Re: [CR]Brooks Saddles; Durability of Ti rails????

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Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2008 14:22:43 -0800 (PST)
From: Jerome & Elizabeth Moos <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Brooks Saddles; Durability of Ti rails????
To: M-gineering <>
In-Reply-To: <>

I have several Ti Brooks, but like someone else commented earlier, I also h ave too many bikes and don't ride any one enough to have fully tested the d urability of the Ti rails.  All my Ti railed Brooks are either Swifts or B17's.  I frankly haven't heard of that many failures of Brooks Ti rails.   Jan seems to be one of the few list members who actually rides a single saddle enough miles in a realtively short time to test the durability.  His opionion seems to be that one's will likely wear out the leather before the Ti rails will come close to failing.


Jerry Moos
Big Spring, Texas, USA

--- On Wed, 11/19/08, M-gineering wrote:

From: M-gineering <> Subject: Re: [CR]Brooks Saddles; Durability of Ti rails???? To: Cc: Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 2:20 PM

Mark Stonich wrote:
> I'm planning to build a KOF weight weenie bike. I just bought a set of
> 531 SL tubing and I have a set of 1010 long dropouts and an assortment
> of old sheet metal lugs.
> I mentioned to a friend I was thinking about a Ti railed Brooks for a
> saddle. He said that when he worked for a wholesale outfit, Island Cycle
> back in the '80s, they got several returned Brooks' with broken Ti rails.
> Has this been a problem with current production?

I think the Brooks is ok, if used with a sensible seatpost and not overloaded with hamburgers and doughnuts.

Avoid the Dutch Lepper Ideale at all cost, nice guys but they didn't have any clue!

-- mvg

Marten Gerritsen
Kiel Windeweer