Brooks Cambium C17

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Re: Brooks Cambium C17

Postby rualexander » 14 Aug 2014, 4:14pm

georgew wrote:
You can always try the Spa"Nidd" saddle which has the same dimensions as the B17 but has longer rails.


Not quite the same dimensions, the Nidd is 7mm narrower and 2mm longer, not much but the slight difference in width is noticeable to me, and I prefer it.
But it's also a much harder saddle than the B17 and takes a lot more breaking in.

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Re: Brooks Cambium C17

Postby Richard D » 9 Jan 2015, 5:50pm

Richard D wrote:I tried one yesterday. The Cambium felt too wide, a bit too bouncy, and too hard. I hated it after 100 yards, and 10 miles later I was of the same opinion. 100 miles on this thing is not gooing to do me any good. Put the B17 back on and was instantly reminded of why I've been using it for the last year.

Maybe the C15 will work a little better for me, but I'm not as eager to try it as I was. It's just a shame that the rails on the B17 are so short.


I had some vouchers to use, so bought a C15. It's not as wide or as bouncy as a C17, and it did work a little better for me. But it still felt too hard and uncomfortable; I could do 10-20 miles on it, but I never enjoyed sitting on it. Put the B17 back on, and once again noticed a marked increase in comfort instantly.

I might try a Nidd, and was tempted by a Gillers Berthoud (but that would probably also fall into the "too hard" category). I do need a second saddle - but perhaps I should put up with the B17's flaws, knowing there's nothing that suits me better.

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Re: Brooks Cambium C17

Postby Heltor Chasca » 9 Jan 2015, 7:58pm

Cheers Colin. I'm a big fan too! If I had the 'disposable' I would try a C15 as a comparison . I did enter an online competition to win one but got nowhere. Must ask my LBS to see if they have one in the demo bin. I love my C17 and like they say, 'If it ain't broke...'

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Re: Brooks Cambium C17

Postby trull » 11 Jan 2016, 7:21pm

I love my C17, definitely more comfy than my old San Marco Rolls. The Fizik Arione on the new wheels seems OK so far. But I'll put the C17 there v soon.

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Re: Brooks Cambium C17

Postby cyclop » 11 Feb 2016, 7:15pm

Got C15 used off ebay .Mildly uncomfortable and after a 50miler yesterday,still only mildly uncomfortable so have hopes that my bum will adjust.

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Re: Brooks Cambium C17

Postby simonineaston » 11 Feb 2016, 10:53pm

My experience with my C17 suggests it's not the same as their traditional saddles. Every time you get back on a leather saddle it's become a bit more like your a***, but every time you get back on a Cambium, it's exactly like it was when you first sat on it... I might be stating the obvious but I think there's a tenuous hope out there that somehow the Cs have inherited the trait of leather saddles to accommodate because it's a Brooks - not so.
That said, I like my Cambium - I think they've got it right, by choosing a different, more weather-proof material, modernising the frame and keeping the dimensions more-or-less the same as the B17. I think it's a really good saddle. Looks great, too!
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Re: Brooks Cambium C17

Postby PH » 11 Feb 2016, 11:50pm

For anyone thinking of giving one of these a try but doesn't want to risk the money, I see Charlie the Bikemonger is offering a money back if you don't like it deal.

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Re: Brooks Cambium C17

Postby truckturner » 27 Mar 2016, 7:26pm

Just bought one for my mountain bike as its going to get splatterd in mud. I have a few B17's one of which was on the bike so it was a reluctant purchase. However riding with a saddle wrapped in cling film was not the answer, Fact is I like it and it suits the bike perhaps a little better. My bike shop had test Cambiums and I think this is common thing to try before you buy with the Cambium Cheers Peter

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Re: Brooks Cambium C17

Postby gerrymcm » 22 Sep 2016, 10:07am

Swinnerton have these on offer at £65 with free delivery.

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Re: Brooks Cambium C17

Postby PH » 22 Sep 2016, 7:12pm

gerrymcm wrote:Swinnerton have these on offer at £65 with free delivery.

Thanks, at that price I thought I'd give one a go

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Re: Brooks Cambium C17

Postby gerrymcm » 24 Sep 2016, 7:28am

Ph wrote:
Thanks, at that price I thought I'd give one a go


It does seem a very good price, I was suprised and suspicous. My one from swinnerton has arrived in a box that was a little bashed but the saddle is fine.

Good luck with it and at least if you don't like it I'm sure you'll sell it on no probs. I like my exisitng C17 a lot but it's quite tatty now which why I bought this to put on after the winter.

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Re: Brooks Cambium C17

Postby firestarter » 24 Sep 2016, 10:15pm

I had one for a few weeks it wrecked me