Brooks B-17 Standard Saddle


Brooks B-17 Standard Saddle

The B17 is Brooks' flagship model, ideal for long distance sports touring, trekking and ATB use. It has been on the market for over 100 years.

The Standard models feature black steel rails and are made in England.

  • Length: 275mm
  • Width: 175mm
  • Height: 65mm
  • Weight: 520g
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Great Touring Saddle - Apr 23, 2014

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5 out of 5 stars

Keep in mind saddles are a very personal decision, what works for me may not work for you and vice a versa, keep that in mind when reading this. Strengths: Comfort, these saddles break into your rear, not the other way around like other saddles. Weaknesses: Weight, small price to pay for all day comfort. Long break in period, but again once you get past that it's a lifetime of comfort bliss. Bottom Line: I bought this saddle to go on my touring bike with the sole purpose of long miles, and this saddle is intended for the upright riding position that touring cyclists use, do not put this on a racing bike because you will regret it. This saddle can easily last 20 years. There are some drawbacks but not cons due to personality variables to these saddles; some complain of long break in, mine took about 800 miles but some just around 200, the lighter you are the longer it seems to break in. Some complain of weight, mine's 410 gram. Once you get past all of that you'll be in love with the saddle. Word of advice; only follow the manufactures care recommendations, DO NOT follow someone else's advice and apply anything to the leather other then what the manufacture recommends IF you want the manufacture warranty to be valid and IF you want the saddle to last a long long time. If you're going to expose the saddle to rain I suggest getting a seat cover, their cheap insurance at under $15. Also I found that neutral colored Kiwi paste (not cream or liquid) shoe polish seems to protect the leather from sweat or rain better than Proofide, but Proofide conditions the leather. Also only tighten the spanner nut about 2 to 3 times during the first year and only tighten per the instructions, lighter riders may only want to turn it an 1/8th not a 1/4 of turn; after the first year you shouldn't have to tighten again for another 2 to 5 years depending on rider weight. It is possible to over wrench these saddles and when that happens you'll ruin the saddle, so if it's not broken don't fix it is the best rule to follow.

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