Okay... So I accidentally won a Swift on ebay. I had just received a bonus pay check for some free lance work, was checking out bike components on ebay, came accross a Swift, casually entered my max bid, and then I went out of town and won the auction.
The saddle was listed as "new Brooks Swift Ti saddle, simply mounted and ridden for a short ride" and the photos presented a clean, unscathed saddle. However, upon arrival I noticed some peculiar things.
Is this saddle a lemon? Is the craftsmanship poor or am I over examining it? Should I mount the thing?
PHOTO 0: Looks nice, eh?
PHOTO 1: The nut and bolt... Doesn't that nut look like it's been cranked pretty far for a brooks that has only been taken on a "short ride"? The whole bolt is threaded so I assume the nut once started at the nose, right?
PHOTO 2: The "Brooks" signature on the back... 1. Looks cheap as hell 2. Looks poorly mounted 3. I have never seen this version/logo before. Am I just uncultured?
PHOTO 3: Craftsmanship again... This is the back, left, underside. There is pretty large gap between the leather and the titanium.
PHOTO 4: Black Arrow points to "Made In England" Shouldn't there be a number branded in the center, underside of the saddle(white arrow)?
PHOTO 5: Is it me or does it look like the frame once included bag loops, which are--obviously--no longer there?
PHOTO 6:A few of the rivets are noticeably coming off the leather. Cause for concern?
PHOTO 7: Shouldn't the rail say Titanium? As it is the Swift Ti?
Another crappy rivet shot and the underside gap between leather and titanium, yet again.
What's the consensus?! I appreciate the help and hope I wasn't overly thorough. As I said, wining the auction was an accident so I want to be sure this is worth paying that cost.