Under hard usage (i.e., racing on rough roads, or with heavier riders), the Avocet's delicate 5mm septets bolts tended to break, or in the hands of an inexperienced mechanic, strip out. Campy's venerable #1044 remained the better choice in all cases, even if adjusting the two seat bolts was a pain. Once properly adjusted, the saddle stayed there. Period.
Bill Bryant Santa Cruz, CA
> I think that Avocets component line predates the mid-80's. The computers
> were a later addition, as I remember ads for them featuring Greg LeMond.
> Didn't Avocet market one of the first gender specific saddles in the late
> 70's,and saddles with bumps to pad the ischeal tuberosites(no doubt spelled
> incorrectly-should have just said sit bones)?As someone mentioned, many
> components marketed by Avocet were re-badged Ofmega, like the Avocet version
> of the Ofmega Sintesi pedal. They sold a neat seatpin; two bolt true
> microadjustable, with underside access to the two 5mm allen bolts. There was
> also at least one crank and BB set(I have some NIP cups somewhere) and (I
> think) a headset. By the mid 80's most of this was discontinued, save for the
> saddles, tires and computers.
> Best Regards,
> Wes Gadd
> Unionville, CT