Re: [CR]aluminum rail saddle fracture

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From: <OROBOYZ@aol.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Jan 2003 14:17:38 EST
Subject: Re: [CR]aluminum rail saddle fracture
To: wayne.collect@xtra.co.nz, tomwitkop@juno.com, classicrendezvous@bikelist.org


The aluminum railed saddles of the 1970s did indeed crack regularly.. Many of those were made by Selle Italia especially the very popular Avocet model 3 (? or was it Model 1?) It was not a catastrophic failure though, no crashing involved... Cinelli held off initially joining in the fad for alloy rails and then (early 80s?) came out with a cast or forged aluminum undercarriage, similar to the later Selle San Marco Regal undercarriage.. . To my knowledge and experience, these did very well and did not break but were also not nearly as light. So IMO a Cinelli~Unica alloy railed saddle is not too risky a ride....

Dale Brown
Greensboro, NC