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Anyone have experience with Velo Orange saddle?

Old 07-28-16, 09:43 PM
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Anyone have experience with Velo Orange saddles?

Has anyone had any experience with Velo Orange saddles? I've had a hard time finding a wide enough saddle that fits me well, dosent break the bank and also looks good, especially on C&V bikes. I stumbled across the Velo Orange saddles the other day and was wondering if anyone had any experience with one. I was interested in the microfiber touring model, that has a nice look to it and I think it would look good on an older bike, thanks!
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Old 07-28-16, 09:48 PM
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I currently have that microfiber saddle on my city bike (an old cheap mixte) after moving its Brooks to a new project.

It's quite wide and comfortable, I think best for a bit of an upright position. The material looks a bit like suede, but not quite. The saddle is quite tacky/grippy compared to the leather than I was using before, which you might or might not like. I prefer a bit of a smoother surface.

From an aesthetics perspective it is clearly well-made, but it does not look at home on my particular vintage bike.
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Old 07-29-16, 05:13 AM
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I have a Model 6 which I obtained in trade from another BF member. It is well-made and looks good. It is uncomfortable for me so it is not on a bike at the moment.
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VO also sells hammock leather saddles, copied after Brooks.
These are the same Taiwan saddles branded by Cardiff.
I've heard they're hard to break in, but if you're looking for a long-life saddle (outlast lower grade Brooks) they're an economic choice.
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Old 07-29-16, 08:25 AM
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I don't have experience with the saddle you show in the photo but have a few of the leather ones. I've found you really have to stick with them; eventually they'll become very comfortable. I have an older model three that I gave up on a number of times before finally doing just about everything you shouldn't do to leather saddles, ie mink oil and saturating with water. It also helped to release some of the tension as they come drum tight. It's now one of my most comfortable saddles. The VO leather saddles have some kind of material laminated to the underside which seems to interfere with the molding process. The narrower ones also work better with lower bars higher saddle, at least for me.
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Old 07-29-16, 10:33 AM
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I also have a Model 6, reasonable break in and comfortable.
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Old 07-29-16, 11:34 AM
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I have a #5 sprung saddle on a Raleigh Sports. It was comfy from day 1.
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I have used a Model 5 (sprung) on my city bike and a Model 6 on my road bike. I have no complaints or problems.

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