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Different saddle question: moving away from Brooks

Old 08-09-09, 11:22 PM
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Different saddle question: moving away from Brooks

I guess my saddle to bar drop is just too great for my Brooks Team Pro. I have tried it for about a thousand miles on my CAAD9, and no matter what the angle is, I can't keep my taint from getting beaten up by the saddle. The saddle has a couple of thousand miles on it from different bikes, so I can say with certainty that it is broken in, has been comfortable on other bikes, and I cannot get comfortable with it on my current road bike.

So I am moving on, and putting the Team Pro back on the commuter with a less aggressive riding position.

I was looking for some advice, perhaps, from someone who may have been in a similar situation. Can anyone suggest a saddle that a former Brooks lover might want to start with?
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How about one of these...

http://www.brookssaddles.com/en/Shop...Swift+Titanium
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I guess my saddle to bar drop is just too great for my Brooks Team Pro. I have tried it for about a thousand miles on my CAAD9, and no matter what the angle is, I can't keep my taint from getting beaten up by the saddle. The saddle has a couple of thousand miles on it from different bikes, so I can say with certainty that it is broken in, has been comfortable on other bikes, and I cannot get comfortable with it on my current road bike.

So I am moving on, and putting the Team Pro back on the commuter with a less aggressive riding position.

I was looking for some advice, perhaps, from someone who may have been in a similar situation. Can anyone suggest a saddle that a former Brooks lover might want to start with?
B17 Narrow Imperial. It has a nice cutout for perineal relief, and it's the same width as a Pro, or slightly narrower even.
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Old 08-10-09, 12:50 AM
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selle italia prolink. works great on my roadie. loved my b17 on bikes with less drop
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Tell me - is the Brooks Swift worth it? I am leaning towards something different, just because the shape looks similar to that of the Team Pro and that saddle is expensive.

I have about 4 inches of saddle-bar drop. Has anyone run a Swift with that much drop before?

I don't like the B17 style saddles, just because they aren't solid enough feeling.
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You'll find the Swift to be a bit more forgiving than a Team Pro. You might also consider a Selle San Marco Rolls, or maybe one of the new racing saddles with a cut-out like the Specialized Toupe.
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I use a Brooks Pro on my commuter and a Fizik Aliante on my road bike. I also used a Terry Fly on the road bike.
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I like Brooks, (Team and Swift) . Also like my Fizik Arione and my new Selle Italia SLC. The Fizik is a better saddle on a roadbike (with a 4" drop)than the Swift IMO.
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Saddles really are personal preference items, so you have to find what works for you.

That said a number of people like Fizik Aliante's. The Aliante seems to hit a nice compromise of being reasonably comfortable, and not too heavy.

Old school, Sella San Marco Rolls are nice saddles, and add a bit of panache.
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And admittedly she's not running much drop, but Brooks seems to work for her

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Selle Anatomica. Love it.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post

Sella San Marco Rolls
Soa youa wanna sella San Marco Rolls? Howa mucha youa wanna?
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Actually sold mine a few months ago.
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I've ran my Swift on my aggresive bike with close to 4" of drop and it was fine. I didn't leave it on it because I didn't like the look of the saddle on that bike.
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I just picked up a Terry Fly from Performance Bike. I have read a few good things about it, but right now I am not sure about the padding. It looks a little too much like most gel saddles for my taste. But it is much lighter than the Brooks [by 300+ grams!], and if I don't like it I know I can take it back.

I will try this one first, then I will move on to the Fizik line. I gave the Specialized saddles a try before I moved to the Brooks, admittedly on a different bike.

Tell me this - with a saddle that requires no breaking in, how long will it take me to figure out whether I like it or not?
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I'll chime in for the Rolls. I bought one this summer to try out because I had planned on riding a lot in the rain, and I didn't want to run the risk of ruining my Brooks. Long story short, I had no breaking-in problems with the saddle and it's pretty much been a seamless transition between the two seats. I love the Rolls so far!
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What is so special about brooks saddles. They are expensive as hell and look like sh*t. They look super uncomfortable also.
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Actually sold mine a few months ago.
Yeah, yeah, mya jokea fella flata.
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What is so special about brooks saddles. They are expensive as hell and look like sh*t. They look super uncomfortable also.
Then don't use one. There, that was easy.
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What is so special about brooks saddles. They are expensive as hell and look like sh*t. They look super uncomfortable also.
I agree that brooks saddles are too expensive and butt-ugly.

Have you ever ridden on one?


They are very comfertable for any bike(s) that you might own with little to no saddle to bar drop. There are better options for your racing bike(s) though.



I've found that I prefer the nashbar brand race saddle. I think it was currently renamed to the nashbar "r2." Cheap and light. I believe that I weighed my last one as 145 or 155 grams
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Try lowering the seat post 1 mm. A little more weight on the legs may be what you need. My Rolls is a hatchet on long rides is a little high.
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I tour with an Anatomica and like it for that purpose, but for the more aggressive position of my CAAD9, I like the Specialized Alias.
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Tell me - is the Brooks Swift worth it? I am leaning towards something different, just because the shape looks similar to that of the Team Pro and that saddle is expensive.

I have about 4 inches of saddle-bar drop. Has anyone run a Swift with that much drop before?

I don't like the B17 style saddles, just because they aren't solid enough feeling.
With lacing the 17 Narrow isn't like that. I have had Pros and the 17N, and if anything the B17N with laces and the cutout is stiffer than my Professionals were. I like it.
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