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Berthoud Soulor Saddle

Old 12-10-14, 04:22 PM
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Berthoud Soulor Saddle

The seat has less than a hundred miles on it and it still feels rock-hard. Like by Brooks B17, will breaking in the Soulor still take a few hundred miles (800 miles perhaps)???
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Old 12-11-14, 10:43 AM
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HTFU , you bought a premium Leather saddle, accept it will take break in time .. and your butt may be used to soft saddles ..

Someone else reviewed them Gilles Berthoud ?Racing? Saddles
I G'd to know its a different model .. Shape more Brooks Pro than B17..

My 30 year old Brooks Pro . one never would consider soft.. just shaped a bit by the the Pelvis' sit bones ..

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Old 12-11-14, 06:38 PM
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Cannot speak to the Soulor, have an Aravis on my road bike. Broke in much more quickly than a Brooks champion flyer. The Aravis is, for me, a very comfortable saddle.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
HTFU , you bought a premium Leather saddle, accept it will take break in time .. and your butt may be used to soft saddles ..

Someone else reviewed them
Gilles Berthoud ?Racing? Saddles
I G'd to know its a different model .. Shape more Brooks Pro than B17..
My 30 year old Brooks Pro . one never would consider soft.. just shaped a bit by the the Pelvis' sit bones ..

My butt is ussed to a B17, the only leather saddle that I've known other than the Ideale from way back in the early '70s. Interesting article at the url you posted, using mink oil.
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I used the Brooks stuff ... Mink oil promotes stretching , but its your $200+ bucks you spent ..
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The seat has less than a hundred miles on it and it still feels rock-hard. Like by Brooks B17, will breaking in the Soulor still take a few hundred miles (800 miles perhaps)???
You will find that it helps to relax the tension somewhat by using the tensioning bolt. This creates a bit more "give" in the saddle but do remember that this will not break-in the same as a Brooks. The leather is too thick to form those dimples so this saddle works on the "hammock" principle.
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Old 12-15-14, 06:49 PM
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Amazing how just repositioning the forward/backward and tilt adjustment a little bit can make so much improvement in the comfort level. Moving the seat forward made all the difference and really relieved the pressure and discomfort from my "private" area.

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Old 12-16-14, 12:27 PM
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My GB Aravis took about 500 miles to break in. It was pretty good at the beginning then just kept getting better. At 2700 miles, I can't imagine a more comfortable saddle. I used the GB-specified treatment when it was new, and now need to re-apply a year later. There's a thread about leather saddles with pictures including mine new and now, over at C&V:

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...er-saddle.html

I tweaked saddle tilt pretty often during that first 500 miles, and slightly adjusted tension (1/4 turn). Nothing since then. I have very long legs and find that my saddles need to pretty far back.

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