Ideale 40 Sports Standard
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Category:  Saddles
Name:  Ideale 40 Sports Standard
Brand:  Tron & Berthet
Model:  Ideale 40
Years:  1960's
Country:  France
Weight:  539 grams
Added By: JFischer on 11/24/07
Updated By: peterbman on 03/07/18
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Ideale 40 Sports StandardIdeale 40 Sports Standard
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Base Material LeatherCovering Material N/A (No Covering)
Rail MaterialSteelWidth6.25"
Length11.50"Rail Spacing 42mm ctr-to-ctr (standard spacing)
General Information

The Model 40 is a mid-range saddle for fast touring/audax/club sports use. But with Idéale, mid-range already meant quality: the Brooks Team Professional’s leather is from 3.9 to 4.3mm thick; this Idéale is from 4.0 to 4.6mm (it’s stamped ‘Croupon Garanti’ – for ‘Guaranteed Butt Hide’). It also has the full set of lacing holes along the flanks, if you find you want a ‘tauter’ ride.  Weight is 19 oz. Size is 11 1/2” x 6 1/4”.

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Brand Information(click to expand)
Tron & Berthet made saddles branded Ideale, BIM, and Norex.

Katia Dayde: "BIM was a sub-brand of Tron & Berthet, as Norex. The family Berthet told us that for BIM it was a way of selling lowest quality leathers. Norex was dedicated to North Europe market as Mme Berthet came from Belgium, they developed some specific models for this market."
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