Swift Chrome

$ 190
Swift Chrome

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Made in England

The handsome Swift was the youngest gentleman's racing saddle in the Brooks range. It features delicately hand skived lower sides, where a thin stripe of the leather top surface is cut back, thus exposing the lighter coloured suede beneath which makes for an attractive visual accent and greater comfort when pedalling. The large copper rivets at the nose and tail are also hammered by hand, commensurate with our usual high level of attention to detail. As is the case with all of our hand manufactured saddles, the Swift proudly sports a metal nameplate at the rear, and in addition two embossed graphic details on the sides featuring the saddle name and incorporating an icon of a Swift in flight. On introduction the Swift was offered only with lightweight titanium rails. However, due to popular demand, since 2008 we also offer the Swift Chrome, with traditional steel underpinnings, finished to our usual high standards with bright polished chromium plate.

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The handsome Swift was the youngest gentleman's racing saddle in the Brooks range. It features delicately hand skived lower sides, where a thin stripe of the leather top surface is cut back, thus exposing the lighter coloured suede beneath which makes for an attractive visual accent and greater comfort when pedalling. The large copper rivets at the nose and tail are also hammered by hand, commensurate with our usual high level of attention to detail. As is the case with all of our hand manufactured saddles, the Swift proudly sports a metal nameplate at the rear, and in addition two embossed graphic details on the sides featuring the saddle name and incorporating an icon of a Swift in flight. On introduction the Swift was offered only with lightweight titanium rails. However, due to popular demand, since 2008 we also offer the Swift Chrome, with traditional steel underpinnings, finished to our usual high standards with bright polished chromium plate.

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  • Length : 272 mm
  • Width : 150 mm
  • Height : 72 mm
  • Weight : 510g
  • Frame : Chromium Plated Steel
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Part of an old Brooks Tradition
9/16/2009
Written by B. Rooks
Swift Chrome
COMMENT > A lot more comfortable than the Arione but still, after 2000+ kms, not in that famous "forgettable" state.

I would really like to see more advice on set-up and how to angle the saddle in the optimum way on your website.

For example, how do you set it up "level" when it isn´t flat? There must be tons of "Brooks knowledge" in your possession. Please share.
REPLY > Fortunately BROOKS Saddles are so personal, that any advice can be nothing more than a subjective opinion. Nevertheless your advice is precious and we will be working o a series of videos to show some of the most common techniques to get the saddle "right". This is what we wrote in the leaflet we send out with every saddle:
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The rider’s comfort will depend to a much greater extent than is generally imagined, upon the correct adjustment of the saddle on the machine. The great thing to bear in mind is that, to obtain comfort and immunity from injurious pressure, the weight must be carried by the broad part of the saddle. The peak should carry as little weight as possible. The nose is mainly intended to ensure a steady and secure seat, which a peakless saddle would not do. By attention to the following hints the correct position should be readily attained.
The saddle should be placed:
1. just sufficiently behind the crank-axle to allow the rider to sit upon the broad part of the saddle, while riding, without being pulled forward on to the peak by the onward thrust of the leg;
2. with the peak positioned just high enough to prevent the rider from slipping forward; this is normally attained when the surface of the saddle is parallel to the ground;
3. just low enough to enable the rider to reach the pedals comfortably all round, without even a suspicion of stretching after them.
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This is a general guideline, but I have personally experienced that different saddles need different adjustments. Here are my examples:
-the Swallow on my road bike is perfectly parallel to the ground
-the B17 Imperial on my mountain bike is more comfortable if the nose is slightly higher than the back
-the B17 Special on my Brompton folding bike feels perfect when parallel
-the B33 on my city bike is more comfortable if the nose is facing quite a bit upwards
I'm sure my experience is different than someone else's, that's why I thought of publishing comments from different Brooks Cyclists!
 
Andrea Meneghelli
Marketing Manager
BROOKS ENGLAND LTD.
 
