Brooks Swift Chrome Saddle Review
Most people either love or hate Brooks saddles. And those who do in-fact love them are reluctant to ride anything else. On the other hand, those who aren’t a fan seldom give them a second chance. Personally, I’m somewhere in between.
One of the biggest issues people have with Brooks saddles is the break-in period. Although I’ve heard people claim that it took just a few weeks to break in, I’ve never been so fortunate. Even after a significant amount of time, both of the Brooks saddles that I own fall squarely into the category of extra-firm. Still, I can appreciate the logic behind the design, and I certainly admire the aesthetics.
This particular saddle began its tenure on a fixed gear commuter bike, but eventually found its way on to my classic Raleigh grocery-getter. But make no mistake, despite its substantial weight (510 g) the Swift is designed as a high-performance saddle.
It’s 272 mm long and 150 mm wide, making it significantly more svelte than some of the classic Brooks designs. The chromium plated steel rails look good and should stand the test of time. And the copper rivets are a beautiful example of old-world craftsmanship.
In addition to comfort, one other consideration is that you need to maintain your Brooks saddle. Care for a genuine leather saddle includes periodic treatment with a leather dressing. And environmental conditions, especially moisture, can have a negative effect on the appearance and longevity of your saddle.
The Swift Chrome retails for about $180. Check out www.brooksengland.com