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I put this saddle on my steel Bianchi which I use for exploring back roads and the occasional gravel around NE CT. I liked it immediately but the more I use it the more I appreciate its virtues. The material has just enough flex to soak up some of the road roughness. I like the narrow shape as I have experienced no inner thigh chafing as I have on some other saddles. It feels secure, is waterproof and looks fantastic. What's not to like?!
I have two C17s for my fat bikes, and two C15s for my gravel bikes. I have found them to be very comfortable in those applications. They are far more flexible than their leather counterparts, and they are weather proof. They also have cut outs, so maybe a little less pressure in sensitive areas. My journey to the C17 has taken my through a number of different saddles, many far more expensive, but none as comfortable for me as the C17 and C15. Not light, by any means, but I value comfort over saving a few grams any day.
Truly all the benefits that I was told or that I read about this seat was true! I carried it to Europe in my backpack for a 9- day tour and was glad I did. It was easy to install comfortable to ride on. Noï¿½sitz bonesï¿½ discomfort! I did have to explain it to a few TSA agents who thought I was pretty cool for carrying my own bike saddle!
Saddles are a personal preference of course, but Brooks leather saddles work well for my rear. I have several B17s and this is my first Swift. I am still breaking it in, but so far it is comfortable for my 10 mile commute. It will probably take a few more weeks to break in before I attempt a longer ride with it. Shipping with Bike Tires Direct is always super fast, which I really appreciate.