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June 22, 2011 7 comments

Wrights Saddles

Wrights Saddles

Wrights Saddles

Recently our terribly popular Facebook page was queried as to whether or not Brooks used to own Wrights Saddles. My impetuous and incorrect response garnered a written clarification by none other than Steven Green, who has been with Brooks for over 30 years and manages our office in Smethwick.

Quoting Steven: "Brooks did own Wrights (and technically still do)"

Perhaps the "W3 N" had not the cheery ring of the B17?

"It was the takeover of Wright saddles that brought about the move of Brooks premises from Birmingham City Centre to Smethwick (circa 1960). The Wrights factory was located in Selly Oak – a suburb of Birmingham at some 2 miles to the south of the city centre. The company wished to condense the two factories into one working site – neither existing site was large enough to accommodate the other and so both were closed down and moved to the present site in Smethwick."

The Wrights Swallow

"Wrights and Brooks made almost identical saddles. However, it was always considered that Brooks used a much superior grade of leather----- so although the Wright brand was still produced for a number years beyond this, it was gradually phased out....."

So there you have it, the record "set to Wrights" on yet another piece of Brooks history.

My Wrights saddle is certainly not made from inferior leather. I read somewhere that they used elephant hide. It's certainly thick enough. It probably pre-dates the Brooks takeover, and it'll almost certainly see me out.
Name May 23, 2016 at 5:07 PM
a Wrights saddle in the field
JT Chiarella May 23, 2016 at 5:07 PM
Dear Brooks Blogg,

Perhaps this represents a chance for a sub brand or off shoot. Whilst out on my B17 on my cyclocross bike on a 30 miler (hence plenty of time to think) was thinking that Brooks need to focus more on the MTB market.

I saw a review of one of titanium saddles in a recent MTB mag, but it was not well received. Brooks should look to develop a range of saddles with leather covering over padding. Given the massive departure from the Brooks ethos of a leather saddle with no padding, then this product could be brought to market under a different name, i.e Wrights...
Steven Dickens May 23, 2016 at 5:07 PM
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Wrights Saddles « Tweed Wheelers May 23, 2016 at 5:07 PM
Why on earth would a Brooks saddle need padding to be used on a MTB and why would a successful brand want to dilute their identity by selling under a different name?
The only reason my Brooks isn't on my MTB is because I don't spend much time on the seat when I ride. Mostly the seat acts like a rudder between my legs when the tires are airborne so a plastic, waterproof, tree proof seat is preferable.
John May 23, 2016 at 5:07 PM
Interesting to see my actual Wrights W5 at the top!

Having owned a couple of Leatheries and a Lycett i'd love to know when & why Brooks stopped making those brands.
Stephen May 23, 2016 at 5:07 PM