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Old 09-08-08, 09:11 PM   #1
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Broken Brooks?

After 3500+ miles on my trusty Brooks Swift, I returned from a ride yesterday to discover that the tensioning bolt had cracked just in front of the tensioning nut. I was just wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience with their Brooks saddles? I've read alot of threads and can't remember ever seeing anything about a failure like this. FYI: Wallingford has replacement parts for these saddles and I was able to order a replacement bolt for $16. It remains to be seen how difficult it will be to get the bolt back in though.
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I've put about 45,000 kms on mine without a bolt failure.
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My former ride partner was the buyer of my Brooks Pro, and after PBP last year, was tensioning it when the bolt broke in the same place. Fortunately, it was on the outside of the nut, so the saddle was still viable to ride.

I haven't spoken to him since to see what happened as far as replacement went; he probably used his frame-building skills to fashion a new bolt. The saddle was very well used despite its relatively low age (five years).
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I have seen one or two, but they were on very old saddles. Given the number of Brooks saddles being ridden and the number still in service as well as the miles/kilometers that they get ridden, it doesn't sound like a major issue. At least you can get repair parts!

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After 3500+ miles on my trusty Brooks Swift, I returned from a ride yesterday to discover that the tensioning bolt had cracked just in front of the tensioning nut. I was just wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience with their Brooks saddles? I've read alot of threads and can't remember ever seeing anything about a failure like this. FYI: Wallingford has replacement parts for these saddles and I was able to order a replacement bolt for $16. It remains to be seen how difficult it will be to get the bolt back in though.
Been there; Done that with a Swift Ti. It was about a year ago the bolt broke, *and* the Ti piece riveted to the saddle nose developed a crack and broke and bent starting at the bolt hole.
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