same feature particularly this Vitesse 600 model?

Thanks.
It's an Italian-style saddle, made in Italy. There are a great many such saddles, and you can pay much less for one. This one is unusual in that it is labeled by a company that does not specialize in this style of saddle. In fact, they didn't even make it. So it is unusual but not at all special, at least not to me.
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100 USD? I think they're trying to take advantage of you. How much does a Brooks B-17 leather saddle cost in Malaysia?
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thanks all for your inputs.
I would take ur advice to give this a skip....since it will not mold to individual shape.

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100 USD? I think they're trying to take advantage of you. How much does a Brooks B-17 leather saddle cost in Malaysia?
I don't know...the price tag was stated RM380 and he offer me RM360 in the end.

Brooks leather saddle in Malaysia typically is selling at premium price. It is easily ferry the price at RM400-500 region. Plenty of seller here are simply want to make fortune from what they intended to sell..
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