[CR] Leather saddles vs leather covered

(Example: Framebuilders:Pino Morroni)

Date: Thu, 28 May 2009 21:03:12 -0700
From: "Steve Whitting" <ciocc_cat@yahoo.com>
To: <Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: [CR] Leather saddles vs leather covered

Why did many bicycle brands abandon Brooks-style all-leather saddles for Unicanitor-style (leather cover over a plastic shell)?  Was it cost or weight?  Let's face it - the whole 1970s fewer-spoke/drillium fad was all about shaving-off a few precious ounces (possibly important to a pro-cyclist in a long climb but otherwise magrinally benificial to the rest of us). 

My personal opinion is that market "hype" is often a potent factor in many cycling "innovations".  Some are truly worthwhile, but others you sometimes have to wonder about. 

Steve Whitting
Prairieville, Louisiana USA