Reissue Don’t Rape Feb 17, 2009

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Concor with world champ stripes – late 80’s – pic by me

Why San Marco? Why? Why would you bastardize one of the best saddles of all times? I mentioned a while back that San Marco reissued the Concor saddle, one of my all time favorites next to the Turbos and Unicanitors [which I saw at Interbike this year].

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OG Concor Profil – late 80’s – pic by Andy Temkin’s Mom

I will admit, while I was initially really stoked on the re-issue, after seeing them in person, I’m kinda bummed. The classic Concor shows off its back end like a girl with a ton of confidence and a nice ass. It proudly displays its crisp and tight geometry. All the seams are pulled hard against the plastic shell. It’s proud and it lasts for years without coming apart.

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new Concors – look at the white leather’s seams – pic by Chari & Co.

The new Concors look like NYC sewer rats chewed the leather out and then used their mucus to adhere it to the shell. Granted I haven’t ridden one, so I can’t speak of the quality of the new molds, but the craft is gone. Even if they are being hand made still, at least cut the leather out with a stamp! Or sharpen your scissors!

Please re-issue don’t Rape!

Cinelli’s Unicanitor re-issue is up next! As soon as I can find one.