Re: [CR]Brooks saddle advice - Swift & Swallow?

Example: Framebuilders:Chris Pauley
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2008 05:39:13 -0800 (PST)
From: "Dave from Maine" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Brooks saddle advice - Swift & Swallow?
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My $.02 worth - you may also want to tilt the Brooks saddle more in a nose- up position than your more modern saddles.  I ride a 35-year old Brooks o n my rigid lugged-steel mountain bike with moustache bars - tilted nose up.   My newer B-17 on my (sadly former) Crescent was closer to level, but st ill slightly tilted back - drop bars on a very tall stem on that one.  I' m also looking at buying a new Brooks for my most modern bike - a '96 Merck x.  Since I race that one, I'm leaning towards the Swallow or Swift. 

I'd love to hear comments on those two racy saddles compared to the B-17 an d Pro models.

Dave Whitney Poland, Maine USA

Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2008 20:48:01 -0500 From: To: Subject: [CR]Brooks saddle advice Message-ID: <> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"; format=flowed MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Precedence: list Message: 2

Hello All,

I would add to the mix the issue of saddle setback, or lack thereof, on Brook's in general.  The rails are shaped in a way that precludes as much setback as is common on other saddles.  For me, this is a deal-breaker, rather than the width of the saddle.  If your current saddle is already at the max setback position, beware.  Or at least try

a borrowed Brooks before buying.  You should measure the setback on your current set-up to have a baseline measurement.

Good luck.
Alan LaVine
New York, USA