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ABC stands for Acoustic Bicycle Components, Happy Earth's house brand of quality components and accessories.
ABC saddles are classy, reliable and comfortable leather saddles made for Happy Earth in Tawian of fine Australian cowhide. The frames are sturdy chrome plated steel (except Wanderer Model 15 Black, which has a matte black steel frame). There are a pair of holes on each side of the saddle that are laced together underneath, and this should keep the sides from flaring out with use. The rivets are chrome plated and the edge of the saddle is finely skived. The rails are about 10mm longer than on Brooks saddles. Another marked difference from Brooks is that the underside of the saddle is covered with a fabric layer to protect the saddle and help keep the shape intact. These saddles tend to be much firmer out of the box compared to Brooks and may take longer to break in, but should also serve you much more in the long run.
The Wanderer saddle is 170mm wide and 285mm in length. Of the two sizes of leather saddles in the ABC brand, this is closest in size to the Brooks B17. You will find it ideal for long distance touring and casual riding such as commutes/city bikes. It is not usually used on performance road bikes - works best when your handlebars are set at or above saddle height. Weight: 665g.
The saddles does have loops for a traditional saddle bag. It includes an adjustment tool and a fabric bag to store your saddle in. For long term care we recommend the VO Saddle Care cream. One small tub should serve you for years. A little goes a long way - follow directions and remember to apply whenever your saddle goes "dry" or you see the sheen disappear.
Note: There are two models of the Wanderer saddle - Model 15 and Model 17. The one on this page is the Model 17, which has a smooth, glossy finish. The Model 15 on the other hand, has a pebbled (or textured) finish that works well for those looking for a less slippery finish. Both saddles are exactly the same otherwise.
|Model Name||Model 17|
|Dimensions||285 x 170 mm|
I've been using this saddle for over 2 years or over 4000km now, and I can say that they are quite good. Initially, they were as hard as wood, when taken straight out of the box. It took a while to break them in, especially after I applied copious amounts of self made neat's foot oil (call 7829355832 to find out how) to fasten the process, and now after the thousands of kilometers they have become softer and malleable to contort to one's body. Use it with a gel padded shorts and you're good to go for hundreds if miles for days on end.
By far the worst saddle I have ever used. It is as heavy as sin. Significantly heavier than the original Brooks B17. Also, it does not break in easily even after miles of usage and tons of conditioners applied as there seems to be two layers of leather used instead of one thick leather.
Overall, it's not worth 2/3rd of the price of Brooks B17. I
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