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How Light Can A Brooks Saddle Be?

Old 12-17-11, 02:57 PM
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How Light Can A Brooks Saddle Be?

I am curious (and still undecided about saddles).

In a Brooks Swallow Titanium, how much of the metal is titanium or other than steel? The rails, sure. How about the nose, tensioning bolt and nut and the piece that the bolt threads into? How about the curved support at the rear of the seat? How about the rivets, are they aluminium or some other lightweight metal?

This saddle weighs say 360 grams, vs say 425 g for a steel Swallow. I'm wondering if it can weigh less. Is a weight in the sub-300 g range possible for a Brooks-type or modified Brooks saddle?
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It is all titanium except the rivets. I guess you could trim more leather off the saddle and see if it could weigh less. But what's the point?
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IMHO, you either want a light saddle or you want a Brooks saddle, but you can't expect both. Personally, I'll take comfort over weight any day.
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Exactly John. Well you could look at it another way and be like. It's good thing my bike is so light because riding this thing is killing my arse. So it's not going to be so bad carry this thing home. Seriously it's a Brooks. A thick chunk of cowhide, big steel rivets, solid steel rails with all steel hardware. Even with the Ti version it's still quite heavy but it's just the she-she version to impress your friends. You could cut out the middle like the Imperial has and then drill or punch holes all over it and have it look like this.
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IMHO, you either want a light saddle or you want a Brooks saddle, but you can't expect both.
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Sigh - I guess I can't have my cake and eat it too.

I think I know what I'm going to do. I'm going to wait on the seat until everything else is built. Then I'll put the bike and myself and my wallet on a scale and decide if I can get the Swallow Ti. Or if I will go the Flite route.

Such a beautiful saddle. Looks like a Spitfire, a Jaguar XJ13, sex in leather. And it would harken back to my old road bike which had a B17.

There is a used Brooks Swallow copy - a Gyes, I think - at the local bike co-op for $40. And a couple of used B17s for $50-ish. So the tensioned leather route needn't break the bank. But the tensioned leather under 400 g, I can't find an affordable route there - hence the weighing of wallet.
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
IMHO, you either want a light saddle or you want a Brooks saddle, but you can't expect both. Personally, I'll take comfort over weight any day.
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