 
 
 
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9/1/2009
Written by Jason Koroll
Swift Chrome
I have been riding my Swift for about 3 months now. It replaced the Team Pro I had been riding for a couple years. I came across something that told me that the Swift might be more comfortable for me because I have a significant saddle-to-bar drop on my bike. I never actually experienced painful discomfort on the Team Pro, but I did experience numbness of the nether-regions after about 40 miles. After mounting this, I was surprised that there actually was a break-in period with this saddle. My Team Pro was immediately comfortable, where the Swift was painful for the first couple days. No big deal though. Once I got the saddle perfectly dialed in (not too much weight on the hands, not too much nose-up tilt on the saddle) I can ride this thing just about forever without the numbness I had experienced with the Team Pro. Not that there is anything wrong with the Team Pro, i just think I need a bike with less aggressive geometry and s-t-b drop to get the most out of it.
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9/5/2008
Written by William Owen
Swift Chrome
Counter-Intuitive
"Oh... no way" was my initial reaction when I unpacked my B17 Champion that I had ordered off the net. To say that the saddle was hard would be a significant understatement. I showed it to a friend who described it as "hard as bowling ball". Before even removing the cardboard backing, I found myself checking and hoping for a liberal return policy. "Don't lose the box", I thought, "I'll need it to ship this thing back".
Something, perhaps curiosity made me give it a try. I had ordered the Proofide, and followed the break-in instructions. It remained as hard as ever, and I was certain that I was stuck with this ridiculous, old-school relic.
Well... I am still stuck with it. The initial ride was a shock. I felt no pain. None. Within a few miles, I had forgotten all about my backside and the saddle. It was one of the most counter-intuitive experiences I have ever known.
I now own two Brooks saddles - B17 on my mountain bike and a Swift on my road racer. I may one day sell each of those bikes to upgrade to newer machines, but I can assure you that, while I may sell the bikes with the pedals still on... I will be taking the saddles off and keeping them for as long as I am riding bicycles. These days, the miles pile up, I get tired, my hands and shoulders and legs my hurt... but my backside is never even a factor. The Brooks saddle is one of those rare products that not only maintains it quality over the years, but actually IMPROVES with age and use. If you have had problems with expensive, high-tech saddles, just get one. These things have been around for over a century for a reason.
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5/1/2014
Written by Kevin Mcdonald
Swift Chrome
Best looking and most comfortable saddle you could ever own. If you own or are building a steel framed bike this is the saddle for it.
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8/11/2013
Written by Mark Dyer
Swift Chrome
As a 6 feet tall, 245 pound heffalump I was concerned as to too much flexibility and didn't want anything too wide since I thought my thick legs might rub against the sides, hence buying a Swift after reading plenty of comments. I have to say the local Excellent Dealer wasn't much use since they had 1 Swift and 2 B17s in stock, with no wish to talk about either. Thankfully when I put it on my bike I found my sit bones just about made it into the right areas and not too near the edge.



From the first ride it was clear that the saddle would be cooler and a more pleasant feeling than the stock saddle on my carbon friend, since there is no padding to push up against you all the time. It was a bit slippery to start and I rode it slightly 'nose up' to try to counter that. A bit hard for the first couple of hours but then I started to get settled in. After about 15 hours of riding little creases started to appear and I went back to level. Now, after 700 miles/55 hours it's even more marvellous. Lashings of proofide after each ride for the first 30 hours or so must surely have helped.



