The Return of the Brooks Colt

A classic and beautiful shape that should reward your commitment

by nick_rearden   April 15, 2010  

Brooks Colt in Violet

With all the shiny Colnagos and Cinellis at the recent Core Bike trade show, we nevertheless found ourselves unfeasibly excited about the reissue of a classic Brooks saddle that we last saw new in the 1980s. Trouble was, back then in the dark ages, a catastrophic dip in road-bike-related sales resulted in stock gathering dust and it didn't bode well for Brooks' Colt model.

Indeed, it sank without trace in what Brooks describe as "mysterious circumstances" at around the time of the sale to new owners in 2001. Fortunately, the brand has prospered along with renewed interest in road bikes and now the Colt has been revived. With the thickest hide and beautiful hand-beaten and burnished rivets, it was always a premium model but it was the shape that set it apart.

In distinct contrast to the fashionably cutaway Swallow model, Colt has deep sides which provide immense strength and support. Indeed, once beaten into submission, it could be argued that this is a saddle made for heavier riders and longer distances. This remains to be seen but if the old and well-worn Colts still seen on cherished machines are anything to go by, we're in for an eventual treat.

Apart from the obvious black, natural vegetable dyes are used to produce a couple of additional interesting options; Violet (shown here) and Mustard, with other colours to be launched at Eurobike in September. Price is £125 and they're available now.

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what the deuce!

No bag loops?

Poor show chaps.

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posted by John_the_Monkey [422 posts]
16th April 2010 - 8:12

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Do they still have the original ridiculously short saddle rails in the 'no good for any bike made from the 70's onwards' fashion? The only bike I could get a brooks saddle in the right position was built in 1958 - it was useless on all my other bikes even with a 35mm setback post.

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posted by G-bitch [311 posts]
16th April 2010 - 11:41

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I have an original honey brooks saddle that I haven't used in about 8 years since I became worried by the media/marketing about the affects on my undercarriage and shelved it for a saddle with cut outs.

However by happy coincindence (and a devil may care attitude to my future virility) I'd decided to put it on my newly, (badly) hand resprayed hack that should get its first outing this weekend if I can find where I put the chain thats still needed.

I've even got matching brooks bar tape and this + the saddle is probably worth more than double the rest of the bike.
I'll pop up a pic up here when its complete.

ps my original doesn't have bag loops either - this is actually a good thing as it stops me spending a small fortune on a brooks leather tool bag!

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posted by TheHatter [811 posts]
16th April 2010 - 19:46

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