It's been two years since I first posted my objection to Velo Orange's concept of customer service. I have not changed my mind on that but I have done a fair amount of riding on the VO saddle that I purchased and I have to admit that the saddle is better than I expected.
This sprung saddle is a bit longer in length than the Brooks Flyer that I have on my '74 Paramount and it fits my frame just a little bit better. The leather is nowhere near as thick as the leather on Brooks Flyer or Brooks Professional I own but it did break in quickly and is comfortable to ride. The textured surface has presented no problems. I have had to tighten the leather sheet twice in the last two years; as it begins to stretch it begins to squeak. The springs react well to weight and if I remember to keep my perch bones directly over the springs they do help soak up a small amount of hits from rough riding surfaces. The springs seem to be just a bit softer than my Brooks Flyer. Other than the repairs that I had to make to the front two skirt rivets I have had no issues with this saddle.
This saddle was made for VO by Gyes in Taiwan. If you are interested in purchasing one you can find the entire line of Gyes saddles at Crow Cycle Co. in San Deigo, CA. I have posted a link to their website below. A sprung saddle from Crow Cycle Co. that is comparable to the VO saddle that I purchased is priced at $60. That's $40 less than what I paid purchasing from Velo Orange. http://www.crowcycleco.com/