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    Brooks B17 or Swift Saddle?

    I'm looking at putting together a touring bike and I'm trying to decide on a saddle. My buddy swears by Brooks, and after a little looking around, I decided on either a B17 or a Swift? The Swift is significantly more expensive, and I was curious is this was because of the titanium rails, or because its made with better leather and somehow more comfortable. Anyone tried both?

    The Swift is way cooler looking in my opinion, which weighs heavily on my mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnolia_Fan
    The Swift is way cooler looking in my opinion, which weighs heavily on my mind.

    -Patrick
    Which is really only a factor when you aren't riding. When you are riding nobody sees it.

    -D

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    Yeah, but I'd know I was riding on an ugly saddle.

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    I have a Swift on my road bike and it's well-suited for that bike. My seat is at least 3 inches over the top of the bars in a rather aggressive riding position.

    It's a very comfortable saddle, not two-week-tour-60-miles-a-day comfortable, I'd prefer something a little wider. But it's just perfect for a 50 mile weekend ride.

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    When spending long days in the saddle, your butt will thank you for a B17. If you are worried about looking 'cool' you can spend a little extra on a B17 Champion Special, Want ti rails, you can spend even more on the ti railed B17 Champion Special. I have a CS (non-ti) on my tourer...you decide how ugly it is:



    The Swift is nice for racing bikes, but a bit too narrow for me. I have Team Pros on my roadie and xcross bikes. For long rides over multiple days, the B17 is by far more comfy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnolia_Fan
    Yeah, but I'd know I was riding on an ugly saddle.
    Don't let anybody knock you off the coolness issue. It's critical.

    On the other hand getting the Champion Special solves that problem...

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    I'm sold on the Champion Special, it looks badass.

    Thanks!

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    Get what you want. If you do not, then you will always be disatisfied. If the Swift becomes part of your but ax, then get the B17. By the end of a couple of months riding, it will not matter. You could sit on a concrete block. Comfortably.

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    Their two different saddles made to do 2 different jobs idealy. The B17 is a heavy touring saddle designed for all day comfort. The Swift is a lighter saddle and design for road racing bikes.

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    Why not consider the Team Professional? Seems to me it's a nice compromise between the 17 and the Swift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gruau
    Why not consider the Team Professional? Seems to me it's a nice compromise between the 17 and the Swift.
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    Generally:

    The 17 series is for a setup with the bar tops level with, or slightly above the saddle. Flyers, and the wider 67's also work well in this scenario. The Swift is a race type that is rarely seen on bikes for all-day/tour rides. Very nice, but probably not optimal for long range comfort.

    Imperical Fact: 17's are not ugly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnolia_Fan
    Yeah, but I'd know I was riding on an ugly saddle.
    There's an ugly Brooks saddle???
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