In a world of plastic and other synthetic substances what a joy to have a quality product that lives and evolves during the nurturing period and no doubt will last.
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2/10/2013
Written by PAUL HEPNER
Swift Chrome
I grew up riding Brooks Pro saddles. I had one on a fat tire Schwinn Typhoon in 1970 with a straight pipe handlebar, freewheel rear with rim brakes for off road riding (I think one of the first single speed off roads bikes) I had not ridden in 15 years and decided to invest in a Redline Monocog ... which I promptly upgraded every part (except the frame and fork). The last item was the saddle. There was no question which brand but it took me much research to final decide in the Swift. First ride made me realize I made a big mistake. I could not move the saddle back far enough. Of course I ordered a setback Thomson Elite to further upgrade my original upgrade. Perfect combo for my 38" inseam legs. The seat is a dream to ride. Will not take much time to break in.
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10/15/2012
Written by Clive Astley-Mynd
Swift Chrome
Already owning a B17 narrow, which is as comfortable as that old pair of slippers your wife made you throw out because they were too tatty to wear in front of guests, I decided to get a new saddle for my new Bianchi Via Condotti commuter bike. After some very helpful advice from Brooks and a visit to their factory I chose the Swift. It gets absolutely top marks on appearance but on my first outing I could not believe how hard and different in shape it was to the B17. Several weeks and handfulls of proofide later I reached the point of looking forward to the weekend to rest my aching posterior so I decided to investigate the comments on the Brooks site. A recurring theme seems to be to tilt the nose up, so against all instincts up it went. The difference was remarkable - I hope this is now the start of the break-in, but am a little concerned about perineal problems.
A> We do not recommend too much tilt, and this should be a temporary solution and you should eventually ride the saddle flat as intended by its design.  Thanks!
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3/29/2012
Written by Tyler Brady
Swift Chrome
Great saddle, very comfy, looks great. Only complaint is about the included 'rain-cover' that fits onto the saddle to protect from rain. It doesnt work.. On numerous occasions it has allowed, probably encouraged, water to seep into the edges of the saddle creating several unpleasant and large watermarks on the saddle. If you are going to bother including a wet-weather seat cover, maybe try make one that is a bit more effective! Very frustrating.
A> We are very sorry if you received a faulty cover.  We have since changed the design but there are still some older ones floating about.  Please return it to a Dealer of Excellence for a replacement.
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12/2/2011
Written by dean dickey
Swift Chrome
hi, I am wanting some help with a very old bike that i have just bought. The bike has a" Brooks challenger" seat but nothing else to give the manufactures name or age, could you help any info.

thanks dean
A> could you send us a photo? the best place would be to send to user stories.
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10/15/2012
Written by Clive Astley-Mynd
Swift Chrome
Already owning a B17 narrow, which is as comfortable as that old pair of slippers your wife made you throw out because they were too tatty to wear in front of guests, I decided to get a new saddle for my new Bianchi Via Condotti commuter bike. After some very helpful advice from Brooks and a visit to their factory I chose the Swift. It gets absolutely top marks on appearance but on my first outing I could not believe how hard and different in shape it was to the B17. Several weeks and handfulls of proofide later I reached the point of looking forward to the weekend to rest my aching posterior so I decided to investigate the comments on the Brooks site. A recurring theme seems to be to tilt the nose up, so against all instincts up it went. The difference was remarkable - I hope this is now the start of the break-in, but am a little concerned about perineal problems.
A> We do not recommend too much tilt, and this should be a temporary solution and you should eventually ride the saddle flat as intended by its design.  Thanks!
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3/29/2012
Written by Tyler Brady
Swift Chrome
Great saddle, very comfy, looks great. Only complaint is about the included 'rain-cover' that fits onto the saddle to protect from rain. It doesnt work.. On numerous occasions it has allowed, probably encouraged, water to seep into the edges of the saddle creating several unpleasant and large watermarks on the saddle. If you are going to bother including a wet-weather seat cover, maybe try make one that is a bit more effective! Very frustrating.
A> We are very sorry if you received a faulty cover.  We have since changed the design but there are still some older ones floating about.  Please return it to a Dealer of Excellence for a replacement.
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12/2/2011
Written by dean dickey
Swift Chrome
hi, I am wanting some help with a very old bike that i have just bought. The bike has a" Brooks challenger" seat but nothing else to give the manufactures name or age, could you help any info.

thanks dean
A> could you send us a photo? the best place would be to send to user stories.
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