While the photos of Carson Leh’s custom leather saddle and the design and manufacturing process whizzed around the bike blogs just before Christmas last year, what we didn’t see was the bike it created for. I don’t think too many people realised the saddle was destined for a trail-eating BMX.
While we were entranced with the warm hues of the leather, the architectural qualities of Carson’s sketchbook and the hide as it began to resemble a saddle, the fact that he rides BMX and is also a talented photographer seemed to disappear under the radar. Carson built up this Deluxe TECH2 frame after his previous bike (and the first of his custom leather saddles) was stolen from the front of his dentist while Carson was undergoing a 5-hour root canal treatment. I’m not quite sure which would be more painful — the surgery or the discovery of the missing bike.
This is the newest frame in the Deluxe lineup, and Carson has built his up with a mix of Odyssey, Fly and GSport components. The calipers have been custom polished, the stem custom painted, but the highlight of this bike is the sumptuous saddle, with brogue-style perforations. Carson is taking orders for his bespoke upholstery; the leather is thick enough to withstand the abuse of dirt and concrete, so they’re perfect for adding a classic yet rugged flavour to your BMX, FGFS, road or MTB. Contact Carson via his email and view the pictures of the manufacturing process on the Defgrip Blog.