I have one of the first production saddles (or maybe even a prototype), which we tested in Bicycle Quarterly a few years ago. The black leather has faded to various shades of brown, but I find the "aged" look very attractive - see
Most of all, the saddle was almost immediately comfortable, and has remained so for two years and at least 8000 miles now. I highly recommend it.
I used to get at least 25,000 miles out of Brooks saddles, but recently, their leather quality has been variable, to put it charitably...
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At 11:59 AM -0800 1/29/11, EPL wrote:
>One caveat if you are considering a Berthoud saddle in black. Make
>sure you are getting a saddle that has just very recently come into
>stock, not one that's been in stock for months.
>Until quite recently, the black Berthoud leather tops faded to
>grey/brown very quckly, a dye problem.
>The good folks at GB tell me they have fixed the problem and they're
>shipping good ones now.
>Your best best is to buy direct from GB here: