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Brooks Saddles Flyer Bicycle Saddle (Men's)


Price: $99.00 - $150.00
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Honey-Black Steel Rails
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  • Classically Sprung Saddle
  • Extra Suspension from Two Rear Springs
  • Available with Tubular Steel or Hand Hammered Copper Rivets
  • Ideal for Touring or Trekking
  • Wider Seat

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Product Description

Brooks Saddles Flyer is a classically sprung saddle for long distance trekking and touring. It is directly descending from the B66 Champion, first featured in the 1927 catalogue. Sharing the same leather tops of the B17 models, they combine the comfort of these popular models with the extra suspension granted by two rear springs. The honey leather seat is available with tubular steel rivets or with hand hammered copper rivets under the name of Flyer Special. This saddle weighs 850 grams.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 9 x 5 inches ; 2.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000HYNQJG
  • Item model number: B396DA07203
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,378 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

Does take a little time to break in though.
Michael Reese
The springs are very stiff, but help with those unexpected jolts.
Cyclebutt
I'm very pleased with the look, and feel of this classic saddle.
A. Rothenberg

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Roger L. Bombardier Jr. on June 3, 2010
Color Name: Black -Black Steel RailsSize Name: Men's Verified Purchase
I Purchased a Brooks Champion Flyer saddle (Black) mid-May 2010.

I've read all the reviews I could get my hands on regarding Brooks saddles, and felt it was something I wanted to try. You have a LARGE contingent of those who swear by them with religious furor and a much smaller contingent who are disgusted that theirs never broke in and gave up.

Thus I felt it was a bit of a gamble. So far I am guardedly pleased. I have about 200 miles on the saddle so far, it appears to be breaking in quite nicely. One gent told me that his brooks to 1000 miles to break in but that it was comfortable after that. Brooks says that their saddles typically take about 300 Kilometers to break in. I'm a 43 year-old male 5' 9" 215lbs.

I've been a Specialized brand loyalist for most of the last decade, and in many respects I still am, I still recommend Specialized Milano type especially for men overwhelmingly. Because of out of box comfort for the price, perhaps a couple K on the Brooks will change that but not yet.

When I first opened the box and felt of the saddle I was worried I'd made a mistake, it feels way too hard to be comfortable when you handle it. I was determined to try so I installed it and found it considerably more comfortable than it looked but not as comfortable as some of the specialized saddles I've used right away.

I made the smart move of packing the larger Allen wrenches in my bike bag think I'd have to make quite a few adjustments to the Brooks and I was correct. In the past with other saddles, I'd moved it a half inch here, a quarter-inch there, etc. I was usually happy with 2 or 3 adjustments.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Childrey on April 27, 2009
Color Name: Black -Black Steel RailsSize Name: Men's
The Brooks Champion Flyer is my fourth Brooks bicycle saddle. My first lasted twenty years. I bought the Champion Flyer for a hardtail mountain bike that I have been using as my around-town, utility bike.
Pros: The saddle is perfectly designed, constructed, and finished. It is absolute art, even in the standard-rivet model. The springs are firm, even for me at 220 lbs, so riding efficiency is not diminished. The springs do absorb both small vibrations and the occasional bigger impact. The result is that you feel less fatigued after a longer (10+ mile) ride than you would without the springs.
The saddle fits standard bicycle rails.
Brooks saddles, once broken-in, are custom-fit comfortable, and will never disappoint you.
The saddle comes with a spanner wrench for tightening. This becomes more important after break-in, to keep the leather taut.
Cons: This saddle doesn't come with a tin of the proofhide saddle dressing.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By MattR on March 7, 2008
Color Name: Black -Black Steel RailsSize Name: Men's Verified Purchase
I have a Brooks Champion Flyer that I've been riding for a couple of years on a cyclocross frame. Got a great deal on a lugged steel road frame and put on a Brooks B17 to save a little weight. The B17 is lighter and prettier (especially the one with copper rivets) but I decided to put on the Champion Flyer to see how it felt on the road bike. OMG! What a difference! The Champion Flyer turned the road bike into a limo. Absorbs all the little bumps and greatly softens the big ones. It's way more comfortable than the B17 and worth the extra 10 ozs, particularly if you have a somewhat upright riding position.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Smaug on May 16, 2010
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Here in Chicagoland, we have really rough roads. The common recommendation for a Brooks saddle for my bike was to go with the tried-and-true B-17. But I'm glad I got this one instead. My first 30 mile ride on my Specialized TriCross left me with VERY sore sit bones, and a painful perineal (prostate) area. That was all it took to make me start seriously considering Brooks.

This saddle is perfect for a bike that will be used on roads and trails that can be a little rough. It is ideal for bikes whose handlebars are about the same height as the saddle. Looking at the photo, one would think that it would be a very bouncy ride. But the springs are stiff. When riding, you don't even realize it is sprung, but it takes the sharp jolt off of the bumps you feel going into your bottom and back.

I'm too happy to carry around the extra weight of the springs. (less than a pound) It means I will ride more, and lose MORE than the one pound from my belly. Why count ounces when we are pounds overweight ourselves? If you're already very thin and have a lightweight bike, it may not be worth it to you. Give this a serious thought before going with the masses and getting a B-17.

You can see pictures of this on my TriCross at the following URL:
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So far, I only have about 50 miles on this saddle. It is just starting to get broken in, but even out of the box, it was more comfortable than the stock gel saddle that came with my bike. I can only imagine how good it will be in another couple hundred miles.

Don't forget to also buy a tin of Brooks Proofide along with the saddle. It will speed up break-in and waterproof the saddle.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Vorlauf on March 27, 2010
While leather saddles do need some break in to show how comfortable they really are, even new, my Brooks Flyer was great. Impeccable construction, and very thick high quality leather make Brooks saddles the standard bearer against which others are compared.

A few points if you are considering this saddle:

1. It is heavy, so if you are a weight weenie, this isn't for you. This isn't a saddle for most kinds of competitive cycling. It added a couple of pounds to my bike, which is a ton in the world of bicycles.
2. A properly sprung saddle (which the Brooks Flyer is!) will take the edge off sharp and jarring bumps, but isn't the same as having suspension. Gravel will still feel bumpy, but it won't beat you up and leave you numb and tingly, like a hard, light, competition saddle can. It really works!
3. While most bikes come with either a giant gushy gel saddle or a small hard competition style saddle, few people will actually like these saddles best for what most people do with their bikes. Gel saddles feel great for a five minute test ride in the parking lot or in your hands in the store, but counter-intuitively, will not feel comfortable after a long ride for most people. The Brooks Flyer, on the other hand, is a great saddle for most people who commute, run errands, take weekend recreational rides, ride centuries, ride in multi-day charity events, take long scenic rides down back roads, etc...
4. You will either love or hate how it looks. This is just your taste. Me, personally, it looks great on my commuter rig, a Surly Cross Check, and would be a must if you have a nice old lugged steel frame from the bike boom.

In short, I think there is enough variability in the human posterior that a few people will not find the Brooks Flyer comfortable in the long run, but most will for most of the riding they do.
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