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UNRIVALED COMFORT AFTER SHORT BREAK-IN.
I had a Brooks Pro on my first really nice bike. It was a 1972 Cinelli. I rode that classic steel frame for seven years and that was the only saddle ever mounted to that beauty! Since then I have been through a lot of bikes and saddles, and only this year have developed issues with perineum and pudendal neuralgia. So finally decided to try a Brooks since nothing else seem to be feeling good. I opened the box and my first thought was this thing is really hard and heavy! The first few rides of 20 to 30 miles were okay but a little hard and uncomfortable for me. Now though I have to say that I love this saddle! I no longer have any crotch numbness and that is a very big deal. The numbness was gone with the first ride even before the saddle was broken in.
I now own both newly purchased Brooks Pro and Brooks Swift saddles. They are both great and get more comfortable as you ride. This is what I did to pre-soften and speed up the break-in process I took both saddles off the bikes and saturated the undersides with Brooks Proofide then baked them in the oven at 220 degrees F for about an hour. Then applied Skidmores Biker Edition Leather cream top to bottom.
It is really hard to believe that a hard leather saddle can become so comfortable but believe me it is true.
If you do not mind the weight these saddles are unlike any carbon, plastic saddle you will find. I have tried all of the top brands. Brooks is in a class of its own. I would not put one of these on my Pinarello Gan RS. I put the Swift on my new classic steel road bike. And I put the Pro on my fixed gear track bike.
Comparing the Swift to the Pro.....I love both but the Swift is my favorite for these reasons
1. The Swift has more room for slide foreaft adjustment on the rails so is easier to properly position on the seatpost. The Brooks Professional saddle does not have a very long rail placement for the saddle clamp . I was able to pair the Fizik R1 seatpost with the Brooks Swift and achieve a proper setback on my road bike. The Fizik seatpost has a 2.5cm set back. I could not get the Pro far enough back on my road bike but it works great with the frame geometry on my Dolan Track bike . I think the Fizik seatposts all have the 2.5 setback and you most likely need this much or more for the Brooks saddles.
2. The other difference between the 2 saddles is that the Swift is a bit narrower across the top back part of the saddle by about a 1.5cm. And the leather sides do not come down quite as far on the Swift as they do on the Pro. For these reasons I prefer the Swift.
3. They both look very cool. The pro has larger copper rivets that really stand out. The Swift has saddle bag holder clamps which I will never use and wish were not there. The Pro does not have them. Overall though I prefer the look of the Swift, it is really classy and cool!
I love BOTH saddles! The Swift is my first choice for placement, function, feel, fit and look.
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