Saddles from new American brand Rivet Cycleworks land in the UK this week and will be launched officially at the London Bike Show.
The new stock of saddles are made from premium waterproof American leather and use a cut out slot that is said to give the leather more flexibility and substantially reduce the break-in time. To avoid the flair often associated with cut out saddles, they are folded under the nose and riveted to help the saddle maintain its structure while avoiding thigh chafing.
The saddles are available in three styles and four colours and with a choice of cromoly or titanium rails. The top of the range Independence (above) comes with titanium rails and weighs in at 360g, making it one of the lightest leather saddles available. Matching leather saddlebags, mudflaps and bar tape with cork ends are also available.
Special introductory prices and some free Rivet socks will be available to the first few customers to visit Rivet at the London Bike Show this week.
Prices start at £95 for the Pearl cromoly rising to £225 for the Independence titanium.
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a youthful 45-year-old Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.