Brooks Swift review£125.00

It's slightly unnerving to lower your backside onto a pristine example of 140 years of saddlemaking experience

BikeRadar score4.5/5

It's slightly unnerving to lower your backside onto a pristine example of 140 years of saddlemaking experience, especially when it looks like a work of art that would be equally at home on your wall.

The seat consists of developed-for-the purpose leather that's moulded to shape and stretched along the titanium frame. There's a tension attachment under the nose that you tighten as the seat slackens with wear, which you can adjust to the best feel for you. And this is about as individual a fit as you can get, because it's your sweat that actually gets into and softens the leather as you ride that completely personalises a Brooks saddle in a way that no other can.

It made it difficult to test over the time we had available (that is, not several years) so the score reflects our demand for some degree of short-medium term comfort, but every Brook veteran we asked spoke in reverential tones about the comfort it eventually affords - but we'd be tempted to keep this saddle for our nurtured custom build or a bike of extraordinary emotional significance.

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