Velo Orange saddles are made of the finest Australian cowhide. The frames are sturdy chrome plated steel with rails that allow more adjustment than Brooks saddles. The nose adjustment bolt takes a regular Allen wrench (included) rather than a proprietary spanner. A special anti-stretch material is laminated to the underside to increase life. The midsection of all the aprons are is riveted together underneath so the saddle won't splay out over time. Darn nice!
All models are available in black and natural; some are also available in brown. Note that the natural color is lighter than Brooks honey and allows the natural color variations of the hide to show through. But like all leather it will darken with age and lighter leathers tend to darken more.
Our standard touring saddle is the model VS-2. It's 310mm x 170mm and has a top with a traditional apron.
The VS-6 is a narrow racing saddle. It has a fully trimmed apron. It's about 285mm x 150mm. It's a bit like the Brooks Swallow.
The VS-5 is a single rail sprung saddle. the top is 310mm x 175mm. It has two chrome coil springs.
We also have a narrower 295mm x 150mm VS-1 with a skirted top. This is the one model I'm not sure about. The shape is not exactly what I wanted and it is the one model I ordered without a seeing a production sample (the others looked great so I thought...). We'll sell just a few of them at first to folks who ride a lot, hundreds of miles a week, and are willing to give us some feedback. E-mail if you fit that description and want a good deal on a saddle.
The only flaw we've noted in testing is that you might need to put a drop of Locktite on the nose bolt so it doesn't loosen. Compared to Brooks saddles, I think VO saddles will change shape more as they are broken-in and take longer to break-in. I hope they will also last longer. In the future we plan to have models with oversize copper rivets, skived skirts, and other aesthetic features.
17 July, 2008
Posted by Velo Orange at 3:19:00 PM