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What Brooks alternative is mostly similar to a Swallow?
« on: January 27, 2021, 11:21:31 pm »
I'm hoping to get a new bike and will probably replace the saddle. I love my brooks Swallow, but I'm damned if I'm going to pay over £100 for another one, so what are my alternatives in leather saddles?
What's closest in shape?
Are the Spa saddles any good?

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Re: What Brooks alternative is mostly similar to a Swallow?
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2021, 11:27:02 pm »
https://www.carradice.co.uk/products/rivet-saddles/rivet-diablo-saddle comes in a Ti version

https://www.spacycles.co.uk/m18b17s204p2863/SPA-CYCLES-Aire-Ti is similar but not identical.

They are pretty close to a Swallow’s shape.
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Re: What Brooks alternative is mostly similar to a Swallow?
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2021, 09:02:26 am »
Are the Spa saddles any good?

I have three Spa saddles, the standard Aire which took around 1000 painful miles to break in and was perfect after that, a Ti Aire which was great pretty much out of the box, and a Wharfe which has never broken in despite 3 years of trying! I would thoroughly recommend the Aire Ti as a replacement for the Brooks Swallow from my own experience.

Re: What Brooks alternative is mostly similar to a Swallow?
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2021, 10:47:05 pm »
I finished breaking in an Aire ti in on PBP .. had done only about 300k on it before hand. Very comfy by the time I finished...

Re: What Brooks alternative is mostly similar to a Swallow?
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2021, 04:15:42 pm »
I've put 950km on an Aire. I was warned of their early rigidity, and I experienced it for myself.

Now, I don't tend to think about it at all when riding. The mark of a good saddle!

Re: What Brooks alternative is mostly similar to a Swallow?
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2021, 05:51:50 pm »

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Re: What Brooks alternative is mostly similar to a Swallow?
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2021, 05:58:11 pm »
This Berthoud offering looks similar.  https://berthoudcycles.fr/en/527-leather-saddle-soulor-black.html

I bought one of these to join my Swallow flock. Not cheap though, unless you get it on special offer like I did.  ;D