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Old 01-07-21, 07:14 PM
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Brooks Team Pro

So - based on a distributor e-mail, it appears that Brooks is working to trim down its leather saddle line, and one of the victims is the Team Pro Saddle (hence why it is out of stock).

Basically - being put to pasture, as they are putting more and more of a focus on the Cambium line of saddles.

I can understand why, as this saddle has a reputation for being the toughest of them all to break in. I bought one just now more to collect, but also to try out myself.
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Old 01-07-21, 07:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Het Volk View Post
So - based on a distributor e-mail, it appears that Brooks is working to trim down its leather saddle line, and one of the victims is the Team Pro Saddle (hence why it is out of stock).

Basically - being put to pasture, as they are putting more and more of a focus on the Cambium line of saddles.

I can understand why, as this saddle has a reputation for being the toughest of them all to break in. I bought one just now more to collect, but also to try out myself.
Yep, we had this discussion here,

Brooks Team Pro chrome rail

Another one of the best, coolest, iconic things in the world to bite the dust.
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Old 01-07-21, 08:05 PM
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Originally Posted by merziac View Post
Yep, we had this discussion here,

Brooks Team Pro chrome rail

Another one of the best, coolest, iconic things in the world to bite the dust.
Reminds me of 20 years ago, when all hiking and climbing boot makers save for a few (Limmer, Alico, and a few other German manufacters) ditched the Norwegian Welt style (think Waffle Stomper style) in favor of the glued on, molded soles of modern hiking boots (which always included thinner leather, and while they needed almost no break-in, they also never really molded to your foot like real leather.
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Wow, I have two of them that don't fit my a$$ (I ride much more upright than I did BITD). Maybe it's like owning a piece of art after the artist dies...
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Wow, I have two of them that don't fit my a$$ (I ride much more upright than I did BITD). Maybe it's like owning a piece of art after the artist dies...
Two (2) Team Pros? For me, as someone who rides currently only Specialized Romin, I am going to delve into riding on Brooks saddles. Why?
  • As I get older, I am less and less interested in hi-tech, and more interested in the technology of yore, and what generations before me rode. I think the technology from around 1965 to 1985 is awesome from a mechanical standpoint, in terms of what it accomplished, how it looked, and the manufacturing tech at the time.
  • I have this idea (flawed potentially), that there is this zen-like relationship one gets with the right all leather saddle that is molded to your own physique. I mean, the Romin is great.....no numbness, rarely hot spots.....but unlike an awesome pair of leather shoes or boots.....it always is "there"(*). Like synthetic hiking boots, they never are uncomfortable, but never do they have that feeling of almost being part of your foot, the way leather hiking boots or cowboy boots do.
  • I want to see if I can get to that point, where suddenly, I have a saddle that is like putting on a glove.

(*) - only non leather piece of clothing or equipment that I find does this, is oddly enough, flip-flops. The rubber kind of takes the shape of your foot to the point where it feels form fitting.
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Wow, I have two of them that don't fit my a$$ (I ride much more upright than I did BITD). Maybe it's like owning a piece of art after the artist dies...
What condition? Are you interested in selling?
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Holy cow ! I need to get the Proofide out and take bettter care of my Brooks Pro
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Originally Posted by Het Volk View Post
... do they have that feeling of almost being part of your foot, the way leather hiking boots or cowboy boots do ... I want to see if I can get to that point, where suddenly, I have a saddle that is like putting on a glove.
That's how mine is, or how mine has evolved.
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That's how mine is, or how mine has evolved.
Ditto
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During COVID my mountain bike has become my daily rider, and my Brooks Team Pro continues to serve me well, as does the newer Team Pro on the 1959 Capo.
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Ideale 90?
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Great saddle,even at $280 but still not a Brooks.

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Old 01-08-21, 05:26 PM
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Most of mine are from the seventies and holding up fine. I love them and the only better saddle I have tried is my old broken in Cinelli that came on my Colnago.
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
Wow, I have two of them that don't fit my a$$ (I ride much more upright than I did BITD). Maybe it's like owning a piece of art after the artist dies...
Yeah I not only have aTeam Pro with large copper rivets, but I also have a couple Nashbar water bottles. Collectibles!! After several years of ownership, the saddle is not yet comfortably broken in.
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