Very happy with my purchase. Was slightly stiff first 100 miles, not uncomfortable. Totally broken in by 250. My training rides are 40 miles, club rides 50 - 100. Absolutely no numbness in my crotch. Of course, check your height and angle of installation. I bought an extra tin of Proofide. Looks fantastic on my steel Bianchi Vigorelli. It weighs 14 of a pound more than my last saddle. I've lost 15 pounds since I bought it. I'm sure I ride a little more and train harder because of extra comfort.
The Brooks Swift Steel Saddle is a great saddle. It fits and feels comfortable on my rear-end. It does not rub on my thighs or sit bones. The leather is smooth and allows me to pedal properly without tugging and pulling on my skin like most other saddles. I highly recommend the Brooks Swift Saddle. ---- Daniel Staples Emmett, Idaho
I highly recommend this product - Brooks Swift Steel Leather Saddle. At first ride the saddle was a little still, but once you have ridden it numberous times it is very comfortable. I like the antique honey (brown) which matched my taupe color roadtour bike and the hammered copper rivets.
Rather than dibby-dab with the Proofhide , I slapped about a table spoon's worth on the underside and pushed it around with a hair drier. Turned it a very dark brown (almost black). Beautiful, Lasted for at least a year with minimal dibby-dab. Was comfortable right from the git, have ridden a few metrics and the saddle never drew attention to itself. What I want.
Pros Fit, Comfort (for drop bar use), and appearance.
Cons weight and extra care (if you dont plan on taking care of a leather Brooks, dont get one)
I am always trying to improve my riding, but I am not a racer! I ride a couple thousand miles a year and have been trying saddles, other then Brooks, for the past year and have come to the conclusion that it is worth the extra weight for the comfort I get with Brooks.
I put this saddle on my Endurance Roaf Bike and couldnt be happier. Brooks fit me right. I do have to condition the leather, but Im a bike geak that is constantly tinkering on my bikes and take pride in what I ride.
I have had my Swift for about 7 years. I ride about 3,000 - 3,500 miles a year. It is simply the most comfortable saddle I've ridden. I was concerned and put off getting one because I had heard stories about how difficult it was to break in. However,I really didn't have a problem with break in. I recall that the seat felt pretty comfortable from the start and I guess that within 50 miles it fit me perfectly. In all the years I've been riding a Swift I have only adjusted it once. I do wax it (from the underside) at the beginning of each season. I plan on riding this saddle into heaven, where all cyclists have the wind at their back and newly paved roads.