Diatech Gran Compe saddle  £79.99

7/10

Lovely classic saddle but allow for plenty of bedding in

Weight 540g   Contact  www.ison-distribution.com

by Shaun Audane   November 29, 2009  

There’s no doubt the Gran Compe is a fine saddle designed to capture the imaginations of the traditionalist and hipster alike thanks to the selection of flamboyant and more conservative colours coupled with sharp detailing including embossed logos and brass rivets at the rear. However, giving a penny change from £80 beauty comes at a price and there’s a weight penalty too thanks to steel rails.

Memories are designed to fade and it’d been 20 years since I last broke-in a traditional leather saddle. Having mounted it to the Univega, in preparation for those long steady miles I treated the hide to a generous helping of Nikwax on the grounds it would protect the leather from the elements and hopefully accelerate its moulding to my posterior. Deep mirror chrome rails should, with a bit of care stand the test of time, although you’d hardly put it aboard the hack. The long nose and fractionally wider 150mm base required some initial movement along the rails to prevent annoying slippage-especially wearing mtb trousers.

Surprisingly comfortable around the crotch, the initial twenty miles saw my Ischial Tuberosity (sit bones) screaming a very different tune so, if the opportunity presents itself, I’d be inclined to do some serious miles on the turbo trainer so you can just hop off should things become too harsh on the tush. Maintaining the hide’s tension is simple courtesy of the 4mm Allen bolt located under the nose-our test model has required a few quick tweaks over the test period but after 220 miles much of the moulding seems to have taken place. For all its retro beauty, 540g is quite a weight penalty and it will require more care than common or garden leather topped, Cro-moly perches, although possibly one worth paying for that most personal of contact points.

Verdict

Lovely classic saddle but allow for plenty of bedding in

road.cc test report

Make and model: Diatech Gran Compe saddle

Size tested: Brown

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

The Gran Compe is a cutaway leather saddle aimed at those who like the classic lines and comfort of a traditional leather perch. However, cro-moly rails mean it tips the scales 200g heavier than modern lightweights so it's not for bikes on a diet.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Cutaway embossed leather hide with copper rivets mounted atop thick chromium plated cro-moly rails.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

With care and regular re-proofing should last a lifetime.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
6/10

540g

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Once broken in, the saddle marries style and day long comfort but this is a slow and steady process. Even with regular application of proofide and other leather treatments, it took 220 miles for it to mould to my shape so resist the urge to complete a century straight from the box.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Classic lines, quality of manufacture and attention to detail.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing, only it's a touch hefty and a Ti version would be nice.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 36  Height: 1m 81  Weight: 70 kilos

I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset  My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,

5 user comments

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Are the saddle rails a decent length unlike Brooks?

G-bitch's picture

posted by G-bitch [310 posts]
30th November 2009 - 15:58

37 Likes

I've just uploaded an in-situ pic of the saddle on Shaun's bike which should give you some idea

Tony Farrelly's picture

posted by Tony Farrelly [4147 posts]
30th November 2009 - 23:51

35 Likes

It has bag loops too, excellent!

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"Tant que je respire, j'attaque!"

John_the_Monkey's picture

posted by John_the_Monkey [422 posts]
1st December 2009 - 20:43

34 Likes

Why?

Hamstrung

posted by Anthony_r [2 posts]
2nd December 2009 - 20:06

40 Likes

Because

Darned if I do…

Mr Sock's picture

posted by Mr Sock [152 posts]
2nd December 2009 - 23:57

41 Likes

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