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Old 06-13-05, 02:19 AM   #1
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'Normal' saddle life?

A Selle Royal trekking style gel saddle came as original equipment with my bike.

It's been very comfortable but the surface has started to split after 6800 km / 14 months, it is rapidly becoming unusable. It is also cracking or parting underneath where the padding bonds to a plastic base frame I think. I'm 83 kg, not that heavy.

Is a failure at this sort of distance normal?

I would actually consider buying the same saddle agian but would like to know up front if I can only expect a year or so out of it.

I've been reading the Brook's saddle thread an get the impression they last a verrry long time.
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Old 06-13-05, 03:10 AM   #2
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I've had the Brooks on my commuter for about 11 years.
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It,s a problem with plastic.

I have two 28-year-old Brooks that are still very comfortable, and one of them looks brand new. On the other hand, my commuter needs a "plastic" saddle every 2 or 3 years.
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Old 06-13-05, 08:04 AM   #4
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I have a Brooks B17 bought about 35 yrs. ago. It is as good if not better (more comfortale) as new.
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How many mile do you guys have on your Brooks saddles? Mine is 12 years old now, with about 50.000 miles. A crack has been developing at one of the rear rivets. I'm afraid I'll have to replace it before my next "big-trip"....... I'll get another Brooks ofcourse!
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I plan on using my current Brooks saddles til I'm well past 100....
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UPDATE:

I emailed a couple of photos of the saddle, and a description of the failure and circumstances, to Selle Royal in Italy on Monday.

I got a reply today and they have offered to replace the saddle.

That's pretty exceptional service and shows a great commitment to their product I think!
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