Questions about our bike saddles
Find all our advice on the use or assembly of our bike saddles in our dedicated FAQ.
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.
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.
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.
Opening the leather is only possible on our Aspin and Aravis touring models (same leather shape, same dimensions, only the rails are made of steel or titanium respectively). Due to the shape of our other models, it is not possible to open them, as this would result in an excessively soft and fragile saddle, which would immediately fall apart.