Hey, all. I purchased a new Fizik Arione Wing Flex saddle at my local LBS last night. It's narrower than the stock Fizik that came with the bike - and I can tell from my first impression (about 10 miles) that I'm going to like the feel/performance of this seat.
Anyhow, the seat was installed by my local LBS (a one-man shop), and I also purchased new tires (Schwalbe Stelvio), a new Topeak trunk, new pads for my disc brakes, and some other odds and ends.
I really like my local LBS guy - he's friendly, knowledgeable, always going that extra step. Last night he noticed how dirty my bike was, so he threw it up on his outside stand, pulled off the wheels, and cleaned the chain, cassette, chain rings, etc.
Anyhow, this morning, as I'm about to get on my bike, I look down at my seat and notice two little bits of the leather right at the tip of the nose that seem to be protruding as I view the seat from above.
Viewed from the front, it is clear that there are two pin sized holes in the leather. If you drew a line between them, it would be horizontal, and the holes are spaced about 1/8" apart. The leather is red at this area, and whatever material is underneath is white - so, of course, they show up clearly.
I hate like heck to have to complain about this to my local LBS, but, I am obviously annoyed about this little flaw. The seat I replaced saw me through 2800 miles without any bruises or tears, and, although I doubt these little pinpricks will develop into larger openings in the leather, it just bothers me that a brand new seat would have these flaws. I don't know if they are factory flaws or if, somehow, this happened during the installation.
I picked this item off one of those wall displays and did not notice any defect at the time, but, then, I didn't inspect it with a fine tooth comb, either.
So, would it be anal of me to return this saddle for exchange?
I'm curious to get a read on what some of you would do in this situation. I've done enough business over the years that I'm certain the LBS guy wouldn't give me a hard time about it, but, the reason I continue doing business with him is because he's one of those good guys, always fair, reasonably priced, and to be relied upon for sound advice concerning all things "bicycle."
Thanks for your thoughts.