Here's a vegan-friendly saddle designed for folks who keep their handlebars at or above saddle height. The idea was to make a wider and lightweight saddle that feels something like suede and has a classic appearance thanks to a microfiber top. In addition, there are loops for a saddlebag.
At 165mm wide it's about the same width as a VO Model 3 or Brooks B17 leather saddle. But this is somewhat deceptive because there are no rivets or a flaring leather "skirt." So the sitting area is comparable to a slightly wider leather model. At 425gm the weight is significantly less than that of a modern leather saddle. Length is 282mm, about the same as a Model 3.
The microfiber's texture keeps you from sliding around and it's weather resistant. The body is thermo-plastic with a layer of high density foam. The rails are chromoly.
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Works and feels exactly like the description. I’ve never had a brooks saddle, but I would imagine this does a good job of replicating the comfort of one.
I took that risk and decided to try out the VO microfiber saddle on a recent vintage bike refresh. After 100 or so miles on the saddle I can attest to the fact it's comfort rating is solidly between a broken In B-17 and C-17. The VO was perfect out of the box.... does that mean it will get even better? I'll have to wait and see. At less than half the price of a brooks saddle I am already considering another for my next project.
Bought an old '97 GT Legacy off OfferUp and replaced the cheap "side-bolt" saddle with this one. Rode 11 miles for the first time in years and no issues. The fabric is an odd choice for a touring saddle but if you're using it for moderate rides the sticky-ness actually help put down more power since you're not sliding around. Embrace the stick. For the price, 5 stars.
I recently purchased this saddle as a replacement for a 1983 Trek 600 and thus far I am very happy with it. Besides looking fairly similar to the original Avocet touring saddle this bike was equipped with it is very, very comfortable. The overall construction quality appears to be very good, and the saddle is 'just right' in terms of firmness for relaxed yet sporty riding (not too soft, not too hard). While this saddle is relatively heavy by modern standards my only real criticism is the texture of the cover - as other reviews have mentioned it is a bit 'grabby' - a smoother covering would make it perfect (for me). But this is only a minor complaint and not at all a deal breaker. Great saddle.
I need loops to mount my saddle bag, and I've stopped using leather saddles after pants getting dyed from the saddle. This saddle is just the right size, with the right features, and looks great on my bike! It's replacing another VO microfiber saddle, the older version with metal badge