Saddles

Our saddles combine timeless logic and aesthetics with modern materials and manufacturing processes.

The -5 to 5,5mm thick- full grain leather is strictly selected for its thickness regularity, resistance and visual aspect.
The rump leather we use is bought « natural », and the coulour is done in house, using tint, not paint. Tinting the raw leather ourselves allows us to control the leather quality. All our saddles start with the same raw material.
All the cutting, shaping and break-in is made on specially conceived machines.
From conception to manufacture, everything is done to keep the integrity of the grain and guarantee the saddle's durability. Hence the conical brass washers, reducing strain on the leather.
The structure of the saddle, with its stainless spring steel or massive titanium rails, its injected backplate and nose make the Berthoud saddle durable, easy to take apart, and comfortable.

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The soft saddle

A soft saddle increases pressureon the genital area, the pudendal nerve and other soft tissues of the perineal region.

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    Such a soft saddle can seem comfortable on very short distances, but will often turn into a torture instrument after a few kilometres.
    Contrary to what novice cyclists might think , the best present one can give to a serious cyclist (and his/her behind) is a hard saddle.

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The leather saddle

With a leather saddle, the cyclist's weight is carried by the sit bones and the tissues around them. This decreases pressure on the perineal region, its soft tissues and pudendal nerve.

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    The tissues around the sit bones adapt to this weight-carrying function, and the discomfort that might be felt in the beginning lessens with time spent in the saddle.
    The major advantage of a leather saddle is that, while the tissues around the sit bones get less sensitive, the leather deck is formed to the rider's anatomy, making the saddle more and more comfortable with use. The more you use it, the better it sits !

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The Berthoud saddle

Our saddles combine the firmness of thick full grain leather with the shock absorption capacity of our injected backplate. This injection material is furthermore more flexible and resilient than steel, making the saddle more durable.

The rear part of the saddle, the backplate, is injected in a material used for ski shoes fixations. It is hard-wearing, insensitive to cold, water or sunlight. The choice of this material has been widely criticised, especially among cyclists for whom a leather saddle is a « vintage » saddle. However, this material is here for a reason ; it absorbs shocks and filters vibrations, has a higher resilience than steel and is thus more durable.

Another longevity factor : our rails are made of stainless spring steel or titanium. These things do not break nor need any anti-coorosion treatment.

The conical brass washers are designed by us and custom-made for us. They spread the stress on the leather and prevent damage to it. They double as a discreet support for our brand.
The brass washer-stainless steel screw-threaded insert construction allows easy disassembling of the whole saddle with just one Torx screwdriver and an Allen key.
The screws and washers are located behind the « sitting area ». On our saddles, you do not sit « on the rivet », which means you do not damage your -cycling- pants on sharp rivets.

Perineal cutout :

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To further reduce the pressure on the perineal nerve, increase comfort and reduce the risk of genital numbness, we now offer our touring models in « open » version. Our testers were enthusiastic about the quick break-in of the saddle, immediate comfort and even more important the comofrt on long distances.

How our saddles are named :

The names of our saddles will probably be known among the francophile cycling aficionados among you. For those not familiar with French cycling hot spots, here is a brief explanation :
Our Titanium-railed saddles are named after famous Alps mountain passes : col des Aravis (1486m), col d'Agnel (2744m), col du Galibier (2642m), col de Vars (2108m).
Our Stainless steel-railed saddles are named after famous Pyrénées mountain passes: col d'Aspin (1489m), col du Soulor (1474m), col de Marie-Blanque (1035m), col de Menté (1349m).


Choosing a saddle :

To choose a saddle, the cyclist's morphology, intended use and the type of bicycle used are to be considered. The best saddle in the world will be no use if your bicycle is not adapted to your morphology, physiology or practice.

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The city saddle

Our widest saddle (180mm) is designed for urban cyclists and touring cyclists with a rather vertical back inclination.

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Saddle Vars
Saddle Mente

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The touring saddle

As is visible on the drawing, the touring cyclist has a riding position intermediate between the city and race positions. The corresponding saddle also has an intermediate width of 157mm.

Modèles Homme :

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Saddle Aspin
Saddle Aravis
(aussi disponibles en version ouverte)

Modèles Femme :

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Saddle Marie-Blanque
Saddle Agnel
(aussi disponibles en version ouverte)

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The racing saddle

Aerodynamic position with a hogh power output. Weight is well-divided among the five contact points. Our racing saddle is narrow and gives a lot of freedom for the thighs, with little friction.

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Saddle Soulor
Saddle Galibier

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