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Looking to get me a Brooks saddle for long distance multi hour usually road sessions on my road bike.

I weigh in at slightly less that 200 lbs and generally sit in an aggressive possition. On long rides I have not had success and keeping the backside from suffering.

Terry Ti comfort, SLR, and most currently have tried the WTB Rocket V to no success, how be it, all good saddles.

Is there anyone similar to my weight that has tried both the BrooksB17 and the Swift and could make a recomendation on which to choose? And Why? What conditions you used yours in?

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I use to weigh around 195 when I started riding my road bike. I have, and would recommend, the team professional. It is in-between the swift and b17. Fair warning--it took me 200 miles to break it in. I thought I made a painful mistake :). But I gave it time, and now I wouldn't want a different saddle on my road bike. Others will have different opinions, but you do have to break in a brooks saddle by riding on it...

A new saddle may not help your back, you might need to change your saddle, or handlebar height.

I've been thinking about getting a swift for my mountain bike, but I spend too much time riding in mud, wet, and rain, I think it would take its toll on the leather.
 

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I second that

I'm about 210 and I've got a Brooks Team Professional that was comfortable the minute I sat on it. I've had problems with Koobi, Flite, WTB saddles, but the Brooks just fits, and feels great. Now that it is starting to be really broken in, it's nothing short of amazing. It does weight abouth 3 times what the Flite does, but I could care less. Good luck.
 

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After a long break in the Brooks is very nice.

You might look into the best chamios money can buy.
 

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I use a b-17 and I have been very pleased with it, it does require some breaking-in, but once you do it is amazing. I hurt where I sit a few years ago training for a double century, after that I wasn't able to ride really long distances comfortably any more. I bought the b-17 last early last year, and after it was broken in, no pain. The saddles are fairly inexpensive, so you don't have to drop 2 bills only to find out it doesn't work.
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B-17

Well I decided to go with the B17 and make it a ti at that, I was going to go with a swift but decided that I'd gone the SLR minimalist route and I am about 200lbs, So I think I will deal with reality this time. I did look at the team saddle but they were out of them at Wall and they are a beefy 560g where as the B17 ti is 410-435 depending on who you ask.

I'll get back with this and report on how it works out, thanks for the advice and if anyone else out there has tried these saddles compartively with each other tell me now you like them. for example I if you had a swift and the team which did you like better and why.

Anyway who has the money to buy multiple Brooks saddles anyway....

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Well I recieved it the day after ordering it, thanks Wall/Fedex excellent job.
I didn't take time to weigh it but it feels pretty good and doesn't seem all that large or heavy. Didn't spend much time on it yet.

One note the rails being ti and some of the undercarage they have like a #8 or 9 steel bolt probably 35-45mm long , that must weigh a ton, it is used to tension the saddle. I'm thinking about replacing it in the future, that being said isn't there a problem with using a ti bolt in a ti hole some sort of welding itself together after time sort of problem?
 

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jl said:
I've been thinking about getting a swift for my mountain bike, but I spend too much time riding in mud, wet, and rain, I think it would take its toll on the leather.
I've been thinking the same thing, but have the same concerns. Anybody have any input/experience with this?

Thanks.
 
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