Leather saddle Aravis open cork
Our high-end model for the touring cyclist, with cutout in the leather top, natural color.
This high end version with titanium rails is lighter than our classic stainless steel rails and offers superior vibration dampening.
The cutout in the leather top gives an even more comfortable ride releasing pressure on the pudendal nerve and thus reducing risks of saddle sore and genital numbness.
Besides it further shortens the break-in period required.
The Berthoud Cycles Aravis touring saddle is manufactured in house from thick natural vegetable tanned leather. It is pre-softened to shorten the break-in period.
The bolt assemblies at the rear of the saddle are situated behind the area on which the cyclist sits. No risk of damaging your cycling shorts or your skin!
Backplate made of technical material providing solidity and flexibility for maximum comfort.
Loops for a saddle bag. Grooves and threaded inserts for a Klick-Fix system.
Easy to disassemble thanks to an ingenious system of stainless steel bolts which fit into special-shaped brass washers.
The cone-shaped washers fit snuggly into the leather avoiding any risk of damage.
Rails made of polished titanium.The rails have a relatively long straight part giving saddle setback adjustment.
Patented tension system. No special tool is required to adjust the tension, a 5mm Allen key is enough.
Each saddle is individually marked with an unique serial number etched on the brass washer on top of the nose.
The leather density fluctuates between hides so the saddle weight can vary.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The design of our leather saddles combines a traditional material, leather, with today's materials: stainless steel, titanium and synthetic materials chosen with care. Each of our saddles are made in our workshops in Burgundy.
A return is possible if the saddle is not marked and is still in its original box.
To do this, we recommend that you mount the saddle on your bike and only perform a static test while riding your bike. We invite you to put on your shorts to proceed with the test in order to avoid any risk of scratching the leather with a button or a rivet.
This will allow you to see if the shape seems to fit or if it is a definite no. Still in shorts, it is possible to do some cranking on the road to get a feel for the bike, but here again, the utmost caution is required.
As you can see, if the leather shows any trace, mark or scratch, we will not be able to take it back.
In our workshop we manufacture two types of bicycle saddles:
- "Open leather" or so-called open bike saddle (with a hole or slit in the middle).
- A "full leather" or so-called closed (or full) bicycle saddle.
The choice between an open model (with a hole in the middle) and a closed model is always complex because it depends on many parameters. Each saddle has its advantages and disadvantages.
For people who are prone to this problem, open saddles will reduce crushing of the perineum.
In addition, open leather will be comfortable almost immediately but will probably have a shorter life span than closed leather. Indeed, the opening creates a fragility
Closed leather will take longer to break in but will ultimately be more durable (we recently changed a leather that had travelled 150,000 kilometres!). This is all theory.
In practice, it also depends on the weight of the person, the type of pedalling, the maintenance, the use: weather (rain with or without mudguards), perspiration...
Naturally, we would recommend a closed model on a travel bike for its longer life.
In order to maintain your leather bicycle saddle, we invite you to download our instruction manual (FR/EN) which contains the essential advice to keep your saddle in shape. This manual is also provided in paper format inside each of our saddles that leave our workshops to help you maintain them over the long term.
Also, in order to maintain leather softness and aspect of the underside of your saddle (flesh side), we propose a Wax to apply without excess once or twice a year.
The Leather Conditioner comes in complement to restore and maintain a high shine of the top side of the leather (grain) of your saddle.
Finally, we also cut and sewn in our workshop simple or integral saddle cover which is ideal when you ride in heavy rain without fenders (mudguards) or when your bike is on your car.
Leather absorbs dye and thus retains its charm. The use of paint would mask the various marks testifying to the life of the animal.
It is possible that color transfer may occur due to rubbing against clothing worn while pedaling. This is why we recommend avoiding light-colored clothing. This is because our colored saddles are dyed and the dye is not fixed.