VINYL BROOK SADDLE: REAL OR FAKE?
July 3, 2005
I keep seeing vinyl Brooks (and
Raleigh) saddles up for auction on eBay. I'm confused because
I thought Brooks made only leather saddles. Are these saddles
low-grade knock-offs or what?
Please see attached pics of a "vintage
Brooks B-73" saddle that is currently posted on eBay.
It looks nothing like the B-73 I see sold in shops or online.
What is it? Thanks!
Authentic Brooks saddles come in
only two materials: (1) leather, and (2) pre-softened leather.
The real B-73 looks nothing like the photos you sent; check
it out yourself on the Brooks
Ive heard that opportunistic
Asian manufacturers had churned out some vinyl Brooks knock-offs,
so it doesnt surprise me to find em on eBay.
For fun, you might try asking that eBay seller where they
got the saddle, and how they reconcile the appearance of
their "B-73" with the photo advertised by Brooks
BTW, Italian saddle maker Selle
Royale bought Brooks some years ago, and while Selle has
some vinyl saddlebags, itd make me shocked shocked!
to learn that they'd put "Brooks" on any of their
September 26, 2012
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Your answer to the question
about vinyl saddles from Brooks was completely wrong. Brooks
does not make vinyl saddles now, but they did for decades.
Many, many old Raleighs and other English "comfort" bikes
came with a Brooks saddle in mattress-padded vinyl with
springs, up until the '70s or possibly even the early '80s.
They turn up on eBay all the time. They also made a spectacularly
cruddy vinyl "racing" saddle in the '70s. No one is counterfeiting
Brooks saddles in vinyl.
You're also wrong about Brooks-badged Selle saddles in vinyl.