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Fred Armour
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Brooks Saddle

Postby Fred Armour » 2 May 2009, 9:02pm

I would like some advice on buying a brooks saddle for my touring bike. I have been looking at the B17 standard,which seems to be within my budget. Are they as good as they're cracked up to be? There seems to be a big price difference from this model up to the next one. What is the difference? My bike is a ridgeback panorama(great bike) but I find the seat a bit soft, and I would like something a little bit firmer.

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Re: Brooks Saddle

Postby Michael R » 2 May 2009, 9:09pm

Fred Armour wrote:I would like some advice on buying a brooks saddle for my touring bike. I have been looking at the B17 standard,which seems to be within my budget. Are they as good as they're cracked up to be? There seems to be a big price difference from this model up to the next one. What is the difference? My bike is a ridgeback panorama(great bike) but I find the seat a bit soft, and I would like something a little bit firmer.

fred armour


First got a B17 in 1962. I will not change. My bum's happy about it.

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Re: Brooks Saddle

Postby rogerzilla » 2 May 2009, 9:24pm

You have to get the width that works for you.

B17: wide
Swift or Swallow: narrow
Team Professional: in between

A Team Pro is right for me - anything wider would chafe and I rode a Swift for thousands of miles without ever finding it comfortable.

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Re: Brooks Saddle

Postby robwa10 » 2 May 2009, 9:26pm

Which Brooks would people say is around the same width as a San Marco Rolls?
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Re: Brooks Saddle

Postby Big T » 2 May 2009, 9:28pm

I recently fitted my "already worn in" B17 to my new Panorama. It's improved an already great bike.

The B17 has cro-mo rails and therefore weighs a bit. The more expensive saddles probably have titanium rails (the Swift certainly does), which saves weight, but at much greater cost. If you can afford it, then go for the more expensive option, but personally, I'd recommend the B17.

I've had 3 B17's and a Team Pro. I didn't notice much difference. Team pro doesn't have saddlebag loops (at least mine didn't). B17 does.
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Re: Brooks Saddle

Postby patricktaylor » 2 May 2009, 10:54pm

Fred Armour wrote:... My bike is a ridgeback panorama(great bike) but I find the seat a bit soft, and I would like something a little bit firmer ...

So is mine and so did I. I replaced the original squidgy saddle with a B17 in mid-February. I seem to be saddle-sensitive and the hardness of the Brooks was painful for a while, but its shape suited my shape (no chafing) so I persisted with it. It has now softened where the sit bones rest and is fairly comfy, but not as comfy as it will be in another three months. My guess is that there's a degree of 'pot luck' on the softness of the leather per saddle, and to what degree this suits the individual. If you can inspect (and press) a few at the point of sale, all the better.

I'd go for it, and if you don't like it after 1000 miles, at least you'll be a qualified contributor to Brooks Saddle threads!

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Re: Brooks Saddle

Postby random37 » 2 May 2009, 11:23pm

The B17 is brilliant, but we know very little about you, and even less about your behind.
I would go for a B17 wide, and if you don't like it, sell it. A Brooks holds its value, someone on here will buy it.
If you don't get on with the Brooks, I recently bought a Specialized Body Geometry and I think it's also a nice saddle.

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Re: Brooks Saddle

Postby CREPELLO » 2 May 2009, 11:48pm

robwa10 wrote:Which Brooks would people say is around the same width as a San Marco Rolls?


If the Rolls is about 150mm wide, then of the regular Brooks range the B17N and Swift are both 155mm, I think, from memory. But fit is also dependant on what angle your sit bones meet the saddle. The Swift IME is not a flat saddle, unlike the B17 standard (at least when new). There is a definite slope where the bones sit, ideal for the stretched out position, though I'm happy to use it with a more upright position as well. In fact I don't think there is a straight line on my Swift at all, which only enhances it's aesthetic charm.

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Re: Brooks Saddle

Postby rogerzilla » 3 May 2009, 7:22am

There's a common theory that the honey ones break in more quickly than the black ones - I bought two Team Pros (one honey, one black) at about the same time, and I'd agree with that.

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Re: Brooks Saddle

Postby travelling » 3 May 2009, 9:47am

Two things of note with a brooks

one ..try and find a seat width that you've had before that you always felt was the right size and then try to find the matching size in the brooks

two.. brooks seats being mostly leather are like a pair of dm boots in that to get the best most comfortable boots you need to break them in. as the seats become even more modern that break in period seems to be getting less and less but make no mistake after the break in period your bum will love you and so will your seat
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Re: Brooks Saddle

Postby vernon » 3 May 2009, 11:29am

I Liked the first B17 that I bought five years ago so much that I have fitted B17s to my other four road/touring/audax bikes. All four B17s have been comfortable from day one.

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Re: Brooks Saddle

Postby Fred Armour » 7 May 2009, 6:34pm

I would like to thank everyone for their very useful replies. I will probably go for the B17,and see how that goes
thanks again

fred

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Re: Brooks Saddle

Postby workhard » 7 May 2009, 11:39pm

your local specialized dealer can measure your sit bones so you can get the right size saddle btw.