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.
I have over 28,000 miles on a Swift (the version with the titanium rails, which saves some grams) and will never part with it. I have moved it from bike to bike as I have upgraded over the years (now on a custom Seven frame). I give it a few minutes of leather care once per year, but that's all. I don't think it is possible to wear it out, and it always feels terrific, even on very long rides. I have put a second one on my indoor smart trainer bike to get that same comfort. You can't imagine what a truly good saddle can do for you until you experience it for yourself. Of all the things that can limit my performance and endurance, my bottom doesn't even make the list.
I enjoyed Brooks saddles in the past but still tried to find something better. After returning to the Brooks Swift saddle I have come to the conclusion that it works the best for me. Saddles are a personal preference and the Swift is mine on a Randonneur bike.
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.