Brooks Colt Saddles

5/5 (1 Reviews)
MSRP : $190.00

Product Description

The Brooks’ Colt saddle was first produced in 1979. The Colt became famous among Brooks’ fans for its strength and durability. The Colt was discontinued amidst mysterious circumstances a few years ago. Today, the Colt appeals ...

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Christ a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2012

Strengths:    -Great old-school sport saddle from Brooks, one of the most renowned saddle makers for well over a century
-Profile is reminiscent of other great 70's-80's classic racing saddles from San Marco, Selle Royal, Selle Italia
-It's a Brooks, with proper care this thing will out live its rider
-Much more support than many other saddles in the Brooks range, very thick leather means no skirt splaying and bouncing up and down in sprints
-Looks fantastic on a nice steel frame or a nice retro-styled bike
-Wide array of colours
-Came with a nifty rubberized seat cover for wet weather

Weaknesses:    -The thick leather designed for more supportive sporty riding will punish those not willing to put in the mileage needed to properly break this saddle in
-Long break in time! Seriously, longer than any other Brooks I've owned
-On the more portly side for a sporty saddle, but well, it's a Brooks... Comfort is the priority over weight

Bottom Line:   
Love this saddle. Logged hundreds of Km's on it over the summer, still looks almost the same as the day I first put it on the bike. The tell tale "cracks," fissures, or stretch marks which indicate a broken in Brooks saddle are nowhere near as visible as on other Brooks I've owned over the years. This is probably due to the thickness of the leather, which in conjunction with the shape seems to offer a tonne of support even compared to my Brooks Pro. As stated above, this makes it a great saddle for more sporty riding. Sprints are uninhibited by the more common skirt splaying found on other suspension saddles, and the chamfered edges lessen thigh rub even more. The rounded down turned nose is a great feature, no getting hung up on the nose of your saddle when transitioning from standing to sitting. Overall it's been a fantastic saddle, and worth every penny spent (which is not a small amount by any means). You can tell that it will last pretty much forever with proper care and re-tensioning. One caveat however is that I wouldn't class it as a comfort saddle more typical of other saddles in the Brooks range like the B17. Even broken it is pretty damn stiff, and feels loads better when used while wearing a pair of bike shorts. Sure, it's also heavy, but chances are if you're a rider obsessed with saving grams I doubt you'd be reading this review to begin with. The saddle also comes in perhaps the greatest range of colours Brooks offers, which along with it's old-school looks gives it some nice retro appeal on any classic styled bike.

Bottom line: Top-quality offering from Brooks aimed at the more sportive type rider/tourer, this awesome looking saddle will last you a lifetime.

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Favorite Ride:   Fast rolling hills

Price Paid:    $200.00

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Similar Products Used:   -Brooks: B17, Brooks Pro, Brooks Swift, Selle Italia Turbo

Bike Setup:   Restored classic Reynolds 531 1977 Gitane Super Corsa, classic Campy 8-speed ergo Chorus group

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What happened to Colt?

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