As mentioned, I sent my saddle back to Specialized’s Texas headquarters two and a half weeks ago. I requested three fixes:
1. replace crupper ring, as it had broken
2. replace billets – I had stripped off the nylon backing probably 6 months ago so that the billets would fit on standard girths, and knew this would need replaced eventually. Since it was already going out there, might as well get it done.
3. add screw to saddle. Mine originally came with a waterbottle holder, which I promptly removed – but the screws that fit with the holder were way too long without. Incredibly minor thing, but might as well ask for that too.
I was told to ship it off and that they would contact me when it was done to charge me. I’m not a huge fan of not having a total to start with, but fine; I figured I was looking at $150 or so.
The saddle showed up at my house yesterday. Woohoo! However, I was confused: I had heard nothing from them, and they don’t have any of my payment information. A quick email was sent off to try to clarify. If they don’t want payment, y’know, that’s fine – but I feel morally obligated to ask and offer.
Cue an email from Specialized this morning: all repairs were under warranty. Crupper ring should never have broken, and the billets were part of a too-thick batch.
Wow. This is a saddle I purchased used, that’s at least a few years old now, and that I personally have given them no money for. Their customer service is notoriously a bit lacking. I am astonished and delighted that they’ll stand behind their saddles and craftsmanship that much.
New billets, by the way? They’re lovely and everything I could have asked for (aside from the length difference!).